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TOPIC: CAPM: a route to score above target in all domains

CAPM: a route to score above target in all domains 3 months 3 weeks ago #27543

  • Francois Verschave
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I allowed myself 2 to 3 months to pass the CAPM and I quickly realized that digesting the PMBOK Guide is a much tedious task also for me :) Reading & learning the Guide would take much more time than I'd have hoped for. So I subscribed to the CAPM Prepcast. After passing the exam in 3 months time, scoring above target in all domains, it's a no brainer, that was the key decision for me to pass. I'm really greateful to the CAPM Prepcast & Cornelius' team for your work, that added incredible value to me.

I chose the following approach:

1.) I took the pre-assessment quiz. Scored ~65%. Then I watched the overview lessons only (a step I should have skipped - not necessary)

2.) I watched all videos allowing myself twice the duration of the video. Necessary to pause, go back, understand, take comprehensive notes. So that's about 130h in total.
@Cornelius' team: is there a function to jump back/forward 10 sec in the player? That would have helped a great deal.

3.) I reviewed all chapters one by one by in 3 days iterations.
1st pass, day 1 => read / learn all notes, review the chapter in the PMBOK Guide, make mind mappings for all ITTOs, flows of input/outputs, etc.
2nd pass, day 2 => consolidate learning, review memory gaps as well as common patterns in ITTOs, etc. Start 1st pass on another chapter.
3rd pass, day 3 => quick review, made sure everything is understood, fill last gaps in memory. 2nd pass on the chapter started the day before, 1st pass on a new chapter
and so on...

4.) At the end of all chapters I still had in mind the core of the 1st chapters, but was not confident that would be enough for passing. So to test myself
I took the 3 practice exams scoring 75%, 77%, and 80%. Quick review of mistakes, most of them because I would not review the questions I found tricky, but also some voids in memories and a few misunderstandings of concepts. I allowed myself 3 days to clear that and scheduled the proctored exam.

5.) Before the exam I reviewed all questions wrongly answered chapter by chapter, made an overview pass on each chapter and read the PMBOK chapter again to refresh the memory.

6.) On exam day, I felt ready. Prepared for the proctored exam, cleared the desk, set aside my ID, tested the system.

7.) During the exam I focused on understanding the question and possible answers, flagged the 20 ones I had doubts about and reviewed them at the end.
I had decided to take it at night in order not to be disturbed. At the end of test, having ~1h time left to review was great to overcome the effect of fatigue.
After pressing the button to submit one immediatly gets the info if one passes, so I was able to celebrate right away.
Note also, I experienced a bloqued popup on the screen that hide part of long questions. I couldn't do anything about it and wasn't prepared for that.
My advice : don't hesitate to ask the chat for help. It cost about ~5 min to solve incl. discussions to explain the trouble. They simply restarted my session.


My takeaways:
- one doesn't need to konw everything by heart to pass. I feel my strategy was good to learn deeply, which was my goal. Tailor if you just need the diploma.
- The CAPM Prepcast offers a 1st filter on the PMBOK Guide, reveals its structure (greatly necessary for learning) as well as patterns in ITTOs.
- Explanations in the practice exams are worth the reading, as it gives another angle at concepts.
- One doesn't need anything but the CAPM Prepcast and the PMBOK Guide to pass the CAPM with lots of margin. I recommend investing in it, it's worth the money.


I hope this strategy of mine will help you who start the process. Best of luck to you!

@Cornelius and your team:
if by any chance you review this lesson learned of mine, thank you again ! Now, I wonder. Targeting next the PMP, do you recommend purchasing
the PM Prepcast or simply take the CAPM Prepcast lessons which are not mandatory for the CAPM on top?

CAPM: a route to score above target in all domains 3 months 3 weeks ago #27545

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G'day Francois,

Congratulations on your success, well earned!
Thank you very much for sharing such a detailed account of your journey, to help others.
Linda de Boer, CAPM®
Manager of System Architecture
Owl Tree Operations Inc.

CAPM: a route to score above target in all domains 3 months 2 weeks ago #27564

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Francois,

Congratulations on passing your exam!

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Congratulations again, and best of luck in your future endeavors!
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