****FAILED ON 5BPs**** 05/28/2013
Hey fellow PMzilla users,
i have just completed my exam 4hrs ago and after clicking that END button, 5BPs were displayed on the screen which really hit me pretty bad and came as a total shock.
I studied for 6 months and took the last 5 days off for review. I was confident i did really well for the first 100/200 questions. Then the next 100 questions i was sure i got at least 50/100 correct. So i couldn't figure out why i did not even score a MP for any of the category. At the end of the exam when the question asked whether i want to perform the survey or click next, i didn't bother with the survey because i was so nervous. I selected NEXT, and the screen went blank for 4 minutes which i wasn't sure if it was a computer cliche or not. Then after 4 minutes of white out, the screen displayed the results of 5BPs. it was really strange.
I'm looking to appeal and see whether a computer cliche did play a factor in the results.
I figured i should share my preparation and experience since everyone's tips were so helpful.
How i prepared my exam
rita's 7th edition- read it once and made my own notes for every single chapter.
abhishek's notes and own notes- read Abhishek's and own notes 3 times each
pmstudy mock exams
Test 1-60%, Test 2-65%, Test 3-70%, Test 4-70%
I read there were users who passed the exam when their mock exam scores were 50%-70%.
Now for the exam, i didnt' find the math questions tough. I will say roughly 20 math questions. I believe at least 8-9 questions were on the EV formula questions, (e.g what is the SPI, or CPI? TPCI) I had a few critical network diagram questions (what is the slack, critical path).
But it was the long situational questions that might have took up more of my time. I didn't take any breaks and had to use the full 4hrs because the first 20mins i was so nervous i re-read a few questions at least 3 times. I had a few inputs and outputs questions. Not alot of Ethics and procurement questions on my exam. i would say my exam consisted more of of Risk, Scope and Time Mgmt Questions. Exam was just long and watching that timer count down was extremely stressful especially when you have to draw your diagrams or enter the numbers in that calculator.
Not sure what i will do after the appeal comes back from pmi. Here's to hoping it was in fact a computer cliche and i passed. But if i didn't, i'm still debating whether to schedule my 2nd booking around the end of july for one final try.
I need the assistance from all PMZilla guru's who successfully passed to help sort out my mistakes where i failed on my first try. it was heartbreaking to see that FAIL message pop up on the screen.