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I am glad to say that I passed the PMP exam today and now it is my turn to pass on the wisdon. It took me 4 weeks to prepare. Here is how I did it.
Resources: How to Pass Your PMP on your First Try, Andy Crowe
PM Prepcast by our very own Cornelius Fitchner
PM Prepcast exam simulator
(I just did the end of chapter questions in Rita Mulcahy)
Method: I usually read a chapter in Andy Crowe's book, grasped the basics and then I would listen to the corresponding podcast from PM prepcast. This really helped me. I then attempted the end of chapter questions in both Andy Crowe's book and Rita Mulcahy's book. If I made mistakes I would consult the text book again.
I took a total of 6 practice tests. 4 of them were from PM Prep Cast Exam Simulator. Pay close attention to the mistakes you make in the exam. I would analyze the mistake and then read the corresponding information in the PMBOK guide.
The PM prepcast tests were spot on.
Take the practice exams seriously and try to finish it fast as you can. This will boost your confidence. It only took me a little over two hours to finish the practice test but don't go fast in the real exam.
Before the Exam:
1) Boost your confidence. Stretch yourself or exercise.
2) Make sure you are well hydrated and try and bring a snack or at least some mint, which is what I did. Your mouth tends to get dry and you don't want to drink too much water during the exam.
On Exam Day:
I took 3 and half hours to finish the exam and half-hour to review marked questions. Pace yourself and take your time. It only took me a little over two hours to take the practice test but I decided to take it slow on the real exam.
Marking the questions and reviewing can be make or break. I changed answers for 14 questions and I am sure I got them right only because I changed them.
Let me know if you have any questions and good luck !
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.