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I am glad to let you know I took PMP exam and passed it on my first attempt
with 4 P, 1 MP(Closing domain).
My study secret: I studied for about 5 weeks. I read the PMBOK 5th version
and Rita's Book-8th version and watched most of the Prepcast videos. While
studying I prepared my own notes and on an average read 2 processes per
day, as my work pressure did not permit me more. Finally before 2 weeks of
exam, I started taking the PM PrepCast mock tests(200 question) and finished 6
of those , in addition to that practiced all 18 mock tests from Christopher
Scordo's book, which I got as free complementary online version being a
member of PMI.
Then on the exam day, 1 day before, I stopped reading ...only looked
through the ITTO diagrams I pasted on my wall plus the pocket guide of
Formulas I purchased from Prepcast. Prepcast was extremely helpful in my
preparation and fill up the gaps by taking the exams.
Congratulations on passing the PMP exam! Well done.
Just to clarify, you read the PMBOK 5th version and Rita's Book and studied the PrepCast video - all in 5 weeks? How did you accomplish and having a full-time job? How many hours per day did you study?
Nothing personal, but I find it hard to believe that you did all the above for the first time and covered everything in 5 weeks with a full-time job to boot.
Daily I used to read 4 to 5 hours ...so I used to split 2 + 3 hrs in the morning versus in evening.
It was really tough...but I just somehow managed it.
I created my own study notes compiling all sources and used to revise it each time before starting a new process/chapter/knowledge area....that way your memory will work like a chain and so I used to remember key points.
At end I took exhaustive practice tests...and consistently scored > 80% in all tests...that way built my confidence for real exam.
Day before exam --> full rest: no study.....just relaxed.
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.