Don’t Panic During PMP Exam – Even If the Computer is Switched Off


Laszlo J.Kremmer

No. of Attempt
Study Duration
2.5 weeks

PMP® Course
PM PrepCast™
Prep Book

Mock Exams Attempted
PMBOK® Guide Read
1 time

“I have finished the first 45 questions when something happened that I did not expect. While I was reading a rather difficult and very wordy question my PC switched off!”

Laszlo J.Kremmer passed my PMP® exam in first attempt. His studying process and technique were rather straight forward but the PMP® exam was way more challenging owing to an incident, more on this below.

PMP® Study Plan

  • I had a very simple but effective study approach. I used Rita’s PMP® prep materials including Rita’s PMP® Exam Prep Book and PM FASTrack.
  • I read the PMBOK® Guide Guide to understand all project management processes. I then studied hard by reading the Rita’s PMP® Exam Prep Book. I finished all of the chapter exercises. My scores for the chapter end questions were around 85%.
  • I then attempted the PM FASTrack, using the Knowledge Area questions.
  • I also used flashcards to memorize important facts.
  • I also purchased the PM PrepCast™ and listened to the course after reading one chapter from Rita’s book.
  • I created a brain dump of all PMP® formulas.

The PMP® Exam

  • In the beginning, everything is fine.
  • However, the room suddenly become very quite.
  • I had answered the first 45 questions when my computer suddenly switched off.
  • There was a power outage of the building of the exam venue. The inside was very dark, only with some emergency light bulbs.
  • The staff of the centre immediately came in and informed us of the official processes. If power doesn’t resume after 30 minutes, the PMP® exam has to be rescheduled.
  • Finally, after 29 minutes 10 seconds the power resumed.
  • The staff tried to turn on the computers and allow us to continue where we were. However, I had to switch the computer as my own computer did not work.
  • The exam questions were similar in level of difficulty to the PM FASTrack. Only that the network diagrams were rather tricky.
  • There were also some calculation questions which were not so difficult, just had around 80% distractor information.
  • I took a break as I was too tired.
  • Marking questions for review during the exam will free up your brain and allows you to concentrate on the question to come.

~ PMP® Lessons Learned by Laszlo J.Kremmer


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