While I hope it doesn’t happen to you, some people fail the PMP exam 3 times. If you do find yourself in that situation, you will have to wait a year from the date of your last exam before you will be able to apply for your PMP certification again.
1: You lack understanding of the PMP exam concepts
Perhaps the reason for failing the exam 3 times is simply that you don’t understand the concepts in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide) - Fifth Edition or they did not sink in properly. While you may have studied everything several times, for some reason you simply haven’t been able to get them to make sense in a way that allows you to apply the concepts and pass the exam.
2: You struggle with standardized exams
Many students know the material, have the experience and have prepared well, but then they simply "freeze up" during a standardized test. They find the pressure too intense and can’t perform with that amount of stress.
3: English may not be your first language
My own mother tongue is German and I must admit that when I took the exam I had difficulty understanding and clearly distinguishing between the various PMI terms and concepts that were so new to me.
4: You can’t handle the exam room distractions
The exam rooms are not only used for PMP exams, so people will be coming in and out and there could be other distractions. The most severe case of this that I know of is a student who reported that a maid came into the exam room and cleaned her screen while she was taking the exam - she failed her test. Of course this is rare! But you should be ready for any sort of distraction during the exam and able to recover from it quickly (or ignore it completely).
5: You didn’t take any practice exams
Unfortunately some of my students didn’t listen to my advice and attempted to take the PMP exam several times without logging on to a PMP exam simulator and practicing at home. Practice exams really will help you perform better during the real thing.
6: You’ve lost confidence
After failing the exam several times it’s not unusual for someone to lose confidence in their ability to pass. I see this often: students just don't believe in themselves any longer.
In this Free PrepCast lesson, we cover the project schedule network diagram. We explain what it is, why it is so important for your project and how to apply the critical path method to it, so that you can determine early and late start/finish dates as well as schedule flexibility
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How I passed my PMP exam:
I passed my PMP exam on August 19th. I did so after a lot of study (4 hours a day for 2.5 months). I am going to break down my lessons learned into two parts: "What I Did Do" and "What I Did Not Do".
1. Created a study plan with projected a test date.
2. Studied Rita's book (www.amazon.com/PMP-Exam-Prep-Sixth-Passing/dp/1932735186) cover to cover.
Notice I did not say I read it - I studied it. I poured over it. I took notes, highlighted key areas and did further research on concepts that I did not understand.
3. Memorized Rita's process chart and the formula page in the back of the book.
I reviewed these almost every night before I went to bed.
You need 2 formulas to calculate the correct result.
Answer and Explanation:
The Correct Answer is B. SPI = EV/PV. We know that EV = $25,000, but not the PV. This means we first have to determine the current PV in order to determine the current SPI.