Birken Datta, PMP – Study Hard & Be Confident!


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pmp lessons learned birken dattaHi Shiv,
I cleared my PMP certification exam! First of all I want to thank you for your support and Guidance.

I am glad to share my experience of PMP journey.

pmp birken dattaI started my journey for PMP in 2012 but never taken seriously till April 2015. I submitted my form in April 2015. Then I took the exam seriously and fixed my target as last week of July.

PMP study Materials I used

1.      PM PrepCast study materials which I bought on your advice
2.      PMBOK 5th edition
3.      HeadFirst PMP Book
4.      Exam notes from PMESN blog.

Prep to Completion

  • It took almost 3 months for the preparation.
  • First of all went through Head First Book for understanding of concepts
  • Then I went through training videos from PM PrepCast
  • I studied PMBOK for understanding the nuances. Each day I managed about 4 hours for the study.
  • On the exam day I was relaxed. I stopped hard study two days before exam date. Reached exam center three hour earlier. Prometric allowed me start my exam three hours earlier than the scheduled time.
  • I became excited and relaxed after seeing the message “Congratulation!” 🙂

Lesson Learned

  • Study PMBOK rigorously three to four times (don’t make the mistake which I did)
  • Use some commercial simulator for help to understand exam platform and analyze your strength.
  • Try to understand flow of all processes and their implementations (refer Data-flow diagrams in PMBOK).
  • Study hard and be confident.

-Birken Datta, PMP

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