Passed PMP on Tuesday 27th July 2010.
Thanks to all in the community for sharing their valuable knowledge. It helped me a lot in preparing for the exam.
Initiation Moderately Proficient
Monitoring and Controlling Proficient
Closing Moderately Proficient
Professional and Social Responsibility Moderately Proficient
Attended classroom training provided by EPMC – http://www.effectivepmc.com/
Became member of PMI in mid of May and started preparation by reading PMBOK.
Went through PMBOK Guide – thrice (1st from page first to last, 2nd process wise along with EPMC material, 3rd after reading the Head First)
Read Head First PMP once
EPMC course material – once along with PMBOK
Time taken to read:
1st time, PMBOK reading took 20 days (2 hrs daily, 5-7 hrs weekend)
2nd time around 8-10 days (3hrs daily, few more on weekend)
3rd time 4 days (8 hrs daily)
I was out of touch for around 14-20 days. I strongly suggest not to remain out of touch for long, unless you just can’t which was my case.
Rest spent on reading Head First and cracking few tests
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Submitted the application in mid June for which I got the approval in five working days. Registered for the exam on the same day for 10th August but then I felt ready so preponed it to 27th July just a week before.
I kind of liked reading PMBOK from first to last than process wise. I guess it doesn’t matter provided you understand what happens after what. For me it worked. It may not for you! You will know what you prefer when you will finish reading it for the first time. Many of the PASSED PMPs have mentioned here that they had gone through PMBOK twice with a reference book and I think reading twice is OK, but I had a huge gap between the 1st and 2nd round. So I had to go through it again. That certainly helped a lot! While reading each sentence/topic just try to relate it to questions as to what kind of question can be asked. That will help you remember it well. You can do that once you go through few questions to get an idea about questions that can come up. As everyone says, understand the usage of ITTO rather than memorizing it. I found HEAD FIRST a good source to understand those. Also it has some more info which is not described briefly in PMBOK so that may help you in the real exam.
Tested the knowledge:
Head First 200 Qs: scored 91%
Oliver Lehman 175 Qs: 75%
EPMC free test: 74%
PMSTudy free test :75%
After cracking Head First with 91% I was stuck with 75% in the rest of the tests.
Solving papers will help you determining the questions and what to expect. Also it will get you the experience of sitting for 4 hours which is must. Take breaks to reduce the burden on your brain. That will help you a lot. You may find some of the similar questions from these papers in the actual test!!
I had registered myself on:
EPMC – free question everyday,
PMPBootCamp.org – free question everyday,
pmpexam.com – free question everyday
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Woke up at 6:00am and went through the glossary section of PMBOK in an hour – didn’t read the ITTOs at all. Reported to the exam center at 8:00am. I was assigned desk at 9:45am!! There were two more guys for PMP who were assigned the desk at sharp 9:00AM. Mentioning this just to keep you aware that it may take long though I think mine was an exception case!
Started the test with the tutorial. I was given a scratch pad and pencils in the beginning of the tutorial. I wrote down 5×9 table (PMBOK page#43) and formulas of Cost,Schedule,TPE,EMV, Communication Channels on the scratch pad in 7 minutes. During the test, I didn’t look at the scratch pad even once to refer those. You should do the same scratch pad exercise when you do tests at home.
Ended the tutorial and started the battle. Read each question very carefully, almost twice. Took little less than three hours to finish the test. Was confused on 4-5 questions so jotted down their possible answers on the scratch pad to review it later. Revisited those at the end, changed answer for one and then didn’t have much to review so ended the test. Filled out the survey and within few seconds, reached on the “Congrats” page.
Highlights on the exam questions:
Got 4-5 Qs on EV calculation and they were pretty easy. Didn’t require calculator at all. Most of them were provided with SPI and CPI and were asking the project status.
Few wordy questions on Direct and Manage Project Execution.
1-2 Qs on evaluating which project to choose based on IRR, NAV calculations. This was a surprise for me as I was not expecting it but had gone through the calculations before so could crack it.
Project framework Qs were little tricky.
1 Q on float calculation, 1 on the relationship.
No Qs on communication channel J
Overall found it easier than the tests I had gone during the preparation.
All the best!
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