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TOPIC: Should I wait to take the exam

Should I wait to take the exam 14 years 7 months ago #167

  • Stephanie Caruso
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Ok...I took a prep exam from April to end of May, I have been studying solid for a month, I have a week to my exam and I am starting to feel very overwhelmed, I am doing some practice tests and I feel that I am not doing well enough. In my career I work on what would be considered as smaller projects and I feel I can't distinguish between 2 of the correct answers why one is the better answer over the other. I am not sure if I should postpone it, frankly I am getting sick of the material also..lol. I know that this is my decision but was wondering if you can give me some advice.

Re:Should I wait to take the exam 14 years 7 months ago #168

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It depends.

If you really don't feel ready, then yes I would recommend that you wait. There is no point in attempting the exam if you personally think that you are going to fail as you go into it. That would be a self fulfilling prophecy.

Also remember that the last day of the old exam is on the 30th - everyone is now trying to get their exam done. So if you have not yet scheduled your exam and you already have a date then it is very likely that all the open spots are already taken. And because of that you may be forced to wait until a seat is available after June 30th to take the new exam.

Furthermore, remember that the PMP exam doesn't really change significantly after June 30th. There are areas that will change (i.e. on questions like What are the inputs to the Create WBS process") but the general concepts of project management have still remained the same, the earned value formulas are still the same and a project manager is still supposed to be proactive. So you will very likely encounter many of the exact same questions on July 1st as you would on June 30th. It's an evolutionary and not a revolutionary change.
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Cornelius Fichtner, PMP, CSM
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