Passed on First Attempt Today - 4 Ps, 1 MP - Lessons Learned Included
First off, I want to thank everyone on this forum. I didn't use this forum a whole lot until the last 20% of my studying time, where I referenced this forum alot. I feel the need to give back, and will remain on this forum for at least another month responding the questions, etc.
Exam Experience: I spent the first tutorial period (15 mins) writing equations down and the 42 processes. I'll be honest; I don't think I referenced it more than one time during my exam. I'm not saying that you don't need to know the equations or processes, but they were so engrained in my head that I didn't really need to reference it. With that said, it's probably a good practice to write them out. When the exam started, the first question I thought was a bit confusing and I got alittle anxious. Then as I went through the next 25 questions, I really built confidence. After the first 50 questions I said to myself, "I got this". I really thought the exam was fair. I didn't think it was easy, but I didn't think it was as hard as I thought it was going to be. I think I was also really prepared for it. I seemed to get a fair amount of HR, Cost and Procurement Questions. My 1 MP was in Closing, and to be honest, as I progressed through the exam, I knew that was going to be my areas of weakness. I had 10 minutes of time at the end of the exam to go back and review stuff I marked
Although I have posted about my issues with the PMstudy.com website and the server going down, while doing practice exams, I must say that I found their questions and level of difficulty to be close to the real exam. The one main difference though is that PMStudy does not provide much network diagrams or Earned Value Management Questions.
Study Plan & Lessons Learned:
I started studying for the PMP on May 20th, 2013 and took the exam today on July 17, 2013. I had quit my corporate job months back and was running my own business with a friend, but was able to devote at least 6 hours a day to study. There was about 10 days where I couldn't study due to sickness and vacation.
- I read Rita's Book two times. I took the end of chapter tests about 3 times. I thought Rita's book was pretty good at explaining things.
- I put off reading PMBOK, but after reading through this forum, I felt the need to read it. I read it one time about a week before my exam. I definately didn't read it in as much details as Rita's book.
- One thing I realized about two days before the exam was that I didn't have the greatest idea of how the Iniating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling and closing tied together. I think this is partly because Rita's book and PMBOK go through each process group individually (integration, scope, time, etc). It would be great if there was ab ook (and maybe there is) that teaches: Initiating, then Planning, then Execution, then M&C, then Closing. I did spend a day just studying the ITTO chart. Trying to understand inputs, outputs, tools and how everything flowed.
- I took the following exams in the following order:
1. CMF Solutions Exam #1 - 73
2. Lehman 175 - 78
3. Lehman 75 - 69
4. PMStudy #1 - 74
5. CMF Soultions #2 - 84
6. PMStudy #2 - 78
7. PMStudy #3 - 82
I felt like Lehman 75 was probably the most difficult. I think PMStudy was the closest to the real exam.
- I also made my own study notes during for the exam.
- I didn't get a chance to look at Raga's 355 or any of the other notes posted on this site.
I think alot of people are anxious about this exam. Anxiety is normal, but honestly, it was really not as bad as I thought it was going to be. BE CONFIDENT IN YOUR ABILITIES AND YOU WILL BE SUCCESSFUL.