Passed my PMP on March 1st 2016
Hello All, I passed my PMP test on March 1st, 2016.
My journey took around 3 months of studying with around 3 hours daily and 8 hours on the weekends. Tools used are (Ritta Book, PMBOK and a lot of Mock exams). I found Ritta was very helpful to understand processes, I didn’t read the whole PMBOK, however I went through the glossary to clarify certain definitions and read the areas where I have knowledge gap after going through the mock exams. In-addition, after each exam i used to go through all question answers and explanation to make sure even the questions I answered correct was based on the right understanding and not just guessing or memorizing. On top of that I took notes of all my gaps after each exam and kept this for review later, which I reviewed on the last week before the exam.
I took all the mock tests from, PMZest (scored on average 65%), PMstudy (scored on average 75%) ,PMTraining (scored on average 80%), and other free exams available online. I found PMZest are the toughest but the most useful to find your gaps, Mr. Anmol from PMzest was really helpful and punctual to answer all my concerns.
In-addition going through the Lesson Learned on pmzilla forum was a great tool to get prepared for the exam which helped me a lot.
The exam questions were very situational with plenty of scenarios; I got many questions on Stakeholder management, Risk management, and HR management. I got 3 questions on EVM, and like 2 questions AON diagrams.
My advice, make sure you understand the concepts and not memorize stuff. Most of the PMP exam questions are very situational, memorizing helps but will not make you pass, where you can pass while understanding and limiting memorization. Practice questions as much as you can, practice exams are the most powerful tool to find your knowledge gaps, also to work on your speed for the real exam.
Good Luck :)