Cleared the PMP exam, July 19!!!
Whew, it's finally over! I sat in for the PMP exam this morning and after four long hours, I passed. This has personally been a long road for me. I first took this exam in May 2011 after only having been a project manager for 6 months or so. Our company had Velociteach come in and teach about 20 PM's in our office. Very ineffective. With the lack of preparation and experience, I was doomed from the start. I failed the first time, scoring below proficient in all but two areas. I studied over the following weeks and took it again in June 2011. Failed that time as well. After that, I decided it was not the right time for me to take the exam.
Several months back, I decided I wanted to try it again. I scheduled a training course with PMTI, which was this week. I read Rita's book for about a month prior to taking this training course. I utilized the resourced PMTI provided online last weekend before the training course. The training course was 7:30pm-6:30pm Monday-Thursday this week. It was quite vigorous. I will say, this was an extremely well put together training course. In addition to the course, I studied every night about 3-4 hours a night. I put in about 65 hours this week of studying (including the training course). The test was at 8:30am this morning. I woke up around 5:30 and reviewed all the ITTO's one last time, which definitely helped.
As far as the actual test goes, I utilized 3 hours and 45 minutes of the 4 hour allotted time. I skipped over all the EVM and PDM questions on the first pass. The second pass I focused on marked questions I was unsure of. On the third pass, I solved all the EVM and PDM questions (25 total!!!). I cannot stress enough the importance of knowing the ITTO's front and back! There was heavy emphasis on risk, quality and time management as well. While I wasn't extremely pleased with my scores, I was still ecstatic that I passed. After failing it several times before, my self-confidence was rather low. My scores are below.
On a side note, how long will it take for the certificate registry to update? Also, the PMI ID that is on the examination report, doesn't match my actual PMI ID. Is that normal?