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Passed my exam first time -lessons learned 3 months 3 weeks ago #22636

  • Deanna Bogner
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To all,
I passed my PMP exam on the first attempt On Thursday. I received the e-mail from PMI on Friday.

My prep was longer -about a year due to numerous obstacles. I managed projects because it was part of my job and I was the SME. My experience with the processes and other knowledge areas on the test was like starting a foreign language.

I am a learner for whom video is a waste of time. Lectures, reading the text books and taking written notes are my learning style. I am old school and still like paper in my hands. I went through two pen refills, 6 mechanical pencil leads, and 6 legal pads of paper. I lost track of the number of erasers....

I was also unconcerned with finding free questions.

Textbook: Andy Crowe book -I consulted it constantly and read it all the way through at least 4 times.
Aileen Ellis for Earned value questions, Networking, and Contracting problem practice.
Christopher Scordo for more practice questions
Prep Cast questions: both in the video series and the Prep Cast simulator
PMBOK was used only for reference.

I estimate I answered 5000 questions in preparation-many multiple times. The Scordo book was a great learning tool due to my inexperience with the terminology. His questions were worded in a straight forward way which assisted me in learning the terminology.

I then moved the the Crowe book questions and then to the Prep Cast simulator. I took all of the Prep cast tests except ITTO and 4 of the tests in the Prep Cast twice. I did multiple learning quiz sessions.

The Prep Cast simulator was the closest to the actual test for wording and answers.

A shout out to Harry Ellston for assisting me with my nemesis-Scope by suggesting multiple learning quiz sessions. It worked....

My test had no Agile questions and probably 6 calculation questions. I am a very fast test taker and had to purposely slow my self down. I used the highlight and strike through functions on each question. I had 90 minutes left when I thought I was done and went through the entire second half of the test the second time. I changed three answers.

Hint to prevent panic:.
The test stopped at question 89 for the break. The computer would not proceed until the questions were reviewed. I thought that I was having computer difficulties....and had a bit of panic. What did I do wrong...?

This is long but I hope it helps some one.....
I am pretty excited and am already signed up for an Agile course. Thanks again.....
Deanna Bogner

Passed my exam first time -lessons learned 3 months 3 weeks ago #22643

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Congratulations! What a great result.
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Wow!this is really helpful!I plan to take mine in September!
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