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Student Profile: Praveen Chandra, PMP

Praveen Chandra

I am a senior project engineer/ program manager working in automotive industry with overall experience of around 12 years now. I have worked mainly for automotive tier 1 suppliers in product engineering and program management and that is where PMP is helping me now.

I am happily married for 6 years now and a father of a 4 year old boy. Studying for exam was slightly difficult for me with job, family and also because I am doing my MS in Engineering Management currently. But proper planning took me through.

PMP is important not only if you want to be a program manager, but also during your current job, it will change your perspective of looking at things. My problem solving approach changed after I learnt a lot from my PMP preparation.

PMP preparation is difficult but with little determination and a good attitude, I believe anyone can do it. First week of preparation should involve formulating a study and setting an end date. Also start going through PM PrepCast videos and the book of student's choice.

Last 3 days before the exam- I took 1 full length exam. Went over my notes which I took down during my preparation. Revised the formulae. Revised page 61 of PMBOK (true me, it does help during the exam if you use it as dump sheet. I took Cornelius' advice). Other than that- relax, relax and free my mind of any clutter.

One final word - it's very difficult to keep focus during the 4 hours. So full length exam practice is very very important to build the focus.
I took a total of 8 full length tests and still my mind was diverting during the exam. So sincere advice to all aspirants is be determined during those 4 hours. It's probably one of the 4 most important hours of your life as you have invested lot of time, money and hard work before you reached the Pearson VUE test center.

Praveen Chandra, PMP

Training for Project Management Professional (PMP)®, PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)®, and Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®