Success ! Lessons Learnt...
Passed the exam (first attempt) with 5 proficient and 1 moderately proficient. Very deighted and relieved :)
Haven't got any evidence yet as they could not give me the print out of this summary :-( due to some technical issues...and the lead time for the actual certificate is 6 weeks! Was hoping to collect the print out as the immediate proof to show to my friends , family!... the reward.... of all the hard work of last 3 months or more...sacrifices...Prometric staff is pretty blunt and they say they cant help. Has anyone faced this issue and has got any suggestions? I have sent through the email query to PMI though.
Lessons Learnt and summary -
Nothing different for the standard practice
Head First (once),
PMBOK(twice and then highlighted topics),
Rita's (twice and then highlighted topics),
4-5 full length 200 Q exams (within 2-3 weeks before the exam) and was scoring in the range 81-86.5%
and a lot of sample questions...
You need to have a clear study plan and stick to it....Dont under estimate the dedicatation required and the need to continue the momentum... I had to start all over again due to 5-6 weeks of break in between....I studied alone ...
Actual exam - for me the main challenge was to sit and concentrate for 4 hours. Took 2 breaks to freshen myself up a bit. The fact that I couldnt get much sleep last night due to anxiety made it bit more diffcult.
In the end, best result for the hard work :)
I believe, in addition to the successful certfication, the best outcome is how you start applying better practices at work and become a better Project Manager in the process of preparing for the exam.
Thanks everyone and good luck!