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TOPIC: Passed the exam in Jan - better than I expected

Passed the exam in Jan - better than I expected 1 year 7 months ago #5255

  • Vladimira Tritchkova
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I passed the exam from the first time on January 27th in Geneva, Switzerland and it was a lot better than I expected :)

My results were:
Initiation = Moderately Proficient
Planning, Execution, M&C, Closing = Proficient

I am a full time working Mommy of one year old and the PMP certification was required for my job.
I first started to study in August 2014 with the idea to take the exam on 10th December. I got the bundle package: PM Prepcast & the exam simulator as well as the Rita PMP Exam prep 8th edition. Started with the PM Prepcast videos one by one with no particular strategy because I thought I have time. However, halfway through I got a lot of work with one unexpected project due December 18th and I knew I have to reschedule my exam and set a better strategy for studying.

I rescheduled the exam for Jan 27th and put away everything until New Years.
Once I was back to work on the 5th of Jan 2015 I dedicated 2-3h everyday for study. First I read the Rita book extensively, doing all the exercises and tests in the back. After each chapter I used the simulator to do 2-3 short quizzes (10-25 Questions each) to make sure I understood the topic. For any questions I didn't understand I then went back to Rita.

The last 10 days between 17th -26th Jan I did 6 full exams from the simulator and my scores were between 75%-81%. After each test I went back to the PM Prepcast videos for every topic which I didn't score above 80%. The videos gave me one more perspective to look at the material. I was a little bit worried because I wasn't getting more than 81% on the practice exams no matter how concentrated / distracted I was. Each practice exam took me 2.5h maximum. Right before the exam I went through the PMBOK to review all the graphs and illustration examples.

Using all the tips I learned from Cornelius ;) I created a dump sheet during the first 10 min of the introduction with all the formulas. This helped me a lot because there were more calculations questions than in the practice tests (and this is probably what helped me score better than expected as it was my strength :) ) On the real exam it took me 3.5h to go over all the questions once and then 30min to check some of the questions I had doubts on.

Regardless of the strategy you take, one thing that I found most important is to do as many practice tests and quizzes as possible. This showed me how much I really understood the material and which areas to re-read.

Good luck everyone!
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