I'm bummed, shocked by failure

I was ready, definity put enough hours in. I cannot imagine that I failed by more than a few questions. I think I blew a good opportunity with a relatively easy test. I was laughing through the first 75 questions. The last 50 were getting more difficult, I hear that sometimes the beginning can be hard, anyway, failed with 3 BPs. 

I'm not worried. Will be retaking it before October is out. Amazon just delivered a real copy of the PMBOK. I can say that I only read it by skimming it on my computer. I read some very valuable things since the test, on how you must visualize the processes to help with the ITTOs. I've taken dozens of practice tests, mostly in the low to Mid 70s. Before the exam I hit two 50 question tests in the high 70s and 80. 

Things to improve, 


Time on Questions - I was actually rushed on my last 20 questions. Finished the exam with about 2 minutes left, but had one unanswered that I skipped and wrote the number down. (Extremely confusing math / 3 Point estimation question. I can only think it was one of the 25 extra. I easily know how to solve a 3 pt question with the SD formula, but this one made no sense. ) I need to speed up the easy questions. Saw someone on here talking about a way to take the test in 3 planned passes. Might try that on a practice. 

Need to find basic new things to add to my brain dump. All the 47 processes and all formulas are etched on my brain forever:) I wrote Maslows and Hasburg, and I know the Ladder well with Forming , Norming. Had two of those on the test. One easy one I think about people partying after finishing a project, seemed obvious to be Adjourning, But there was one other. Let me ask - 

Without quoting it, - a couple of guys are having an argument about something to do with the project, - Sounds like Storming to me. That's what I selected anyway. 

Change Management was a large part of it. I know it all well. Got a MP on Mon & Cont. Also on Closing. 

I do know Planning very well, along with everything else I think. 

I'm reading the PMBOK now, and visualizing the process ITTOs. I think it is really helping. Just need a couple more correct answers. 


Sorry to hear for you. Many people fail these days in PMP exam. Agree, PMP exam questions are getting tougher and complex. Read PMBOK and put efforts on grasping its IITO (you are already doing this). Practice tough tests, highly recommend from www.pmzest.com.

Good Luck,
Rohit, PMP

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That is sad but don't worry. You will have better luck next time.

You should start with determining what was the reason for not getting through. You must determine the root cause of failing. I have written a post titled 15 Reasons Why People Failed the PMP Exam You should read this post. This will help you in determining the root cause.

After reading the post, give yourself some time and and think about each point. If required, you should change your study approach or take another training or study different books.

You should also read this post to check your readiness for the exam - PMP Exam Passins Score.

All the best.