Student Profile: Neelosh Selvaraj, PMP
My background is masters in Electrical Engineering, and I have been in the Automotive industry for over 12 years, and work for a multinational company, and in Project Management role for over 4 years. I have managed projects for OEMs such as Ford Motor Company, and General Motors.
How important do I think it is for new students to read the official PMP Handbook from Project Management Institute (PMI)®? PMP Handbook gives you a basic foundation on the PM knowledge that one needs in order to gain an overall understanding of the different processes.
It is really important to read this and understand on context. It is recommended to read it at least twice, and be dedicated. You need to practise the Exam simulator, and take as many practise exams as possible.
Personally for me, I took 3 practise exams on the PMP Exam simulator. Also, you need to remember the formulae, the process groups, and knowledge areas, and a general understanding on the ITTO (Inputs Tools and Techniques, and Outputs). Remember, memorizing alone may not be too helpful, but memorizing together with a true understanding of the concept is key to passing the exam on the first try.
My recommendations for the last week, would be to take more practise tests, and during the last 1 week before the exam, practise writing down the formulae, process groups and knowledge areas, and ITTOs every single day.
Make sure you sleep well the night before the exam, and try to relax. Arrive at the test center at least 30-60 minutes before your test, so you don't panic with time crunch. On the longer questions, read the answers first, and then read the last line of the question. This technique will help you to cruise through in the exam. If you do not know the answer to a particular question, mark the question, and move on to the next one, and come back to review the marked ones once you are through all the 200 questions. Good luck.
Neelosh Selvaraj, PMP®