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First attempt was not successful - LL 7 years 3 months ago #1515

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Hello, PMP aspirants, hello PMPs, hello Cornelius

unfortunatelly, my first attempt was not successful:

SWOT:

S:
- I read PMBOK once + detailed review of ITTO methods and techniques, but PMBOK was not learned by heart.
- Currently I fill confidence in math/accounting formulas & calculations
- Formulas test – four times, O. Lehmann – once
- One time PMSTUDY free test (simulation, I was not happy with content) during last week of preparation

W:
- ITTO was not learned by heart. In some questions on exam I found it is not enough.
- I did not study "another" sources of information, such as general management, HR theory (just a quick review on Internet)
- I did not have much practice of exam simulation

O:
I have another two attempts until end of the year
I have knew what to read and where to put max attention

T:
I need exam simulator, as much close to real exam as possible. Due to the fact, that you see the content only after your payment done – search can be quite expensive.
I will try to find another PMP aspirant in Saint-Petersburg. Learning together will be much effective.

My impressions & LL:

Many people are trying to find answers on the questions, what to expect on exam. Here my general impressions:
- there were not questions like "EXCEPT"
- there were not questions like "All of the above" / "None of the above"
- there were not questions like "A and B" / "C and D"
- there were not questions like "IS NOT", but I am not sure
- only few AON diagrams for critical path, slack, float, ES/EF/LS/LF, duration calculation – I remember only 2
Often "The Best", "The most applicable in this situation" and "What you will do first? " questions.

Time – more than enough. I had two short breaks with no counter stop.
Russian translation – incorrect!.
Personal calculator – not needed. Just a few simple formulas. PC calculator is more than enough.
A small bottle of water – needed. I also had a small chocolate.

To press attention (decreasing):
+ Quality (assurance vs verification… - lean by heart) – here to know ITTO, detailed T&T (subject, application)
+ HR (international culture, multicultural projects)
+ Procurement (contract types, responsibilities) – here to know ITTO
+ Risk – here to know ITTO
The rest.
+++ PMI CODE OF CONDUCT!!! (what to do and where to apply in this or that situation). Where to call, where to write…
+++ General management, HR theories.

Next try - before 1st of September (+1/+3 months). The last opportunity in that case - before end of the year (another +4 months).
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Nikolay Shvedchikov, PMP

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Re:First attempt was not successful - LL 7 years 3 months ago #1516

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Hello Nikolay,


I'm sure you will pass the exam next time.

As far as I know the pass rate for retaking the exam is 96%.

You will simply need to double your effort for the next try.


My best regards,
Ghassan.

Re:First attempt was not successful - LL 7 years 3 months ago #1517

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Hello, Ghassan

Thank a lot. I will increase my effort three times. I promise. =)

Best regards
Nikolay
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Re:First attempt was not successful - LL 7 years 3 months ago #1518

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Hello Nikolay... I also fail my fist attempt. 4 weeks later - I took the test again and passed. If I can pass.. trust me...anyone can pass.
I intensified my practice and studying. Used Rita Mulcahy's PMP Book, Took 4 PMStudy Exams (pass them all), and also,
took booster courses at my local pmi (I wasn't impressed with that - I was way to prepared), I also took practice tests from a site call mypmp.ie.. theses were pretty good. I study ITTOs not by memorizing them, but rather where in the process I was... try that... Good Luck!!
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Re:First attempt was not successful - LL 7 years 3 months ago #1537

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Don't give up! I did not pass the exam on my first try in November 2009. I passed yesterday, June 8, 2010.

This is what I studied:
Head First PMP

PMStudy.com - took free exam and paid for one other. This seemed harder than the
real exam!

I read the PMBOK 1 time. I could only read a paragraph or two at a time. I read
Head First PMP and PMBOK guide together. Very helpful.

JMBOK guide from PMHUB website was also helpful.

Good luck!

Re:First attempt was not successful - LL 7 years 3 months ago #1540

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Don't give up. If you are planning to buy some mock tests, look for www.whizlabs.com . Their tests are good and if you can get 75% in each one, then I assume that you are good enough for the exam.

The retake will be much easier. Hopefully in 4 months time, we will see you in the PMP community.

Good Luck!!

Re:First attempt was not successful - LL 7 years 3 months ago #1542

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Hello

Thanks to all of you for your words of cheer.
I was waiting for that since 2004, it means I will never give that up! =)

Thanks.
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Nikolay Shvedchikov, PMP

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Re:First attempt was not successful - LL 6 years 1 month ago #2379

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Hello

I just want to update the thread - I was not there for ages...

So, PMP exam was passed successfully in Feb.11. Thanks to all, and thank you, Cornelius!

I wish good luck and all the best to all new PMP aspirants.
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Nikolay Shvedchikov, PMP

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