AT A GLANCE
No. of Attempt
Mock Exams Attempted
PMBOK® Guide Read
|“On closing notes, I would say the BEST way/plan to study is ‘your own way/plan’. Prepare your own notes instead of getting from others.”|
Niteshrs passed the PMP® exam in first try. Below is his lessons learned.
- PMP® exam is not a tough battle, it requires a structured preparation just like managing a projects
- You only have to understand the concepts, not to memorize them
- You can try a maximum of 3 times to pass the exam
- It takes lots of efforts and time. If you decide to get the PMP® Certification, don’t procrastinate
- The ideal time to prepare for the exam is around two months, with a structured plan for 2-4 hours’ study daily, you will be able to pass
- Research the PMP® Certification online, there are tons of information helping you to know what you will have to do to get the PMP®
Know the eligibility and apply for the exam
- Checked the eligibility requirements on the PMI® handbook for PMP®.
- Submit the PMP® application form online, including contacts, educational background and project management experiences.
- Additional time for verification if selected for an audit.
Have formal project management training and schedule the exam
- Get the 35 contact hours of formal training in project management
- There were cheaper online training but I preferred the live interactive class
- I proceeded to scheduling the actual PMP® exam.
Make a plan, stick to it and understand the PMBOK® Guide concepts
- I bought a preparation plan online.
- I bought the Rita Mulcahy’s book for PMP® exam preparation, PM PrepCast™ and Andy Crowe book on PMP® exam preparation
- Having two PMP® exam prep reference books was good enough
- I began with reading a chapter in PMBOK® Guide, then read the same chapter from exam prep books..
- The chapter end tests also helped a lot to understand the concepts.
- Keep your focus on the study and stick to the study plan.
Practice enough to get a feel of the 4 hour real exam
- I took Headfirst 200 questions which is available free online.
- Practiced to take an exam continuously for 4 hours
- Took Oliver Lehmann 175 questions
- If you get a score not less than 75-80% correct, you are well on track
- Take at least 2 full-length 200-question practice exams to prepare your body well for the exam.
Plan your day for the real exam
- You can take breaks during the exam but you have to sign in and out. This is time consuming, so the advice is a maximum of 2 breaks.
- I just took one break when I was half way through the exam.
- Understand how much time for each question and keep good time management.
- Review marked questions if you still have time
~ PMP® Lessons Learned by Niteshrs