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Just wanted to share my experience with the exam and how I prepared.
It actually all started with the PM PrepCast since I needed my 35 contact hours before applying. It was also a great way to go through all the material before going into the PMBOK.
I read the PMBOK once and often used it as a reference, it could be easily read thanks to The PM PrepCast, I know it would have been harder if I hadn't watched it before.
I watched the PM PrepCast a 2nd time to review everything.
When I was done, I read Head First PMP, which gave me a last minute study addition. It's easily read and actually helped me remember even mroe information before the exam.
In parallel of watching The PM PrepCast and reading those 2 books, I used Flashcards to study while taking walks, I also answered many test questions (over a thousand) including 5 complete 4 hours simulations. In total, I must have answered about 1500 questions.
I can honestly say I have never studied so much for an exam, but I felt ready when I went in, and when I was done and taking the little survey at the end before the result, I was sure I was going to pass.
Although the exam is hard, the fact that I was prepared made it easy (or tolerable atleast!) and I do not regret a single hour of study!
Congratulations to everyone who passed and good luck to the ones studying to take the exam!
The following user(s) said Thank You: Melissa Ratisher
Passed PMP exam this week, first try!
3 years 9 months ago #4102
the PrepCast's simulators are actually very good, I've done a few of them. It helps to practice 200 questions simulators with actual time and see the time you need, this gives you the chance to calculate breaks you can take.
I passed the PMP exam at first try after just 3 months(Jan 12- April 11) of studying. Allow me to indulge you in my story
First, i registered at PMI.org, then purchased the prepcast (the single most important material for the pmp exam). I began watching the videos, and took notes on inputs, T&T, outputs, knowledge areas the whole time. Every little detail was on my notebook. This helped in assimilating the material more easily. I set a schedule with target dates for completing each knowledge areas videos. After about 4 weeks i took the exam to get my 35 PDUs and passed. Then i completed my PMP application and sent it to PMI. As soon as i got accepted, i set my exam date. I work during the days, so i would study after work from 6PM until 9PM every weekday, and from 12 noon to 4pm during the weekend.
After i was done with the prepcast, i purchased the pm exam simulator and set aside 4 hours during the weekend to go through the exam. I had 82% on the first exam and 75%, 77%, 82% on the next three respectively. I checked the exam center about a week before my exam. I downloaded the )PMBOK guide but didnt use it much except for referencing in a few occasions.
I passed the PMP exam with 3 Proficient, 1 Moderately Proficient, and 1 Below proficient.
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