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On September, 2014 I took the PMP exam. It was almost nine months after I decided to become a PMP as part of my new year’s resolution list. Before that I explored several forums trying to best decide which books and method to use during my preparation.
I read Rita’s book once and then a second time watching the prepcast in parallel. I watched ALL the PM PrepCast episodes and everything made sense. I used the PMBOK only when I felt that I didn’t understand an specific part or definition.
I didn’t tried to memorize ITTOs. If you understand the processes you’ll be able to answer ITTOs related questions. Most of the questions in the exam are situational. I only had 2 or 3 asking specifically for an ITTO.
Didn’t memorize formulas either, if you practice and understand the formulas you’ll see that formulas questions in the exam are actually very easy.
PM Exam simulator is the best study tool. It almost looks exactly like the real test. After you complete the eight simulated exams the real exam is like if you are doing a 9th simulated exam. I scored around 80% in all simulated exams.
The wording, the questions, the 4 hour stress, you’ll only miss the information about which questions you answered incorrectly.
I learned a lot with the simulator, when you go over the answers you can see your weak point and work on them.
Be careful when using free tests/questions from sources you can't fully trust, this can lead to a false sense of security. You'll find a lot of incorrect questions/answers out there.
Trusting your own better judgment and 'gut feeling' when you don't seem to find the right answer among the choices most of the times leads to the right answer. After all the reading and watching you have the PMP inside of you.
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.