AT A GLANCE
No. of Attempt
|Head First PMP®
Mock Exams Attempted
PMBOK® Guide Read
|“… consider the exam as a set of 4 separated mini exams (50 Q for each one, not more than 60 min/set), that way I could have a tighter control on it “|
Reda Soussi studied and passed the PMP® exam with the following proficiency levels:
- Initiation Process Group – Proficient
- Planning Process Group – Proficient
- Executing Process Group – Proficient
- Monitoring & Control Process Group – Proficient
- Closing Process Group – Moderately Proficient
PMP® reference materials :
- Head First PMP®
- PMP® Exam Prep: Rita’s Course in a Book for Passing the PMP® Exam
- PMBOK® Guide Guide
PMP® practice exams :
- PM Study (all 4 tests)
- Rita PM FASTrack
- PM Training
- Oliver Lehmann’s questions
- Exam Central
- Head First Practice Exam
- I started my PMP® study and preparation during the first week of December and kept a daily study of the materials for around 4 to 5 hours per day on average.
- After I got hold of the PMBOK® Guide Guide from PMI®, I tried to read it from cover to cover. However, I could only read up to page 80 and lost my focus. I decided to look for other reference materials that are more reader friendly.
- I began the study with critical path concept and I downloaded the “Head First Critical Path Drill” from O’Reilly’s web site and studied it thoroughly.
- I then bought Head First PMP® and read all the chapters from cover to cover and finish all chapter end questions. I could understand the concepts and the scope of the PMP® exam much better.
- Read through PMP® Exam Prep: Rita’s Course in a Book for Passing the PMP® Exam chapter by chapter and did all the chapter end exercises and questions. This book is great that it gives a deep and detailed view of all project management concepts, though I was not quite comfortable with the author’s tone.
- Read PMBOK® Guide Guide while taking notes.
- Did an overall review of the 3 books above. Tried to compare and cross-reference the 3 books.
- Tried to understand the ITTOs, EVM formulas and the details of each process and the important concepts behind each process group.
- Attempted many PMP® practice exam question and scored consistently around 80% on average.
- Need to try full-length 4-hour practice exams to understand your stamina and plan the need for the breaks.
- 1 week before the PMP® exam: did more and more practice exams (~ 1 exam/day) + revision of main points in PMBOK® Guide Guide and ITTOs.
- 1 day before the PMP® exam: took the whole day to relax, just had quick review on the glossary and ITTOs
How I Dealt with the Exam
- Got to the exam venue early.
- I tried to consider the real PMP® exam as a set of 4 separated mini exams (i.e. 50 questions for each one set, have to finish the set in not more than 60 minutes). I also tried to not mark more than 4 questions per set.
- After each set, looked at the timer to manage the time
- Took 3 or 4 deep breaths and reviewed the marked questions for the current set
- Then moved forward to the next set of 50 questions
- I had about 25 minutes left after finishing all the 200 questions, did some review and ended the exam
- The PMP® exam is not tough but it is not easy neither
- Each PMP® aspirant should develop his own learning and exam taking strategy based on what works best to him.
~ PMP® Lessons Learned by Reda Soussi