PMI has introduced a change to PMP scoring scale. This is significant in view of the upcoming PMBOK-6 based exam.

Let us see what exactly has changed.

You know that the following 5 Process Groups from PMBOK guide become Domains as far as exam is concerned. You are scored individually under each of these Domains.

The question distribution across the 5 domains is as below –

There is a passing threshold for each of these Domains.

What was PMP scoring scale used so far?

There were just 3 scoring levels against which each PMP candidate is scored in each of the 5 Domains –

  • Proficient – indicates performance is above the average level of knowledge in this domain.
  • Moderately Proficient – indicates performance that is at the average level of knowledge in this domain.
  • Below Proficient – indicates performance is below the average level of knowledge in this domain.

Here’s an example –

pmbok PMP old rating scale example

Not anymore.

How does the new PMP scoring scale look like?

Instead of the 3-point rating scale now PMI uses 4-point rating scale.

PMI calls each of these points as ‘Performance Rating Category’.

They are as below – [click to continue…]

how to pass exam with 5 above target proficient score manojShiv, I’m extremely happy to tell you that I aced my PMP exam. I would like to share with PMESN community what I know about how to pass PMP exam with all 5 ‘Above Target’ score, because I just did exactly that.

There was no magic bullet, it was just well-planned approach with few smart techniques. I share all of that in this post.

Here’s my PMP exam report card

Manoj Ponnuswamy PMP Exam Report

The PMP Trigger

I had heard several managers speak highly about PMP and that it is one of the prestigious certifications. Although my initial trigger was the aim to increase my credibility with “PMP” against my name, I began loving the concepts and saw the potential it had to mould myself as a better project management professional. I could clearly see myself delivering successful projects with the knowledge from PMP exam and the project management experience I already had.

Thus my PMP journey began.

My Guide to how to pass PMP exam with all 5 ‘Above Target’ score

To be honest, I did not do anything new for this exam! Just customized the available plan from Shiv’s 4-week plan book (I actually got the ‘Ace Your PMP Exam’ series book, of which this book was already part of) to match my own schedule, that’s it.

Here is my overall PMP plan.

Step 1: Narrowed down to 4 study resources

a) PM Prepcast from Corneilus Fichtner – Watched twice. This made PMP study quite enjoyable.

b) PMBOK – I found it a bit dry to read. Therefore I skimmed through this book first time and the second time around I read in detail.

c) Shiv PMP concept notes (ACE Your PMP Exam) – 1st time I skimmed through it, 2nd time I read in detail, and the 3rd time I read it the day before my PMP exam.

d) Exam Simulator from OSP International – I took as many exams as possible (get this free but smaller version of the simulator if you want to test first. I found the paid version to be very useful in getting the result I got). [click to continue…]

pmp test prep fredy wappiShiv, I passed my PMP test on 16th August 2017 on my FIRST attempt.

My mantra was to practice on a daily basis and strive for continuous improvement.

I took about 5 months to prepare well for the exam.

My PMP Test Study Resources

I used 5 types of study resources – Study books, Exercise Books, Mobile Apps, Online blogs, and Mock tests.

PMP Study Books

After doing my research I chose the following 4 PMP prep books. The first one is purely for the ease of study, second one for breadth of content, third one based on a recommendation and fourth one is again for simplification.

  1. HeadFirst PMP
  2. Rita Mulcahy, 8th Edition
  3. PMP Exam Simplified Updated for 2016.Exam of Aileen Ellis
  4. PMP Certification All-in-one for dummies

PMP Exercise Books

My aim was to practice sample questions while I was studying the exam content. I decided to use simulators only after 2 rounds of complete PMP study is finished. I chose the following 3 books.

  1. PMP Examination Practice Questions, 3rd Edition – from APress
  2. PMP Exam Practice Test and Study Guide 9th Edition (I found this pretty close to the real exam)
  3. PMP Exam Prep Q-A of Christopher Scordo

Also Read: Rakesh’s 7-Step PMP Study Plan

Mobile Apps

Mobile apps helped me a lot by saving a ton of time. I was able to study them whenever and wherever I could. Even a 30minute break I got from work or in any social engagement, I could fire one up and do a bit of study. I cannot stress enough how convenient the apps have been in my PMP preparation.

I chose Android based apps. You should be able to find them in iOS as well.

  1. PMP quiz App (Android)
  2. PMP quiz (Android)
  3. PMP Exam Mentor (Android)

Online reference material (blogs)

  1. Shiv Shenoy’s chapter-wise notes (Excellent resource for revising the chapters quickly)
  2. PMP Certification prep from Dummies site
  3. PMP prep material from Greycampus
  4. iZenbrudge PMP blog

PMP Simulators

PMP simulators helped me time the exam so I can practice not only the realistic questions but also practice to take the test within the stipulated 4 hours. I have selected most of the Free Simulators below –

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pass pmp before pmbok6 kicks in-blog“How To Pass PMP Exam Before PMBOK-6 Kicks In” – this book was released a week ago – on 31st August – on Amazon.

In just couple of hours, the book was being downloaded – which was fantastic.

Today, this book hit #1 spot among ‘Amazon Hot New Releases’ in the PMP Exam Category of books on Amazon USA store (amazon.com)!

And the credit goes entirely to you! Thank you for making this happen.

This comes on the back of ‘PMP Smart Flashcards’ released last month – which uses the Spaced Repetition algorithm based study tool that optimizes study time and increases retention.

Here’s the snapshot –

pmp book in new releases number-1 pmp exam category

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pass pmp exam before pmbok 6 kicks in“How To Pass PMP Exam Before PMBOK-6 Kicks In?”

If this question has been bothering you for some time now, well, here’s the solution right in front of you.

The book is released on Amazon platform and within few hours it is being bought by PMP students!

What can you expect in this book?

This is a book based on PMP exam experience of hundreds of PMP students that have successfully passed their exam. I have had the honor of being part of their PMP journey; observe and guide in their prep.

Some of them have been pretty unorthodox in their prep approach, some of them have chartered new path of preparation (one solely used Simulators to prepare for his exam!) – and with all this there has been a pattern, or call it collection of best practices and unique techniques, that forms the core this book.

The book reveals a simple yet highly practical 4-phase approach to prepare for PMP exam from scratch (from the PMI Application stage) and to get past each of the stages till what to do on the exam.

Learn how to pass PMP exam before PMBOK-6 edition exam kicks in..This is a short 51 pages ebook – of pure content, packed with strategies, tips and techniques. No introduction passages explaining why PMP is required and such. This book assumes that the audience knows about PMP exam and is at a stage where she needs a well laid out plan to get going and grab that PMP certificate.

This book does just that.

A bonus section outlines few smart ways of identifying ‘question type’ and apply specific strategy to answer that question.

  • How to structure 4-phases so you have ample time for each phase to study before exam day
  • How to choose study resources that are right for you
  • How to save time during your study period
  • What to do in the week before exam to cover the ‘last mile’
  • How to derisk the exam day
  • What to do on the exam to answer questions quicker
  • and more..

Click on ‘Look Inside’ option on the book’s image here  to see what is covered in this book.

How can you get this for FREE?

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pmp study plan shared by sahaShiv, here is my PMP study plan for passing PMP exam on the first attempt.

My PMP trigger

I work at an Engineering company for Oil and Gas projects, which needs me to play a project manager’s role. My job profile also requires me to study new active techniques to solve problem – especially to make real Cost Estimation, to know how much we need to complete, or how to reserve for risks. Since these types of projects take long time and need large work force and equipment, and price fluctuations happen all the time based on technological changes that happened in the industry.

how suha alaah passed pmp examIn addition we faced many issues dealing with vendors, communicate with stakeholders effectively, and to prevent delay or scope creep due to limited information or unclear requirements.

In order to deal with all these difficulties, I participated in courses of project management. These group learning activities helped me gain valuable insights and understand many gaps I had in my knowledge.

I learned how to deal with issues since changes on the project happen all the time. Also, I got tips to manage time better, and calculate project costs using specific techniques. These encouraged me to think about taking PMP exam.

It was the realization that with PMP certification I can get the right knowledge, build problem solving skills, make right decisions on the project that made me take up PMP.

Also Read: How Swati passed her PMP exam with 3 weeks of PMP study plan (schedule included)

How I studied for PMP exam

I read PMBOK 5th edition guide two times.

I made it a point to make my own notes at the end of each knowledge area. Doing this helped me build a set of summary-notes which would be useful during revision.

Next, I read PMP exam prep 8th edition by Rita Mulcahy and added to my study notes.

In fact, my short study notes acted like Flash cards!

In addition, I solved all the questions given at the end of each chapter.

I became a frequent visitor to PMExamSmartNotes’s Facebook page. Here I would try to answer the daily sample questions and then cross-check it with the answers posted twice a week. I also joined a project management community in Iraq. [click to continue…]