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PMP passed yesterday 6 years 5 months ago #1508

  • Gerald Derflinger
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Hi all,

yesterday I passed my PMP exam :-) so therefore let me first of all say "Thanks to all of you within this group" who provided me a lot of useful tips during my preparation time. Especially, thank you Cornelius for your PMPrepcast and the PMStudy Coach. Both tools have been a reliable and very very helpful companion during my preparation time.

Also, I would like to give you a quick summary about my preparation:

On the 25th of May 2009 I applied for the PMP exam (yes, you read it correctly one year ago :-)). I started learning the PMBOK guide 4th edt. and Rita's PMP Exam PrepBook. I was thinking during the next 2 months I can "easily" learn beside my daily job continuously so I am able to take the exam in autumn 2009. I read both books and answered all questions from Rita's book. At the end of October 2009 I made my PMP exam, and I failed successfully. Yes, correctly I failed. I really completely under estimated its effort. So, after a few days afterwards I was able to motivate myself again. I started a lot of research on how to prepare, more questions to answer, etc.

This year in January I started my 2nd trial in learning for PMP exam. I chose following material:

- Rita's PMP Exam PrepBook
- PMPrepCast (Cornelius)
- PMStudy Coach (Cornelius)
- Rita's PMFast Track for questions, questions, questions,.... (you never can answer enough)
- additional Internet websites like:


Well, I started after new year 2010 as I said and finished my preparation last week. I took this time more effort to be good prepared. To getting it better under one hat (e.g. with my job) I made a detailed plan for time-administration. I scheduled my trainings in advance, all over this period. In average I studied from MO-FR 2 hours/day. I did 4 full 4-hours PMP simulations and I received 80.5% on my last full simulation training. Furthermore I read the PMBOK 2-times, PMP Exam PrepBook 1-time and I completely accomplished Cornelius' PrepCast and Study Coach. Those 2 tools have been a very good support for helping me to close my knowledge gaps. As I am not a native English speaker I also have to mention, the PrepCast was for me a very good add-on to the PMBOK.

On the day of the PMP exam I was not allowed to take any drinks or foods into the room. So, I decided to make a quick break, if time permits it :-)) After the introduction of our official, I started the tutorial. Within the next 15 minutes I did my brain-dump sheets (all processes, formulas) - afterwards I pressed Start for the exam. After almost 3h 50minutes I had only a small amount of time available to check if I have answered really all questions. I was not able to make any break - I had no time for it. I marked some questions during the exam, but I was not able to review them all. So, I end the exam duly after 4 hours, answered the last administrative questions and got a PASS - thanks god.

So, again thanks to all for your useful tipps and I wish all PMP students good luck and all the best for their preparation/exam.

Gerald, PMP
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