Cracked the PMP Exam
I passed my PMP exam on 07/04/2015 on my first attempt. I would like to thank this forum aspirants as well as current PMPs for sharing tips, answers, explanations and general guidance through the maze that is PMP certification. My Proficiency Domain breakdown was 3Ps (Initiation, Execution, Closing) and 2MP’s in other. A few quick bullets or lessons learned (makes sense to use the right protocol here) based on my personal study experience:
- Did not get time to read too many books. However, I did go through PMBOK 4 times, front to back along with its summery at last, and to me that is the key to having confidence that you have a grasp of all concepts. I also managed to read from HeadFirst, their writing style and content is very friendly and boosting. I did also take a look on the PMP Exam Prep Boot Camp from EdWel Programs.
- It took me around 3 months to read all the above said books. Document a checklist for your study plan and targets. Depending on your professional and personal setup, you may or may not have ample time on a daily basis to study for the exam. However, I strongly recommend dedicating one hour a day once you make your mind to give PMP exam. If you are not sure and confused when to give PMP exam, please do not study for it.
- Always opt for PMI membership since that will save your cost for the exam fee. In case you do not have PMBOK with you, become PMI member immediately since you can download PMBOK and lot many other PMP preparations material from it. Christopher Scordo is one among the benefits.
- Once you have gone through the entire content at least couple of times and you feel that you have grasped PMBOK, then start practicing tests. This is the most important step in completing your preparation for the exam. You should aim to go through at least 1500-2000 good questions before you sit for the exam. There are plenty of sites and forums that will provide you with the questions and mock tests. I highly recommend Oliver and Pmzest questions. As long as the questions confuses you and it makes you to think, I find them mind openers. This is my view on practice tests while I understand majority of people prefer simple and non-confusing questions to practice.
- Keep in touch with few trusted mentors if you can. I found few interaction with Anmol Sinha from Pmzest very beneficial and motivating. I would also thank my PMP trainer Sateesh Kamat.
- Be focused and move with a goal to give PMP exam. Make sure you give sometime daily to read PMBOK or your hand made notes. Slippages in a day will result in more slippages.
- PMP exam is not an easy exam and neither it’s that hard. Study and Practice can just prepare you 50% with what you need, the other 50% is your common sense and intuitions. Most of the questions will be situational and many will be long just for no reasons. Be prepared to face all type of questions and use your common sense to choose choices when you find them confusing.
I would like thank my family for giving me time to prepare for this exam. Please reach out to me if you have questions regarding PMP exam preparation.
Thanks & Regards,
Rohit Nair, PMP