Passed PMP on 10/27 - Lessons Learned
I was successful in passing the PMP this week on Oct. 27th, passing with 1 Proficient and 4 MPs. The first time I took the exam was in May, and failed with 4 MPs and 1 BP.
-Books: The most helpful book I read was Rita Mulcahy's, which I read 2x. I did all of the exercises and chapter tests. This book was the very best at covering the areas that are on the exam.
I also read the Andy Crowe book, but felt it was a waste of time and could have been ok just with Rita's.
I read the PMBOK 2x, and I definitely encourage this.
PMStudy– 200 question free test and the 75 and 175 question Oliver Lehmann free tests. These were actually harder than the actual exam for me, so when I got in to take the exam, I was actually smiling and very confident at the ease of questions.
What did not help:
-Bootcamp: I took an expensive, 1 week bootcamp course from The Knowledge Academy. This course gave me a decent base, but no where near what I needed to pass the test.
-Trying to memorize all of the ITTOs. Just stick with Rita's book and the chart she has. Much easier!
Best of luck to you all, and if you are not successful in your first attempt, use it as a learning session and then focus hard on the areas you were unsure of. :)