I feel very proud of reaching my PMP goal on the very first attempt. Following is brief account of how I achieved it.
PMP Study resources I used
My 4-week plan
- Week 1 and 2:
- Study Head first PMP thoroughly (targeted 1 chapter every day).
- Complete all exercise from the book with each chapter.
- Studied appendix from PMBOK to go through Acronyms. Basically to revise definitions of all important terms in PMBOK.
- Practice creating Process chart and write all the PMP formulae (once every day, to achieve writing all of this within 15 minutes)
- Revised from Shiv’s notes to quickly go through entire syllabus.
- Practices 5 full length PMP practice/mock test (one every day).
- Did not studies anything a day before the exam. (It was Sunday and I spent some quality time with family to relax myself.)
What worked for me
- Above study plan worked perfectly for me, expect few things which I will mention in the next section.
- I booked early morning timeslot (8:00AM) for my PMP exam on Monday. I reached at Prometric test center at 7:00AM avoiding traffic and stress which traffic would have created. Plan to reach early to your test center.
- Relaxing a day just before the exam helped a lot.
- Revising important definitions from PMBOK acronyms was a great idea.
What did not work
- Tried mugging up ITTO, and finally at the end of first week realized that it’s hard to remember. Then I started understanding what comes when and why; also how to create input for next process. Hence, my suggestion is don’t try to mug ITTO rather correlate between processes.
- Doing mock from Kim Heldman software was something which thrashed my confidence when I saw the result was just 55%. I suggest not continuing with anything which demotivates you. Like in my case it was this mock and I immediately stopped attempting more mock from the same resource.
- I earned my 35hrs education in July 2015 and wrote my PMP exam in 4th January 2016. This was a mistake on my side. Don’t delay your exam as I did. It was very hard for me getting into PMP ‘feel’ after a long break.
Specific study tips or advice for PMP students
Create your own notes.
I created 2 pages of notes for complete PMP schedule, which helped me revise important terms and formulae in the last week when I was attempting mock tests.
Thanks and good luck!
Kuldeep Kumar, PMP