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TOPIC: Passed 1st Attempt! T/AT/AT/AT/AT

Passed 1st Attempt! T/AT/AT/AT/AT 4 months 3 weeks ago #17149

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Hi, hello!!

This past Saturday I passed my PMP, first attempt! For reference I spent the beginning of March to middle of April hard studying, about 3-4 hours almost every day. I even moved part time workwise so I could focus on my preparations. I would consider myself a young PM and young to the field.

What I used and how:

1. Rita's book -- GREATLY helped understanding the material in an approachable way, read this all the way through once and annotated as I did, did all practice exams and exercises provided. Read it again over only what I pointed out. Took the chapter tests again to see how I improved, studied what I still felt unsure about.
2. PMBOK - - honestly, I didn't even crack this baby open until the last two weeks of my studying. I used it more to glance over the glossary and compare differences of Inputs/Outputs. Having read Rita's book, it was MUCH easier to digest.
3. Ricardo Vargas (
) -- AMAZING video on how to put it all together. I found myself not really seeing how the processes intertwined.
4. Memorizing processes (
) -- helped learn all 49 processes for my dump sheet
5. Flashcards -- I made these myself, going through Rita's book to write down anything I needed extra practice to understand. I did not "memorize" these, just reviewed every night to really familiarize myself with them. In my opinion, you are going to be hard pressed to memorize everything in the PMBOK. I only memorized formulas pointed out in Rita's book as well as a few that popped up in Test Simulator
6. This here test simulator -- Amazing, amazing, amazing. Even though I used it to take tests, it helped me learn more about agile and other things not covered in Rita's book. I think this is one of the biggest reasons I passed. I got familiar with the kinds of questions asked as well as the format of how the test actually looks (PRETTY spot on). The biggest thing is that I learned HOW to read the questions and what to look for in those tricky PMI questions. Then on the actual test, they aren't scary or disorienting. I averaged 76% on the 5 full tests I took. I only took a couple quizzes.

My biggest advice is to be honest with yourself on what you don't know -- even if you HATE a topic (*cough cough*, procurement, *cough cough*) you have to learn it. Don't focus on memorizing, focus on getting familiar and understanding the MEANING, how things flow. By time I took the test and had my brain dump, I barely looked at it because I practiced everything so much I knew it really well.

GOOD LUCK OUT THERE! You can do it. Don't underestimate the test OR yourself. :)
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[email protected] 4 months 1 week ago #17291

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Hi,
Thank you for sharing, your inputs are definitely very useful in my preparation.

Just wanted to check which test simulator did u use?
I am thinking of selecting either of the below 2 options -
PM Master Prep
or
christopher scordo pmtraining
let me know if you have any recommendations.

Thanks

PMP Exam Simulator 4 months 1 week ago #17295

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I can answer which one she used: Jaclyn is a customer of The PMP Exam Simulator that my company offers.
Until Next Time,
Cornelius Fichtner, PMP, CSM
President, OSP International LLC

Passed 1st Attempt! T/AT/AT/AT/AT 3 months 4 weeks ago #17470

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Hi There ,
Congratulations on passing the exam with flying colors !! This writeup provides a lot of positive motivation on preparing the exam. I had a question on Rita's Book and wanted to know as how can i get the same. Additionally , I'm not familiar with Flashcard concept , Request you to let me know as how can i start preparing flashcards.
Thanks in an advance.
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