Project Management

Passing the Exam: How I Did It

PMI Austin Chapter

Dennis is a Development Manager in Cedar Park, Texas.

“Congratulations, you passed!” Whoa, wait a minute…how in the world did that happen? Let’s back up a bit here…

A year and a half ago, I took an online Project Management Professional (PMP) prep class, but after the class was completed, I was not able to invest the time and take the exam then. There is an enormous amount of information to learn for this certification, and my work schedule was so packed that I just didn’t have the bandwidth to invest in it. And at 55, I needed a lot more time than I used to. As time passed, I felt the prospect slipping away.

Finally, this year I saw a window of opportunity where my work schedule would open up and I could take a five-week Saturday class offered through the local Austin PMI chapter and then sit for the exam. The PMP exam is composed of 200 questions and is limited to four hours to complete. By design, I wanted to take the test as soon as possible after the training concluded because the information would be fresh on my mind.

However, after that final class, I knew immediately that I had overestimated myself and was in serious trouble. The instructor, Veronika Pribusz, a PMP veteran and seasoned instructor, gasped when I told her that I had already scheduled the exam for a week later. Actually, I had a week and one day between that last Saturday class and the exam on a Monday. Time was …

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