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I subscribed to the PM PrepCast, PM Formulas and PM Exam Simulator. In parallel I also joined the CPN (Certification Preparation Network) - CPN groups are facilitated by volunteer PMP and CAPM members and covers one of the main PMBOK chapters each week.
My strategy was to attend the CPN and then at home work through the relevant PrepCast sections covering the same topic we covered during that week's CPN meeting. This approach gave me multiple viewpoints on the different PMP concepts which helped me to really understand the content. I memorised the Brain Dump sheet from the PM Formulas and I also memorised all the PMBOK Knowledge Areas and Process Groups early on, and made sure I know where all the major documents were created, and used.
Three weeks before the exam (I took a Paper-based exam), I started to take as many full-length exams on the PM Exam Simulator. After each exam I would thoroughly review the questions I had incorrect to understand why I got it wrong. We also worked through many sample questions during our CPN group meetings where we could discuss answers with people that are certified already (and some of them with many years of experience), and knew the PMBOK inside-out.
This strategy worked for me, and I passed my exam on first attempt.
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.