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I found Achieve PMP Exam Success: A Concise Study Guide for the Busy Project Manager, Updated January 2016 5th RevUp Edition an ok book. I did find Rita's book to be very helpful. I never read the PMBOK from cover to cover, just read the sections I had gaps in my knowledge. After it is all said and done, I probably ended up reading the whole book.
I watched the CBTNuggets training material and found it to be a good overview but the PrepCast was more in depth. The CBTNuggets Project Management in the Real World series (I think that was the name) was a good way to see how the Processes are used in the real world.
Using Rita and the PrepCast together gave me a great understanding of the material. I did find the interviews to be helpful to able to apply the PMBOK to real world experience.
On the exam simulation, I was close to 80% but not always above 80%. The questions on the real test were a majority of situational where the simulation I felt were not. I felt it was a lot of these things happen, what do you do next.
During the exam it used the built in Windows calculator and accepted 10-key input. One nice feature that I have not heard about that I had on my test is I could right click on an answer to strike it out. This allowed me to easily cross off answers that I knew were wrong and they stayed striked out when I reviewed my answers.
Congrats on passing the PMP exam and thanks for posting the lessons learned and providing feedback to improve the simulator. I found the "strike out" feature in the real exam extremely helpful and also provided that feedback to Cornelius' team. I believe that will be an added feature in a later release of the exam simulator. Best of 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.