September 28 & 29, 2020 | Virtual
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As someone who too is studying for the exam I can offer a few tips that I’ve found helpful. First and foremost research and find the ratings for any online course or PMP prep material. Find the best rated within your budget. (Note) they will give you a free trial. Some advice I recently got I will pass on to you. Counting the PMBOK you need three “Gurus” or sources of your study information. If you get caught up in every YouTube video or every project management author it can become confusing. Get a study guide to go along with the PMBOK. Andy Crowe is a good one, also hear Rita Mulcahy is another. Main thing if you are study yourself you have to structure it and stick to a schedule. Good luck with the studying.
Many here like the combination of Rita and PMBOK. Aside from the materials, much is also with the individuals learning tendencies and test-taking skills. Understand what is required, go into the exam well prepared and well informed - control the test, don't let the test control you.
I studied daily; during the commute, lunch and after dinner. On weekends, I spent a solid 6-8 hours. During those days I studied in short bursts with frequent breaks to remain energized and focused.
I did Rita and then PMOBoK. then I took 7 days off from work and studies 10 - 12 hours.
Once I had the material covered, I took around 5000 practice questions to improve my test taking ability. And voila I passed the exam in my first attempt.
Sherna, Following are my advice:
(1) Read the PMBOK thoroughly, understand all the processes, try to coordinate them with your experience, many times we have different names for different activities eg initiation of tendering process is some times called, RFQ,CFB,IFB etc the process is same. If you have an industry experience it will not be difficult. You may have to read it number of times depending upon your understanding and experience.
(2) Secondly join PMI, lot of webinars and material is available for understanding.
(3)Be a part of a group, who are pursuing the PMP, this will also help to clarify certain doubts.
(4) There are many online courses available like; Cornelius Fichtner, Rita etc. You will need PDU's to qualify for exam apart for satisfying other conditions as per PMI.
For those working towards PMP exam along with 35 contact hours, below two links add value to your study. There are 700+ questions and Udemy certificate as proof of training (for under $10), offered by certified trainer. I am not aware if these are verified by PMI.
Please download official PMP books (being a member is great) and make personal notes as you progress along as you move forward either from Q&A track or from the PMBoK or based on exam syllabus. Always follow the guidelines, ethics and rules. Being a new member here, I am also trying to get along with the forum. Good Luck !
Attending the scenario based practice questions in an OPEN book mode help you gain the PMBOK perspective of the scenario, what processes are involved and help gain on tools and techniques.
You can also develop mind map on the concepts. That is 10 times more effective than just reading.
I studied the PMBOK while I took the required courses (which I paid for 1 year of access to when it was on sale). I then also used free question generators online and took a lot of practice tests - make sure they are setup for the latest version of the PMBOK.
Then when I took the actual test, I used all 3 hours. I went through the test twice, double checking myself. Don't rush through the test.
Sherna handle the preparation for PMP exam as a project. I personally did this preparation in two months time, three weeks of evening classes 6.00 to 9.00 pm by Tenstep and 1 month and 1 week of self study. As part of planning I identified the constraints that I had to manage and pay critical attention to for me to succeed.
I read the PMBOK examinable material thoroughly well. In addition I bought and read the PMI exam preparation book. You can as well pay for the online access to the project management academy student exam simulator.
Finally practice by taking the several mock exams and remember to time yourself.
Before doing prep-work, I would plan it out on a calendar as prep-time is involved (or was for me … and I passed on the first sitting). Assuming you have a full-time job or other things that command your attention, you need to set aside time and commit to it.
As far as the prep-content, I did the following:
1. Read through Rita Mulcahy's book (including the Q&A and quizzes) - 2 times.
2. PMBOK - 1 time. This is a very dry read; at times it really tested my ability to concentrate!
3. Took a course to fulfill PMI's requirement for 35 PDUs.
4. Took 3 mock-exams (200 questions/4 hours each).
As I look back, Rita's book and the 3 mock-exams were key. The information from the book set the foundation for the mock exams. Taking the mock exam more than once helped me gauge my time more effectively and increased my attention in what to pay attention to when answering a question.
I did briefly look at flashcards, but found that to be a total waste of time.
Lastly, keep in mind that the exam -- currently based on PMBOK 6th edition -- is going to change. I believe the 7th edition is due out at the end of 2019. Not sure when the exam would be updated, but it wouldn't be far from when the new edition is released. (Another reason why you need to plan out your activities on a calendar!)
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