Passed PMP exam yesterday
After a long tiring journey, i succeeded in the certification process yesterday with 4P and 1MP for initiation. Penning down my experience.
Started in April 2014. I first tried self study and try studying PMBoK for a month.I was disappointed to realize that I hardly recollected anything after 20 days.
May : After reading through many blogs and suggestions, I bought Rita and tried reading - but I still felt the gap.
June: I joined the KnowledgeWoods training program for 4 week ends. Before attending the classes, I read PMBoK again.
The classes gave me a strong base and a direction to proceed. I also met many others who were focusing on PMP. Their tips & experiences was also a great value add.
July : Read headfirst and quick PMBoK reference along with exercises from Rita & Headfirst.I also took time to watch some wonderful videos. Videos from Tamilselvan Mahalingam Sir https://www.youtube.com/user/PMBOK5 and Saket Bansal Sir - izenbridge was of tremendous help.
August : Started taking mock tests. As as part of my knowledgewoods training, we had access to 10 mock tests. I took 2-3 tests every weekend and additional tests during the holidays which came in between. After each test - I would read all answers, analyze the weak areas and read-up again from Rita & PMBoK. My score started at 70% and gradually increased to 78.5. Initially I was below average for closing groups, I also worked on that to cover the gaps. I was pretty confident by the end of 10 tests.
To be sure, I purchased PMzilla 200 difficult questions and also attempted Oliver Lehman & PM Study questions. I actually did not do too well in these tests... 60+% only.
I took the final exam on 4th September. The exam was pretty easy and similar to the mock tests. There were some tough questions on initiation - calculations. I finished the exam in 3 hours. I got 4P and 1P for initiating as expected.
pmzilla has been my constant SOS for doubts. Most of the times i did not post my query, as a search led me to many questions and suitable answers.
I would not like to advise anyone as each person has to plan his/her own personal journey considering their learning ability, time & resources. I am willing to help anyone as needed. Do let me know if you need any information.