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Completed PMP with all ATs at first try 1 month 2 weeks ago #17023

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I completed the PMP test yesterday with all AT at my first try.

As I also learnt something from your experience, I think it makes sense to share with you what I had experienced. Personally it worked for me and may/may not work for you:

1) About Prometric:
They were very good at providing the test in a secure environment. They did the checkin even more thoroughly than at airports. As there is no water provided in the test center, at checkin, I asked the staff whether I could drink some tea which was in the locker in between, they said that it is ok and they would escort me to the locker, as well as report that detail to PMI. I decided to sit 4 hours without standing up once. And this decision was right, because I used 4 hours minus last 15 seconds to clear the test (I’m not a native English speaker and I did not use language aid). You may need to train yourself to be familiar with sitting 4 hours continuously, at least 1-2 weeks before the scheduled appointment.

2) About the test:
- Extremely heavy on procurement. I had the feeling that I was tested only with procurement topics which especially integrated with other processes, 1 question on critical path method, 3-4 direct questions and answers on earned value.
- The questions were direct/clear as mentioned in some previous lessons learned discussions, but the answers were quite unclear from my point of view. You need to select the best available answers.
- In my opinion this was a different point in comparison to Prepcast Simulator where I found that the answers were quite direct, and sometimes 2-layered (e.g. in Prepcast simulator’s answers, instead of “Communication Management Plan”, “Project Management Plan” which includes the Communication Management Plan is expressed).

3) About my preparation:
a) Cost: 681 USD
- I registered PMI membership in Feb 2019, scheduled the test in Apr, which totally costed 544 USD.
- Udemy: I purchased a course from Joseph Phillips costed around 12 USD that I thought it was very fruitful. I liked the way he talked after adjusting the speed to 1.5.
- Prepcast simulator: 125 USD (I remember somehow I found out the coupon on the same page).
b) How to study:
- 3-4 hours every night, 5-8 hours on weekends.
- Before the scheduled appointment: I took 1 day off to read PMBOK from chapter 1 Introduction to chapter 13 Stakeholder. I especially focused on chapter 8 Quality to chapter 13 Stakeholder.
- I scheduled the appointment 2 months right after my application had been approved, and aimed to that appointment. (That was how the Parkinson’s law was applied here.)
c) Book:
- I enjoy reading PMBOK. I like how the words were condensed. Therefore I decided to use PMBOK as an only reference for the test. In my opinion PDF version was not enough even though it’s free, and you may need to purchase a paperback version to prepare better because you may need to draw some arrows, write some references, highlight some words in the book.
- Try to focus on page 25, page 89, page 686-694 (PMBOK 6). If you could throughout explain them, such as the definition and the key benefit of each process, where the information comes from/goes to, which information each project artifact contains, or what is the usage of that tool/technique, then you may be doing great work.
- You may need to understand which information is contained in each project management plans and project documents, then express them in contextual situations, or trying to translate them into different choice of words. This is critical from my point of view.
- Pay attention to the choice of words and the order of the phases and verbs in PMBOK expressed in bullets. In my opinion they are well versed.
“PMBOK® Guide identifies a subset of the project management body of knowledge that is generally recognized as good practice.”. The book contains explicit knowledge as good practices. I read the book as a reader like other books and expected that I could get something new, to compare it with what I understand, and to adjust the mind set which I believed the most important factor as an aspirant and of course for the test.
d) Simulators: I used only 2 simulators.
- Prepcast Simulator was good. It gave me detailed explanations of each selection and questions which were useful to understand how the real test would may look like. I took 3 full mocking exams to test my endurance in 4 hours. I failed at first time. After buying the Simulator and trying to see how the test might look like, I started the first exam without knowing that I could not come back. When I had time I also did some short quizzes (10, 50, 100 questions). Live Feedback feature: I tried to send out 1 query and the response was quite fast on the same day asking for my clarifications/references. As that was for testing, I did not pay so much attention. Anyway, the response was fast. You may utilize the function for further discussion. Mark difficulty feature: I also tried once. I don’t know after marking the difficulty, how it affected me and/or others.
- I also referred to Lehmann 200 questions (PDF file) and 100 online questions, which I found out that how the words were selected was also very useful.

Completed PMP with all ATs at first try 1 month 2 days ago #17137

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Hi Jun,

Congratulations on passing the PMP Exam! Thank you for sharing with us a detailed account of your experience. I'm sure aspiring project managers would find it useful.
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