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unfortunatelly, my first attempt was not successful:
- 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
- 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
I have another two attempts until end of the year
I have knew what to read and where to put max attention
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
+++ 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).
Nikolay Shvedchikov, PMP
Project Managers forum "PMOlymp" administrator
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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