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TOPIC: Passed PMP Exam on Christmas Eve

Passed PMP Exam on Christmas Eve 3 years 5 months ago #25573

  • Budi Setiawan
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Passing PMP exam for me personally was not an easy task. It took commitment, sacrifice, hard work, and perseverance. My study hour was 10.30 PM after I finished by daily routine, until 1 AM in average. I did this routine in 5 month, almost every day. Even on the weekend I took local study group (note: many friends with same goal will motivate you)

Video Training Material :
1. Linkedin Learning coached by Sandra (Sandy) Mitchell, MBA, PMP, CSM, ACP . I listened to her during my lunch break.
2. Udemy. Coached by Joseph Phillips. I listened to him during my exercise and on weekend. love his motivation speech.
3. Cornelius Fichtner. I listened to our coach in the morning, every day.

For practice exam , I took :
1. Cornelius Fichtner, PMP, CSM . This is the hardest one. I took 6 mock tests.
2. PMTraining.com. i took this during my commute to work, since it was light enough using mobile web.
3. Oliver F. Lehmann, MSc, ACE, PMP questions. I took this during weekend.

For books, I took:
1. Rita. Its a must, especially to study procurement process
2. PMI. This is the "holy bible", you must read this more than 2 times
3. Diana Altwies. I read this book during my commute to work. this book is simple, easy to read.
4. Headfirst. I read this book also quite interesting, with many pictures in it
5. Kim Heldman. I read this book during weekend.

Study tips:
1. build your own material. You need to build your own material, using any tools. I bought a lot of notebooks and papers for my study
2. write down your brain dump every single day., including your 49 processes from initiating until closing.

Tips for online exam:
1. Go to bathroom first before you start the exam. (i was stupid to drink a lot of water before the exam, so during the exam it was like in hell and cannot concentrate enough during the exam, since you cannot go to toilet before break)
2. bring your passport and your ID (my ID was not clear enough, an luckily i was told that i also need to bring my passport)
3. Hand phone was required to take picture for my passport (my passport or i would say indonesian passport is very glossy, so for laptop to take picture it was impossible, so i need to use my handphone to take picture and upload to link that has been shared by proctor)

Hope this short sharing can be useful for your exam. Just like Joseph said "keep moving forward"

Passed PMP Exam on Christmas Eve 3 years 5 months ago #25741

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Congratulations Budi on your exam success!

I think after listening to our coach Cornelius every day many of us have his voice stuck in our heads, even when reading exam questions :)

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