PMP certification successfully completed
Submitted by pcmpu on Fri, 07/24/2015 - 11:09
Thank you all for sharing your experience.
Cleared the PMP exam few days ago. This was my first attempt.
Sharing my journey to PMP, hope it`ll help other PMP aspriants.
Wanted to this certification for quite sometime, third week of Apr`15 decided to finally go for it. Ordered book, received within couple of days and preparation started.
First week of May`15, completed the PMI membership. Downloaded POMBOK 05th edition. This book is 600 odd pages, so ordered the hard copy as I am more comfortable with paperback for this size of book.
- Read Rita M
- Read PMBOK
- Made sure I was able to write pg 61 of pmbok. This helped me as I was able to arrange all the processes in sequence.
- Completed 35 PDUs by mid Jun`15. Attending the classroom training after reading the book really helped as I could relate to most of the topics.
Interactions with fellow PMP aspirants also clarified many concepts.
- Applied for exam eligibility, received confirmation within few days
- Read PMBOK - Rita M chapter-by-chapter
- Answered Rita M chapter end questions
- Did most of Rita M chapter excercises
To pass this exam PMBOK understanding is must. Every sentence is a potential question.
Initally I didn't set any target date for exam, so took my time to understand what is written in PMBOK. Rita M helped here as this book explained the topics in simple language.
Towards end of June started giving mock exams. Below are the exams given :
- Christopher Scordo 18 exams
- PM Study 1,2,3,4
- Oliver Lehmann 75
- Oliver Lehmann 175
- Rita M chapter excercises
- PM Study KA questions + Rita M chapter end questions : this resulted me solving between 70 - 120 questions for each KA
Scheduled exam for third week of July`15. With 15 days or so to go, ordered PMZilla 200 Qs.
Thanks to admin for sending me the Qs. set within 01 hour of me sending the email.
- PMZilla 200 Qs.
Revised PMBOK once more all chapters. Browsed Rita M all chapters.
With 10 days or so before exam, tried PMZilla Qs. This Qs set is tougher than actual exam. This helped me find my knowledge gaps.
Last three days before the exam didn't gave any mock exam :
- 03rd day : read the 30 page notes I prepared and referred PMBOK where necessary, approx. 04 hours
- 02nd day : same as above, approx. 02 hours
- last day : 40 minutes browsed through the notes
Exam day :
Reached the exam center 50 minutes early only to find myself in queue behind more than 20 exam aspirants (different exams). Initial formality took long time as the centre had issues with some of their systems. The staff were very professional and managed the rush well.
Finally was assigned a desk for my exam. Started the exam straight away after the tutorial. Didn't do any dump as I was practising them daily writing twice for the last few days before exam, so able to recollect without any issue.
Had a target of answering 65 questions per hour. 01st hour 62 questions, end of 02nd hour 135 questions, end of 03rd hour 197 questions. By 3.5 hours completed the test with review comfortably. Did the survey that followed, submitted and within 15 seconds Congratulations appeared on the screen. Mission accomplished. I was given a prinout of the result from the center. Four proficient and one moderately proficient.
Most of the Questions are situational, ~40% of them with at least 4 lines, few of the questions were too long (had to scroll down), lots of math questions, good number of itto questions.
The exam is not very difficult, however, it's not straight forward too. If you know PMBOK you are good to go ahead.
I tried to spend at least 02 hours daily and 5-6 hours on weekends. Couldn't utilize all the weekends, spent at least 6 weekends at office during the exam preparation period. In my opinion, regular study is more important even if its for an hour daily.
Take your time, practice lots of quality questions, review mistakes, work on knowledge gaps and you`ll clear the exam. Wish you all the best.