Share Your PMP Success Story!

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  1. Agegnew Tsega Woldemariam

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    HEY SHAMIT congratulations. Very please to hear a fellow classmate passed the class. Wish you all the best!
     
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  2. Agegnew Tsega Woldemariam

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    Thanks AbuSiddik, I definitely remember your name being called during the live sessions. Did you take the exam? All the best.
     
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    Hi,

    Just read the above comments. I am preparing for PMP exam. How can I buy Rita Mulcahy and Headfirst pmp books. I am already a member of PMI but these books are not available on website.
    Thanks
    Iera
     
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  4. Somya Sahu

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    I have cleared my PMP exam today. All thanks to Tim, Venkata, Mukesh, Priyamvada from Simplilearn. Simplilearn was amazing. The kind of support I received was exceptional especially from our faculty Tim Jerome.

    Tim Jerome, my faculty. I have no words for him. He has responded to my 100 + queries on our community! In the last one week! I can't thank him enough. He is an amazing guide and an extremely knowledgeable faculty. He kept insisting on to use the Simplilearn community in the classes and helped me get the right thought process to approach the questions (which is what is required in the exam). In the beginning they were stupid too. But he ALWAYS responded with detailed explanations. I used to drop him my questions at India day time and by my morning I almost always had my answers in my mailbox. The way he appreciated my study strategy really motivated me.

    Tim is not only extremely knowledgeable but also immensely supportive. He not only gave me the answers but also motivated me to keep going on. He gave me the pointers to create my exam day strategies and also most importantly taught me to think like a PM so I didn’t have to cram up my material.

    Thank you everyone.

    I have shared my detailed experience in the below link:
    https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-i-became-pm-err-mean-pmp-somya-sahu-pmp/?published=t
    https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/fina...who-made-possible-somya-sahu-pmp/?published=t
     
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    I cleared my PMP exam on May 24.

    I got Above target in all modules and overall Above targets ratings as well.

    For preparation i did

    I did notes from :
    PMBOK 6 th Edition
    Timothy Jerome's Classes
    Rita's Mulcahy Exam prep.

    I found Tim's classes very insightful and clarifying alot of concepts which is essential to answer the question quickly and correctly.

    I did about 15 Simulation Exams and reached to Guru level using project management.com.
    Using QUestion outline was very useful especially there were questions directly from there. Make sure you understand it very well.
    the exam is a test of knowledge and mental toughness. Before the exam i was feeling very anxious . i reached exam centre early and meditated for 20 minutes in the quite cornert to calm myself down. I mentally revised all the major things i needed to know and prepared myself to focus on just the exam and what i planned to do i.e. to focus on answering the question to the best at the first time and not leave it for later. My exam had really difficult questions at the start. I completed only 45 questions in the first 75 minutes however i picked up the pace when the there were straight questions testing PM bok appeared.
    after answering 100 question in 02:05:00 . I took a 3 minute break. returned to complete the exam . the earned value and EMV question and float questions appeared late in the exam , though easy they were time consuming and i lost some time the question 160 - 200 were really simple and i could answer them very quickly . i finished my exam with 10 minutes to spare and i reviewed my 10 review question in last 8 minutes and finished the exam under 1 minute.
    My Advice:
    - Practice and Prepare untill you really understand. Good Coaching can help fasten this understanding.
    - Performance on the Day is important . Keeping calm and focussed was key for me and meditation helped me.
    - Develope you exam strategy and stick to it. You know what works best for you.
     
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  6. Shobhit Mishra

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    I completed my PMP certification on 04-June-18. PMP examination is indeed a test of your conceptual clarity and mental toughness to endure four hours of continuous focus to correctly answer 200 questions. I followed SimpliLearn's course material and even attended a 4 day classroom session by a Simplilearn registered mentor. Classroom sessions are important not just from the perspective of earning required PDUs but to get a quick walkthrough of the concepts but in the end it's all about your self-study and the number of simulation tests that you give. It is really important to take notes while going through the course material as the course material from SimpliLearn is really exhaustive and it would be difficult to retain all the concepts till the date of your exam.
    It's really important to take as many simulation tests as possible. I completed 6 out of 7 simulation tests i.e. practices almost 1200+ questions in the last week before my exam. Believe me, don't expect any of the practice questions to appear in the actual exam, the only thing that's going to help is the clarity of Inputs, Tools & Techniques and Outputs of each process and the concepts you learn through the practice tests.
    Please have good sleep a night before and arrive at the centre at-least 30 minutes earlier. This would give you sufficient time to acclimatize with the test center environment. Four hours will just rush past quickly, I had planned to complete all the questions in 3 hours and left the last hour for review and believe me review is extremely important as I was able to thoroughly examine my responses in the first iteration and make corrections wherever necessary. Giving PMP examination is a journey in itself and only diligent study and practice will help in clearing the exam
     
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    Congrats Shamit !! Did you get any questions (and how many) from the Agile topics that are added in Sixth edition ?
     
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    I got certified as a PMP in July 2018. It was a roller coaster experience for me. I have learnt a lot and had to unlearn a lot as well.
    For my preparation I had used the following resources in the order of their importance with the top being the most important.
    1. Simplilearn PMP course and its materials.
    2. Rita's PMP exam guide.
    3. Head first PMP guide. (Older edition as PMBOK 6 is still not available as of the writting).
    4. Various blogs to clear doubts on certain topics.
    5. PMBOK 6 guide.

    PMBOK guide is not of much help if you are preparing for the PMP exam! In my opinion reading and rereading other exam guide books are of much help. That being said you can always refer to the PMBOK guide for a through overview of the ITTOs of the various processes.

    One of the suggestion that helped me a lot for both understanding the topic as well as the exam question was from Rita's book. It suggested, to visualize that you are manager of a big project and ALL THE PROCESSES which are part of PMBOK is being followed in the project.

    The maths and the network diagrams are not much complicated and nothing to stress about. Finding tips to remember them and practicing them couple of time should be enough.
    Remember, you are no more provided time before the start of the exam to create you brain dump. You are only allowed to write on the scrap paper after the exam starts.

    Finally, make sure to give importance to topics/process that you don't always do in real-life projects. For example, Procurement KA, the various steps in the Closing the project, etc.

    Thank you to the simplilearn team for helping me with my journey!!

    Good luck to all the PMP aspirant, and remember, don't forget to be awesome!
     
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    Finally!!! Cleared PMP certification today. Wanted to share my experience

    1) First and foremost Simplilearn material and Mock tests helped alot in the entire journey
    2) I suggest don't try to simply remember the processes and ITTO for the sake of exam
    3) Instead understand each and every concept in detail and relation between the processes , PMI tests your knowledge in application of skills to the concepts
    4) Attend more and more sample questions and mock tests ( PM challenge is one good source)
    5) Lastly I want to thank facilitators TIM and Sridhar for making a lot of concepts clear
     
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  10. VIVEK KARAMBELKAR

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    DO you have questions and answers dump and mind sharing it ?
     
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  11. Taruneet kaur

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    Hi,


    I have cleared my PMP Exam today in 1st attempt successfully. I got a total score of “Above Target” with an individual scoring as follows:

    Initiation : Above Target
    Planning : Above Target
    Executing : Target
    M&C : Above Target
    Closing : Target

    My heartfelt Thanks to Tim Jerome for the guidance provided in the classes and also on Community Forum. I asked umpteem no of questions and always got reply within 24 hours.


    My PMP Journey
    1. I attended Tim’s batches
    2. Completed all 7 sample questionnaires, out of which i could clear 4 right in 1st attempt
    3. Read articles on Simplilearn and watched videos
    4. Studied PMBOK - twice
    5. Studied Rita Mulcahy twice
    6. Practiced 1000+ questions from projectmanagement.com
    7. Looked for free sources on Internet for sample questions, but be careful about free sources, the Questions on most of the free sites are from PMBOK 5, they end up confusing you at times.
    8. I got really stressed out when my application went into Audit as i was not aware of the process, but nothing to worry if your papers are ok. I got my application signed and couriered it. Within 1 day of reaching to US, my application got approved.
    9. It took me 3+ months in totality to prepare and be confident about giving exam.


    Exam Day Journey
    1. 4 hours on sitting a single seat was tough without a break
    2. Focussed attention completely for all the 4 hours on the computer is what makes it more difficult.
    3. I could barely manage to finish my paper. Just finished 10 minutes before and could hardly review 10 questions out of so many questions which i had marked
    4. There is no time to think again at all. If you start thinking too much, timer starts ticking and you loose pace. Hence you have to keep a balance between timing and thinking
    5. Fortunately i got only 1 Agile question and that too was a generic question.
    6. I got 10 to 15 questions based on Formula which were simple like calculating EAC, CV, CPI, float but yes they do take time.
    7. Most of the questions were situational had seemingly two right answers which makes it more stressful.
    8. Finally looking at Congratulations is what makes you smile after 4 stressful hours.

    My advice to everyone preparing the exam

    1. Read PMBOK at least 2 times
    2. Read articles from Simplilearn site.
    3. Learn concepts from all the chapters
    4. Learn Process charts
    5. Memorize formulas
    6. Memorize ITTO’s as much as you can
    7. Practice as many questions as possible, it is good way to learn and practice.

    I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Tim Jerome and Simplilearn Team for excellent training and guidance provided for clearing PMP exam, which paved the way for my success.


    Regards
    Taruneet Kaur
    Proud PMP :):)
     
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  12. Arvind Shekhar

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    Congratulation Taruneet.
     
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  13. Moghul.

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    Congrats everyone.
     
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    Hi Amal,
    Can you just post your notes as an example? It's related to point 5
     
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  15. sandeepnair2106(2273235)

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    Hey,

    I cleared PMP on my first attempt with AT/AT/AT/AT/T on 09 October 2018.

    PDUs

    I enrolled with Simplilearn for the instructor led online classes in July. It was quite informative and Bala did a good job of explaining the concepts.

    You need to submit a project, demonstrate some processes, and score more than 80% on one of the 8 practice exams to get your PDU certificate.

    Had a break of 1 month in August between finishing my classes and earning my PDU certificate due to work related travel.

    Application

    I had my application typed out and saved on the website beforehand so all I had to do was hit submit.

    Be sure to break down your project experience into the five process groups with as much detail as you can cram in considering the word limit.

    Received my confirmation notification in 2-3 days, around 6 AM local time by 2nd week of September. I scheduled my exam by 6:30 AM in 4 weeks time.

    My goal was - Practice lean in real life and do as much preparation as is required to get certified considering all the other competing priorities in my life.

    Prep

    I did not use any prep books apart from the PMBOK. The PMBOK has everything you need though you might need to google some terms.

    The Simplilearn program gives you slides with key information for each knowledge area which is a good way to quickly recap.

    I read the PMBOK cover to cover in 2 weeks.

    Spent 1 week practicing full length exams. I did 5 of the Simplilearn exams.

    At this point people pointed me towards Rita’s books. I didn’t buy the book but bought the exam simulator access because I wanted to see how much difference there was in the material.

    I did 2 or 3 of Rita’s full length exams.

    I found the Rita questions more wordy and tougher than Simplilearn.

    I didn’t score more than 70% in any full length exam. Oddly I scored exactly 140 correct questions in 5 exams and knew I had plateaued. I figured this would be enough to pass and since I had a study sprint coming up I would probably be able to improve it a bit.

    I took a couple of days off around the weekend and spent the last 4 days rereading the PMBOK cover to cover. Also prepared a brain dump but didn’t use it during the exam. Average 15 hours a day of studying. No more exams because I didn’t want to dent my confidence when I had already established my range.

    Exam

    Scheduled it for 12PM so I could wake up and work for a few hours on my brain dump and gain some confidence. Took a cab to the testing center since I didn’t want to risk getting agitated over finding a place to park.

    I found most of the exam questions much more in line with Simplilearn material than Rita’s.

    However I did run into a bunch of questions that were quite wordy.

    Didn’t need a calculator.

    Questions are situational, 2 of the answer choices will drive you crazy but if you focus on what the question is asking you for and which process you might be in, the answer will be clear. This is not the CAPM exam so the thrust is on application and understanding of the framework.

    Lot of change management questions. It is good to know the flow of deliverables and change requests throughout the framework. Understand what the variances and indices represent.

    Did not try to rush through. Utilized 3 hours to work on the answers and budgeted the last hour to review marked questions. I finished reviews with 30 minutes to spare.

    During the review you will discover that some answers are very obvious and you will be wondering why you got confused the first time.

    Take a break after you finish 100 questions. It helps to reorient. Unless you are someone who operates in a zone.

    I got quite nervous at the end and forced myself to finish the short survey. At the end of the survey I saw the Congratulations message and felt a huge surge of relief.

    To summarize; 4 weeks of prep, 7-8 full length exams, 4-5 days of intense prep before the exam, PMBOK was sufficient, Simplilearn exams are enough, I passed.

    Hope this helps. Cheers.
     
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  16. Suvarna Gopisetty

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    I did it! Passed PMP with over all “Above Target” on Oct 18th 2018. Sincere thanks to Simplilearn faculty Chandra, Sridhar and Tim, and also to Satish for assisting me with class registration.

    I have started my journey with Simplilearn on Feb 1st, 2018 when I enrolled in online live sessions with Chandra. He did an awesome job in covering all the concepts with great examples. My favorite topic was Schedule management . Later, I listened to recorded sessions by Tim and Sridhar to understand the updates in version 6 which was current from March 26th, 2018. They were wonderful as well. Simplilearn also provided great pointers on how to get PMI membership and submit application. Fortunately, my application was accepted in the first go. Next big step was to prepare and schedule my exam.

    Read the following books in addition to Simplilearn course material and 7 simulation tests.

    1) Rita Mulcahy Exam prep – 9th edition

    2) PMBOK (read few times). I actually enjoyed reading this, though many mention this to be too boring and dry. It clearly explained each and every ITTO use and purpose in each process. The detailed explanation itself was helpful for me to understand and remember ITTO.

    3) Took more than 8 simulation tests from various online sources including Simplilearn. I aimed to score at least 80% in each test. Took atleast 4 tests by sitting 4 hours straight.

    4) PMCoach quizzes. I bought 600 questions/quizzes.

    I scheduled my exam after I felt confident that I can do it!

    My Exam: Most of the questions were situational with very few math questions. First 100 questions took a bit longer time. I tried my best to spend less than a minute for each question. The questions which took longer than 1 min, marked them for review and moved on. It took approx. 3 hours 10 mins to complete the 200 questions(including 20 marked to review). Took 7 min break and utilized the remaining 43 mins to complete those 20 marked questions and then reviewed all questions.


    Few pointers:

    . Come up with a study plan which suits best for you.

    . Prepare well until you understand each concept thoroughly.

    . Refer to sample documents online to get a clear idea about how a certain plan, document, chart, graph etc look like. Here is the link https://www.projectmanagementdocs.com

    . Practice as many mock/simulation tests as possible or until you are confident. Go back and refer to any topics for further clarification.

    . Rest well before the exam day.

    . Come up with an exam strategy. It is very important to plan how to handle those precious 4 hours. Time management is the key!

    Hope this helps!!

    Wishing all the PMP aspirants the very best!


    Thanks again!
     
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    Quite Amazing... just 4 weeks of prep!!! You must be having very good experience in Project Management... Congratulations!
     
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  18. Valluri Rajesh Kumar

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    Hey Guyz,'


    I cleared my PMP exam on first attempt. Due to overseas assignment, I didnt focus on this exam. Infact I forget that i need to give exam before Nov 3 (eligibility criteria) and fortunately, i got available date on Nov 2 in belgium and surprised that PMP exam questions are simple and easy. Just one day refresh with simplilearn questions (that too based on fifth edition) helped me to revisit in all areas and got into it. Thanks for simplilearn for their structured course. In addition, have gone through free online available question from Oliver F Lehmann. While answering question, i read related topic in PMBOK six edition.

    Whoever preparing, dont panic exam is simple and you will easily answer. Since its 4 hrs exam, sleep well before night, be patient during exam, read carefully/thoroughly and attempt all questions.
     
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  19. Ashish Kumar Singh_2

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    I earned PMP credential on 11th Dec. Simplilearn - awesome content, mocks and on top of all things great support and faculty.

    @tim jerome - Thank you so so so much for all the guidance and help. I asked I dont know how many questions, but you were always patient and humble enough to answer.
     
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    Hello Simplilearn Team / Forum Members

    I am glad to share that I have passed PMP exam on 26 Dec with overall rating of Above Target. I would like to thank faculty members Mr. Tim Jerome, Mr. Sridhar and Mr. Sachin Goswami for their valuable guidance and support.
    Thanks to Simplilearn Team for excellent support.

    I would like to share few points for aspirants:
    -- PMBOK is a must read for atleast 2 times. Go through Mock tests and read PMBOK again, you will able to understand finer details much better.
    -- Understand various flows in ITTO as emphasized by Tim
    -- Prepare hand written notes, it helps a lot
    -- Give all 7 Simplilearn Mock Tests (they are very good and covers almost all topics) , also go through some online mock test available and PM Challenge.
    -- Prepare a question bank of questions which you are not able to answer, categorize into various topics - change mangement, closing, risk, etc...For example for change management you will have different scenario questions at one place and you will be able to understand approach and clear doubts faster.

    Thanks Simplilearn

    Regards
    Gaurav Bhatnagar
     
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  21. Parichay Jain

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    Hi,

    I am happy to inform that I cleared my PMP exam yesterday. Got Above target in all sections except Executing(Target) and also above target overall. Great learning experience from Simplilearn.
     
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  22. Manish Dadhich

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    Hello Simplilarn Team

    Thanks for your kind support to extend my course after one year.

    Today I did PMP exam and passed the PMP exam. The learning platforms and materials are good & easily understand. Mock test is super duper.

    Regards
    Mansih Dadhich
     
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    Hello Every one...
    Today I am certified,
    Thanks Tim & Sreedhar for your valuable guidance.
     
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    Dear All,

    I passed my PMP exam on 31 March 2019 in first attempt. I want to give special thanks to Mr. Sachin Goswami for his wonderful training.

    I spent 2-3 hours daily for 3 months, read Rita Mulcahy book one time. Watch the Sachin Goswami training video 2 times. Solve all the 7 mock test of Simplilearn and around 2000 questions from other book and websites. In my exam 95% questions was situational based.

    I suggest to future aspirants give emphasis to solve as many mock exam possible. it will help you in passing the PMP Exam.

    Best Regards,
    Vikash Kumar Sinha
     
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    I passed my PMP exam on 27th March 2019 on First attempt. I really want to thank Mr Sachin Goswami and Mr Bala for their awesome training.
    I tried to read PMBOK before the classroom training and it was very dry. But after the simplilearn self paced material and the classroom training... I loved reading PMBOK and really its very very good.
    What helped me prepare for the Exam apart from this, is Rita Mulcahy's Book and the Simplilearn Simulation Tests. I did around 1500 online questions for practice..
    Coming to the PMP Certification Exam, it was very very tough. I kept my cool and followed the tips given by Mr Sachin. It was just thinking in the right direction for 240 mins. Not answering according to experience but what PMBOK tells.
    For me, only 6 numerical type questions came. I was expecting more because I was well prepared and love to solve those questions. And there were 5 questions I was not having any clue, so I made random guess.
    I passed 2 sections with Above Target, 2 with Target and 1 with Below Target.
    Thanks to the whole Simplilearn team for helping me in my journey!!!
     
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  26. Ashok Pavuluri

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    I have cleared my PMP exam on 23rd April 2019, with overall grade of "Above Target".

    My suggestions
    • I recommend Rita Mulcahy' book as primary source, all others as secondary like PMBOK or Headfirst
    • When I found it difficult to read the books, watched lot of videos on YouTube. like Saket Bansal etc
    • Every online (simulation/Free) exam is different so don't extrapolate the score.
    • PMP exam is all about using your commonsense. No need to practice 4 hour long tests for more than one before the exam.
    • Follow the father-child relationship (just analogy) of the answers when you got confused
    • My confidence level dropped drastically after answering first 10 questions during the exam but i treated every question independently and focused on it till last minute and surprised with my result. so focus on finding best answer for the question rather other thoughts.
    Regards
    Ashok Pavuluri
     
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    I passed my PMP exam today (1st May 2019) in the first attempt.Thanks heaps to Simplilearn team and Balasubramaniam for helping me to pass the exam.

    Regards,
    Raghu MK
     
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    Passed PMP - AT/AT/AT/AT/NI

    When I was preparing for PMP, I wanted to know what minimum material is sufficient to pass PMP. I have passed PMP, so sharing information which I was looking for, once

    - I studied around 4-5 months for PMP
    - Preparation
    - Simplilearn Videos - Not very useful
    - PMBOK - Read 4 times
    - Simplilearn 6 - 7 PMP mock tests ( Scored 68, 72, 73, 81, 82, 85%) - Very useful
    - Prepcast free test 120 questions (Scored 67%) - Very useful

    Advice:
    * Start Practicing PMP mock tests sooner. I started practicing mock tests after reading PMBOK twice, it was unproductive, start after finishing the book once.
     
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  29. Vijay Kumar_31

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    Secured PMP Certification on 2nd April 2019; had joined simplilearn on 16th Feb 2019.

    My suggestion for PMP Certification aspirants:
    - Either attend the live sessions or go through the recorded sessions without fail
    - Once done, go through the PMBOK and make some notes for specific points
    - Go through as many PMP questions online as you can which provide answers too (Save at least 5 Simplilearn papers for last). First attempt the questions and then cross validate the answers. Clearly understand the answers which you made mistake and make a note (sometime you may need to make the note for the correct answers also if you guessed it); if its not clear then google it to find the required explanation. While making note, try to make the table comparing connected concepts (example : Manage Quality Vs Control Quality and so on) and segregate it (I had created excel sheet with multiple sheets)
    - Once you feel comfortable with the majority of the questions, give mock test using one of the Simplilearn paper (for the first time); you will get to know your knowledge level. Once you consistently secure more than 75%, you are ready.
    - Coincide your exam date to the previous steps. I had booked my exam date only 3 days before the actual date (once I felt comfortable).
    - Refer back the notes which you have prepared until the exam date.

    All the best!
     
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  30. NAM TRAN NGUYEN

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    I passed my PMP exam today (20th May 2019) in the first attempt. Thanks Tim Jerome for the training. After the training, I need to watch the record video in order to improve my score. Other than Tim's training I didn't read any book. I bought Rita's book but did not have time to read, just did the tests at the end of each chapter and got about 70% average first time. I took a lot of mock tests though, and got about 77% average first time. I only checked PMBOK if needed to understand the wrong answers, but did not read it through cover to cover.
     
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    Some issues with server , posting PDF please bear with me.

    with regards
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    About brain dump, I don't agree with Arvind. At my test center, the officer told me clearly that I can't write anything before the 1st question.
     
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    Nam that's what I have said. Once start test your clock start at 4.00 hrs. You have to use your own time from allocated 4 Hrs. I cautioned that No writing in 15 minutes Demo time. The in-charge at exam center make it sure that you don't any unfair advantage by tweaking with 4 Hrs time limit.
     
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    Yes, they video you the entire time. Even you pass the test but they review the video and found you wrote before the 1st question they can fail you.
     
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    One should stand firm on code of ethics and professional conduct. Respect, responsibility, Honesty , Fairness.:)
     
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    Hi All,
    I learned a lot on this forum so its my responsibility to give it back.

    I gave my exam today on 27th June, 2019 and cleared all the process areas with "Above Target" score. Here is how I studied (for short takeaway look the last paragraph):

    1. I enrolled in Simplilearn's online batch in mid April. I attended Mr. Kumar's classes but unfortunately they weren't very helpful as I observed in my first mock exam. Nevertheless, I am thankful to him for providing some mnemonics and setting the context right.

    2. Studied headfirst for the first month. Again it set the context right but didn't delve much on the insights. I gave my first mock and failed at 66%.
    3. Here is when I got serious: Second month, first 25 days, I studied PMBOK once and Rita's book once. Rita's book is really good in excercises and end of chapter quizzes. It also provides some very interesting exam tips alongside key concepts. I took notes while studying both the books. Rita does well on the explaining the tools and techniques while PMBOK does well on providing the ITTO summarized in diagrams for every process. I focussed on understanding why a particular ITTO is there in the process rather than memorizing it. I didn't prepare any brain dumps either.

    4. For the next 20 days or so, I focused on Mock exams. I planned simplilearn's 6 mock exams till one day before exam. Upon finishing, I would review each answer in detail, first for the wrong questions - I would go back to PMBOK and Rita for references. (This really helps in understanding the concept, rather than just revising the complete books again). Then for the right questions (some of the questions' explanations were in sync with mine, others I found I was just in luck). For the ones on which I had a doubt I would post on the forum here. Discussing these questions and getting insights from Tim, Arvind and Nam helped me in thinking in the right direction.

    5. I ensured, I sparse Simplilearn's mocks (so that I am not too dependent on one type of questions and setting) along with other mocks on the web (Here is a link to these: https://www.pm-exam-simulator.com/a...exam-sample-questions-for-your-pmp-exam-prep# ) There are further many links in Oliver Lehmann's site. I found openpm.org really helpful in making the PMBOK concepts stick to your memory. After you've completed all their sets of 21 question mocks, they also send you an overall report! I also tried to answer some questions on phone by participating in PMchallenge questions on the projectmanagement.com website. Overall I found Simplilearn's exams as the best. There is some anomaly in the questions, but I guess discussing those on the forum actually helps.

    6. There were days when I wouldn't like to read a complete chapter after attempting the mocks. I was too tired. So, I changed my approach to getting up early and revising the topics as much as I can. I would stop at a particular time even if I haven't completed the entire topic, to start for the mock and then reviewing it. Here's what I scored on Simplilearn mocks: 66%, 73%, 77%, 81%, 87%, 83%, 87%. I never attempted the same mock again as it leads to training bias.

    7. Timing: I was able to complete my mocks mostly in around 3 hours and then I would review the questions I wasn't sure of in the last one hour. Remember to mark an option rather than just leaving it for later, if you don't get time to review, atleast you marked it. I didn't take any break during the mock exams, this helps in building up the stamina and understanding what distracts you etc.

    8. Actual exam: Initially the nerves got me, I was marking most of the questions till first 15 for review but then I got more confident of my choices and started marking only the ones which I wasn't really sure. Again, I wouldn't leave any question unanswered. The option to strike out wrong answers help in reviewing the questions later quickly. I completed my exam in 3:30 hours and then reviewed the questions in rest half hour. I didn't find any questions with "NOT" or "EXCEPT". Neither did I found any questions on Agile. There were around 3 to 5 numericals (one on calculating float and others on Earned Value/EAC).
    I didn't focus much on the time but would vary my speed looking at the time remaining. I could review the questions I marked but not all 200 questions (time up) and was worried whether I passed or not. I submitted the survey and voila :"Congratulations....."

    Moral of the story: Read through PMBOK once (and Rita once - it helped me) and then reference it again and again by answering lots of questions on the mocks. Don't just settle on any explanation, If you don't like it, raise it here on the forum and discuss it...this helps in learning sub-consciously.

    All the very best for your exam!

    Regards,
    Sahil
     
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    Congrats!
     
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    Thanks Gokalp!
     
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    congratulations Sahil.
     
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    Thanks Aravind!
     
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    Hi Sahil,
    Congratulations!
    I also cleared my exam, the same day.
     
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    Congratulations Piyanki.
     
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    Thank you.
     
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    So you made it.

    Nam
     
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    Hello Folks,
    I passed the PMP Exam on 27th July, 2019 , first attempt . Sincere thanks to @tim jerome for taking me through the journey and sharing his invaluable insights ! In addition to Simplilearn material , I referred Rita M and PMBOK . PMBOK-6th Edition, is actually a good read but would recommend to use it to fill the knowledge gaps rather than starting with it, as its sheer size can be intimidating and is cumbersome to say the least. It doesn't have any Math related exercises though . Rita M is a great source in preparing for the situational questions and really compels you to think beyond the realms of traditional practices ! Try passing the mock tests by Simplilearn, by securing the minimum criteria - ie -80% and iterate through all the areas where you failed to score. Didn't encounter any Agile based question in the exam - I am CSM , so saying this with conviction . This exam demands dedication and if you are , then result will certainly fall in place !
    Cheers!
    Sanjeet
     
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    Congratulation Sanjeet, welcome to club.
     
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    Thank you Sir !! Cheers !!
     
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    Thank you Tim and Simplilearn for your valuable support in my PMP journey. I cleared PMP exam in the first attempt on Aug 8th. A sigh of relief when the screen showed 'you passed the PMP exam'.

    For the benefit of PMP aspirants, would like to share few leads on PMP preparation

    My sources of materials after I attended Tim's online classes -

    For concepts building:
    - PMBOK sixth edition
    - Tim's classes downloads
    - Simplilearn self learning videos and slides

    For PMP test practice:
    - Simplilearn 7 simulation sets, exercises
    - ProjectManagement.com (PM challenge)
    - PMP exam simulator App
    - Few online tests (Free PMP practice Exam - Oliver Lehmann, Prepcast)

    Journey was a little challenging though but started becoming interesting once you start building the concepts with its application in your project. I prepared Mind Map for all 10 Knowledge areas, as others did and shared their experiences here in the community. It helps if you prepare on your own instead of reusing the one shared. Knowing the definition and the purpose of that process, along with its input, output and tools & techniques, help you to start building the foundation. There are subtle differences, for e.g. between Plan Communication Mgt. and Plan Stakeholder Eng. Mgt. but understanding the nuances of those differences makes things crystal clear.

    At the beginning I wasn't consistent in my studies, I used to study only on weekends and my score was poor, around 60% and not much improvement was noticed. 5 weeks prior to my test date, I studied 2 hours every day that improved my score to 80% in 2 weeks and I scheduled for exam. I haven't read Rita Mulcahy as the material I mentioned above was enough to keep me engaged. Taking tests, quizzes, PM challenge regularly to hone your test skills and timing is certainly highly recommended. PMBOK guidance for any doubts was very helpful. During my preparation, I had read through PMBOK at least 3 times. Again, there are nuances lie in between sentences, have to be patient and read with interest and you would certainly notice great results.

    Good luck PMP aspirants. I hope this little contribution of mine help you out in someway.

    Best regards,
    VJ
     
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    Congratulations
     
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