Hi PMP Aspirants,
Its with great pleasure and sense of satisfaction I write this Lesson Learned to help other people to crack the exam.
I have around 12 years of experience in IT and thought of doing PMP for quite some time (Probably around 3 years). But this year I set to complete the PMP exam as one of my major goal and with focused effort and dedication I was able to pass the exam on 12-Aug-2011.
When I started to read PMBOK for the first time it was hazy. I started to read the book by Andy Crowe and Rita Mulcahey. They explained knowledge and processes very well. I also purchased PMPrepcast by Cornelius Fichtner. The podcast was very useful. I was also able to gain 35 contact hours from PMPrepcast. Link HERE
After my first PMBOK read, I started to read each chapter from Andy, Rita and started to watch/listen to PMPrepcast. With this combination things started to become clear and was able to relate how an ideal project should be done. I started my serious preparation starting this Jan. Till April, I used to spend around 1 hour during weekdays and 2 hours during weekends.
I applied for the exam on June-2011 and set the date as 12-Aug. Once the deadline is fixed I felt the pressure and started to increase my effort and its almost double and triple than what I was prior to setting the date.
Just before the exam, I took one week off from office to further focus the effort and contribution. I solved as many questions as possible, took many 4hr tests.
Cumulatively I have read PMBOK twice, Andy Crowe and Rita book thrice.
I have solved the questions from the below source
- Chapter end questions from Andy and Rita – Both combined should be around 450+ questions
- PM Fasttrack – 1300 Q
- Oliver Lehman 75 and 175 Q’s
- PMStudy 3, 4 hour test – 600 Q’s
- Andy Crowe’s Final 4hr test – 200 Q’s
- Head First 200 Q’s
Day before and Day of Exam
The day before the exam I took a final 4 hour exam to simulate the exam at the same experience I feel at the testing center. I usually do meditation and before going to bed did meditation to get sound sleep.
My exam was scheduled at 1.30 PM on 12-Aug. Went to the exam center 1 hour before. I was asked to keep all my belongings pen, pencil, watch, wallet, water bottle, snacks at the rack. Went inside the room and I was instructed about the test process. During the first 15 mins I did my brain dump (formulas, page no 43 of PMBOK (process, knowledge area) chart)
The exam was moderately difficult and did not see long winding questions as I encountered in the sample test. I did not take any break during the 4 hour. Which ever question’s I had doubt or second thought I marked them for review. I was able to complete the exam in 3.30 and used the last 30 mins for review and verification.
When I finished my exam, the waiting time approximately around 15 secs to process the question was the longest wait I could imagine. Finally I saw the result as Pass. I felt very much excited and relieved.
Final piece of advice
- Don’t over study. Have a plan to complete the study process around 200 hours
- Book the exam date. Unless we do it, we don’t intensify our effort and dedication
- Think you will succeed the PMP exam and you will
All the very best for your exam. Good luck.