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TOPIC: Passed PMP exam on first attempt - Above Target in all five domains

Passed PMP exam on first attempt - Above Target in all five domains 5 days 15 hours ago #21184

  • Carl Boles
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Thanks Cornelius for helping provide me a solid foundation.

I had about ten weeks total from starting studying until when I needed to take the exam, so I worked backwards and created a study plan, leaving about three weeks for pure review prior to testing.

Here a a few things that worked for me (in order):

* I scored 51% on the pre-assessment - discouraging to me, as I thought I'd do better (I had been doing project management type work for several years)
*I watched all of the videos in order
* I did not read the PMBOK guide, but I followed along during the videos and highlighted key points
* I made an excel sheet matrix of the Process Groups, Knowledge Areas, and Process and posted it next to my desk for easy and frequent reference
* Once I had completed the videos, I watched them again a 2nd time - not always paying as close attention as the first time, but it helped tie everything together
* I read through the glossary and tried to understand each topic
* I studied the acronyms
* I did not memorize formulas or prepare a brain dump
* I used the simulator and took exams in increments of 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 80, 100, and once did 200.
* My results varied quite a bit - I reviewed every question to try and understand why I got it right or wrong - not just the misses
* By the time I got through all of the questions, my overall average was 72%

I was anxious the day of the exam. I had a process to ensure my pace was ok. I finished about 15 minutes early. And then BAM, ABOVE TARGET in all Domains!

Thanks Cornelius and everyone who has contributed in Lessons Learned!

Passed PMP exam on first attempt - Above Target in all five domains 5 days 12 hours ago #21190

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Congratulations Carl!
And thank you for sharing your experience.
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Passed PMP exam on first attempt - Above Target in all five domains 4 days 15 hours ago #21211

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Could you please share how you kept track of the pacing during the exam?
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