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I started studying some time during November 2013 because i was a little bit over cautious in my estimate of preparing for the exam. Although i did realized that 3 full months of dedicated preparation is enough for clearing the exam on first attempt. I joined the PMI and I submitted my application and got an email 3 days later to "Continue with my Application". My application was not audited.
I scheduled for my exam on the 31st of March 2014.
One tip: Read the PMBoK thoroughly. Read it over and over again to get the concepts right.
I read in a few blogs where they emphasize that you should mug up the ITTO's. But in my exam i just got 3-4 questions on ITTO's. So i would leave that on your judgement whether or not to have the ITTO's at your fingertips.
On the test day, I got to the test center one hour early and I was allowed to start immediately. I made sure I answered each question as I progressed (selected an option even if I was not sure) and marked the ones I was not sure of.
I had about 30 minutes left when I eventually went through all 200 questions. I started my review and I noticed I had marked 40 questions! This meant I had less than a minute to review each one. Although even during the review i found most of my answers to be correct.
Then came the survey. I breezed through that and viola the word "Congratulation" came up on the screen.
One word of advice - The answers aren't as straight forward as in exam simulators. Practice as many question as you can. You can only perfect this exam by practicing a lot of questions. Just google it and you will find a lot of resources. Although the PM Prepcast exam simulator did help me a lot.
That's my story for the exam.
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