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…]

Shiv, I am glad to inform that I passed my PMP exam! It certainly was not easy but the journey was quite enjoyable. In this article I would like to reveal by PMP prep plan – basically the resources, strategies, tips, and techniques that helped me pass the exam. PMP exam experience is different for everyone and I hope that at least some of what I share here will help PMP aspirants looking for tips.

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Resources I Used For PMP Prep

There are quite a few out there (do a Google and you’ll be overwhelmed). Therefore, I recommend doing a bit of research and pick few that fits your bill. Here are few that I chose –

Also Read: How I Developed Confidence For PMP Exam – by Helen Abigo, PMP

Full Mock Tests Are Crucial For PMP Success

Another important study resource I recommend is a good mock test Simulator.

Attempting full mock exams of 4 hours is a tremendous help in understanding how real exam feels like. It is also helpful practice to plan how to pace your exam and try and answer more questions in a confident manner.

Here are few mock tests that I used for my preparation. [click to continue…]

pmp lessons learned rahulThey say ‘Practice Makes Perfect’. It was so true for me in the context of PMP exam. The more mock tests I took the more confidence I gained to face the PMP exam.

Here’s my PMP Lessons Learned.

This was my first attempt at PMP exam and it took me about 7 months of preparation. I am specially thankful to my dad, whose constant encouragement and support helped me pass this exam.

rahul raj pmpI was looking for a structured approach to managing projects and when I came across PMP, I was sure this had to be my savior.

PMP Resource Used

I attended the class room training in Synergy business school to get a overall sense of PMP syllabus and to fulfil the requirement of 35-hour contact project management education.

Then I used the following study resources –

I did not use Rita Mulcahy book, I found that it did not fit my learning style.

Also Read: How I Developed Confidence For PMP Exam – by Helen Abigo, PMP

The study plan I used

I started for preparing the exam in the month of January. My aim was to take up the exam in one month, that is to complete the PMBOK by 15 days, take the mock exam on every weekend, and to take the PMP exam by 30 days. [click to continue…]

Helen Abigo is a MBA International Business from Orlando, Florida. She recently got her Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. This is a short account of how she went about it. – Shiv

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I decided to get PMP certified because I was coordinating projects and felt that getting certified will give me a boost in my career.

I started studying 6 months ago, and began with PMP Prep course by Umer Waqar udemy.com

Also Read: How I Got PMP Certified Under 6 Weeks Without Traditional Project Management Background – by Daya Patil, PMP

Study material

I also studied Rita Mulcahy, I learned the process map like the back of my hand.

I used the PMBOK guide more as a reference book, and focused more on the changes in the new edition. I enrolled with Simplilearn 2 weeks boot camp to get my 35 contact hours and took the exam 1 week afterwards.

Next, I started practicing with 50 questions, then 100 questions.

1 week before the exam, I took 200 questions at a time to get used to sitting down for the whole test.

Also Read: PMP Exam Changes 2017: 6-Wk Plan To Pass PMP Before PMBOK 6th Edition Exam Kicks In

The Exam

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pmp certified daya patilShiv, thank you for your support, emails, great tips, and the PMP prep books. I became PMP certified a few weeks ago with 2 ‘Proficient’ and 3 ‘Moderately Proficient’ score.

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

It started in May 2017 when I decided to get PMP certified. I opted for one of the local training center and opted for weekend batch, which was for 2 weekends, May 13-14 and May 20-21.

My Study Approach

I come from a non-project management background, therefore everything was absolutely new for me.

I started with reading the book by Andy, and then shifted to Rita’s. But even after that I had feeling of incompleteness.

Thanks to Shiv, whose time to time guidance kept on showing me the right path, I started reading PMBOK and the books by Shiv, which I got online.

I completed PMBOK twice before giving mock exams.

Shiv’s mnemonics and formula guide are awesome ones to refer to. They helped me remember critical concepts and formulas without spending too much time, or effort to recall them.

The PMP exam Simulator helped me gain confidence. I learned to manage the 4 hours of exam time in an optimal way to answer all 200 questions ahead of time.

I prepared my own notes from all sources and referred to data flow diagram in PMBOK. The diagrams in PMBOK are the best, it clarifies the concepts.

I managed to get 47 processes in sequence, but ITTOs, I just understood them, did not mug up. [click to continue…]

pmp smart flashcards

In some of my recent communication I began asking people what they need to make their PMP® preparation easier.

PMBOK-6 based exam is round the corner and the mad rush for Prometric exam slots has begun. In view of this, it only makes sense for me to do everything possible to help people study faster, smarter, and with less stress.

Birken suggested, Flashcards.

Yes, using flashcards is a smart way of studying. We went a step further to make it even simpler and faster to study with Flashcards.

PMP Smart Flashcards.

Research has proven that a technique called Spaced Repetition – a way to repeat information with a frequency that is inversely proportional to the difficulty level – is a great way to push information into long term memory without taxing the brain. [click to continue…]