NAILED IT!!!! CLEARED PMP with 3Ps and 2 MPs
I cleared my PMP exam just a hour back and I could not wait to give my feedback to PMZilla community as this site has given me alot for this exam !!! When I saw the screen showing "CONGRATS", I cannot express my happiness.....:)
MY PMP Journey
I first thought to give PMP exam somewhere in 2009 and my company sponsored the training as well and I got the PDUs required for the exam but after training ..stuff happened in my official and personal life and I never could prepare and give the exam.....
Last year somewhere in August i started preparing and I read half and then again some stuff happened and I stopped it again.....bad!!
But this year when I learnt that exam will change on July 31st then I thought that it is now or never...so 1.5 months somwhere in June I started my reading again from where I left last year and these 1.5 months were just study study and study ....but with full time job it becomes difficult to invest hours which you want to....i spent approx 3 a hours on weekdays and then on weekends spent around 6 hours..I collected tons of material from internet but then I was thinking when will I have to read all.....when i was looking for some advise on internet...i fround PMZILLA!! I think it is the best support site for this PMP. KUDOS to PMZILLA and all the members who contribute here......it helped me in many many ways for my preparation!!!!
I read only 2 books .....Rita and PMBOK, I read in many threads about other authors but really I did not have time to touch any of them...sometimes I thought I probably may doing a mistake by not reading those books...but i think it not just about books but it about how much you can understand the PMBOK concepts..and how many GOOD mock exams you give!!. Even at one point of time I was thinking to push the exam date by a week as I felt I would be very well prepared but members on this forum recommended not to postpone based on scores and I thank them for the same!! I did not postpone my exam!!!!
Oliver 75 and 175 quesiotns (free) - scored between 73-76% - GOOD ONE
PMSTUDY Test 2 and Test 3 (Paid) scored between 75-80%- GOOD ONE
PMZilla 30 tough questions scored around low 50% i think - GOOD ONE(this i gave before i prepared completely for exam say around 1 month back i guess)
Rita Fast Track - 2 exams scored around 75% - Good one but costly
PMPSure scored around 74%
Simplilearn - scored around 77%
EXAM DAY & EXAM
I think I was nervous sometimes and confident sometimes...I was swinging between these 2 feelings for lasst 24 hours or so...
I went to the prometric test center 30 mins before and they said they can take me in...I thought OK its time....
As recommended by everyone here ..i wrote down formulas and 42 proceses on sheets and started the exam....I think first question started wiith some EVM question....I spent 5 mins on it...i knew the answer was correct but then I thought I need to speed up....I think we should not look at the time till 50 questions are done...unneccessary stress....
I think exam has quiet some questions on EVM, lot of Risk questions, then quiet of them were HR, little questions on communication, lot of situational questions...some confusing ones but I think these could be pretest questions ..not sure though....
I took 2 breaks......actually I am smoker...so I found out first I can go out and they said yes...half of my stress went down LOL.....in one break I went for a smoke :)
Completed all questions with 15 mins time left and I had marked around 20 questions to review...I went through all of them quickly and correct around 4 of them I think....
And finally white screen came and i am waiting and waiting....then suddenly survey came up and i was looking for CONGRATS message LOL.....completed the survey and then again white screen for 30 secs or so then finally I saw CONGRATS !!!
1. Most important tip would be that you need to finalize a date on which you want to give the exam, without this you cannot complete the preparation, as you can see I have been pushing the preparation since 2009 and even the exam changed in 2011 I think...(thats my viewpoint only)
2. I think if you are working full time then I think you should have at least couple of months to prepare but it will vary for different people based on various factors like PM experience, hours you can spend, dedication, etc
3. Do mock tests for sure and the mock exams I mentioned above are good one's and I felt PMP was little easier then some of the mock exams but I cannot be sure. If you score consistently above 75% then I think you should be good...this is only my view point..others can say different...:)
4. Pick any book you think works for you together with PMBOK....you have to read and understand PMBOK completely and every line of it! THIS IS IMPORTANT!!
Thats my experience...and once again THANKS to PMZILLA and all the members here..I will be here on this site time to time...
GOOD LUCK EVERYONE
I am going to celebrate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!