AT A GLANCE
CA, United States
No. of Attempt
Mock Exams Attempted
PMBOK® Guide Read
|“I’m confident that if I took the PMP® exam again a year from now, I’d pass it with no problem because I know this stuff, I didn’t just memorize it.”|
This is the story of Joshua D Nankivel with regards to his pursuit of the PMP® Certification. He passed the PMP® exam in first attempt.
General PMP® Tips
- Many questions will ask you to pick the “best” answer among several correct answers
- Sometimes, the technique of eliminating 2 answers did not work as there are often 3 possible answers
- There is not a single questions asking which is NOT correct
- I was not allowed to use my own calculator
- I brought a bottled water and some light snacks and store them in the locker.
- I took a break at least every 45 minutes to stare out the window and refresh my mind for 5-10 minutes.
- It took me only 2 1/2 hours to finish the PMP® exam. It might take longer for non-English native candidates.
- PM PrepCast™ is great as it comes with some sample questions, a study guide, and gives you the required 35 contact hours of education for the PMP® application.
- PMBOK® Guide Guide is used as a reference only as I did not read through it.
- I began practicing the concepts in the PMBOK® Guide on my everyday project
- No more studying 2 weeks before the exam. During this time, I did a lot of practice exams.
PMP® Preparation Tools
- I listened to the PM PrepCast™ when driving to and from work. It helped me “internalize” the concepts as the instructor gives lots of real-world examples. I understand the concepts very well.
- I did not memorize ITTO’s. I just used the flowcharts in the PMBOK® Guide guide to understand their relationship.
Why did I Pursue PMP®?
- The primary reason I wanted to get the PMP® Certificate was that I can meet the requirements of many prospective employers for an interview. The PMBOK® Guide is a standard, not best practices. It’s a framework, not a methodology for how you should actually manage a project. Of course, it is my experience and performance that count in the end.
- The PMP® is but one of the many things I’ve done to present my skills and values to prospective employers. This certificate alone won’t make me a good project manager.
The REAL Benefit
- It was during the process of studying for the PMP® Certification and applying the concepts learned in my daily work that I understand the value of this Certification.
- I have better understanding of why or why not I follow a process in the PMBOK® Guide Guide.
- PM PrepCast™ is wonderful and it worth 10 times than its selling price. I studied while driving and got lots of real-world examples to bring the concepts to life for easy understanding.
~ PMP® Lessons Learned by Joshua D Nankivel