Student Profile: Vernisha Ahyoung-Baur, PMP
I am an IT Professional with over 16 years of industry experience across various industries but most significantly the Energy industry where I have spent the last 11+ years. I'm also married and the mother of a very busy 6 year old.
Currently I am the IT Manager at one of the largest energy producers in the island and a member of the company's Leadership team. Our projects are usually infrastructure, security or application based in support of the organization's goals. In my spare time I enjoy traveling and building legos with my little one.
The first I read was probably the information on PMI's site however, as I am an avid reader I do not specifically recall what the first thing was. I do remember talking with several friends who all advised that I read the PMBOK guide at least once or twice and I spent a lot of time doing just that. The electronic version of the book made it especially more palatable reading material.
In the last week before the exam you should already have done the majority of the simulator questions.( If you have not, you will be doing yourself a grave injustice). Have a clear plan on what you should be focusing on. My recommendation is that you have no more than 3 or 4 areas along the lines of:
(1) Your top three weak knowledge areas already identified after having done the test bank questions and
(2) Formula revisions.(which the course does a fantastic job on)
(3) ITTOs revision
Just focus on your weak areas and revise those areas constantly by going through the previously completed simulation answers (especially the ones you got wrong) and the references in the PMBOK or RITA (or whatever supplemental material you are using). Cornelius' tips were also a major help to motivate leading up to the exam. If you haven't mastered your time management by now this would be your last chance to do so by taking a few practice exams. You can't do all of this if you are at work, so ideally you should have that week off. The night before the exam, go to bed early and have a very good meal before the exam. Finally, if you are a person of faith, think positively, pray as much as possible and give it your best shot. Good luck to everyone!
Vernisha Ahyoung-Baur, PMP