I passed PMP exam at my first attemp
I passed the PMP exam in this week! 3P, 2MP
While I started studying I was wondering how people write such a long lessons learned. But now I understand that beside giving other aspirants valuable information, by writing lessons learned we express our proud on our long and hard study and our strategy of study. So summary of my PMP experience was as below:
Duration of my study is 4 months excluding formal education. I have bachelor and masters degree where I had Project Management courses so I didn't have to attend any course to get 35 hours of education.
1. I started with PMBOK. I read through it. 1 chapter per day or two. Unlike others PMBOK was not boring. Highlighted important paragraphs.
2. I read through Rita's book. 1 chapter per 1-3 days. After finishing reading I did chapter end practice tests. Result was 65-75% I reviewed both correct and inorrect answers. Highlighted important paragraphs.
3. I read through Andy Crowe. It was very light after Rita's. Highlighted important paragraphs.
4. I skimmed and read highlighted parts of all books before mock tests and after mock tests.
While I was reading these books I took notes in MS Word. (I can share if you want.) I extended notes with better information on the internet.
- I did mock test (in total around 3000 Questions) from different sources mainly from free resources. See below table of results to comparing and benchmarking.
- I always did timing 72 seconds per question.
- I always marked those I may change answer. Mainly limbo between two options.
- I always did secondary marked list to reduce number of main mark list and if I still had a time then I reviewed mark 2 list on paper. Pareto approach :). Always reviewed wrong and primary and secodnary marked questions. And sometimes correct questions as well - especially in good mocks.
- Logged success rate, fail reason categories such as "Incorrectly read question", "Weak knowledge in ITTO", "Complete new knowledge" etc. And Knowledge area where available.
- I did 2nd,3rd,4th mocks of same source if I felt it is good quality, difficult and logical with new knowledge.
- After each mock test I exteneded my notes with new terms, and notes.
Few days Before Exam
- 4 weeks before exam, I took 1 week off from work and I studied 5 days, 8-10 hours per day. I did 4-5 full lenght mock.
- then I felt ok and scheduled an exam day.
- 1 week before exam I took another 1 week off from work. But unfortunately I and my daughter were fully sick. Were not able to fully focused as I had to go to hospital etc. I did my best and studied 4-5 days.
- I reviewed all notes (around 50 pages), PMBOK and Rita's book.
- 2 days before exam I went to exam center in same city and checked where it is exactly where I can park. I discovered heavy traffic so it was really good decision to check exam center in advance.
On Exam day
- On the exam date I had a breakfast, reached almost 1,5-2 hours early.
- I was really sick. I forget my medicines :(. I drunk a coffee and a water.
- I did exam in a same room with other 5-10 people for different exam types.
- I gave exam without any break not even tiny pause.
- I was almost falling down after exam, because illness went worse, barely breathing.
- I did brain dump after tutorial with processes and formulas. Referred 4-5 times. You should do.
- Time was enaough 19 mites left at the end.
- Questions not that difficult if you really studied well. DO MOCK TESTS.
- Marked around 30 questions but reviewed 5-10 of them. Changed 3-4 questions.
- Had secondary mark list on scratch papaer with short reference. 2 questions helped me to answer another 2 questions. :)
- Checked time but every 30 min. On scratch paper I did time table like:
- Try to finish first 60 questions in 60 min.
- Some people wrote first part is difficult and then easy. For me first part easier then bit difficult, then easier. So it depends.
- Rita Chapter end tests: 65-75%
- Andy Crowe chapter end test: 75-85%
- Kim Heldman Assessment Test - 200Q: 60% (found lots of knowledge gaps)
- Simplilearn Free Test - 200Q: 68%
- PM PrepCast Free Test - 31Q: 58% (testing environment was disturbing)
- PM PrepCast Free Test 3- 30: 86%
- PM PrepCast Free Test 3- 80: 76%
- Head First Free - 200Q: 80%
- PMStudy Free test - 200Q 82%
- ExamCentral Random Free test - 200Q 90%
- Rita's PM Fast Track Full Test -200Q 75.5%
- PMPForSure Free Test - 100Q 64%
- Christopher Scordo Very First Test - 50Q 88%
- PMZilla Tough 30Q - 57%
- PMPForSure Test 1-100Q - 71%
- Christopher Scordo Mock 13 50Q - 74%
- Christopher Scordo Mock 15 50Q - 82%
- Christopher Scordo Mock 18 50Q- 80%
- Andy Crowe Final Exam from Book 200Q - 90%
- PMZillaTough 200Q - 65%
- Oliver Lehmann 175Q - 78%
- PMDEN Cost Management 10Q - 90%
More questions welcome