Passed my PMP on 08/24 without opening the PMBOCK Guide (First try)
OK, So let be brag.......but to tell you the truth that PMP exam is very tough... I mean for even someone who is prepared, the exam throws at you scenarios and answers which are the same and all valid. You just have to apply your overall skills and knowledge to get the right one...
So How I did it....
Book I used: Andy Crowe, 4th Edition, Full Plan. (How to pass in first try)
July 2011: I started off listening to the 5 CD Conversation set by Andy Crowe. Amazing thing. I have a 2 hour commute and it was a lot. I breezed through them. Got my head in right mind. I listened to the CD set 3 times in total.
August 1st: I started reading the Book.
August 18th: By 19th of August, I had finished only first 6 Chapters (Through Time).
August 19th - 23rd: I read all remaining Chapters. (through 13). I highlighted review points. Then I reviewed. Made Post it notes for myself...I did Quizes at the End.
Aug 23: My Only One simulated Exam for 150 Questions I did on their website
August 24th: I gave the exam and passed...
How was the Exam:
- First 40 Questions Were Easy and I felt I knew the Stuff
- Next 140 Questions were Hard. I knew of about 98% of content but every answer seemed right or at least I got the choice down to two. Key to answers these Questions is that you need to apply your skills from all 9 KAs. So the question may be about Quality but your answer will relate to Risk as well.
- Exam Math Questions, EV etc... : I probably had a total of 5-6 Math Questions, 2 from Communication Channels, 2 - 3 about CV, EV etc.. and One TCPI.Very low number of Math Q.
- If you want to Pass the Exam, Focus highly on Quality (Know PQAssurance and PQControl Well. Difference of them. One about process and other product). Know Risk Management Well. (Mainly Planning.) Procurement. Almost every Question flet like a contract question. Spend Good time. Spend Good time Kowing the Prof. Resp. as well.
- One more is to focus on Integration Management.
- Exams are not by KAs but by Process Groups.