Understand the Big Picture of Project Management

AT A GLANCE

Rafael Vasquez
CA, United States


No. of Attempt
1
Study Duration

PMP® Course
PM PreCast
Prep Book
Rita

Mock Exams Attempted
PM FASTrack
PMBOK® Guide Read
1 time

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“The key to pass the exam is understanding the big picture of project management, what is required as the inputs, the tools and techniques and what is the outputs of the processes.”

Rafael Vasquez passed the PMP® exam in the first try. He wrote the lessons learned below:

  1. I purchased the PM PrepCast™ to meet the 35 contact hours requirement of the PMP® Certification and to understand the whole process of project management.
  2. I started filling out the PMP® Application. It took me almost a whole month to get all the project details.
  3. Scheduled the exam for three month laters so as to give me enough time to cover all the chapters in the PMBOK® Guide Guide.
  4. I purchased Rita Mulcahy’s PMP® exam preparation book and PM FASTrack for practice exams.
  5. I became a member of PMI® to gain access to the knowledge-base of PMI® which contains a lot of outstanding reference materials. I could also get a discount for the exam fee.
  6. I studied at least 4 to 5 hrs on weekdays.
  7. After studied the PMBOK® Guide Guide and the Rita’s PMP® exam preparation once, I took a practice exam for 4 hours and passed with 70.6%.
  8. I re-studied the weak areas and did more practice exams for at least 800 questions from different resources.
  9. In the last week, I did 2 more full-length exams and got over 80%.
  10. I tried to understand and memorize Rita’s planning chart and the other process charts, in particular the executing and monitoring and controlling processes.
  11. The key to pass the exam is to understand the big picture of project management, what is required as the inputs, the tools and techniques and what is the outputs of the processes (the ITTO’s).

~ PMP® Lessons Learned by Rafael Vasquez

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Notable Achievements

5 Proficient Pass 2nd Try