PMP Exam - Beyond expectations

Hello everyone,

I am new member on PM Zilla community. 

I hope that by starting this thread I posted in the right area of the forum. Stating this, I would like to share my unpleasent experience with this exam and I hope that it might help *others or bring a mutual benefit for the persons who have a technical or a more exact science oriented background. 

I do not want to write too much on my first post, so I short as possible. I have attented the exam recently in Berlin, Germany. Unfortunately I did not passed, I had a 2 middle profficient and three below proficient levels. And here comes the interesting part. 

The situational questions (which I will not disclose) and they constituted a hefty percentage from the total number of questions were of subjectivity grade that it was beyond common sense. I mean, during my preparation I have encountered situational questions from the training materials of Rita or using the online simulator (which is a very good one by the way) and others as well but they do not even come close the amount of subjectivity and format of the real exam questions. 

To provide a small reference on my training I can state the following:

- total training time 4 months, averaging 6-8 hours per week decomposed like this:

      - January to March, going through PMBok multiple times and refreshing my knowledge of project mamagement from other books which are more comprehensive than PMBok regarding tools and techniques as well as examples to a level of 5-10 fold;

     - March to May, making online and paper test, studying Rita and the PMBok (making info sheets for every knowledge area and keeping my own version of ITTOs in Excel )

     - Intensive learning in my 10 working days of holidays in the first half of May with 8 hours dedicated to PMP training per day or more (many tests of 100 questions each and including 4 tests of 200 questions as well, recapitulation of the knowledge areas from PMBok, ITTO exercises, making lessons learned for each test etc.

All this has made me to account a total of aproximately 2800 questions with an average of 84% accuracy of correct answers. 


Now, the only problem with what I have written here is that I went overly confident to this test and found out that the questions received in front of my screen were, as I mentioned above, so subjective, that it made me curse and read up to four times to understand it and resulting in aproximatively 20% percent of annotated questions on my draft paper (the one you receive for making hand notes, calculations etc) because I was not sure about my answers. The questions were annoing.

Althoug I am not a native English speaker, I pressume that the highest latency for reading and understanding "a wierd text" would not reach more than 5 seconds in my case compared to a native speaker. Therefore I do not think that my results correlates the ability of reading and understanding English text, since many years ago I have passed an IELTS Academic English Test with a band score of 8.5. 

In conclusion: How, can a person with a flawles background in taking high level exams of severe dificulty in exact sciences (mathematics, physics and other) cannot deal with this situational and very subjective questions of the PMP exam? Are there members in this community who ressemble my case? At least someone who can share a similar experience? The level of my training and professional experience should not be a factor in my case for triggering the results.

In the following posts I will share more about my profile and experience in project management. 



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Get well trained in a professsional institute. You can gain the pratical knowledge as well as tips, tricks & how to prepare for the exam. 

We are also providing training for different modules & our faculty are having 30 years of industry experience. 

Reasons for Failure
PMP Exam is a professional exam and it is a difficult exam. It requires consistent and regular study. 
I have written a post that describes 15 Reasons Why People Failed the PMP Exam. You can read this article to understand why aspirants fail in the PMP exam.
How to Avoid Failure
An aspirant should imbibe all the points written in the article. One should understand what what should be done and what should be avoided. Some of the important points written in he article are:
Attend a formal training course
Read the PMBOK Guide
Do not overtly rely on free sources (although some free sources are good).
The article also give value alternatives and suggestions to avoid pitfalls.
You should visit the following link and download free PMP Exam Prep guide - How To Get PMP Certification - Download Free Guide. This guide gives complete information about the PMP Exam, including:
* Eligibility Criteria for the PMP Exam
* Pros & cons of different modes of training
* Study approach to pass the exam in first attempt
* Suggested PMP exam preparation schedule
* Recommended study material for the exam prep
Good luck.

So, I have a short update to make. Recently I have managed to pass the exam for this certification.

The only difference from my last time was that, I haven't improved the knowledge (which was already there) but I have understood how to approach the questions. There are many techniques on the internet regarding how to deal with the PMI-PMP exam questions.

For non native English speakers it is a must to learn this techniques and avoid losing time by reading a long question text and it's answers a couple of times.

It would be awesome to see more these kind of questioners. - Phillip Elden