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I am writing to share my experience in studying and passing the PMP (Project Management Professional) exam. Firstly, I need to thank PMPiran team who carried great help and guide me to learn and receive the PMP certificate. I enrolled in Yerevan Prometric Center and the test was held on June 2018.
What I have been studying in parallel are mentioned as follow;
- PMBOK 6th Edition. It think it is a definite need to read and review the standard regularly.
- Rita Mulcahy’s PMP Exam Prep, 9th My concentration was more on explanation of subjects not clearly mentioned in PMBOK and tests at the end of each chapter.
- PMBOK 5th to 6th Edition. The Power Point material instructed and shared in PMPiran class was useful and I used to review the subjects of new edition frequently.
- Rita FasTrack. The tests are now available for new edition but I applied the former version. The test explanations are really helpful to understand vague subjects.
- Amontis tests that are presented by PMPiran are very helpful to get used to complex questions in different Knowledge Areas. After preparation tests, I always took notes of question explanations where an expression blinked to be very important.
- Reviewing the notes that have been prepared during studying above materials.
- Listening to several podcasts about Project Management during the times with less possibility of studying (like regular times of going to work or back to home). The discussion in podcasts somehow refer to the overall view of management subjects and do not go into the details like written material. But, to me it was like obliging my mind to keep thinking and concentrating in complexity of project management. It is exactly what would be required during the exam. You may access my favorite PM podcast in http://www.project-management-podcast.com
During the exam, I have been faced below challenges;
- Time managing to answer 200 questions in 4 hours is like 25 tests in 30 minutes. I was trying to fairly distribute the allocated time for all questions. Therefore, I avoided to spend more than 30 minutes for 25 questions or 1 hour for 50 questions. Although, I was behind the set time for 2 to 3 minutes during the exam and could rectify it in the last hour.
- The questions seemed so complex and the most difficult issue was concentrating. My mind needed to be fully focused on descriptions in order to choose the possibly correct answers and avoid careless mistakes. I suggest to avoid griping with yourself during the exam and whispering like “this is unfair to be examined so difficult, the question types are new and not exampled before” and so on. I am learned in even other globally recognized tests, like IELTS and TEF, that these kind of exams really and fairly test the required knowledge of applicants. That is why their consequent results are loyal enough to be acknowledged by all in charged in related business. I want to more support this idea saying that I failed the PMP exam one time marking very fine below target, which was discouraging. But, now I feel right that how much improvement I truly needed to be called as PMP.
- In the last 30 minutes of the exam my mind got more tired and it was like losing its concentration unconsciously. We all know that there are very limited number of mistakes that are allowed to make otherwise the exam would result to fail. So, my recommendation is to be prepared for the last hour when you need to keep your performance same as the exam beginning. Doing preparation exams and answering 200 questions in the exact 4 hours could be very helpful. You may do it at home or in an educational institution but try to simulate it like the real exam by making the environment fairly quiet and do it by software not on paper.
Wish you all the best,