Feb 1st. First attempt passed PMP... Wasn't very confident until the night before! Read How
I have spent the last 3 months preparing for the PMP and I wanted to thank each and every one of you who post on this forum. It was not only one of the biggest resources towards preparing my study plan, but it was also there for me on the days that I felt like it was too difficult to understand and memorize everything! Thank you Thank you!!
As for the Exam, the material that I used are as followed:
* The PMP Prepcast and Simulator (I purchased this to attain my PDU's)
- I suggest the Exam simulator for getting a good understanding of the situational questions as well as the math based questions on the exam. It was my best/favorite resource.
*PMBOK I read it once and referenced it a couple of times on the more difficult knowledge areas such as Risk Management and Procurement Management
*The Free PMP Study Test (I now believe that if you can get 80 percent on this test, that you are readily prepared)
Online ITTO Charts and such
*Abishenk's "Notes" <-- This one was huge because it helped me to be able to learn by each area and not be surprised by any of the glossary items. Although it would be impossible to remember everything by just reading the sheet over, I would say most of the content is on this document and it would be a shame to not take 20-30 hours looking over it.
That is about it besides just reading any and all information that I could find through different google searches based on the topic area.
As for the test, as the subject highlights, I was feeling very unconfident that I had an in depth understanding of all the materials that would be needed to pass the exam. One of the most useful things that I did that helped during the test was remembered the exact order of all the 42 processes in the 9 different knowledge areas. I wrote this entire list down during my brain dump, along with all of the equations that I could think of. The best way that I learned to remember each knowledge area was to remember the number 656335464 (which is how many processes are in each knowledge areas.) Then I remembered the knowledge areas in order: Integration, Scope, Time, Cost, Quality, Comm, HR, Risk, Procurement. Then I just went through each one and wrote them down. It was very useful to be able to look at each knowledge area and know which process group they were in. I simply marked a number 1-5 to represent if they were in the initiating, planning, etc. It was very easy to learn it this was. For example: If* a question wanted to know what Quality process I would use in Execution, I know that Q. Assurance was the only process in Execution.
During the test, I never felt that time was an issue. I actually thought that I was going too quick and that worried be a bunch. I also did not know that if I had wanted to, I could show up prior to my test time and study at the Prometric's testing facility. Looking back, if I had known, I prolly would of spent like 30 minutes prior just confirming all of my knowledge and trying to gain the last piece of confidence.
I suggest that when taking the test, readily mark answers to check after you go through the entire exam. Questions later in the test often times sparked something in my mind from a previous questions, which may have been the difference at the end of the test.
Math questions are a large part of the exam, but they seemed very easy if you know the entire formula sheet. The main thing to remember is always how to break a questions down into PV, EV, AV, SV, CV, BAC, CPI and SPI.
Critical chain questions were easy if you understand how to properly forward pass and backward pass.
There were more than I had thought about outputs and inputs, but luckily I found myself really improved in that area as I had prepared my brain dump.
Many of the questions were very similar to the ones that I had taken on various practice tests. When completing practice exams, I suggest you go 20 questions at a time and use the answers to correct the way you view the problems. It really helped me to actually write out each answer and the reason for the answer. One of the things that learned about myself is that even though I rarely studied the notes that I wrote out, I actually was able to internalize the information better if I wrote them out. I believe because to the naked eye, much of the information reads very similiar and it takes slowing it down to reading it letter by letter to really understand the connections in the processes.
Ultimately it is very attainable if you just treat it like a 3 month workout plan, that you dedicate a part of each day to getting more familiar with the methodology that the PMI are trying to incorporate into future PMP's.
Goodluck and I feel so happy and am now looking to shift from working in Central California as a PM, to a bigger company in LA. Please message me if anyone has any leads! :)
Leave me a comment if anything I wrote helped, I could better explain the process that I went through if I knew what could help all of the future PMP All-Stars! or message me if you have any questions or I can offer any further advice