As you can read on the title, yes I did actually forgot the date of my exam, but we’ll get to that part later. Annoying as it should, I did pass the exam (how can a man who forgot about his exam date can pass?). I hit MP (Moderately Proficient) on all category.
Started on Jan 2010, I take a PMP prep class in Jakarta, Indonesia. While it’s still fresh, I straight away registered for my PMI membership, receive my membership number, register for the exam. Pheww, luckily I didn’t get audited. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind being audited, it’s just going to take more time when I really want to take the exam as soon as possible while I’m still fresh from the training. So, after all the registration is done, I was being sent to prometric page to select the exam location and date and I chose to take my exam on mid Feb 2010.
Working in multi site company makes me worried that I might not be around at my selected date and it’s true. I cannot take the exam on the selected date since i’m still out of town. Having learned that it’s possible to re-schedule and there’s no cost involved I straight away pushed my exam date to mid march. One thing led to another and i already pushed my exam date 6-7 times. The last re-schedule it’s on early july and pushed it to 20th july. I put the date on my blackberry calendar, set reminder and forgot all about it. Now, between february till july I didn’t really preparing my self for the exam. I probably read a couple of pages every week but that as much of my so called preparation wa
Incident happen, my Blackberry went freeze on me and it won’t start even after I unplug the battery . So i have to re-install everything and everything inside eg: Contacts, Notes and Calendars was gone. The last backup i did was on may 2010 and as you may have guest oh my dear LL reader, the calendar entry for the exam is gone and I haven’t realized about it, yet.
Prometric did send me a reminder 3 days before the exam and at that time I was thinking like ‘Oh well, I’ll re-schedule it again then. I’m not ready for the exam yet’, but as genius as I can be I forgot to re-schedule it (having to watch Inception sounds more fun than re-scheduling your exam, rite?). The bolt of lightning has struck me on monday noon (19/7). Since i cannot re-schedule it again (yes, you really cannot re-schedule if it less than 48 hours) so i better make better use of the time and cram my self with all the books and materials i have.
For me, PMP exam is more on the understanding of the PMI concept and not so on the memorizing all the definition, ITTO, etc. So what i did was, I only read PMP Head First, PMI PMBOK and a couple of chapter from PMP Study Guide (Kim Heldman) . PMP Head First is best to understand the concept in a fun way while PMBOK is where I was referencing the concept that I read on Head First. Answer some of the questions in PM FastTrack and PMP Study Guide (Kim Heldman).
So, here’s what i would say to PMP aspirants.
- Don’t memorize but understand it. Sure, there are something that still need to memorize (EV, Contract type, etc) but understanding is the key.
- Read PMP Head First so you can understand the concept in a fun way, you still need to cross reference to PMBOK (No, I’m not paid to promote this book)
- PMBOK is a must !!!!
- If possible, print a couple of chapters that you want to focus in so you can carry it around and read while you can
- On the exam, if you can’t answer a question, don’t panic !!! You might find the answer or at least a clue on another question and if you couldn’t find any, take a guess, since there’s no negative score
That’s all i want to say on this LL. Other matters or topics are already covered nicely on other LL. Good luck, guys.
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