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The PMP exam is for the Project Manager only? 3 years 6 months ago #3379

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Hello Cornelius,

i'm working as Document Control Engineer in Project Management Department in our Company for 3 years with deals for engineering and design of the project. its my experience is qualified to take the PMP exam because i think the scope of my work is for Planning Process only. i have a bachelor degree and also i have 35 contact hours. The PMP exam is for the Project Manager only?

The PMP exam is for the Project Manager only? 3 years 6 months ago #3402

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Hello Cornelius,

i need your advice, can i continue my review on PMP exam or i just concentrate in CAPM exam because i have no experience in Project Manager role.

The PMP exam is for the Project Manager only? 3 years 6 months ago #3403

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Christian,

Sorry for not responding to your original question 6 days ago. Looks like our forum had a hiccup and was not sending me any email notifications there for a few days. In any case... here's my answer to you:

PMI clearly states in the PMP Credential Handbook www.project-management-prepcast.com/pmphb the following:
The PMP recognizes the competence of an individual to perform the role of a project manager [...]
Since you wrote that you have no experience in this role, that means that the PMP credential is not for you. The CAPM on the other hand is aimed at project team members and helping them "align their work with that of the PM". If your goal is to become a PMP in the long run then yes... do get the CAPM first, then gain experience as a project manager and over the coming 3 years (that's the minimum required) and then take the PMP Exam.
Until Next Time,
Cornelius Fichtner, PMP, CSM
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The PMP exam is for the Project Manager only? 3 years 6 months ago #3404

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Thanks Mr. Cornelius,

can you give me other resources for my practice exam because all of your product is align for PMP exam.

The PMP exam is for the Project Manager only? 3 years 6 months ago #3405

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Christian,

No problem at all, because The PM PrepCast will help you as well. Yes... it is in fact targeted at PMP candidates, but it also covers 100% of The PMBOK Guide. And since the CAPM exam is a knowledge based exam that requires you to remember facts from the guide, that means that the PM PrepCast will help you.

Here are my recommended study tools:
1) PMBOK Guide - study it twice at least
2) PM PrepCast - to "translate" the PMBOK Guide into "everyday language" for you
3) Achieve CAPM Exam success - www.project-management-prepcast.com/capmhb

Note that the CAPM exam will change on July 1st. If you are unable to take the exam before then you should buy all materials based on PMBOK 5.
Until Next Time,
Cornelius Fichtner, PMP, CSM
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The PMP exam is for the Project Manager only? 3 years 6 months ago #3406

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Cornelius......

Thanks for the relies.

Rick

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Rick....

No roblem....

:laugh:
Until Next Time,
Cornelius Fichtner, PMP, CSM
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The PMP exam is for the Project Manager only? 3 years 6 months ago #3410

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Cornelius....
You have not answered the fundamental question asked of you a few days back...... I suspect your email system my still be malfunctioning.

In reviewing candidates simulator scores on the prepcast website, located in the pull down menu that also keeps in memory my personal test scores.

It appears the " average" scores of other test takers are fairly low.

We know the minimum score in no longer give by pmi, however......

I assume those knowledable in this exam have with fair certainty what those candidates passing the pmp pmp exam are scoring in the simulator. What is a minimum you are seeing that candidates should be reaching in the simulator in order to pass this exam.

Thanks.

The PMP exam is for the Project Manager only? 3 years 6 months ago #3411

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Cornelius....
You have not answered the fundamental question asked of you a few days back...... I suspect your email system my still be malfunctioning.

In reviewing candidates simulator scores on the prepcast website, located in the pull down menu that also keeps in memory my personal test scores.

It appears the " average" scores of other test takers are fairly low.

We know the minimum score in no longer give by pmi, however......

I assume those knowledable in this exam have with fair certainty what those candidates passing the pmp pmp exam are scoring in the simulator. What is a minimum you are seeing that candidates should be reaching in the simulator in order to pass this exam.

Thanks.

The PMP exam is for the Project Manager only? 3 years 6 months ago #3435

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Richard,

As a matter of fact our knowledge about this is pretty limited. PMI is extremely tight-lipped about anything about the exam. We receive 0 (zero) information about exam scores, passing rates, etc.

What we do, however, is send all students of The PM Exam Simulator an email about 90 days after their simulator access has ended and we ask them to tell us how they fared. You can see the results of this, when you log in to the simulator and select "My Results > My Statistics > Exam Feedback".

The current statistics are attached - but please do take them with a grain of salt, because "your mileage may vary".
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Cornelius Fichtner, PMP, CSM
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The PMP exam is for the Project Manager only? 3 years 6 months ago #3436

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Cornelius....

This is a frustrating process.

Since we first corresponded, you suggested I take some full blown 200 question exams. Since your suggestion I have spent every Friday night 7 to 11 doing just that.

I took these exams in reverse order starting with #8.

My last exam I scored 69 percent. I thought I was getting better, but based on your charts first attempt, second attempt etc it appears maybe I am not.

It is agreed I am seeing some of the questions twice..... so is it fair to say my real score is lower and thus I am still in the loser category.

At what point I will turn the corner I am still not sure..... I have millions of hours into studying but not sure how to provide myself a more robust study process.

The PMP exam is for the Project Manager only? 3 years 6 months ago #3437

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Richard,

Perhaps I can help? I just recently passed my PMP exam in February, so I have recent experience on the official exam.

On your practice exams, are there certain questions/topics that you are missing frequently? Would you say that you are stronger in certain areas of the exam compared to others?

Also, did you study with the PM PrepCast? I found that listening to that every day (first thing in the morning, if possible) really helped me retain all the knowledge necessary to pass my exam.

Hope I can help!

The PMP exam is for the Project Manager only? 3 years 6 months ago #3439

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Hi,

I passed my exam last August.

Preparation is critical as well as a healthy positive attitude towards the whole process and experience.
How to do those two things is somewhat individual, so you do sort of have to find out what works for you.

I agree with the tips provided in this thread about reading and re-reading the PMBOK guide. Using the PM Prepcast and other books and resources were helpful to me as were taking practice exams.

I think taking the full exam helps - so you have an idea of how long you take over all, so you can get a breadth of questions.

Personally, I tried not to fixate too much on what my overall scores were on the practice exam.

Instead, I tried to focus on what might be missing in my understanding or test taking abilities.
Why did I not get that? Was it the way the question was phrased? Did I not understand the definition of a term used?
Do I need to re-read that section in the PMBOK Guide?

Basically, I wanted to make sure bit by bit, I was filling in the gaps for myself.

So it's not really about 'seeing the same question twice' But about being more confident if they asked a question about x. They can ask it in all sorts of ways and I'd have a good chance of getting it right.

Hope that helps.
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