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5 months 1 week ago #20951

André Mballa

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Hello Kristen,

Thank you very much for your time you took to write all your advices. I'm relly gratefull.
I'll definately apply all of them.

5 months 1 week ago #20929


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This is a tough exam and you took it which is half the battle. I agree you should aim for at least 85% on most simulators and around 75% on difficult ones like Oliver Lehmann. I recommend a sample of exams . It is important to get some variety from good providers so you force your mind to adjust to different styles. I have some suggestions for good ones if interested. Beware of too many providers , I recommend a balance. Read right and wrong answers when provided and don’t give up!! Focus on the knowledge areas where you are the weakest but continue revisiting where you are strong . Retake the exams and ensure you are now comfortable with you selection this time. When judging Readiness, go by first attempt only. My best !
5 months 1 week ago #20922

Kristen T.

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I'm sorry to hear it - failing the PMP is incredibly frustrating when you feel like you've been studying tirelessly and that you've done all you could do. I was in the same boat when I studied for nearly 3 months nonstop only to fail. I passed the next time two months later with AT in all categories, with some major revisions to my study plan. Here is what I can recommend to you.

First, acknowledge yourself for taking such a difficult exam. Take comfort in knowing your passing rate next time will be higher, because, thanks to PMI, you'll know your weak spots and strengths to have more targeted studying Definitely take a break before all of this, so that you're not burnt out.

I also highly recommend using more than one source to study. The PMP is a situational exam, and passing requires understanding to apply the frameworks into a variety of contexts.
Fortunately, there are an overwhelming amount of resources to choose from today, from mobile apps to online training academies. Using an array of applications is a safe way of knowing that you really know your stuff, no matter the source in question. Based on what worked for me, what I can recommend is to use a blend of apps, books, flash cards and online tools. I would reread, make index cards and then would take targeted quizzes based on those areas.

While creating the process chart helps, it is good to get really comfortable with the ITTOs and their relationships. Since the exam doesn't directly ask for the definitions but rather things like.. "what should the PM have done instead?", understanding the process in question the relevant ITTO will gear you to the correct answer.

I was initially baffled when I failed the first try, mainly because of how I had been acing the practice questions in the apps. As I soon realized, while I was improving over time, it was because I was actually memorizing the questions and their answers limited to the sources I was using -- rather than thoroughly understanding the processes.

Another thing to recommend, is taking mock exams in simulated environments. It sounds like this is what you've done, but recreating all of it -- from the meal you eat before to the time you take it -- builds a sense of routine and familiarity with it. Make ‘process of elimination’ work in your favor during the live exam, and don’t leave questions unanswered. Also, when reading the questions, always read the last sentence first. Much of the time, this will help clarify the answers for you. In making the best selection, I suggest reading the last choice first, just so you are less inclined to pick the first answer you see. Try to eliminate two answers if you can, before making a final selection. This will help reinforce the answer and why you picked it.

You got this!
5 months 2 weeks ago #20902

André Mballa

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Hello Felix,

Thank you for your message. I will follow your advice by taking more time in reading the "why" of my correct and incorrect answers.

5 months 2 weeks ago #20901

André Mballa

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Hello Cornelius,

Thank you for writting to me. I really appreciate.
I will read the article.

5 months 2 weeks ago #20900

André Mballa

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Hello Steve,

Thank you for your precious time you took to write to me. I'll follow your advices.


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