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PMI ACP Examination - any tips?



I completed my PMP recently (Dec 14, 2017) and now am working on PMI-ACP. My application got selected for audit. I have submitted the document and the audit passed successfully. Now I have to pay and schedule my examination. I am planning to take the exam before March 26, 2018 (before the exam changes). I am using Head First Agile for preparation. I have gone through the threads on preparation tips for PMI-ACP exam. Can I get some insights on the exam experience? Is it required to go through all suggested readings mentioned in the PMI website? Are there any free resources available which you have used and found valuable? Thanks for the help.
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Janarthanan -

Other than using Andy Crowe's book (Pass the PMI-ACP on your first try), I didn't reference any other sources, but I've been working in the agile domain for many years and have been exposed to a variety of frameworks.

The exam will test your knowledge of not just Scrum, but Lean, XP and Kanban as well. There's no coverage of scaled agile concepts or frameworks. You need to know the Manifesto's values & principles very well but especially be able to apply them in the context of scenario-type questions.

I found the exam to be the easiest of the three PMI credentials I've earned as I was able to complete it within 45 minutes...

Good luck!

Kiron
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2 replies by Janarthanan Balasubramanian and Rami Kaibni
Jan 31, 2018 9:17 AM
Janarthanan Balasubramanian
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Thanks for the guidance.
Jan 31, 2018 11:53 AM
Rami Kaibni
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Kiron,

When you say easiest, you mean the questions were straight forward ? And it was easier than the RMP ?



Jan 31, 2018 9:13 AM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Janarthanan -

Other than using Andy Crowe's book (Pass the PMI-ACP on your first try), I didn't reference any other sources, but I've been working in the agile domain for many years and have been exposed to a variety of frameworks.

The exam will test your knowledge of not just Scrum, but Lean, XP and Kanban as well. There's no coverage of scaled agile concepts or frameworks. You need to know the Manifesto's values & principles very well but especially be able to apply them in the context of scenario-type questions.

I found the exam to be the easiest of the three PMI credentials I've earned as I was able to complete it within 45 minutes...

Good luck!

Kiron
Thanks for the guidance.



I also used Andy Crowe's book. I used LearnSmart for my online training.

On important thing I found that you need to understand is the roles. Who does what? Several of the questions were scenario based asking who needs to handle the situation.

I actually had not worked in a true Agile environment before the exam. So the details were all new to me. When I finished the test and was waiting for the results I was not sure how I did. But I ended up passing above average.

Good luck!



Jan 31, 2018 9:13 AM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Janarthanan -

Other than using Andy Crowe's book (Pass the PMI-ACP on your first try), I didn't reference any other sources, but I've been working in the agile domain for many years and have been exposed to a variety of frameworks.

The exam will test your knowledge of not just Scrum, but Lean, XP and Kanban as well. There's no coverage of scaled agile concepts or frameworks. You need to know the Manifesto's values & principles very well but especially be able to apply them in the context of scenario-type questions.

I found the exam to be the easiest of the three PMI credentials I've earned as I was able to complete it within 45 minutes...

Good luck!

Kiron
Kiron,

When you say easiest, you mean the questions were straight forward ? And it was easier than the RMP ?
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2 replies by Dinah Young and Kiron Bondale
Jan 31, 2018 12:50 PM
Dinah Young
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Not all of the "tricky" questions that you found on the PMP.
Jan 31, 2018 2:29 PM
Kiron Bondale
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I'd say the PMP scenario questions were more challenging than those on the ACP - where someone could get into trouble is if they answer them based on "compromised" agile vs. agile as per the Manifesto's values & principles.

It was definitely easier than the RMP. From what I recall, here's the timing for each of the exam I took:

PMP (2000): 3 hours
PMI-RMP (2011): 2 hours
PMI-ACP (2017): 45 minutes

My guess is that the calibre of the questions in the current exam is easier than what it will be once they refresh it using content from the Agile Practice Guide. Adding questions related to specific practices, concepts or tools (e.g. Little's Law, WSJF) will make it more difficult.

Kiron



Jan 31, 2018 11:53 AM
Replying to Rami Kaibni
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Kiron,

When you say easiest, you mean the questions were straight forward ? And it was easier than the RMP ?
Not all of the "tricky" questions that you found on the PMP.



Jan 31, 2018 11:53 AM
Replying to Rami Kaibni
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Kiron,

When you say easiest, you mean the questions were straight forward ? And it was easier than the RMP ?
I'd say the PMP scenario questions were more challenging than those on the ACP - where someone could get into trouble is if they answer them based on "compromised" agile vs. agile as per the Manifesto's values & principles.

It was definitely easier than the RMP. From what I recall, here's the timing for each of the exam I took:

PMP (2000): 3 hours
PMI-RMP (2011): 2 hours
PMI-ACP (2017): 45 minutes

My guess is that the calibre of the questions in the current exam is easier than what it will be once they refresh it using content from the Agile Practice Guide. Adding questions related to specific practices, concepts or tools (e.g. Little's Law, WSJF) will make it more difficult.

Kiron



Isn't Andy Crowe's book from 2013, whereas Mike Griffiths books is since 2015. I may be wrong, but just want to make sure I'm using the best and latest.



I have taken the class room session from iZenBridge and also have access to their full length sample tests (4 nos) - and also I got access from Simplilearn full length sample tests (4 nos) - Head First Agile comes with a full length sample test. I am trying to get Andy Crowe's book, which I am not finding in India. (not sure whether it is out of print) - I am practicing Agile in managing our projects from more than 3 years now. I have also trained my team members based on the Scrum Guide.

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