Passed PMP on 30th June- First attempt, no PMBOK
I passed the exam today.
I used simple score prediction system to predict results on PM Study tests very correctly. I used same prediction system on the real test and it gave me a lot of confidence. Here is how I did it.
During my tests (PMStudy and real one), I classified my answers to three categories:
1) 90% sure –when I’m very sure
2) 50% sure - when I’m relatively unsure between two answers
3) 33% sure – when I’m unsure between three answers.
After each 50 answers I multiplied the probability with the number of answers in the category and summed the results for all three categories. With such calculation I predicted my PMStudy scores in +-2%. Therefore on the real test I was sure that I’ll pass because my calculated score was around 79%. It is very nice feeling having score above 75% after first 50 questions and keeping this score or higher later.
About my preparation… My friends told me not to read PMBOK and I did it so. I was pretty confident because I analyzed here testimonies of the people who didn’t pass. I noticed that most of them:
1) used only PMBOK for preparation
2) and/or have been too confident because having long PM practice.
I have 6- 7 years practice, but didn't underestimate the exam.
Also I didn't knew ITTO by heart and even when I tried to write all 42 processes, I always missed at least one:). But, I think I prepared my exam decently.
Here is my way and tools:
1) read Rita first time, tried to understand what I read, but didn’t make most of the practices. Answered and analyzed questions. Took me two months, let’s say 60 hours.
2) Made full test on Rita's simulator. 53%. Big disappointment.
3) Rita second time, more understanding, no practices, answering and analyzing questions. Like 30 hours.
4) Full test on Rita's simulator. 63%, but lot of questions I saw earlier.
5) Easy re-read Rita's book third time. I understood almost everything. Answered and analyzed questions after 50% chapters. Needed like 20 hours
6) Oliver Lehman’s short test. Score slightly over 70.
7) 4 PMStudy tests. 72-74%. Analyzed answers very detailed. Repeated critical chapters from Rita's book. It took me three days. 8-12 hours daily, Friday - Sunday.
8) Nothing on Monday-Wednesday
9) Thursday, 2 hours Rita's book - fast overview of all chapters
10) passed exam. 2 Proficient, 4 moderate
- PMBOK is not necessary for passing the test
- Not necessary to learn ITTOs
- 70-74 on PMStudy is enough.
Reading PMBOK and learning ITTOs was my fallback plan for 2nd atempt. Very relaxed after all:)