Passed PMP test after failed first attempt......

Hello All. First Off, I'd like to thank all of those who have posted in this forum and paved the way for aspiring PMP's.

I'd like to give my two cents back as I've borrowed a couple from this forum from time to time.

As I mentioned in my subject, I did not pass the PMP on my first attempt and after taking the test, I know why. I work full time and have two kids including a new born so my study sessions were early morning, weekends, and the library for a couple of hours every night on my way home from work. Since my study sessions were typically 2 -3 hours, I needed to get the most out of my time so I figured I would study the subjects only and use context to understand the questions. Don't get me wrong, I felt like I was very prepared when I walked in to take the test as I knew each process, knowledge area, formulas, etc. front - to - back. It wasn't enough.

So for Round 2 - I focused on understanding the concepts, the why's and the how's, and truly processing what the question is asking. As you probly know, each PMP question asks for the "best answer" and 8 times out of 10, 3 of the 4 answers look to be best. I made sure that I answered each question the way the PMI would want it answered.

So to sum it up, memorization will not be enough and the questions that are asked need to be answered in the way the PMI would like them answered.

Cheers and good luck.

Books used for prep: PMBOK and Andy Crowe (read both in total about two times)
Great Website for study materials: Print off the PMBOK study guides. I found that a lot of the questions here were in the exact format and relevance as the actual test. GREAT SITE.

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Congratulations and thanks for sharing