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Study tips and exam date 4 years 3 weeks ago #21218

  • Avni Desai
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I have been preparing for the PMP certification exam and my recent scores with the PrepCast simulator exams are as follows-
Exam 1- 66.5% 5/19
Exam 2- 70% 5/21
Exam 3- 72% 5/23
I usually complete the exam in under 3 hours. I have been dedicating 3-4 hrs per day. Kindly suggest tips or studying techniques that have worked for you to increase scores to 80's quickly. Ideally I would like to take exam before June 15 but want to be realistic. Given that, what should be my target exam date be, to ensure I pass on this attempt?

Study tips and exam date 4 years 3 weeks ago #21224

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You've got three weeks which seems tough based on your scores. I wanted to score consistently in the 90s before taking the exam because based on feedback from previous test takers, the actual exam is harder and more vague than the test bank. You need to master the material such that you can reason your way to the right answer on the exam. I basically had similar test scores on the first few exams and felt I was "missing" information that wasn't covered in my bootcamp notes or my prep book, so I:

1. Read/Scan the PMBOK and took notes of anything unique in a particular knowledge / process area. (like voting, escalation procedures, etc.). BTW, these should be in the form of questions: what does a project do? so you can test yourself (testing is the most important tool in learning), just reading notes doesn't help much.
2. Cross referenced/updated those notes with material I missed from the first 3 exams (see wrong answers and answer explanations).
3. Ensure I knew major INs and OUTs, unique flows (how do deliverables flow around a project, what processes use change requests as inputs) - I printed out the PMBOK processes and made flash cards.
4. Memorize the knowledge areas, process groups. *all the test questions are really based on a foundation of what you are doing, or have just done, or about to do.
5. Took the remaining 4 tests and improved to consistent mid-high 80s). Reviewed tests and added to my notes.
6. Took the first few tests again and scored in the 90s. (it had been about 45 days since I took them last). At this point I knew I was mastering the material.

Besides testing, SPACING is as important to learning as testing. Take a test and review it the next day or the day after. Space the exams several days if not 1 week apart (if you have time) studying in-between. If June 15 is a hard-deadline it seems tough.

IF you rock the last 3 tests, you make want to retake one or two of the first tests and confirm you've mastered the material.
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Study tips and exam date 4 years 3 weeks ago #21302

  • Eric Wanyutu Kahiga, PMP, PMI-ACP
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Hi Avni.

If the 3 exams that you have done above are from a set of completely new exam questions, then you are on the right track. I would advise you to do the following:-
1) First and most importantly, review all the questions you get wrong and understand why your answer is incorrect.
2) Secondly, review all the questions that you "marked for review" whether you got them right or wrong. Marking them means that you were unsure about the answers and you need to check out the explanations.
3) Lastly, and lower on the priority list, review all the questions you got right because your answer might have been a lucky guess.

Ideally, you should take twice as much time reviewing your exam as the time it takes you to do it.

Once you do all of the above and consistently score above 80% in your PrepCast simulator exams, you be confident that your chances of passing the real PMP exam are very good.

I wish you all the best.
Eric Wanyutu
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