PMP Passed - Lessons and study plan

Hi all:


I Passed PMP Today and since i had been (Mostly) a silent lurker to this forum for "Tips and Lessons", thought i owe it to share my experience.


Results:


Initiation -  Moderate Proficient
Planning -  Proficient
Execution -  Proficient
M&C -   Proficient
Closing -  Moderate Proficient


Preparation Time: 2-3 Months. Plan to spend 2 hours on weekdays and 4 hours on weekends. That's how long it took for me. Got inspired from seniors at work, thought of upgrading my skills aswell. December proved to be best month for preparation, as office mostly stayed easy, viz-a-viz giving more oppurtunity to expliot.


Material: At minimum, you need a Prep book, adquately supplemented by PMBOK (Which i will not suggest to buy, as you will get an electronic copy upon registration at PMI), further details below:


Books:


Rita Mulcahy: Covers almost everything what you need to know for exam. Good for understanding and has a direct co-relation with PMP Exam. Only missing link, which triggered me to refer to PMBOK more often was the absence of "Inputs - TT - Outputs" Charts. Not that they are not discussed at length, but I needed to knowwhat is being discussed". But then again, it could be my limitation and may vary from person to person.


PMBOK: Used as reference manual, being dry i had to bank on Prep Guide to get some juice of PM processes.


Kim Heldman: Selective study for Quality, Risk and Configuration Management.


Forum:


PMZilla - Coulnt have done without it! Many time you tend to lose focus. Experiences shared here bring you in line with objective and help you to focus your efforts on "stuff that matters"! Big Thanks!


Tests:


Mostly free ones, and trust me there is lot available on the internet, I practically couldnt complete my intended target of sample tests.


Headfirst: Easy, used to gain confidence and identify gaps. (Marks: First try (80%), Rating: 7/10)


PMStudy: Worked the Best for me. Test your applied knowledge. (Marks: First try (77%), Second try: (87%), Rating: 9/10)


Oliver Lehmann: Towards the difficult side, questions adequaltely covers the knowledge areas. (Marks: 175Q: First Try (74%)  Rating: 8/10)


SimpliLearn: Besides some editing problems, exam gives you a chance to test your direct knowledge (Quotes from PMBOK etc.). (Marks: First try (80%), Second try: (88%), Rating: 7/10)


PMRoadtrip: I found it easy overall. (Marks: First try (89%), Rating: 7.5/10)


RITA Fast Track: Excellent source of diverse quesitons, the only issue i faced was, after sometime you kinda start knowing what Rita is expecting you to answer. But hey, PMP is all about what PMI expects, right?


I refrained myself from visiting Rita's quesitons more that 2 times.
(Marks: First try (74%), Second try: (92%), Rating: 8.5/10)


Exam Central: Gave me chance to test my mental stregth to stay focused for 4 hours in a go. Good test over all, recommended.


My two cents on simulated exams:


1. Try as many as "different" similation exam, as take for granted that questions will not be repeated, so its necessary to tune your brain to think right!
2. Avoid visiting a simiulation more than two times. First time, you are testing your knowledge, Second time you are testing your knowledge and Memory.


Study Plan:


1. Read Rita Cover to cover, solved problems at the end of chapters.
2. 200 Question Headfirst Test, identify gaps.
3. Read Rita again and filled gaps with frequent references to PMBOK.
4. Exam simulations, find gaps which were not filled appropriately.
5. Read Rita again and filled gaps with frequent references to PMBOK and Kim Heldman (Selective chapters)
6. ITTOs. Find more on this below:
7. Exam similutaion
8. Rajesh Nair - Amazing notes, you dont need to write anything, just refer them in last few days! This fella somehow have squeezed PMBOK in excel. Hats off!!


Lessons Learned, Tips and Tricks:


To Memorize or not to memorize the ITTOs? i didnt! but i had a fair understanding of what is required, to get what and using what? I initially tired to memorize, but its too much of information overload. You shall need your brain free when you are in exam.


Brain dump sheet: I had all 42 processes, EAC formulas and Contract types Chart with risk factor defined.


Have something to keep you motivated thru out, like a bottle of wine worked for me! Kept it safe to open on the day i pass the exam.


Exam Day:


Had exam at 8:30 Am, i couldnt sleep well night before. However was reasonably fresh for the BIG day. First 20 minutes, i thought i blanked out - attempted 25 question, and most of them were marked for review. But life returned and i was on the roll. No breaks taken, finished exam in 2 Hours 58 Mins and used last one hour to review the questions. finished the exam with 18 secs to go...


After Exam:


Came home with wife and kid waiting, both knew about the exam and throughly supported me thruout the journey. Big Thank to my wife, she took care of all family affairs while allowing me to focus on my exam.


Its time to open my wine bottle :)


Happy New Year!!

Dear Ashish,

Congrats on clearing the PMP and wish you a very happy new year. Thanks for the study plan and the LL.

I would appreciate if you could share the question banks and reference material.

I have sent you a separate message from PM Zilla with my mail id details.

Thanks in advance!

Jaydeep

 

 

 

 

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Congrtulations on your PMP. Nice detailed post.

Regards

 

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Congrats Ashish.. Happy New Year..

Please share your notes to me.. my email id is manikandan.aru@gmail.com

Thanks, Mani.

Ashish, 

Nice , Detailed Posting.    Congrats and Happy new year to you. 

Can you please send the materials to altiman2000@yahoo.com

-Shiva

 

 

Hi i am taking my exam shortly , pl share your question bank my id immacjul@gmail.com

Hi Ashish

Congratulations and could you please share the Q banks and ref material at ss.nn3002@yahoo.com

Thanks

 Hi Ashish,

 

First of all congrats for passing the PMP exam...I am planning to take this test soon and it will be really good if you could send me the question bank n other reference material.

My Id is: sansomus81@gmail.com

Many Thanks,

 

Sandeep B

Hi Man,

First of all congrats & How are you....... and 2ndly can you please send the metrial on "taaham@gmail.com" . I will be thankful.....

 

Regards/-Tahir

Great achievement, please do share useful material to iandhra@gmail.com


Thanks


 

Hi Ashish ,


Congratulations for clearing the PMP...The lessons learned is also awsome .


If possible can u share the question bank and other materials ..My email is


anuragkhare123@gmail.com


Thanks,
Anurag


 


 


 


 


 

Hi Ashish ,


Congratulations for clearing the PMP...The lessons learned is also awsome .


If possible can u share the question bank and other materials ..My email is


anuragkhare123@gmail.com


Thanks,
Anurag


 


 


 


 


 

Congrats Ashish.. and have a great and prosperous  New Year..


It would be great if you share your notes with me.. my email id is sabi.m.h@gmail.com


 


Regards


Sabi

Congrats Ashish..Can you please share the question bank and reference materials you have for the exam..My email id is t_nayak_2000@yahoo.co.uk


 


Thanks

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i found your notes very helpful. I just recently started prep for PMP. Still trying to collect all the materials.


Could you please send the materials/questions you have to my email: lovejindi@gmail.com?


 


Thank you very much and happy new year!


Di

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Hi Friend,

First of all congrats for clearing the exam!!

I am planning to take up the exam too and it will be great if you can share question bank and reference material.

I am aslo looking for PMP EXAM PREP-RITA (6TH edition).If you have the pdf copy can you please share it with me.

Waiting to hear from you

Many Thanks,

Debasish

debasish4uu@gmail.com

 

 

Congratulations Ashish..your post is really helpful and inpiring .. thanks for all details.


Planning to buy wine bottle :-)  So please send the materials @ kailas684@gmail.com. thanks for sharing.


Wish you a very best luck in applying your knowledge over future projects..


Regards, Kailas684

Dear Ashi


Congratulation!  Could you share the link of the free exam questions and also I can't open the link of PM Road Map http://www.pmroadtrip.com/readonlinev4.html , need some help.  you can send to my email porlin9@gmail.com.


Best Regards


PY

Congratulations !!


please send the materials sydjahangir@gmail.com

HI Ashish,

Congrats on PMP. Well that was good information. Well please forward me the material you referend in your info to my email ayubansari786@gmail.com.

Thanks

Ayub Ansari.M

 

Ashish,

Congrats on clearing the PMP and wish you a very happy new year. Thanks for write up and it gives me example of what's needed to pass test. 

I would appreciate if you could share Rita's PMP Exam Prep book 7th edition. My email is myso27@gmail.com

 

Thanks in advance!

SaintMS D 

I studied Rita 6th edition and dont have access to 7th edition. 


Regards - 

Congratulations Ashish for clearing PMP !!!


Also, thanks for this excellent post sharing the tips that you learned through your experiences.. This is defenitely of great help for newbies like me who are making their first steps towards writing PMP !!


if possible, please share notes/materials to abhi742@gmail.com. Thanks.


- Abhilash Krishnan

Congratulations Ashish for clearing PMP !!!


Could you please share the  Rita's ebook to vinodkumar.l@gmail.com


Thanks


Vinod


 

Congrats mate and thanks for taking time to write this, it is detailed and motivating.

Cheers!

Sewatkar

Hi Aashish,


 


Congrats buddy on your success.. I have started preparing for PMP and Im losing focus with multiple materials for reference.


Please share Rita's 7th edition as well as some materials or questions which might help me prepare.


 


Thanks in advance.


Anand.S

Hi Aashish,


 


Congrats buddy on your success.. I have started preparing for PMP and Im losing focus with multiple materials for reference.


Please share Rita's 7th edition as well as some materials or questions which might help me prepare.


 Send the materials to anand2381@gmail.com


Thanks in advance.


Anand.S

Sorry Anand, I dont have 7th edition with me, infact i used the paper back 6th edition.


Nonetheless, I shall push you other material, formula sheets, my notes, question bank etc


Hope it help and best of luck.

Hi Ashish,


Can u also pls send me all of ur material...i shall be thankful to you at saurabh24jain@rediffmail.com


 

Hi Ashishsharma,


Congratulations! Thank you for sharing comprehensive and essential experience!


I'll appreciate very much if you're able to share you materials with me. email: iamhumanbeing6@hotmail.com


Thanks!


Best wishes for you and your supportive familliy! 


-Danny

Hey Ashish,


Thanks to your excellent write up, tricks and trips for the PMP exam.


 Sarang.