First 20 Questions were So Difficult

AT A GLANCE

Honey Krishnan
India


No. of Attempt
1
Study Duration
3 months

PMP® Course
Face-to-face
Prep Book
Head First PMP®
Kim Heldman

Mock Exams Attempted
ScordoExam CentralOliver LehmannPM Study
PMBOK® Guide Read
2 times

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“First 20 questions where so difficult that I ended up marking half of them for review later. Things went on fine soon and occasionally a tough question will bowl you over.”

Honey Krishnan successfully completed my PMP® certification. It took him 3-4 months’ serious study.

The Journey

  • PMP® is one of the most coveted certification in project management
  • It is the top 10 certifications and also one of the toughest
  • Purchased Head First PMP® book and started going through it (though Rita Mulcahy’s PMP® book is considered as a classic book for PMP® preparation, I opted Head First which suited me more)
  • Did practice exams at Exam Central website, got around 60% correct
  • Took a training class to earn the 35 required Contact Hours for the PMP® application
  • Joined PMI® as a member and download the PMBOK® Guide Guide. Started reading the Guide to understand the concepts and clear doubts.
  • Read Kim Heldman’s PMP® guide which arranges processes by process groups. This book also include a lot of real-life examples and exam tips
  • Did all the 18 tests from Christopher Scordo with scores around 80% (these are considered to be easier ones)
  • Practiced using the Oliver Lehmann‘s PMP® questions, scored in the 70%s. Also, practiced with PMstudy.com practice exam, got 73% correct.
  • The application for PMP® is a project in itself. It took a lot of time for filling out the application form.

The Exam Day

  • Reached the centre early. Had to gone through security check.
  • The real PMP® Exam was tough.
  • First 20 questions were so difficult that I marked about half of them for review.
  • The questions followed were much easier.
  • Sometimes, at least 2-3 options seems correct, you have to find the best.
  • I am very satisfied to have passed the exam and become PMP® certified.

~ PMP® Lessons Learned by Honey Krishnan

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Notable Achievements

5 Proficient Pass 2nd Try