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Passed on 1st attempt with 5 Ps! 1 year 7 months ago #5415

  • Meng Ying Lin
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I passed my PMP with 5 Ps! I can't do this without the help of PrepCast and Exam Simulator. Thank you, Cornelius!

Here is my journey and lessons learned:

I started to study last Sep but failed to keep it together and stopped in mid-Oct. I restarted my study in Feb and passed the exam on the 1st week of Apr - in 10 weeks.

Reason of failure for the 1st study:
  • A too ambitious study plan.
  • I planned my study far out with 2-4 hrs study/day. But after a few weeks, it seems that I was always behind and it was too much for me so I gave up.

Resolution:
  • Plan only a week's study. 6 days a week. If you are behind a little bit, you can catch up on the break day. In my case, I actually study harder, so that I can have my break day really study FREE.

My study materials:
  • PM Prepcast - listen to the main course twice. The additional info once. I used VLC media player with 1.5 speed play to save some time.
  • PMBOK - read thoroughly after finishing the 1st round Prepcast once. scan once more.
  • PMP Exam Prep by Rita Mulcahy - read once after I finished the PMBOK. Mainly use for its questions after every chapter.
  • PM Exam Simulator - I started the 1st exam after I finished my thorough PMBOK reading. I finished all 9 exams before my real exam.

L/L:
  • I hand wrote notes while watching the Prepcast for the terms or concept that I wasn't familiar in my own reorganized phrase. It helped me remember them better.
  • PMBOK appendix A1 and Glossary are helpful. Don't skip them.
  • PM Exam Simulator is so helpful. My first try on the simulator took much longer than I expected. But after practices, I got to finish my real exam in 3hrs (in a slower pace than I usually conducted with simulator) and reviewed the questions for the rest of my time.
  • I adjusted my study focus accordingly to my simulator results to enhance the areas that I wasn't good enough.
  • I feel Rita's book confused me a little. That's why I didn't search more FREE questions out there. I felt that if the information wasn't constructed in the right way, more info may only confuse you.
  • Eletronic PMBOK is really convenient when you need to look up certain terms and review specific information
  • I actually borrowed both the PMBOK and Exam Prep from the city library. Really no need to buy the books for yourself unless you need to use a highlighter when you study.
  • Don't worry about the knowledge outside of the PBMOK too much. I only browsed some current project mgmt news once a week and that was enough for me.

My Exam:
  • I actually had quite a few questions for the initiating process group. Much more than I expected.
  • Real exam questions averagely seemed a little bit shorter than the simulator ones.
  • I used the calculator on the computer quite frequently.
  • Some of the questions just didn't seem right. I just treated them as the pretest questions and don't let them bother me.
  • I was hungry by the end of the exam. In my test center, I can't access the locker during the breaks so I didn't get to eat my snack.

Well, that's it. Hope you found these information helpful and good luck to everyone studying hard! You can do it!

Passed on 1st attempt with 5 Ps! 1 year 7 months ago #5424

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