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Hello all,


I joined pmstudy.com and thought i would pass the exam. So, after 2 weeks of rigorous studies, I gave simulated exams and got 75% and thought I'd pass but I failed.


I was shocked as I found the exam pretty tough.


I recently came across this website and hope to get help and pass the PMP.


Thanks and Best Regards to all,


Utpala


 


 


 

 You can pass the exam ! No big deal people do fail in their first attempt, relax and replan yours exam in few week , don't loose yours enthu and subject touch. Mostly people fail because they read too much of PMBOK but ignore PMP question practice. People should solve at least 3000 to 4000 questions before getting into exam center. It means major part of the study should go in practice than reading.

Rita, Headfirst and Andy crowe  books are helpful, but focus on practice. Enough free online tests are available. 

 

Regards

Rajat

 

Thanks a lot Rajat..........I need lots of moral support........how important is Andy Crowe book to read?........Also, should I schedule the exam before I am prepared or after I am prepared


Thanks once again


Utpala

... not me fo show no!

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It is indeed true that these practical certifications require practice instead of just learning concepts I also cleared my sat examination in first attempt as I used to practice a lot instead of just reading the books.

I am also presently preparing for my PMP exam by May. I found this website helpful as repositories of PMP resources including the Ritas PMP PrepExam and the PMFastrack v7 available for downloads. Maybe you will be interested also.

http://www.pmptrend.com/index.php/en/pmp/77-pmp-resources/77-rita-s-pmpf...

 

 

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I read your comment. - Not passing

I took 35 hrs in-class + 35 hrs Prepcaste + Andy Crowe text  =  100 hours + another 100+ hours over 3 months.  Most Saturdays studying 4 Saturdays doing exam simulations.

Thought I was doing well 70%+ min on  prep exams

Found it i was averaging 50Q including a 5 min break ... in both prep Qs and on the PMP exam .... finished with 2 minuties to go.  Tring to think through each Q carefully.

Qs very tricky working.  Have to know percise words PMBOK uses.  Many close synonyms used.

Stunned with the result

Personal issues - haev to read and make a decion fast.   Very little time to think.  By the time you read the Qs 2-3 times hunting for key words, 30-40 seconds has gone.  Now have 10 seconds to identify the distractor and the best answer.  I was very strained averaging 50Qs an hour.   Fighting stress is huge!  Difficult to comprehend long paragraph Qs while searching for key info.

My take- away take a lot more Qs under timed condiotions and manage stress and focus quickly in the solution.   The last hour was very difficult, tied you slow down so getting those first 60 Qs done fast helps you in the last hour

 

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wow

that hard indeed!

i believe the time management of the key in this type of lengthy exam

and exactly as said tricky wordings and lots of synonyms 

 

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I found the comments on this site really helpful and wanted to add my recent experience on the PMP exam. I passed the exam on my first try and did not find it too difficult. I took 3.5 hours to finish the test but only went through it once. I did not mark any questions but did take my time on each question. I tried to pace myself to answer 50 questions per hour. The exam did ask many situational questions but they we pretty straightforward. There were only about 5 questions on EVM and about 5 on ITTO. The ITTO questions were easy enough to answer without memorizing all of them. The only ones that I memorized were the 6 from project  integration management. My test had about 3 EMV (decision tree) questions, about 3 critical path questions but many risk managment questions. Spend alot of time studying risk. I also had many questions on the tools used in quality management, know them well.


I studied for about 5 months just to be sure that I passed it on my first try, The books that I used:



  1. PMBOK, 4th Ed.  Read at least 4 times.

  2. PMP Exam Prep, 6th Ed. by Rita Mulcahy.  Read 3 times.

  3. The PMP Exam: How to Pass on Your First Try by Andy Crowe.  I read this book only one time and thought it was too simple BUT you get access to Velociteach's website for 1 week. They have a online class on PMP exam prep that I thought was excellent. It took about 13 hours to complete but was worth it. You even earn 15 PDUs and are able to print out a certificate. It is very well done. I would take the class at the begining of your studying because it explains the concepts very clearly.

  4. Achieve PMP Exam Success, 4th Ed. by Margaret Chu. I read this book only once but it comes with a CD with alot of practice questions.

  5. Ultimate PMP Exam Prep Guide by Timothy Bergmann. I read this book only once but it comes with aceess to their website for one year and it has PMP practice exams.

I think that I could have passed the exam with just the PMBOK and Rita's book because the rest say basically the same thing but the practce questions were helpful.


I purchased the 4 practice exams from PMstudy. Here are my scores.



  1. PMstudy1-76%

  2. PMstudy2-84%

  3. PMstudt3-77%

  4. PMstudt4-84%

Actual PMP exam;



  1. Initiation -MP

  2. Planning- P

  3. Execution- P

  4. Monitoring and Controlling-MP

  5. Closing-P

  6. Social and Professional Responsibility-BP (questions were tough)

Good luck and hope this helps, Frank


 

I agree, PMBOK and RITA are enough. Lots of online tests are there. But take these tests only after you have finished both Rita and PMPBOK once.

Oliver Lehman is good...(free)

I like www.skillsign.com as well...(free)

Rest is practice and practice.

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