Passed PMP today 18-Nov
Submitted by cuteavaya on Fri, 11/18/2011 - 15:56
Passed the test today in Delhi,India. Wanted to share my exp for other people's benefit.
Started prep on 2nd Nov by getting hold of Rita 6th edition and pmbok. I had to give exam asap due to some personal reasons and hence was aiming for as quick a time as possible.
This is how i prepared :- (this is certainly not the right way. The correct way is what most people suggest on this forum and certainly one needs more time. I am mentioning mine just to give people confidence incase they are worried).
Read Rita x 2. Spent 2 days to complete it in first try and then skimmed through it later in 1 day.Read pmbok in one day. Since i didnt have too much time, focused on giving a lot of sample tests. I first did all the questions at the back of Rita's chapters. initially as expected i got a lot of them wrong and it was disheartening as I wasnt ready/prepared enough. But it did help me in knowing what to study. Started doing a lot of online free practice exams. Made a lot of my own notes while studying. Did not mug up/memorize the ITTO's but tried to learn them by actually figuring out the process when answering questions.
I had earlier booked exam for 16th but midway thought it was too soon. then shifted 2 days ahead to 18th as could not have waited any longer. In the end I didnt really study day before exam and just chilled.
Time spent everyday: 7-8 hours and 1 day out of weekend was free/no study day.
I took all free tests Oliver, Rita PM Fastrack V6 and pmstudy 1st test free and paid 25$ for end test. I always scored 65-75% on these. Never got 80 =)
NOW the exam:
I do not think overall it was hugely tough compared to sample tests. Some of the sample tests are really too hard but they help you to prepare. It seems I gave a risk and procurement exam as that was how HIGH number of questions I got on these.
Also unlike some of you mentioned, I did not get really tough ones in the starting. The most tough ones were in the middle.