pmp prep experienceShiv, thank you for your support, emails, great tips, and the PMP prep books. I earned my PMP yesterday with 2 ‘Proficient’ and 3 ‘Moderately Proficient’ score.

I completed my exam in just 2.5 hours.

I would like to share some advice and study tips here based on my PMP prep experience, for the benefit of PMP aspirants.

pmp mostafa adel My preparation for the exam started way back in April 2016 with a course at my workplace, which ran for three days a week. I completed this course by June 2016. Due to many things, I couldn’t study the materials I got at the course.

I started studying afresh in September 2016 by –

  • Reading your Blueprint,
  • Watching videos on UDEMY for free,
  • Reading RITA, and
  • Solving questions provided by the UDEMY course.

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pmp exam experience murali pmpShiv, I passed my PMP exam recently, and here are a few myths I’d like to burst and also share few tips from my PMP exam experience.

Myth #1: PMP Exam is tough.

PMP exam is not as tough as most people perceive it to be.

pmp murali mohanPMP is identical to the quarterly exams during schooling – I did my schooling in India and I understand other countries have the mid-term exam after 6 months from the beginning of the academic year. Quarterly exams are conducted every 3 months. There are 7 subjects in all. And by the first quarter, we would complete 5 chapters in each subject. Isn’t it? That makes it 35 chapters in all. But, for PMP we have only 13 chapters!

Fact: The difference is the cost of PMP exam and that is where fear lies for many people. “If I failed I’ll lose $500+!”

Also Read: Don’t just start your prep with PMBOK guide – by Vignesh, PMP

Myth #2: It is difficult to write an exam for 4 hours without break.

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pmp certification exam vigneshShiv, I feel very happy in letting you know that I cleared my PMP certification exam on February 16th !! I owe you a lot for this success and thanks for all your help and guidance which you gave me on this journey.

How it all began..

pmp vignesh kIt all started in September 2015 and even before becoming a PMP certified Project Manager I did the cost-benefit analysis. At that time I decided to do some certification and performed research on various options like CAPM, PMP, Prince 2, ITIL next level certification and so on.

Finally, I decided to proceed with PMP.

When I started I found the website of Edward Chung to be very useful to understand the prerequisite and syllabus etc. Then I was lucky to find PMESN website and immediately subscribed the daily emails explaining the various concepts. I have to say it was pure Project management explained in clear, plain English!! No ambiguity, no IITO, tedious calculations etc.

Though ITTOs, calculations are necessary for the exam, I feel for a beginner it is more important to just understand the concept in a simple way.

My chosen set of PMP certification exam study material

When it comes to the study-material, I decided it has to be Rita’s PMP book or HeadFirst PMP followed by PMBOK. [click to continue…]

pmp study tips jaclyn

I wanted to share my PMP Study method with you in case others found it helpful. I passed the PMP exam in January 2017 without using flashcards or doing an exhaustive brain dump at the beginning of the exam.

PMP Study Books

I took a prep course in January of 2016 but did not find the prep course materials very effective, so I decided to look into other prep books.

pmp jaclyn castello I used the following books during my prep:

My Study Approach

Due to a heavy work schedule, It took me three months of studying to feel ready for the exam. I used a 3-step approach to save time and get better understanding quickly – [click to continue…]

pmp test prep tips grace

My PMP test prep journey started in June 2015. That’s when I decided that I wanted to be PMP certified.

I started by joining PMI, then I spent a few months researching and compiling data for the application. I finally applied for PMP test and in February 2016, right after making my payment for the exam, received notification that my application was being audited.

I successfully completed the audit process in March and planned to spend a few months studying before scheduling the exam. However, due to various life events, I ended up actually taking and passing my PMP test on February 4, 2017.

Here are a few things I think are very important to keep in mind in your PMP test prep –

The PMP application

Make sure that you would be able to contact the managers you listed for your projects in the event that you are audited. This is really important because the audit process is essentially your manager providing verification that you actually worked on the projects you indicated. [click to continue…]

pmp exam prep week before

Let me guess. After some deliberation and researching into possible project management certification options, you decided to take up PMP exam. You invested in top PMP study material, collected a bunch of free resources, came up with a study plan and schedule that suited your busy schedule.

You put together your management experience in a way that PMI expects, submitted your PMP exam application at, and shared it with your previous managers in case your application was selected for audit.

You made many sacrifices, with most difficulty cut down on family time, gave up social engagements, managed office commute time better, and prepared for the exam.

You went ahead and scheduled your exam, reworked your study plan, rewrote your milestone plans, and with some doggedness tried to stick to the plan putting your best foot forward.

Now you are 1 week away from the exam.

You getting into the ‘Golden Week’.

And the question you have in mind is how best to utilize this one week to increase your chances of acing the PMP exam.

I remember vividly how this question petrified me when I was preparing for my own PMP exam years ago.

After my own experience and that of over 683 PMP students I have helped personally pass their PMP exam, here’s what I believe is a decently good plan for your golden week. [click to continue…]