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1.) Cleared the PMP exam in the 1st attempt.
2.) I was winding down on an assignment and a job, so before taking on something new thought of using the time to write this test.
3.) Did a focused study of 9 continuous weeks without any interruptions
4.) Kept it simple and in this order - (PMBOK - start to end in the 1st 3 weeks; PrepCast - as per the study instructions in the next 3 weeks; 9 Simulator tests in the last 3 weeks)
5.) After sitting for a test, I would review the questions where I went wrong and would read up a little more either from the internet or from some reference book (in some cases I would go back to the prepcast and the PMBOK as well)
6.) I used my tried and tested methods for memorizing the knowledge areas and process groups. I knew these by heart. Also had all of the formulas on a print out pinned up on the wall just in front of my reading desk. Used to mentally go over these every morning or before every test.
7.) For some process areas like Quality, HR, Communications, Stakeholder, I decided to pay more attention at the inputs, tools and outputs.
8.) I visited the test center a week before the test and spoke to the folks, looked at the surroundings just to be mentally prepared in case any construction work was in progress which could be a possible disturbance.
9.) I took a 5 minute break after the first 2 hrs and used the washroom and had a banana & stretched a little. That helped me to re-energize.
My short and sweet advice - keep it simple but the little that you do, should be thorough - for instance, if you are reading up on some topic from the PMBOK guide or listening to the prepcast, refer to external help (internet, workbooks etc.) only for those topics where you feel insecure or uncertain.
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.