Passed CAPM yesterday
I passed my CAPM in the first attempt yesterday. I was running short of the required number of project management hours for PMP and hence preferred to appear CAPM first. I was audited for my CAPM application and I am grateful to pmzilla.com for valuable advice I got from here regarding audit process.
The exam was more difficult than I had imagined it to be. Started with PMBOK (3 nice reads), went through various websites, particularly PMRoadTrip, GunaTools, Rita Mulcahy Book Theory part only, DeepfriedPMP, Kim Heldman, Chowdary's notes that were obtained here etc, this went on for six weeks.
Last two weeks devoted to simulated tests and memorizing the 42 processes, ITTOs, Formulae. Though the way Rita Mulcahy is written is not something I liked, I must say the questions are great! Please note, you have to yourself identify the gaps in your knowledge and fill them up. Nobody can do this for you except your own self. One more important thing you must take care of -- If you happen to be working as a Project Manager, you have to forget your world and your office processes. This exam is about the PMBOK processes, if you fail to recognize that, you are at high risk zone already.
Learn to read and comprehend very fast - this will help you in the exam. Do not get bothered if you feel the answer given in your simulated test during preparations is wrong, but do spend time to verify whether it is wrong or not, it is worth it. Remember to go through deep breathing techniques while at the exam to relieve your stress and nervousness. Last but not the least -- DO NOT IGNORE THE ITTOs. You may not be able to remember all of them, but you must have the rough idea.
I ended answering all questions in two hours flat, took another 15 minutes to review the 12 questions I had marked for review. I got BP in one - Procurement Management. I got MP in 3 -- Project Life Cycle and Organization, Project Management Processes and Project Quality Management. I got Proficient in the rest of the 8 chapters. Hope to do better in my PMP attempt next year with your good wishes.
I am very grateful to pmzilla and its various members for the excellent tips they have been providing. The really helped me a lot. Highly recommended!!!