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Hello Tim and Simplilearn aspirants!!!

I passed my PMP exam in first attempt today, scoring Above Target in all the three domains!!!
I had enrolled in Tim's classes on February 23rd 2021 and my journey with PMP thus began. Tim's notes and lexicon are highly recommended. He has a way of putting across the most difficult topics in very simple terms.
I can't thank enough Tim and Simplilearn for their support in my journey of earning PMP Certification :)
Congrats Neelam. You cleared it really fast. Can you please share your journey (timeline, preparation, challenges ). WIll be really helpful for others.
 

anitha royan

New Member
Hello Tim and Simplilearn aspirants!!!

I passed my PMP exam in first attempt today, scoring Above Target in all the three domains!!!
I had enrolled in Tim's classes on February 23rd 2021 and my journey with PMP thus began. Tim's notes and lexicon are highly recommended. He has a way of putting across the most difficult topics in very simple terms.
I can't thank enough Tim and Simplilearn for their support in my journey of earning PMP Certification :)
congrats!what's your approach to clear exam? share your inputs?
 
Hi Team ,

To those who have passed PMP successfully - Congratulations. I am a PMP aspirant preparing for exam. I am needing for help over below mentioned pointers:

1) How can we get practise questions / task wise. Ex : Practise questions from " Create High Performing team "

Please help !
 

Ricardo Mason_1

Member
Alumni
Hi @Aparna Mathur / @Rajat_Kumar I used a PMP simulator that's commercially available for the practice questions and mock exams. I am not sure if I can provide that information in this forum.

In addition to my previous post, my overarching study strategy comprised of the following:
1-Attended the Live Classes provided by Simplilearn (Tim Jerome batch March 1- 16, 2021)
2-Reviewed the self-learning material provided by Simplilearn supplemented by notes from Live classes (~3 weeks)
3-Completed 10 days of practice questions only. Each day I focused on one knowledge area only and did 50 questions each day
4-At end of each day would review all the questions I got wrong and would read notes/review slides / read PMBOK guide as needed in conjunction with explanations and rationale provided by the simulator.
5-I would review the questions I got correct and note if my reasoning was the same as that provided by the simulator. Even if I got the answer correct but the reasoning was inconsistent with the rationale provided by the simulator, I treated the question as described above for incorrect answers.
6-I would finish each day by redoing all the questions I got incorrect (focusing on reasoning and not just memory of correct answer)
7-Once I completed each of the knowledge domains, I then started to do 50 questions a day but allowed the simulator to randomly select the questions. I did this for 7 days following the process described in steps 4 - 6.
8-Over a 4-week period I repeated step 7 above but increased the number of questions each week (50, 75, 100, 125). The objective was to gradually condition myself for the exam.
9-On reaching 125 questions per day, I jumped straight to doing full mock exams and completed 8 (4 + 4) overall. I did one mock exam per day.
10-Unfortunately, I had to delay my exam by 3-weeks (family illness), so the week of the exam (was a Friday night) I did a mock exam Monday to Thursday around the same time I had booked the actual exam.
 
Cannot explain how happy I feel when I saw that "Congratulations" message flashing on my screen after I submitted my exam!! I literally screamed out of joy, when I realized that I actually cleared my PMP exam!! Although not rocket science as pointed out by someone, brainstorming answers for 180 questions through four long hours with just two ten minutes breaks in between is not easy though, when your brain literally starts hurting after the end of the second sixty-question marathon!! The win is definitely worth a celebration :)
My study strategies are as follows:
1. Read PMBOK 6 once end to end.
2. After a few days gap, gave Udemy mock tests. Scored extremely bad (50 to 60%). Read the explanations thoroughly, and made notes.
3. Started with SL mocks (didnt sit continuously for four hours, kept pausing in between). There also scored very bad (40 to 60 %). Felt devastated.
4. Booked my exam date and restarted my prep. Started with PMBOK all over again, and highlighted important portions with PDF highlighter.
5. Gave SL mocks again (this time, I strictly followed the exam pattern, took two 10 min breaks, and finished each of the four modules per day). The score got a bit better between 55 to 75%. The confidence level increased a bit. Made notes of the explanations of the questions that I did wrong.
6. Gave the free version of prepcast questions. Made notes of the explanations of the questions that I did wrong.
Note: Guys dont skip solving prepcast. They are really helpful.
7. Started with Agile guide and finished it in two three days (didnt take much time for me as I already am working in agile environment). Made notes.
8. Started solving Rita 10th Edition questions, and made notes.
9. I stopped studying further the day before my exam, went through my notes and PMBOK highlights, and brain dumped basic cost-related formulas.
10. On exam day, I did NOT study anything. My exam was scheduled in the afternoon, so I kept on taking deep breaths in between my houshold chores to keep my tension at bay. I just focussed on my concentration level and time management. Rest I left in the hands of almighty!!
11. I had 10 mins time left before I submitted my paper. And voila! I passed..yay!!

This exam is not just an exam guys. It changes your thought process towards managing a project as a whole. Even if you fail in the first attempt, dont give up and attempt for the next one. Im sure you will pass.

P.S: Even if you have read RM end to end, I still would suggest you to go through PMBOK at least once. The questions that I had on my exam were very much aligned to PMBOK.

All the very best!!
 

Rajat_Kumar

Administrator
Staff member
Simplilearn Support
Alumni
Cannot explain how happy I feel when I saw that "Congratulations" message flashing on my screen after I submitted my exam!! I literally screamed out of joy, when I realized that I actually cleared my PMP exam!! Although not rocket science as pointed out by someone, brainstorming answers for 180 questions through four long hours with just two ten minutes breaks in between is not easy though, when your brain literally starts hurting after the end of the second sixty-question marathon!! The win is definitely worth a celebration :)
My study strategies are as follows:
1. Read PMBOK 6 once end to end.
2. After a few days gap, gave Udemy mock tests. Scored extremely bad (50 to 60%). Read the explanations thoroughly, and made notes.
3. Started with SL mocks (didnt sit continuously for four hours, kept pausing in between). There also scored very bad (40 to 60 %). Felt devastated.
4. Booked my exam date and restarted my prep. Started with PMBOK all over again, and highlighted important portions with PDF highlighter.
5. Gave SL mocks again (this time, I strictly followed the exam pattern, took two 10 min breaks, and finished each of the four modules per day). The score got a bit better between 55 to 75%. The confidence level increased a bit. Made notes of the explanations of the questions that I did wrong.
6. Gave the free version of prepcast questions. Made notes of the explanations of the questions that I did wrong.
Note: Guys dont skip solving prepcast. They are really helpful.
7. Started with Agile guide and finished it in two three days (didnt take much time for me as I already am working in agile environment). Made notes.
8. Started solving Rita 10th Edition questions, and made notes.
9. I stopped studying further the day before my exam, went through my notes and PMBOK highlights, and brain dumped basic cost-related formulas.
10. On exam day, I did NOT study anything. My exam was scheduled in the afternoon, so I kept on taking deep breaths in between my houshold chores to keep my tension at bay. I just focussed on my concentration level and time management. Rest I left in the hands of almighty!!
11. I had 10 mins time left before I submitted my paper. And voila! I passed..yay!!

This exam is not just an exam guys. It changes your thought process towards managing a project as a whole. Even if you fail in the first attempt, dont give up and attempt for the next one. Im sure you will pass.

P.S: Even if you have read RM end to end, I still would suggest you to go through PMBOK at least once. The questions that I had on my exam were very much aligned to PMBOK.

All the very best!!
Wow Congrats, This is Amazing!!. We are glad to see your preparation plan and it will definitely help others.
 

Bharathi Bhaskar

Active Member
Yesterday (20 July 2021), I cleared my exam with 'Above Target' in all three domains. I wanted to share my experience and learnings with all of you. My eligibility was expiring and I decided quite late to take up an exam. I had just 1.5 months. These helped me. It may/may not work for everyone here. Feel free to take cues and tailor it to your needs.

Exam Pattern (what my set of questions had)

1. 80-90% Agile and Hybrid questions; very few Predictive questions; No ITTOs but know what document does what.
2. Multiple choice, Multiple Select, Drag and Drop, Hotspots
3. Only 1 EMV formula question
4. No 'Least Likely to choose...' type of questions. Questions were pretty straight forward.
5. Most questions:
- What will you do in this situation? - Choose the option that logically will help you, the project, and the other person/situation in question. At times question stem helps greatly. Example: What process will you choose in this situation? Here 'process' is important. It helps you narrow down from the answer options.
- What will you do first in this situation? - Key word: First. This can get tricky as mostly we tend to choose Analyze/Evaluate kind of answers. Example: Sometimes we don't have to assess the impact at all. We may outright reject it also (like gold plating). So, read the question carefully.
6. Most important concepts:
- Servant Leadership
- Virtual Teams & Communication Types - https://www.pmi.org/learning/library/best-practices-virtual-project-teams-6038
Personality Type
- Tuckman Ladder - https://www.projectmanagement.com/b...velopment-and-the-Role-of-the-Project-Manager
- Difference between Product Owner, Scrum Master/Agile Coach, Development Team (Point 5 below - Scrum Guide will help clarify this)
- Conflict Resolution - https://www.pmi.org/learning/library/project-management-organizational-conflict-resolution-2035

Exam Preparation (how I did)

1. I started with Simplilearn self-learning tutorials. Noted down all points.
2. I attended Tim's live classes.
3. Read Rita and PMBOK 6th edition simultaneously. Example: If I read the Integration chapter, I follow it up with PMBOK section on Integration. You may not enjoy but I was engrossed. It made my basics strong.
4. (Optional) At the end of each chapter, I took a few sample questions from this website. It has around 2500 questions on each topic. It is free and a good way to start answering questions. I didn't do it extensively. Just enough to get around a few questions right in a row. I just took this to see if I understand the concepts. Website Link: https://lovepmp.com/docs/question/pmp-questions/
5. I read the Agile Practice Guide completely. Initially, I did not understand much. So, I read the Scrum Guide. I recommend to read both 2020 and 2017 versions. They are less than 20-page PDFs. I highly recommend it for every one. This is the base for every question on Agile/Hybrid. Website Link: https://scrumguides.org/
6. (optional) I enrolled into Prep-Cast. I used this only to fill my knowledge gaps. The reference material that they post with each questions helped me gain more knowledge. It is expensive but I would suggest you to try their 7-day trial. Website Link: https://www.project-management-prepcast.com/pmp-exam/the-pmp-exam-simulator (Free Tab on top). There are many free simulators too.
7. Be sure to go through the most recent community threads. They have lots of information and links to many free materials/sample questions.

Exam Experience

1. I took a center-based exam at Pearson.
2. Exam is divided into three parts. Total exam time is 230 mins. At the end of each 60 questions you will have to submit them. You can't revisit. The two 10-min breaks in between are optional.
3. After first 60 questions, the system prompts you to review and submit. Review time is included in the 230 mins. Timer is running. So, don't take your sweet time to review. I reviewed only the flagged questions that I had marked. Hardly 1-2. Exam time runs still you submit your questions. After that prompts to continue exam or take a break starts.
4. Once you submit your set of 60 (1-60, 61-120, 121-180) questions it will ask you if you want to take a break. If yes, your 10-min break time starts. Be sure to take this time to refresh or clear your mind. And, return within 10 mins to resume test. Next set of questions will resume and your exam time continues.
5. Be sure to tell yourself during breaks not to to bother about the submitted questions. Start afresh.
6. I wasn't allowed to carry anything inside the exam room except my passport. However, you can access your locker for eatables. I ensured I quickly visited the rest room, drink some water, sit for 2-mins to reaffirm myself and return. In the second break, I ate some dry fruits too just to avoid hunger.
7. I was asked to wear a mask throughout the exam. Mask, specs was all checked before entering the exam.
8. I didn't do any brain dump at the beginning of the exam. I didn't need it too esp formulas. If you want to, it has to be done only after your first question pops-up. So, I didn't want to waste my time. You can please do if you feel you will forget any formula. I had only 1 formula question. So, I was ok.

Parting Note

My overall experience was exhaustive as I didn't have much time. I struggled my way through figuring out a study plan. But I would say take up as many servant leadership questions as possible. Highly recommend that. While answering questions, I answered them the way I would handle so that my team benefits, my project benefits, my organization doesn't have any impacts (like compliance issues). You will get most of the questions right. It has nothing to do with memorization. All the very best!
 
Hi all,

Yesterday (4th Aug) I cleared the PMP exam with all three domain areas above Target. It was a great relief to see the congratulation message at the end of exam.
Simplilearn Instructor Mr Shridhar classes very informative and helpful.Mr Shridhar is well experience and has very good command over the project management.
I will explain my journey,so it might be helpful for some of you.

Preparation:

1. Go through the PMBOK end to end atleast 3 times.
2. PMI Agile Guide.
3. Simplilearn material
4. Project Management:A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling, and Controlling,Harold Kerzner
5. Effective Project Management:Traditional,Agile,Extreme.Robert K.Wysocki
6. Make effective notes

Practise:

Do full length practice test from Simplilearn and Prepcast.

Practice to have focused attention,as you need to sit for 4 hrs in the exam.

Exam:

Relax on the exam day and ace it through.


All the very best to all the aspirants.
 
Hi @tim jerome and mates for the Mar 13 2020 prep class,

I passed my PMP exam yesterday (21.08.21) at first attempt with with AT (above target) in all 3 domains being tested.
Thanks to Tim for the class experience and all the Simplilearn team for the resources to assist with the exam prep.

I used read the Agile handbook and PMBOK once and only used them for reference subsequently. I took all the 4 assessments on the simplilearn platform (3x each), achieved (Guru) 1000 questions on the PM Challenge and several other open source PMP exam prep i.e. prepcast, certchamp, oliverlehmann and edwel. I also came across a blog by Edward Chung- https://edward-designer.com/web/pmp/, it was really helpful as he analyzed some areas of concerns that people struggle with including calculations with very good explanations.

The exam looked very different to all the practice questions I attempted, I didn't come across any of the practice questions I ever attempted to the point where I doubted if I was selecting the right answers, however, when I ended the exam I saw the congratulations page and I felt a huge relieve. I believe the key thing is practicing and referring to the PMBOK, Agile practice guide and the PMI exam prep to get good understanding of the processes, people and business environment.

I wish everyone still on this journey all the very best, keep going till you get there, don't give up!
 
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Hi @tim jerome and mates for the Mar 13 2020 prep class,

I passed my PMP exam yesterday (21.08.21) at first attempt with with AT (above target) in all 3 domains being tested.
Thanks to Tim for the class experience and all the Simplilearn team for the resources to assist with the exam prep.

I used read the Agile handbook and PMBOK once and only used them for reference subsequently. I took all the 4 assessments on the simplilearn platform (3x each), achieved (Guru) 1000 questions on the PM Challenge and several other open source PMP exam prep i.e. prepcast, certchamp, oliverlehmann and edwel. I also came across a blog by Edward Chung- https://edward-designer.com/web/pmp/, it was really helpful as he analyzed some areas of concerns that people struggle with including calculations with very good explanations.

The exam looked very different to all the practice questions I attempted, I didn't come across any of the practice questions I ever attempted to the point where I doubted if I was selecting the right answers, however, when I ended the exam I saw the congratulations page and I felt a huge relieve. I believe the key thing is practicing and referring to the PMBOK, Agile practice guide and the PMI exam prep to get good understanding of the processes, people and business environment.

I wish everyone still on this journey all the very best, keep going till you get there, don't give up!
Congratulations for your achievement. Was the questions more on Agile / Hybrid or was distributed equally between Agile & Predictive approaches?
 

saurabh_259

Active Member
Hi @tim jerome and mates for the Mar 13 2020 prep class,

I passed my PMP exam yesterday (21.08.21) at first attempt with with AT (above target) in all 3 domains being tested.
Thanks to Tim for the class experience and all the Simplilearn team for the resources to assist with the exam prep.

I used read the Agile handbook and PMBOK once and only used them for reference subsequently. I took all the 4 assessments on the simplilearn platform (3x each), achieved (Guru) 1000 questions on the PM Challenge and several other open source PMP exam prep i.e. prepcast, certchamp, oliverlehmann and edwel. I also came across a blog by Edward Chung- https://edward-designer.com/web/pmp/, it was really helpful as he analyzed some areas of concerns that people struggle with including calculations with very good explanations.

The exam looked very different to all the practice questions I attempted, I didn't come across any of the practice questions I ever attempted to the point where I doubted if I was selecting the right answers, however, when I ended the exam I saw the congratulations page and I felt a huge relieve. I believe the key thing is practicing and referring to the PMBOK, Agile practice guide and the PMI exam prep to get good understanding of the processes, people and business environment.

I wish everyone still on this journey all the very best, keep going till you get there, don't give up!
Hi, Huge Congratulations,

Were there any questions based on calculations where you had to use maths or formulae?
Questions related to calculation of EVM or Critical path, float etc.?
 
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Hi all,

Yesterday (4th Aug) I cleared the PMP exam with all three domain areas above Target. It was a great relief to see the congratulation message at the end of exam.
Simplilearn Instructor Mr Shridhar classes very informative and helpful.Mr Shridhar is well experience and has very good command over the project management.
I will explain my journey,so it might be helpful for some of you.

Preparation:

1. Go through the PMBOK end to end atleast 3 times.
2. PMI Agile Guide.
3. Simplilearn material
4. Project Management:A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling, and Controlling,Harold Kerzner
5. Effective Project Management:Traditional,Agile,Extreme.Robert K.Wysocki
6. Make effective notes

Practise:

Do full length practice test from Simplilearn and Prepcast.

Practice to have focused attention,as you need to sit for 4 hrs in the exam.

Exam:

Relax on the exam day and ace it through.


All the very best to all the aspirants.
Thanks for sharing your success story.
 
Hi all,

Yesterday (4th Aug) I cleared the PMP exam with all three domain areas above Target. It was a great relief to see the congratulation message at the end of exam.
Simplilearn Instructor Mr Shridhar classes very informative and helpful.Mr Shridhar is well experience and has very good command over the project management.
I will explain my journey,so it might be helpful for some of you.

Preparation:

1. Go through the PMBOK end to end atleast 3 times.
2. PMI Agile Guide.
3. Simplilearn material
4. Project Management:A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling, and Controlling,Harold Kerzner
5. Effective Project Management:Traditional,Agile,Extreme.Robert K.Wysocki
6. Make effective notes

Practise:

Do full length practice test from Simplilearn and Prepcast.

Practice to have focused attention,as you need to sit for 4 hrs in the exam.

Exam:

Relax on the exam day and ace it through.


All the very best to all the aspirants.
Which version of PMBOK guide you referred?
 

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Ratheesh_5

New Member
Hi Team,

I passed my PMP exam in first attempt. Thanks to Simplilearn for providing me necessary support and guidance in achieving PMP credentials. Thank you to Mr. Tim for the classes, sharing his knowledge, and all the Simplilearn team for the resources to assist with the exam prep.

Thank you once again to simplilearn team for support.

Regards
Ratheesh.G
 
Hi Team,

I passed my PMP exam in first attempt. Thanks to Simplilearn for providing me necessary support and guidance in achieving PMP credentials. Thank you to Mr. Tim for the classes, sharing his knowledge, and all the Simplilearn team for the resources to assist with the exam prep.

Thank you once again to simplilearn team for support.

Regards
Ratheesh.G
Hi Ratheesh,

Congratulations on clearing PMP exam. It would be great if you share your preparation plan, materials referred.
 
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