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TOPIC: A new one

A new one 1 year 5 months ago #5658

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Greetings from Russia, Moscow!
As almost everybody here, I had passed on my first try on May, 19th.

My preparation took about 4 month and I had to spend around 300 hours. Here is approach I used:
  1. Read PMBoK just to get familiar with core concepts;
  2. Read PMBoK and highlighted areas I was not sure about or wanted to memorize;
  3. Wrote out by hand highlighted text and key info from PMBoK into copybook;
  4. Read chapters on hard topics in Rita Mulcahy's book;
  5. Watched PM PrepCast;
  6. Completed 7 test exams in Exam Simulator.
  7. It w
as enough for me and I barely managed to finish on time.

Some of LL:
  1. Make a plan (with milestones) and strictly follow it;
  2. Track your progress;
  3. It is of no use to prepare less than 1,5h per day;
  4. Writing out by hand hard topics and info to memorize proved to be excellent trick to learn easily and quickly seemingly hard-to-learn info. It surprised me, but I learnt all EVM formulas with a single attempt;
  5. ITTO is not to be learnt, it is to be understood. This way it becomes your strength;
  6. EVM formulas are not that hard if you understand what they are about and how are they used. It took me about 4 hours to go through all of them and memorize them;
  7. Whilst exam questions and Exam simulator questions are not similar that much, they make I think the right way;
  8. PMP status is really valued even in Russia;
  9. The hardest and the saddest part of my preparation was to sit still and complete test exams. In average it took me 2,5h per exam to complete.

  10. Exam-time experience:
    If you are easily annoyed by keyboard typing, coughing, or chairs creak - prepare and use earplugs properly;
    Exams could ask you any question on any area related to project management. I met a question asking how I would handle issue with labor union.

    if somebody from Russia will be going to pass PMP exam, I would gladly help you. You can find me on LinkedIn or contact me here.

    Sergei Romaniuk, brand new PMP
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