At last, PMI announced the date on which the PMBOK-6 based NEW PMP exam will come into force: 26 March 2018. This means there is higher chances to pass PMP exam now.
If you are taking your PMP exam on or before 25 March 2018, you will be taking it on the current syllabus (largely dependent on PMBOK-5 guide).
Which is a breather for sure. We are few months away now.
And this does beg few questions –
- Do I have all the required study resources (introduction, main course, last mile) to prepare well?
- Am I certain that with my study plan I can juggle my work, family, personal, social life AND carve out time to study and prepare for the exam?
- Am I choosing the ‘path of least resistance’ for my PMP prep?
The fact is that as the new exam date approaches, there will be more people looking to book exam slots at Prometric exam centers around the world.
Few people will do that in order to ‘give a shot’ because their exam eligibility period is expiring.
And some will just try their luck.
And it is human nature to leave things till the end (remember the urgent/important matrix?), Therefore, some people, like me, that were perennially preparing but never attempting the exam will now jump on the bandwagon.
But all of them will gobble up one scarce commodity that you will need for your exam – PMP exam slot at Prometric center.
Which means that practically you may get just ONE shot at the current, more certain, PMP exam.
And you want to be prepared well and give it your best shot. [click to continue…]
I passed my PMP exam with Above-Target score in all 5 domains. And in this post I would like to share my strategies for how to pass PMP exam with the best possible score.
Towards the end of this post you can also download the process mapping sheet I created for ready reference. This, I hope, will help PMP students.
My PMP Exam Result Report
I am a post graduate in Project Management and I always had this urge to get a global certification on project management.
To be very honest, my desire to obtain PMP certification was motivated by my wife, who, after coming to know about my goal, began to movitate and push me to take time out and study for the PMP exam.
Also Read: Planning Guide, how to pass PMP before PMBOK-6 exam kicks-in
My PMP study resources
I realized that there are way too many prep resources, and for a brief period this lead to a sense of overwhelm.
So I decided to keep it simple. I brought down my study resources to just 3 items –
Alright, the suspense is over!
We knew that the PMBOK 6th edition based exam is going to kick in soon.
It was also clear that it would be better to get PMP certification before the new exam comes into force, for obvious reasons –
- Anything NEW has uncertainty (along with the opportunity) about it. The new exam could have surprises in type of questions, level of difficulty in questions, and possibly even the scoring method.
- Did you know that PMI changed the scoring scale from 3-point scale to 4-point scale recently?. Would there bye any other change with the new exam? Only time will tell.
- If one were to be certain about passing the new exam, one should probably put more efforts that with the current exam, to ensure that nothing is left to chance.
- The amount of training material will be quite limited with the new exam – this could be a good thing, or not-so-good thing – based on how you look at it.
- To be reasonably certain about passing the new exam, expectations need to be understood – based on the experience of candidates that have taken the new exam. This would take some time, for the ‘dust to settle’, so to speak. Which means you’ll probably need to wait for 3-4 months after the new exam to know what to expect with some certainty.
Well, there are brighter side too with the new exam, most prominent of which is that – [click to continue…]
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.
PMI announced the date of PMBOK-6 based exam..
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 –
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…]
Shiv, 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
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…]
Shiv, 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.
- HeadFirst PMP
- Rita Mulcahy, 8th Edition
- PMP Exam Simplified Updated for 2016.Exam of Aileen Ellis
- 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.
- PMP Examination Practice Questions, 3rd Edition – from APress
- PMP Exam Practice Test and Study Guide 9th Edition (I found this pretty close to the real exam)
- PMP Exam Prep Q-A of Christopher Scordo
Also Read: Rakesh’s 7-Step PMP Study Plan
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.
- PMP quiz App (Android)
- PMP quiz (Android)
- PMP Exam Mentor (Android)
Online reference material (blogs)
- Shiv Shenoy’s chapter-wise notes (Excellent resource for revising the chapters quickly)
- PMP Certification prep from Dummies site
- PMP prep material from Greycampus
- iZenbrudge PMP blog
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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