pmp study dane pmp lessons learnedHi Shiv,

I would like to share some of my PMP study and exam experience.
I felt that the PMP exam was much easier than the hype, or what I expected it to be.

I think this was because of the following –

pmp study dane moodleyI booked my date for the exam mainly because my year was expiring. I had only about 2 months for PMP study from scratch, and I was really busy with work at this time. I therefore had to choose an approach and act quickly.

I read the PMBOK guide within 3 weeks whenever I had spare time, not spending too much time in trying to memorize anything, but rather to understand, even if not 100%. If I spent too much time on anything I felt it was a waste as you eventually forget. The trick is to go through the content as often as you can.

The next book that was very good was the Kim Heldman PMP Study Guide. I went through this book over the following 3 weeks. After going through the framework in the PMBOK Guide before, the Kim Heldman Study Guide just put everything in perspective, as it takes you through the process. The question in the Kid Heldman book are excellent to start to understand practical questions. [click to continue…]

passing pmp in 20 days hari chand Passing PMP in 20 days – or whichever time period you want to target – is definitely possible. I passed my PMP exam recently with about 100-120 hours of study effort, in just 20 days.

I have jotted down my experience of passing PMP exam in this detailed post. Hope this helps you, especially considering the fact that PMI is going to roll over to the new exam format on 12th Jan, 2016.

My main PMP lesson learned

passing pmp in 20 days hari not to over-read but rather to have a plan in place to what to read, how to read and how many times to read (to understand the PMI’s way of project management). Also to figure out how to take mock tests and how much time to spend to assess test results.

Planning properly by considering the above points will definitely increase your confidence level as the exam approaches.

Difference between many other exams and PMP is that we can clear the exam ONLY when we understand the PMP concepts and achieve the ability to answer scenario based questions. Hence please don’t go through the books only for the sake of completing the book but try to understand the concepts and the ‘PMI way’ of project management.

I spent about close to 70 hours for studying and understanding the concepts and then went on to try 4hr mock tests, reviewing the correct & incorrect answers. I spent approximately 5 hours per test. [click to continue…]

pmp sample questions shweta silakariI started preparing for PMP from June onwards. Although I had thought about it many times earlier, I could never really prepare for it seriously, and this time I decided to go for it.

I started in June by reading PMBOK 5th edition and I signed up for PMP online training on Vision training systems where I could fulfil 35 hours training requirement needed by PMI during my application process.pmp sample questions shweta silakari

My PMP Preparation

I spent almost 4 hours every day preparing for PMP by reading PMBOK and side by side going over the training for every chapter that I read.

I did not like PMBOK a lot, to be honest, for me it was difficult to read and follow. But I knew I had to stick with it. After completing PMBOK I started reading Rita Mulcahy 8th edition. I really enjoyed it. I liked the way she explained concepts and I understood every knowledge area very clearly by going through Rita’s book.

I started solving the questions at the end of every chapter, and this helped me build my confidence that I understood the chapter. I continued marking the questions I got wrong and reviewed it before giving my real exam, so I was prepared for those difficult questions.

While reading the book I always used to think about my old projects and the processes we followed. This helped me understand everything in a practical way. I worked on a global project once, it was a big project with 100+ team members working in different time zones. I imagined how that project could have been done using PMP processes when I read the book, and this approach helped me a lot to internalize the application of processes. This understanding is critical in solving PMP questions.

After I completed Rita’s book, due to some reasons I stopped my preparation for 2 months. And then I again picked the book in October and started reading it from the scratch. I completed it once and then I again skimmed through it two more times to remember all classifications, formulas etc.

The final push before the exam

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pmp lessons learned noorulynI cleared my PMP exam on the 1st of Oct 2015 – with just 2 weeks of preparation!

This was my first attempt and a very haphazard one. I want to share about things that worked for me to get my PMP. Hope this will help your readers.

I underwent PMP training Feb 2015, I became a PMI member and submitted my application in the month of April. I wanted to give the exam by Aug and had fixed a date.

noorulyn pmpBut then job and other personal work took priority and I could not prepare. With a fine of $70 I postponed the date to the 1st of Oct. I thought I had enough time to study for the paper till then.

Once again, I got caught up with various other activities and PMP exam preparation took a backseat. Finally, in mid Sep, when there were barely 2 weeks left for the paper, I realized the amount of money that I had spent for this certification (including training) and the amount that would be forfeited if I didn’t appear for it. Though I had limited time to study, I made the best use of my weekends (4 days) and covered as much as I could.

I got MP in all process groups, something I think I could have improved on if I had studied properly, nevertheless, it did seem like an achievement to clear the exam on the first attempt, that too, with such little preparation.

Here are my tips for preparing for the exam when you have very limited time in hand. [click to continue…]

pmp exam pbt vs cbtPMP Exam CBT vs PBT – my experience in taking my PMP certification By Lazard Toe, PMP, ITIL

My experience in preparing to take the PMP Exam is focused on the difference between the Computer Based Test (CBT) and the Paper/Pencil Based Test (PBT).

pmp exam pbt vs cbt lazard toeThough these two ways of passing the exam are recognized and provided by PMI accredited centres, but they are quiet different. This testimony might not interest or surprise or even be considered out of context for those living in the USA or Europe where CBT are available, in areas like Africa the Paper Based Test (PBT) is the only way to take the exam unless you travel far from your location.

PBT Vs CBT – decision time

Coming back to my own experience which could be same for many PMP aspirants, I attended a PMP classroom training in December last year in Lagos, Nigeria, West Africa. At the end of the training, the instructor mentioned that the CBT has been cancelled in Nigeria and that only the PBT is available. If we want to pass the test through the CBT, we would have to go to Accra – Ghana, one hour flight from Lagos.

This was not a concern for me at that time. It is worth noting that I had never taken a test using the PBT, so I did not have any clue about this. After the training, I quickly created my PMI account, paid for my membership. I applied for the exam and got my accreditation a week later. I downloaded the PMBOK and gathered some material online and from friends. I also had 2 simulators. I scheduled for April 2015 and later changed to June 2015. [click to continue…]


I am very happy to let you know that I passed my PMP exam on my first attempt last week!

I want to share my study experience with your readers.

PMP Preparation

My PMP journey started 3 years ago, when I received my first training from a friend who was certified and wanted to coach me. Unfortunately few month from them I had to relocate to another country with a new job. Soon enough PMI introduced PMBOK fifth edition.issa pmp

My last sprint started in February this year, when a good friend recommended me PM Exam SmartNotes blog. I signed up for the free PMP Study Blueprint email course. Soon I finalized my study resources and ordered the PM PrepCast by Cornelius Fichtner. I used the link from Shiv’s PM PrepCast review page and received discount and precious PMP study books as bonus from Shiv.

PMP Application Stage

I submitted my application on 20 May 2015, and five day later I received a notification that my application has been accepted.

PMI membership is very important as you can have many reference resources from members area. Also you will get your own copy of PMBOK with your name marked. I suggest it is better to get PMP membership as early as possible.

During the month of June my computer was stolen, with all my study materials. I was pretty disappointed, I sent an email to Shiv and he kindly sent me all the books again. I would say this was an uncommon risk to manage 😉 [click to continue…]

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