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Hi All, I just wanted to let you know that I finally passed 4th edition within a few days of it changing to version 5.
Studying started in March (every free time possible). It does help to take a break and do something outside of studying - to break the monotony.
1. PMBOK Vol. 4
2. PM PrepCast - Webinars
3. PM Study Prep - Rita Mulcahy
4. PMP Exam Prep Questions, Answers, & Explanations: 1000+ PMP Practice Questions with Detailed Solutions (note: this book had grammatical errors but did give detail explanations).
I studied Rita's book simultaneously with PMBOK (note: this book is dry reading but a fellow PMP colleague did mention that you must get beyond that for the "juice"). PMBOK contains information that was not covered elsewhere but did appear in tests (simulation/actual). On my drive in to work (about an hour each way), I listened (and re-listened) to the PM PrepCast topics. I also took a number of simulation tests - definitely helps when you pressure yourself by timing your tests. Time creeps away from you during the exams - figure 1.2 minutes per question !!!! Some questions you will breeze through, others can be time consuming.
I took my first test on May 20 but the week before, I dropped/broke my phone (no prepcast), wife got cut/stitches and found out my mom had cancer and was scheduled for surgery the day after the test. On hindsight, I should have rescheduled. The test result did tell me that I was not as proficient within the Executing / Monitor & Controlling sections.
I rescheduled for the end of July and picked up the books once again. This round of studying, I concentrated on knowing ITTO's (not memorizing but knowing the flows) - for me this was critical and definitely helped. If you think that memorization helps you then so be it, but do familiarize yourself with them.
Note: - The day before, I took a drive to the Prometric center - didn't need any surprises the day of the test.
- On taking both tests I took the full 4 hours and did not take any breaks - so going to the bathroom prior was critical.
- I was always comfortable with the formulas so those weren't an issue for me - but it does help to know when to use them.
- I took as many sample tests that I could and any that were wrong, I made sure that I knew why.
Lastly, it truly is a relief to see the test results and seeing that I passed - but those few minutes of waiting are pure torture.
This interview with Simona Fallavollita (LinkedIn Profile) was recorded at the magnificient Project Management Institute (PMI)® Global Conference 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. We discuss the how, what, why and when of the changes that are coming to the PMP exam.