So it’s been a while since anyone has posted CAPM Lessons Learned, so here is mine.
First I am your ideal CAPM candidate as I’ve only been working in the project field for less than 2 years and have yet to advance to a PM position.
I did not memorize the ITTO, I did memorize the Process Chart, EVM formulas, and Communication Channel formula, during the 15 minute tutorial I wrote it all down in the scrap booklet they provide. The notes came in handle during the exam when your brain is fried and you can’t think straight after 2 hours.
As for studying I used the following materials:
PMBOK (4th edition)
The CAPM Exam: How to Pass on Your First Try: Andy Crowe (based on PMBOK 3rd)
PMP Exam Prep, Sixth Edition – Rita Mulcahy
The test was fair and some questions were difficult, however I felt they were the test questions so I knew I had a margin to work with. Overall I took about 90 minutes to get through the first one, and then I reviewed every question which took about 45 minutes taking approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes total.
After clicking on ‘END’ the computer prompted a PMI survey which I declined. Then the screen went blank white for about 5 agonizing seconds, which I assume was for calculating my score and finally the PMI congratulations screen came up.