I am a Civil Engineer working primarily in MRT (Mass Rapid Transit), LRT (Light Rail Transit) and infrastructure bridges in Malaysia and Brunei. I have always been an PMP aspirant that fancied the credential from PMI.
Here’s my short, to-the-point PMP prep experience. Overall, the approach for me was to go with selected study books and mobile apps, and then take mock tests.
I depended heavily on my work experience. I decided to pursue the credentials after obtaining several years of experience in Construction industry, which actually made it easy to prepare for PMP exam.
The approach I found easier is to practice applying PMBOK processes and concepts to daily work. This gave me good insights into the workings of a PM withing PMI’s PM framework.
I studied Rita Mulcahy’s PMP Exam Prep together with the PMBOK as a reference. Rita’s Mulcahy’s PMP Exam Prep is a great book and easier to go through then the PMBOK itself. The techniques in the book is a must read for all PMP aspirants.
Mobile apps are a great way to use your free time productively. I also went through tons of mock exam questions from iOS apps like PMP Tutor and etc.
Also Read: My recommended PMP study resources.
I went through one chapter every day for all the 14 chapters and repeated it twice before the exam.
I did go through Olivier Lehmann’s 175 questions after completing all chapters. When I took the PMP exam, I found that these were close to the real exam.
- For the exam, I would definitely recommend to be well prepared on all the Inputs, Tools and Techniques and Outputs (ITTOs) for all the processes.
- Surprisingly, I found many questions around ITTOs on the exam. I have seen people ignoring certain aspects such as ITTOs, or specific KAs. So the lesson was for me not to ignore any aspect of the exam.
- It is also good to be calm throughout the exam and take a break whenever you feel overwhelmed with the questions. I took 3 breaks throughout the exam after about 70 questions each. Also, make sure to also keep yourself hydrated.
- Do not worry about not having enough time to complete the questions. 4 hours are enough to answer and even review the questions.
Finally, remember that the road to success is always under construction. Never give up and keep going.
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