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Passed with all 3 AT, first attempt, here are my tips! 1 year 3 weeks ago #30477

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Just passed my PMP yesterday! Such a great feeling. I can say that using the exam simulator and taking 3 mock exams made me feel confident going into the exam, and helped during.

I scored 75%, 82%, and 79% on my mock exams. I went through Andy Crowe's book initially, taking notes on every chapter. Then I decided I wanted additional guidance, and signed up with Prep Cast. I watched probably 30% of the videos, and I am glad I did because I picked up great tips on the mindset and some additional agile knowledge. I also read most of the Agile guide. Confession: I DID NOT fully read PMBOK 6 or 7. I referred back to them as I needed when I checked my answers or studied and needed more info. However, I did take a college CE course (Full year) prior to studying. I am a full time employee and mom, and realized that I wouldn't be able to get through all of the Prep Cast videos (already took a course for the credits), so I switched to using the Exam simulator. I answered over 50% of the available questions, by taking the mock exams and quizzes whenever I had spare time. Reviewing those answers taught me soooo much!

Here are some tips I can pass on about the actual exam...

- I had maybe a handful of questions that were straightforward (what approach would you suggest, what activity is the PM doing)
- Most questions were situational. So, know the concepts and what a PM should do from a broad level
- There were quite a few in which I felt the answer was obvious (following the mindset approach)
- A lot of feedback states the questions are vague. I don't recall thinking this too often, there were a few that I felt I guessed because I would have liked more background, but others had plenty of info
- There were plenty of questions where 2 answers seemed like they could be the best, and I had to use my experience and studying to make a choice
- There were also a lot of questions where I would anticipate the answer while reading the question, and then look at the answer bank... and none of the answers seemed like they fit! Again, had to use my judgement and think, what is the best general answer

The approach I used going into it was this:
- Remember the mindset. I felt I answered a lot thinking this way. Or how to handle a situation with emotional intelligence
- PM should not immediately escalate or jump into action. I looked for the response that had me review a plan or evaluate/analyze the situation

Hope this helps someone. Good Luck everyone!
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Passed with all 3 AT, first attempt, here are my tips! 1 year 3 weeks ago #30478

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LYNNAE,

Congratulations on passing your exam!

Thank you for sharing your success and lessons learned. We are glad to hear that our products helped you prepare for and pass your exam.

Indeed, answering PMP exam questions could be tricky. We often tell our students that the idea is always to select the best choice of those provided, even if that choice does not look like a perfect/ideal/complete answer to you or if the answer you would prefer to see among the options given is not even presented.

Congratulations again and good luck in all your future endeavors!
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Stan Po, MBA, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM, CIPP
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