I Passed my PMP exam at fist try on 5th January 2016 with P in Close, BP in Execution and 3 MP
Knowing syllabus change from 11th January i had to give my best shot.
I planned my PMP exam preparation in August where i registered and purchased 35 PDU's from PM-Prepcast along with i got Podcast. Podcast were of great help to start my studies. This is how i planned my Exam prep.
I skimmed through PMBOK untill December following PM-Prepcast chapter by chapter. I took all the exams chapter wise.
In December i followed Rita Mulkays and this book recommended by my friend help me understand concepts in detail. I took the exams at the end of the chapter and studied the wrong answers from Rita Mulkay, PMBOK and PM-Prepcast. I got strong understanding on weak concepts for each chapter.
I took 10 days holidays before my exams as i planned Christmas and New year as my study holiday plans. I purchased PM-Simulator during this days and took 4 complete tests. Never scored above 75% and this made me nervous.
Last two days i planned to go through all the chapters from PMPBOK and covering all the topics which by far i reached to chapter 10 in PMBOK by this time i made sure i have covered all the key concepts, Formulas and ITTO's. I picked up process group where i scored less every time, starting with Closure which became my strong point and scored P and Execution which was my strong became weak scoring BP. But i knew i will survive execution if don't revise it in last two days.
Previous night before my exams, I could not sleep well as questions went flying through my eyes all night. I was up preparing until 12 am when i had to appear at 9 AM next day. That's why it is recommended not to study previous night before taking exams. I reached prometric before 30 mins did all the formalities and started my exams. Since i did not had good sleep it took long time for me to understand questions and answering them. It appeared as all the answers were correct and i had to pick the best one which i planned to pick from the correct two. I had to take break for 10 mins and found i was running 24 question behind the planned time for each question. I thought i am not going to clear this time but again focused to give the best what i had. Last 10 mins i had to answer 24 question and it went to last second when i clicked answers to the question i did not read.
Exam ended by itself for me and feedback page popped up and when i finished my feedback took couple of minutes for processing and when result popped up It was - "You passed". I felt so relaxed, relieved and accomplished. Though did not feel good about BP in execution.
I wish all the best to aspiring PMP's and never loose your Focus! You will be a PMP!
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