All the best!
My Journey began …?
A few years ago, I had thought about getting PMP certification. But I wasn’t sure where to start. In a conversation with Alex (Last year June-2019), I learned that Alex had enrolled in an online PMP course. My organization also announced that all PM Associates must be PMP certified. Prakash was also introduced to me by Alex. Prakash shared information about the “Winning PMP WhatsApp group” and asked me to join that group.
Vidhi and Vidyesh were very kind to me and shared lots of valuable information, scenarios, questions, and healthy discussion in the WhatsApp group.
Prakash suggested that I take an online PMP course in order to complete the 35Hrs training and learn more about PMP.
I began searching on Google and Youtube. I finally found “Eduhubspot” online PMP preparation class (after looking at the examples) and enrolled in July 2019. I was able to attend Mr.Varun’s 4 day boot camp course at “Eduhubspot” within the next week. He explained how to identify “keywords” that will be helpful in answering questions (interestingly, this helped me a lot in clearing the certification).
Later on I have filled the application using reference from simplilearn community https://community.simplilearn.com/threads/three-steps-to-fill-your-pmp-application.646/ and got it reviewed by Mr.Varun Anand and then submitted the application by 3rd of Aug’19. I received the PMP application audit notification mail immediately after submission (which will be sent randomly to few). I was shocked to see this mail and didn’t know what to do.
I did some internet research and found out that the PMP Certification body would randomly select a few applications and conduct an audit. My group manager, Mr. Parthasarathy Venkatesan about the PMP audit and what he should do. After I received the PMP audit details, I asked him to share the details.
I sent the sealed cover from group manager and other details (my College degrees certificate and 35 hrs.) to them on August 23rd 2019. PMP org USA. My application was approved and reviewed within 2 days. My status was changed from audit to payment for the exam. With God’s grace, the real time finally came into view.
How did preparation begin..? ?
In the beginning, I had planned to take the PMP exam in the first week of November 2019. The last date for the current exam patterns was Dec 15th 2019. I started watching the “Eduhubspot”, and reading few chapters of PMBOK 6th Edition,”Rita Mulcahy’s 9th Edition.” I also participated actively in the winning PMP WhatsApp group discussion. I learned that the new PMP exam pattern would be extended for another six months in the last week of September 2019. This made my preparation very slow and not too serious.
What was my first serious preparation? ?
Jan 1st 2020 was my New Year’s resolution. I paid and scheduled the exam on February 25th 2020. I began serious preparation (I used to read every day, morning, evening, and weekend for 4 to 5 hours).
Which Materials to Refer …?
PMBOK 6th edition
Audio & Video:
https://www.udemy.com/course/project-management-skills-math-concepts-you-should-know/ (PMP Sabri C.)
Mock test (Hardcopy).
RITA – all chapter wise questions
Mock test (simulator paid)
Eduhubspot (Chapter wise questions-Approximate 200 Questions)
Eduhubspot (Attended Full length 4 Mock Test 4X200=800 Questions
PREPCAST (Attended Complete full-length 8 Mock Test 8X200=1600 Questions
Mock test (simulator-free)
http://www.lovepmp.com/docs/question/pmp-questions (Approximate 1000 Questions)
https://www.oliverlehmann.com/sample-questions-pmp-self-tests.html ( 200 Questions)
https://www.pmexamcoach.com/ (200 Questions)
http://www.certchamp.com/pmp-sample-questions.jsp (200 Questions)
1. I did not refer to any other contents for my preparation.
2. The mock test had approximately 4000 questions. I scored between 75% and 75%. I refer to the PMBOK guide for all the wrong answers and noted down the key words.
Three days before the exam, I called “Anuraag Ngam”, who shared his certificate in winning PMP group and shared one very important tip “Keep Your Eyes Cool”. He also asked me to re-verify any wrong questions. During mock test, I realized it was true because of stress on my eyes (lost sync between mind and eye). 4 to 5 continuous questions were incorrectly answered. Don’t even look at your TV or mobile phone before you take your exam.
PMBOK 6th edition (Back to back at least once)
Concentrate more on the most important processes
All the best!