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Failed my first PMP attempt
I took my PMP exam recently but couldn't pass. I am confused now as the pattern is going to change and I don't know where to start my preparation again. Can someone guide me?
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I'm sorry that you couldn't pass the exam in first attempt. Don't worry as more than 54% people are not able to clear the exam in their first attempt. There are a few things that I would recommend:

1. Go through PMBOK at least 3 times with an intent to understand the 49 processes. There is no need to memorize Inputs, Outputs, Tools & Techniques. Try to understand the processes logically.

2. Go through Rita Mulcahy's PMP Prep book 9th edition at least once. It should help you in developing a more practical in depth understanding of the processes and fill knowledge gaps.

3. While answering PMP exam questions, do not try to answer from your experience as a PM.but from the knowledge of 49 PMBOK processes.

4. Try to focus more on the areas where your score was Below Target in the result.

I wish you all the best!
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1 reply by Santosh Kumar Kanigiri
Dec 09, 2020 4:27 AM
Santosh Kumar Kanigiri
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Thanks for replying. I actually studied PMBOK 6th guide(2-3 times) and Rita Mulcahy's 8th edition. My actual worry now is all that might not help me because exam pattern is changing and agile comes into picture. So my next attempt would be as good as a fresh attempt again isn't it?.
I extracted notes from PMBOK 6th edition which I can share to you.
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4 replies by Anjankumar Gopishetty, Nelia Cruz, Santosh Kumar Kanigiri, and TRACEY SLEIGHTER
Dec 09, 2020 4:23 AM
Santosh Kumar Kanigiri
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Dec 10, 2020 9:17 AM
TRACEY SLEIGHTER
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I had the same thing happen to me on Dec 1, I didn't pass the exam. Would you be willing to share those notes with me. I so appreciate this forum, as it gives me so much encouragement to keep trying.
Dec 18, 2020 4:52 PM
Anjankumar Gopishetty
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Hi Tsz, would you be so kind to share it with me too?

Thanks :)
May 10, 2021 10:48 AM
Nelia Cruz
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Can you share it with me as well, please? Thanks!
Dec 09, 2020 4:11 AM
Replying to Tsz Wai Lai
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I extracted notes from PMBOK 6th edition which I can share to you.
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2 replies by Khurram Shahzad and Tsz Wai Lai
Dec 09, 2020 2:59 PM
Tsz Wai Lai
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sent, it will be no longer useful after this year as PMP syllabus will be changed on 1 January 2021 but hope it helps still.
Dec 09, 2020 3:53 PM
Khurram Shahzad
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@ Tsz Wai Lai please share with me too. I am also going to appear in PMP exam in coming days.
Dec 09, 2020 3:52 AM
Replying to Ashish Bharti
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I'm sorry that you couldn't pass the exam in first attempt. Don't worry as more than 54% people are not able to clear the exam in their first attempt. There are a few things that I would recommend:

1. Go through PMBOK at least 3 times with an intent to understand the 49 processes. There is no need to memorize Inputs, Outputs, Tools & Techniques. Try to understand the processes logically.

2. Go through Rita Mulcahy's PMP Prep book 9th edition at least once. It should help you in developing a more practical in depth understanding of the processes and fill knowledge gaps.

3. While answering PMP exam questions, do not try to answer from your experience as a PM.but from the knowledge of 49 PMBOK processes.

4. Try to focus more on the areas where your score was Below Target in the result.

I wish you all the best!
Thanks for replying. I actually studied PMBOK 6th guide(2-3 times) and Rita Mulcahy's 8th edition. My actual worry now is all that might not help me because exam pattern is changing and agile comes into picture. So my next attempt would be as good as a fresh attempt again isn't it?.
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3 replies by Ashish Bharti, Rengasamy Subbiah, and Vishal Pereira
Dec 09, 2020 8:13 PM
Ashish Bharti
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Good news is that the new exam format from which will kick in fully from 2nd January, 2021 is still based on PMBOK 6th Edition. It will have more questions from the AGILE practice Guide. So you will not be starting from scratch. Your current preparation is still valid for the new format exam. Good luck! Read the 2021 PMP exam content outline and you will be good to go!
Dec 10, 2020 10:50 PM
Rengasamy Subbiah
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please share with me notes.I am also going to appear in PMP exam in coming days.
Dec 12, 2020 7:52 AM
Vishal Pereira
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My suggestion is to practice a lot of sample question and analyze them. After that try Oliver Lehmann and see if you can score above 70%
You have 1 year from date of your last exam to resit under the old syllabus. To prepare:
1. Every question and answers need to be read and answered within a minute.
2. Ensure you understand your questions and also all the 4 answers and tick the most appropriate answer. If unable, simple tick one and move on to the next.
3. Prepare by studying and answering every page of RITA Mulcahy PMP exam prep text 9th Ed. Check your answers to ensure you know why you got it right or when you got it wrong.
4. Revise your course handouts.
5. Remember the dozen assumptions about this exam that the course tutor taught you before starting you exam.

Arrive early and present yourself to the exam centre and settle down 30 min before exam time. Good luck.
Like you said you did not pass the exam in the first attempt, so did you do the root cause analysis? Try to find it and create the corrective action. There are two things need to consider.

1. Make sure that you can answer within 60-70 seconds for each. Need to practice
2. The knowledge of 49 processes. If you need I can share the questions which only focus on those, give me your email.

One the most important thing is that, PMI will ask you a lot of situational questions. You need to know how to handle this basing on sequence and idea project manager's action. Udemy is the good source.

Good luck for next attempt and do not give up.
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3 replies by Khurram Shahzad, NANDISH KUMAR, and Santosh Kumar Kanigiri
Dec 09, 2020 3:55 PM
Khurram Shahzad
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please share with me questions. I am also going to appear in PMP exam in coming days.
Dec 09, 2020 9:25 PM
NANDISH KUMAR
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Please share the questions with me
Dec 10, 2020 4:22 AM
Santosh Kumar Kanigiri
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please share
Dec 09, 2020 4:23 AM
Replying to Santosh Kumar Kanigiri
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sent, it will be no longer useful after this year as PMP syllabus will be changed on 1 January 2021 but hope it helps still.
Dec 09, 2020 4:23 AM
Replying to Santosh Kumar Kanigiri
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@ Tsz Wai Lai please share with me too. I am also going to appear in PMP exam in coming days.
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1 reply by Tsz Wai Lai
Dec 10, 2020 2:08 PM
Tsz Wai Lai
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sent. please check and keep it for personal use only.
Dec 09, 2020 10:00 AM
Replying to To Phuong Nam
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Like you said you did not pass the exam in the first attempt, so did you do the root cause analysis? Try to find it and create the corrective action. There are two things need to consider.

1. Make sure that you can answer within 60-70 seconds for each. Need to practice
2. The knowledge of 49 processes. If you need I can share the questions which only focus on those, give me your email.

One the most important thing is that, PMI will ask you a lot of situational questions. You need to know how to handle this basing on sequence and idea project manager's action. Udemy is the good source.

Good luck for next attempt and do not give up.
please share with me questions. I am also going to appear in PMP exam in coming days.
Hi Santosh! A couple suggestions which worked for me: 1) MEMORIZE the 49 processes - in chronological order - not all the inputs, outputs, etc. for each as mentioned above - just the processes, 2) MEMORIZE all the applicable formulas and 3) Be able to 'brain dump' these onto a sheet of note paper (which the testing center will/should provide) as quickly as possible - practice, practice, practice. BEFORE you start answering test questions the next time around, your first step is to write everything down as a personal 'cheat sheet' to be used as you go through the test. This way, you don't have to spend valuable time while testing trying to remember these key pieces of information...&/or 2nd guess yourself...you can just refer to them. With practice, I was able to write everything down in 7 mins or less. Sure, that was 7 mins 'lost' for answering questions, but I'm convinced the notes saved me more than that during the course of the test AND prevented accidental wrong answers simply driven by trying to go too fast. Good luck!
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1 reply by Santosh Kumar Kanigiri
Dec 10, 2020 4:21 AM
Santosh Kumar Kanigiri
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Thanks for your suggestion Patrick.
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