PMP Exam Prep Seminar - Pass the PMP on Your First Attempt
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25 points • trainz4brainz
Passed today! Sharing my process and some tips. T/AT/AT/AT/AT
I just passed the exam this morning and I'm very excited/relieved!
I didn't create an extended term study plan like a lot of people on here seemed to do. I only allocated about 6 weeks from the time that I applied to my scheduled exam. Here's what worked for me!
I bought the PMBOK Guide and started to read it, but I didn't make it past chapter 5 or so. It was just too dry.
I circled back to the Vargas video on YouTube and watched it about 3 times. This video is excellent at laying the foundation for understanding the full process. After watching this video, I wondered how anyone could read the PMBOK Guide cover to cover and actually understand the full process!
Next, I purchased the Phillips Course on Udemy and watched it in its entirety at 1.5x playback speed to save time. I completed the quizzes at the end of each section, and I made sure to understand the problems that I answered incorrectly. I did not complete any of the activities.
Next, I bought a subscription to the Prepcast Exam Simulator and started completing 10 question "learning" quizzes (not timed). I did one quiz of 100 questions, but the rest were 10 each (followed by review). I did about 600 questions total and got about 80% correct.
Two very important tips for Prepcast...
First - after you complete a quiz, go through ALL of the questions again and read the full explanation for the correct answer. For problems you got wrong, read the explanation under the answer choice you selected to see why it was wrong, and also read the correct answer. This is an awesome learning tool that allows you to pick up on the subtle ways in which the test question authors try to trip you up!
Second, you should always check the setting for "only unanswered questions". There is a huge bank of questions, so you might as well see something new each time - especially if you're learning why you got each answer correct/incorrect like I mentioned above.
The day of the exam, I woke up early to allow for 2 hours of last-minute studying. I reviewed about 8 pages of notes that I had jotted down, watched Vargas one more time on 1.5x speed, and then read each process name to help focus on the real names (since PMI may try to confuse you with slightly incorrect process names for answer choices).
On my exam, I did not have a single question where I had to perform EVM calculations using the formulas. Not one. I did have a few related to EVM, but they were high level and/or abstract.
I thought that the wording of the questions on the actual exam was generally more confusing than Prepcast, making the questions more challenging to decipher. But I still think that Prepcast was by far my most valuable study aid.
Something else that helped me on the exam - make sure you understand what the question is asking for. It's easy to overlook this, but it can greatly increase your odds of answering correctly. For example, a question might subtly ask for which PROCESS a project manager should use in a certain situation... but maybe 2 of the answers are processes, and 2 are tools. In that case, you can eliminate half of them right away.
And finally, the only "brain dump" that I did was for the 10 process groups. I used the mnemonic "I Saw Santa Claus Quietly Racing Comet Right Past Saturn" to memorize the first letter of each process, then I could recite them from there. I stared at process charts (like Vargas) enough to know that the Cost group has two processes under Plan Cost Management, there are 3 executing processes for Resource, etc. etc. So once I wrote down the 10 groups, I could fumble my way around all of the processes.
I think that's about it for my little "lessons learned" session here :-) I hope this helps someone in the future!
12 points • CluelessMN
I am a PMP! (5xAT)
I just passed today! Here is what I did to prepare.
I applied last October and put off the test a couple of times due to other obligations. The fire was lit when I realized I only had a couple more months left before my year window was to expire. I planned to read a chapter from the PMBOK and then watch the corresponding section from Joseph Phillips’ Udemy course, PMP Exam Prep Seminar - PMBOK Guide 6, one chapter per two days. It didn’t go exactly as planned and it ended up taking a whole month to finish. I also took the quizzes from Udemy and took 30-40 custom exams from Pocket Prep per section.
After I completed the PMBOK and Udemy course I started reading "PMP Exam Prep Simplified" by Andrew Ramdayal. I tried to do one chapter a night along with the quizzes. Some days I just wasn’t able to fit in studying so this also took longer than anticipated. I really liked the book, it was an easy read.
I also bought an EVM course on Udemy. Learn PMP Math EVM Concepts in 1 Hr to Dominate the PMP Exam by Garrett Heath. I would highly recommend if you are worried about remembering the formulas. I also watched the Vargus video twice to help understand the correct flow of the 49 processes.
I started practice exams about a month before my exam. I had planned to use multiple sources for my practice exams, but after reading that Prepcast was the preferred choice, I stuck with Prepcast. I had also planned on taking 12 practice exams. I quickly found out I didn't have time to fit this is. It was too difficult for me to schedule 4 hours outside of work and kids. In the end I did three practice tests (74.5%, 73.5% and 83%). After getting 83% less than a week until the exam I decided I didn’t want to take anymore. My confidence was high and I didn’t want to risk getting a lower score and having my confidence decrease.
Here are some non-study exam prep that I did.
- I took 4 days off before my exam to focus on studying. I did a lot less studying than I intended, but it was nice to focus on the material in the mornings and not have work stress on top.
- The day before I did minimal studying. I got a neck and shoulder massage at the mall and drank some de-stress tea.
- I went to bed at 9:30 and took some melatonin to help me fall asleep.
- It was tempting to roll out of bed and take the test in sweatpants, but I decided to feel confident I needed to look nice. I wore jeans and a cardigan and did my hair and makeup.
- Before I went into the building I did a power pose for two minutes. It felt silly, but anything to help me stay confident was my goal.
- I took the first 10 minutes to write down all the processes and formulas. I think the act of doing it helped my confidence level by showing myself I knew what I was doing.
I have a few items that I’m no longer using. PM if you are interested.
- PMP ExamPrep Simplified: Based on PMBOK® Guide Sixth Edition by Andrew Ramdayal – $20
- PMBOK Sixth Edition – $30
- Prep Cast Simulator (active until December 14th) - $90
- BrainBok PMP 5-Exam Pack (active until November 14th) - $40 (I took a practice exam through this when I started studying last year. I panicked and bought Prep Cast, but now looking back at the practice test I took, I think I could have continued with BrainBok.
6 points • pmp2020
PMP requires a 3-pronged approach.
Understanding the concepts, methodology and vocabulary. i suggest this Udemy at about $10 'on sale' https://www.udemy.com/course/pmp-pmbok6-35-pdus/
Practice questions and simulation tests in the format and style of the actual exam. i suggest this Book with an online component at about $10 https://www.amazon.com/Project-Management-Practice-Questions-Certification-ebook/dp/B07XV1N9VJ
And lastly Experience. PMP is a professional credential for those with solid 5+ years leading and directing project activities. You don't have to be a Project Manager by title, but the exam is designed to challenge those who are not experienced in the role. That is what the CAPM is for!
Now get back on that horse and ride...
2 points • lenin1991
You should also compare the cheap choices out there beyond the LinkedIn one. No personal experience, but many like this one for $13: https://www.udemy.com/course/pmp-pmbok6-35-pdus/
1 points • Thatdammhansel
Is this the course you got from udemy?
1 points • MawiWowie
Not really. I worked in project implementations for a few years without learning all the technical terms/processes. Joseph Phillips Udemy course is the best tool for learning project management from beginning to end in my opinion. Here is the link.
1 points • msum83
https://www.udemy.com/course/pmp-pmbok6-35-pdus/ It was on sale a few months back
1 points • SamuraiPandatron
I've seen this course recommended a lot. I just started taking it so I can get my PMP but most of the "real" work won't be learned until you're on the job.
This satisfies your PDUs and it's only 11 bucks. Much better than spending hundreds on other classes.
1 points • SpeedinEden
the Joseph Phillips course on udemy is super popular on this sub, and that’s what I used! His lectures are good and he uses tons of examples when teaching. There’s also assignments, quizzes and practice tests.
3 points • sarahliu2017
Thank you so much!
- Read the PMBOK once (just read it, didn't take notes) to familiarize myself with the vocabulary and concepts.
- Read PMP exam Prep once (highlighted)
- Joseph Philipps Udemy - https://www.udemy.com/course/pmp-pmbok6-35-pdus/ (Took very detailed notes here)
Then I submitted my application.
- I did the practice exam in the PMP exam Prep course and my average was any 70%
- I did the Udemy practice exam at the end of the Joseph Philipps course and I did not find Exam #2 helpful (It was only about memorizing ITTOs) so I got a 55% on that, and about 65% on Exam #1.
- PMI PMP practice exam - First try I got a 60%, second try I got a 70%.
- The entire week before the exam, I reviewed my notes, reviews my exam scores and took more notes on them, reduced them to about 2 pages. Watched the Vargas video 3 times. Watched all of Aileen's videos on Youtube.
I finished the first part in 70 minutes, and used 10 minutes to review. Finished the second part with 30 minutes left, and used that 30 minutes to review my questions.
I had one ETC question which was straightforward, 1 network analysis questions (1 to determine the CP, one to determine the float of an activity), and 1 EAC question. All very straightforward.
1 points • bikebuyer
"One day" left of this sale: https://www.udemy.com/course/pmp-pmbok6-35-pdus/.
1 points • phoenix5199
Is this the class you took from joseph?
1 points • kohveed
Checked an hour ago and price is 18$.
Am I seeing the correct udemy course of J.Philipps? https://www.udemy.com/course/pmp-pmbok6-35-pdus/
1 points • jsmatteo
Would agree with some responses in that other thread. So, you may just need to approach your attack. You can't really memorize the material for the PMP. You have to understand the why and how. You should be able to explain how every process ties together.
I studied close to a year off and on, and was able to pass. I used the below course and can't recommend it enough. I had a friend that failed and almost gave up. He took the course and passed. His original materials were just bunk.
I suggest take a few weeks off, and refresh. Then take take course below. The same provider also has a cram session you can get as well.
1 points • bummer_drummer12
The 35 contact hours need to be through a PMI registered education provider (REP). I would recommend Joseph Phillip's Udemy course to get your 35hrs. It is a great resource and usually 'on sale' for about $10. https://www.udemy.com/course/pmp-pmbok6-35-pdus/
Edit: And contact hours do not expire. But once you start your application, you have 90 days to complete it. Once your application is approved, you have 1year to take the PMP exam.
3 points • ARCHA1C
By far it was:
- Udemy - Joseph Phillips - PMP Exam Prep Seminar - PMBOK Guide 6
- Using this Youtube video to create a 30-day study plan
- PrepCast Exam Simulator
PMP Exam Mentor on my phone was also helpful, but since you can access PrepCast on your phone as well, that's what I used almost exclusively for the last week of prep.
1 points • Fer_4_life
This is the course I did. pmp
6 points • jbreddick22
Still over the moon! Passed PMP at Pearson testing center Friday evening!
Thanks to so many of you on this Reddit for your help and tips. I wouldn't have known about Rita Mulcahy's PMP Exam Prep (Ninth Edition) without you, and it was so key in helping me understand things in a different way. It was worth every bit of the $76 (and I'm giving it to one of my fellow test-takers now, so it's giving even more value.
What was even more amazing to me was all of the valuable inexpensive or FREE items that are out there, including Richard Vargas' Process Flow video AND downloads (AMAZING!), LinkedIn training videos from Sandra Mitchell and the Joseph Phillips Udemy course (It was on sale for $15.)
My main training (and the way to get the 35 hours) was PM Prepcast. For me, it was informative, but it was a SCHLOG. If I had to do it all over again, I might have started with JUST Joseph Phillips. No offense to the folks at Prepcast, but it's just more engaging to have a real live person that just the audio.
I passed with AT/AT/AT/T/BT, so it IS possible to pass with one BT domain (but of course, closing is the one with fewer questions, so I'm sure if I had been BT with others, that wouldn't have been the case. All that mattered is that I saw "Congratulations" at the end. I had to stop myself from squealing with joy/surprise, because I had been doing pretty poorly on practice exams up until about two days before the test. Then things started clicking in. Sandra Mitchell's explanation of how to determine float made WAY more sense than others I had seen. Don't know why, but suddenly, I'm now a critical path/forward pass/backward pass queen.
As for my experience at the test, I have been VERY hesitant to leave my house during COVID-19, so I was nervous about going to the testing center, but I am SO glad I did. It gave me the chance to just focus on the test instead of worrying about if my cat or husband would disturb me. And because it was a controlled setting, I felt calmer, for some reason. Pearson center in Altamonte Springs, Fla., could not have been better about masks/hand sanitizer/social distancing/cleaning lockers and keys, etc.
I arrived at 2:30 for my 3 p.m. test. They asked that you wash your hands and turn off your phone prior to coming in. They check you in, check your ID, take your photo and you lock your stuff up in a locker. Then you proceed into the next check-in point where you show your pockets are empty, that your mask is clear. I asked her for earplugs, which were provided. (They also offered sanitized over-the-ear, noise-canceling headphones.) Then you go into the room where the proctor gets you set up. You MUST wear your mask the whole time over your nose and mouth. She told me if you move it, you get a warning, and with three warnings, the test ends. I never got a warning, so I don't know what happened. NOTE: I did ALL of my practice tests with my mask on to get used to it.
I DID do the quick training session about the test and how to flag/highlight words/cross out answers/access the calculator - and was glad I did. It helped me calm my nerves.
I got a laminated sheet and marker which was plenty of space for a quick brain dump when the test started. You can NOT start using that until the test starts. I didn't write all 49 processes- just wrote down my 5 groups and 10 knowledge areas, some quick equations, communications channel equations, and then jumped in.
You get a break at 90 questions. Keep in mind that leaves you 110 questions to answer after the break, so plan your time accordingly for the first half so that you have time for the brain dump and any review you want to do on questions. You can't go back to the first half after the break.
FYI, it's only a 10-minute break, so don't dawdle, because that includes time for them to search you again. Basically, use the restroom, wash your hands, grab a sip of water and head back.
I was behind on time when I came back, so for the second half, I just trusted my gut more and didn't flag as many questions. I felt more confident, too.
Overall, I thought the questions were easier and shorter than many of those the practice exams, especially those in Rita's or PM Prepcast. (Apparently, I was right, because I PASSED this one!)
Thanks again to everyone on here who shared their experience with me. Hopefully, this will help someone else! :)
13 points • neeeaaalll
Passed on my first attempt. A mix of AT and T. My brain is mush.
- Took the Joseph Phillips udemy course: https://www.udemy.com/course/pmp-pmbok6-35-pdus/
- Answered every MeasureUp practice test question: https://www.measureup.com/project-management-professional-for-pmbok-guide-sixth-edition.html (WOULD NOT RECOMMEND, questions are too simple)
- Watched the Vargas video on youtube about the process flow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GC7pN8Mjot8
- Did this free process puzzle once: https://www.arkatay.se/tools/puzzle/pmbok6-process-puzzle.html
- Paid for Prepcast Exam Simulator a few days out, and did as many practice questions as I could (probably 500 of the 1600).
Lessons learned: everyone has a different test, so just prepare the best you can and then get a good night's sleep. Trust your gut. And don't get discouraged if you start feeling like you aren't sure how you're doing on the test, because you're probably doing just fine.
11 points • borinhoodie
A Procrastinator's path to PMP. Bonus content: Rant about Pearson Vue Proctoring
STUDY PLAN: Approximately six weeks of study. Averaged 2 hours a day for the first five weeks. The last week put in 4 hrs/day and the day before the exam, devoted the full day. All domestic responsibility was transferred entirely to my partner’s portfolio during the last week.
INITIATION: 2 years ago, I had breezed through Joseph Phillips UDEMY course at 1.5x speed to get the 35 PDUs needed for the application. Did not submit the application till PMI sent a gentle reminder in 2019 that my application is about to expire, a year after starting it.
Hit submit on the application in Oct 2019. PMI sent back a lightning fast return volley within seconds of submitting the application with the good news that I have been selected for an audit. Great! Was planning on becoming a PMP in stealth mode, without knocking on the doors of my retired bosses who are managing gardens and grandkids these days instead of corporate projects. No, PMI would have none of it.
I was given a 3 month window to submit audit materials. Procrastinated and mulled about the worth of becoming a PMP for 2.5 months then in the end decided to take the leap after all. Submitted all the documents with required signatures & certs at the end of 2.99 months. PMI sent back a super-fast response again stating I passed the audit, even before their email confirming my audit package receipt was delivered to my inbox.
PLANNING: All amped up by my own audit performance and PMI’s superior customer service, I auspiciously chose an exam date at my neighborhood test center for May 2020. Giving myself abundant study time of 6 months, 5 of which was to be spent on mental prep of taking a test after 20 years of not taking any tests. Became a religious follower and reader of r/pmp, up-voting every post.
Then C19 struck. Like many gullible, easily excitable folks, at first, I too was thrilled at the prospect of taking the test from my own bedroom. Got an online test date at the end of June.
Spring sprung; I became a foot soldier in the global WFH exercise like many of you. Three kids under high school age thirsty for attention and knowledge (just like their parents) made things more interesting. Started working longer hours at work because I was working comfortably in my PJs and dress shirt and no one was leaving their desks at 5 pm anymore.
Panic started setting in mid-May, my June end test date was fast approaching. I barely remembered what Joseph Phillips' face looked like.
EXECUTION, MONITORING & CONTROLLING : Started going through the study material listed below in earnest. Read all the r/pmp posts twice or thrice to scour any information I might have missed.
Study material I used:
- Joseph Philips UDEMY course. Joe is such a calm steady teacher. I liked to keep moving forward with him. Took all his quizzes during my second run. The questions are good, although they are more verbose than real PMI questions.
- PMBOK guide. Wished I had started reading this earlier. It suites my learning style, which is learning on my own. I work in STEM, facts and dry logic make more sense to me than talkative text (except when I write it myself, like this long winded post), the rest I research, explore and figure out. PMBOK guide + Google for further explanation.
- r/pmp – Use search on this sub, almost all the answers/info you are looking for have already been posted by someone. Video links like Vargas process flow video, multiple free sources of PMP tests, free study material and notes compiled by fellow aspirants in Google Docs.
- Praizon videos by Phil . His EVM video was the best and easiest video to remember the formulas
- Rita’s book, cloud edition for 6 months, bought it two months before the test, finished each chapter and did the tests. While it is helpful, Rita’s book is a bit too chatty for my style. Chapter end quizzes are good though.
- PREPCAST Exam Simulator Highly recommended. Bought it 3 weeks before the exam. Did a lot of timed tests in smaller quantities first, 20 or 30 questions at a time. Averaged about 65-75% on those. The last week I took 4 out of 7 full tests. Scores started at around 71 % to 86% for the last one. Realized I was a fast test taker, I usually finished 200 questions in 3 hrs. Made notes on the questions I was wrong on and the ones I answered right just by pure luck.
- After all that Prepcast I felt I was ready for PMI’s 200 Q free test. Finished it in 3 hrs as usual. 68% and failed was the message that awaited me at the end. The questions were brief, but I felt that PMI mock test answers were on a different page than Prepcast when it came to change management. This did disturb me a bit because there were only a couple of days to go for my real test.
On the exam day, logged in 20 min before my appointment time. Repeated the same system check I had done as a test run a week before. After taking photos of the workspace with my phone and the system check was deemed successful, kept my phone in do-not-disturb mode, plugged in at the far corner of the room, out of reach. Interaction with the proctor and the test started only after this. Once you are on the clock you cannot move away from your seat. Used a Lenovo touch screen laptop with wireless mouse, didn't use touch screen, used it as a regular laptop.
After 89 questions, a quick review of marked up questions and 75 minutes later, took the break. You get a 10 min break with the option to skip the break. Please take the break. You can get up from your seat and go out of the room. I took a bathroom break, had some Gatorade, lied down in bed (in another room) for a couple of minutes and came back. The webcam will be on the entire time of the test, even when you are on your break. Ignore it during the break - those are your 10 minutes of freedom. LOL.
Didn’t use whiteboard, highlighter, strike-off or any of the app features during the test. Not a highlighter type of a person. Didn't use the calculator, no question was mathematically challenging to be not able to do it in your head. I did mark up the questions for review knowing that I would probably have time at the end, which I did. I finished all 200 Qs in 3.25 hrs, did the review of the marked-up questions for half an hour and finished the exam with 15 minutes to spare. Didn't think I would pass as there were only a handful of questions, I was absolutely sure that I chose the right answer. So was happy to see Congratulations screen show up at the end of the test.
Bonus content: I lost some precious minutes when I had run-ins with a proctor in the second half. 3 proctors changed during my test. The first two were women and were gentler. The first lady called me unprompted (on my end) using the webcam audio when I told her my internet has been acting up at my home lately and I was concerned how it would affect the test. This was before the test started. They will not call on your cell phone. If needed they will contact you using the testing app, that’s why you need a computer with a mic and a webcam.
The last proctor- a man, almost made me want to quit the test. He said he will issue one warning for resting my chin on my index finger if I do it again my exam will get canceled! WTH?!? My ears or mouth was not covered. I had only one finger under my chin like this photo. I couldn't figure out the logic of kicking people off a test because one of the proctors got their panties in a knot over a common human 'thinking' posture . I wonder what kind of script and training Pearson Vue proctors have to adhere to?
I calmed down by telling myself that this proctor had nothing to lose. He probably had to meet a month end quota of X # of suspended test takers to get his performance bonus. I had everything to lose if I lost my cool now. Somehow, I got my breathing and blood pressure under control, had both my elbows resting on the table almost like a human statue and managed to get through the rest 100 questions by moving only my mouse and eyeballs.
I even took the survey (I don't usually do surveys) after the test hoping that I could provide some feedback on Pearson Vue proctoring. But the survey had no place where I could provide proctoring feedback, so you have to suffer my rant.
CLOSING : Here's a fair warning to all potential online test takers – While taking the test act like a robot commandeering a mouse and you will be okay. Human like gestures or postures trigger the worst in proctors. Better still take the test at a test center if the option is available, thereby you can also avoid the notorious technical glitches. Thank goodness I didn’t have to encounter those as well. I had decided during the test that if I failed it, which I was almost sure I would, the next time I will be taking the test at a test center not online, even if I had to drive 4 hours to get there.
Received official email notification and PMI profile updated after a week. Can see the results right away under your profile at Pearson Vue website. Lessons learned archived.
tl;dr – Passed PMP after 6 weeks of study. Was audited and passed the audit. PMI customer service is good. Pearson Vue proctoring for online testing sucks.
2 points • Tinox1
There is a course for 35 hours that you can do, it often costs $15:
You probably know, the PMP exam is changing starting Jan 2, 2021, so not sure in case you plan to take the exam after if the today courses are considered valid or sufficient.
2 points • AlexanderTheBaptist
I used Joseph Phillips for the CAPM and just passed my test. I assume that his course for the PMP is just as good as the one for CAPM, and it's currently on sale for $15.
1 points • flysaad90
you should check this Reddit thoroughly for information. there is no need to spend $1500 from your own pocket if the company is not paying the fees.
Do udemy course to get 35 credit hours. and if you are someone who can do self-study, refer to one of PMP guides from RITA 9th edition, head first 4th edition, etc.
https://www.udemy.com/course/pmp-pmbok6-35-pdus/ check for this course, it's usually available for $10 as a discount. If it is expensive, wait for a little and it will be available again at $10.
1 points • pmbooks
The prep classes and simulators advertised on pmi.org are way over priced. pmtrain, prepcast, etc. just too expensive, not worth the money.
here is the winning combo, total $25:
1). Joe Phillips Udemy (currently $14) https://www.udemy.com/course/pmp-pmbok6-35-pdus/
2). This book of practice question comes with access to online simulation tests (kindle/ebook $10) https://www.amazon.com/Project-Management-Practice-Questions-Certification-ebook/dp/B07XV1N9VJ
1 points • softballcoach82
Project Management Professional Exam Prep Seminar - PMBOK Guide 6. Price: $12.99
>Earn 35 PDUs/Contact Hours needed to take the PMP cert exam by completing the entire course
>You will get all the resources you need to pass the PMI PMP certification exam.
>You will earn 35 exam contact hours from a PMI Registered Education Provider.
>You will be able to discuss the PMBOK Guide 6th edition with confidence.
>Explain the project management processes
>Discuss the project management knowledge areas
>Demonstrate the formulas, charts, and theories of project management
>Calculate float for complex project network diagrams
>Memorize the formulas for earned value management
>Compare and contrast processes, knowledge areas, theories, and project management best practices
>Complete hands-on assignments and exercises
1 points • bookman9
Joe's udemy offers good value for the money, its a available now for $14, and can always be found on sale on Udemy.
The prep classes and simulators advertised on pmi.org are wayyy over priced. pmtrain, prepcast, etc. just too expensive, not worth the money.
here is the winning combo, total $25:
1). Joe Phillips Udemy (currently $14) https://www.udemy.com/course/pmp-pmbok6-35-pdus/
2). This book of practice question comes with access to online simulation tests (kindle/ebook $10) https://www.amazon.com/Project-Management-Practice-Questions-Certification-ebook/dp/B07XV1N9VJ
Joe's Udemy has review questions that are accurate and correct, but are not challenging enough, nor do they explore the depth and situational nature of actual PMP exam questions.
The recommended book will supplement nicely by providing the questions in style, format and content of the real exam. Definitely worth a $25 investment for both.
1 points • dontcallmebanana
>ook Joseph Phillips class on Udemy. Just wait for a deal, should be able to get the class under $15 and it will fulfill your education requirement. I passed PMP with all 5s just taki
thanks! was it this course you took? https://www.udemy.com/course/pmp-pmbok6-35-pdus/
1 points • UXPM20
I'm sorry BUT at least you now know how the questions are. Like u/andmypurplecrayon said, it really is about knowing which process you're in and the next step you should take. Take a look at your score report on Pearson and you will see where you excelled vs where you didn't. This quick and inexpensive boot-camp https://www.udemy.com/course/pmp-pmbok6-35-pdus/ helped to jog my memory quite a bit. Enjoy your drink and I think just taking the exam counts as an accomplishment! You'll ace it next time:)
1 points • dwlax1
Not aware of local PMP classes, but I’d highly recommend this course in place of classes: Joseph Phillips’ Udemy Course
This online course is ~$10 and fulfills the 35 hours of education for the exam. I also highly recommend checking out the r/PMP subreddit. Lots of tips and tricks, but also study plans and other resources. Happy to help with any questions you may have!
1 points • TomNooktheSaltyCrook
I can't speak at all to the link you posted, but I know many people who used Joseph Phillips' Exam Prep on Udemy. He does a great job with the content if you're new to it and you can get the 35 Contact Hours. My only complaint is that he's a little slow but you can speed the videos up on the site. https://www.udemy.com/course/pmp-pmbok6-35-pdus/
3 points • reigncloud83
Passed CAPM Above Target! ITTOs, Exam Prep & Online Proctor Experience
I officially passed my CAPM exam yesterday and wanted to share my exam prep and the online exam experience.
EXAM PREP MATERIALS:
PMP Exam Prep Seminar - Joseph Phillips, Udemy - 35 PDU Hours
- I highly recommend this course. Joseph does a great job in following the flow of the PMBOK 6th Edition and even takes time to elaborate on key concepts associated with the knowledge areas and ITTOs. (This will come in handy when you're clarifying concepts during your final prep leading up to the exam.)
- Udemy usually has a sale on this class every so often. I purchased it for $13.99 and it fulfilled the hours needed.
- I highly suggest completing the provided CAPM exam outline while you're going through the class. The actual exam 10000% covers all of these topics. If you can hit these items with confidence, I'd say you're ready.
- Definitely learn the knowledge area, process group chart that shows the order of processes. This will help you to strategically think through questions
- I bought the full 800-question packet and this helped me take quick quizzes on the go and build them out to focus on certain areas. The ITTO questions in particular felt most like the exam.
- These exams were very much situation-based and helped for the few seen on the exam, and practice critically thinking through a question.
- I chose not to pay for this service but took advantage of the free 15-question exams (3 total). You'll need an email to access them and it's only available for a week. I suggest using these the week prior to your exam for final prep. These questions looked the closest to the exam, but I'd definitely recommend using PocketPrep as well.
- There are a lot of terms to familiarize yourself with, especially when it comes to the ITTOs. Using sets to help understand the terms and match ITTOs was a game-changer.
- Lastly, I'd recommend snatching up the free resources offered by this group. I ended up using their ITTOs spreadsheet and full practice exam (which was also super similar to the exam).
- For the ITTOs I customized my spreadsheet by creating "slicers" in excel so I could easily filter and be able to see how the ITTOs, knowledge areas, and process groups were interconnected. Did I memorize them? No. It's practically impossible. But I focused on trends and any unique ITTOs like "quality metrics" or "simulations".
NOTE: I chose to gather exam questions from multiple sources in order to diversify the types and styles of questions I might encounter on the actual exam. It really helped to see questions asked in a variety of ways so the exam wasn't a complete shock.
ONLINE EXAM EXPERIENCE
Scheduling: I scheduled my exam five days in advance. I made sure to test the PearsonVUE software on the computer I planned to use a few days before just to be sure. As a suggestion, definitely take practice exams from the same space you'll be testing in.
Sign-in Process - I signed in 30min prior to my exam and received a proctor right away. After a few clarifying questions, my exam started 15min before my original time which was okay with me. So just be prepared that if you sign in early, you could very well start your exam right away
Proctors: The communication between you and a proctor is exclusively done through a chat window. While they are able to hear and see you, you can't see or hear them. I'd put my hand on my mouth while thinking through a question and got called out for it. And rightfully so, I'm sure they've had some created cheaters lol. But just know, they're watching lol.
You'll feel like you're failing: It's true what everyone says...I felt like I was failing the first 50 questions in. It was around question 75 that it seems like the questions suddenly "let up" and I settled into a groove. I made sure to flag any questions I was concerned about. I had an hour left (out of the three given) when I reached question 150. So I took that time to review all of my flagged answers.
Scratch Paper and Calculator: There were only two problems where I needed a calculator and that's provided for you in the program. There is a whiteboard provided in the program for a knowledge dump but it's not exactly the easiest thing to navigate. I found that if I created a text box, wrote in it, and then clicked away, the system wouldn't allow me to edit anything in the text box.
Results: Once I ended my exam I received a message saying "Congratulations! You've earned...you'll receive detailed results in 1-3 business days". I practically convinced myself I still failed, but I received my results in an email the next morning with those four magical letters, PASS. So if this happens to you, you should be good!
Hope this helps other CAPM candidates!! I know I was on Reddit daily reading about others' experiences and it was extremely helpful.
1 points • superhaus
1 points • cwcontreras
Sorry for not elaborating sooner....I'm still soaking in this victory as it seems so surreal, I'm sure that's a feeling many of you can relate to.
- Don't procrastinate and create a study plan.
- Scroll down to see the resources I used and make sure you schedule an exam date as soon as possible and plan your studying back from that date.
- The exam will test critical thinking on the processes so memorizing things won't do much help. Be resilient in your studying and be confident on the exam.
- Take as many quiz questions as possible and definitely take the mock PMP on PMI
- You can do this!!
So how I did it....
Preface: I've been a Project Manager for over 6 years now, and have recently been promoted to Sr. Project Manager. I've had experience in managing projects and teams, but one thing I was told, and will relay on to anyone taking the exam, is do not base situational your answers on work experience. The PMP tests you on PMBOK knowledge and processes, not how you've handled similar situations in real life.
January - June 2020:
With that out of the way, my journey started at the beginning of 2020 when COVID hit. I was looking for that next step in my career and since I really enjoy project management, I decided to take the leap to become PMP certified.
As you can tell, I really procrastinated here and took my time.....you'll later see what that's a bad idea
July - September 2020:
This is when I decided to really get serious and get a plan together. Among the various resources out there, I decided to use:
- Joseph Phillips Udemy course to gain my 35 PDU's. He does an incredible job explaining all the domains and processes in a way that make sense.
Once I completed this, I submitted everything to PMI for review so I could schedule my exam.
October - November 2020:
Once my exam was scheduled, originally for 11/18/20, I got to work! I used as much time as possible studying, understanding the concepts and key phrases.
Due to a curveball in life, I ultimately had to postpone my exam from 11/18 until 12/18, and I couldn't be happier that I did. Believe me, you want to feel confident going into the exam, and at that point I was not.
This was also the first time I heard the format would be changing for 2021 so I wanted to ensure I passed before that happened!
November - December 2020:
Now that I had a firm date scheduled and no looking back, I really got after it. Literally spent every waking minute outside of work and family time looking over this material.....I had to say "no" to many friends and fun things because this was my top priority.
A few resources that I can't stress enough:
- Ricardo Vargas' YT video explaining the processes and how to go about reading the PMBOK
- I personally read the PMBOK cover to cover once
- Andy Crowe's book "How To Pass On Your First Try" was my daily bible and reference, had this with me everywhere I went
- PrepCast is an amazing source for quiz and test exam questions as well
- Mock PMP exam on PMI site (first attempt 74%, second attempt 86%)
Exam Day 12/18/20:
The time has finally come. The day of the exam I literally did nothing....my exam wasn't until 3:30p so I had time to decompress and relax before sitting for 4hrs.
I logged into my exam 30m early and submitted my info for review. I was told it would start in 15m.....20m goes by and I get a pop up stating I may have to reschedule due to technical difficulties.....I WAS FREAKING OUT!
Luckily the proctor came on and said he would begin the exam shortly....whew.
I took my time, read through each question and answer and marked those that were length or involved drawing. I came back to those later.
I didn't take a break and took a deep breath before clicking "Exit Exam"......the moment of truth....
A blank loading screen.....then I see a screen with a few lines of text and all I could focus on was the work "Congratulations!"
The journey has ended, and a bigger has begin!!
1 points • the_latebloomer
Don't give up. Take some time to recover and get back at it. I will recommend you get PrepCast. Joseph Phillps - https://www.udemy.com/course/pmp-pmbok6-35-pdus/ and Ricardo Vargas - https://ricardo-vargas.com/pmbok6-processes-flow/ . Watch the Joseph Philips videos on each knowledge area then take quizzes in prepcast. After all the knowledge areas take a full exam or 60 -100 question timed quiz on all areas. Review the questions you got wrong or guessed (mark guessed questions). Keep your head up. You can do this.
1 points • SprayingFlea
Yeah, I was fortunate in that my work reimbursed me for the expenses. My GreyCampus instructor was excellent, but you don't need to go through an expensive training course - I've head good things about the udemy course (see link below).
Here's the link to the PMI practice exam. The catch is you need to be a PMI member. I'd suggest signing up to PMI when you submit your PMP application (it's like $10 or something). And then trying the PMI practice exam after you've signed up!
1 points • FreeBirdMinimalistAZ
1 points • bnb506
PASSED thanks to this group AT/AT/AT/AT/AT
Just wanted to thank this group for your help! This group's resources really helped me passed the test.
I feel I did overstudy. I did this in less than 2 months.
Here's what I did:
Like everyone to get my 35 PDUs, I signed up to Joseph Phillips Course and rushed through it for my application: https://www.udemy.com/course/pmp-pmbok6-35-pdus/learn/lecture/8346818?start=0#overview
- I read Rita's book and by chapter 8, I had to stop because I felt it was long and didn't break down the ITTOs for me in clear and concise way for me. Mock questions were overly confusing/complicated and not at all comparable to what was on the exam.
- I switched to Andy Crowe's book. It was a definitely easier to read especially for all ITTOs. However I felt the details were lacking. Mock questions were easier than expected. I made flashcards for every Process with all ITTOs and detailed what each ITTO does.
- I signed up to Prepcast: https://www.project-management-prepcast.com/ After every Knowledge Group flash card was done, I attempted to understand and memorize and did 10 questions. To memorize, I would basically write down by memory and fill in the blanks I was missing because I'm not an auditory learner. On weekends, I did one 4 hour exam and reviewed all marked and incorrect questions. Also - I saw what KA areas I had trouble with during the mock exams and restudied and did another 10 question quizzes to reinforce.
Overall, I did 4 full exams before I did the real deal. I do feel that the questions on Prepcast were WAY more complicated than the actual exam. It seemed to intentionally trip you up on question structure rather than the content itself. So I personally failed first 2 exams. I think it's a double edged sword: it scared me to death to study even harder and read questions carefully, but it's definitely harder than the actual exam itself
4) I feel like both Rita and Andy's book didn't have answers to all content I needed for the exam, so I had to self source via google. Here are the main pages I had used:
a) https://edward-designer.com/web/pmp-easily-confused-terms/ - Amazing website overall. His notes per each KA helped and this specific page.
b) https://www.pmsimulatorapp.com/navigator - Trying to understand ITTO further
c) http://www.acethepmpexam.com/ppe/index.html - ITTO resource
5) On my last few days, I did actually viewed Joseph Philip's video and wish I watched it earlier. It did help as a supplement the "holes" that Andy and Rita didn't provide https://www.udemy.com/course/pmp-pmbok6-35-pdus/learn/lecture/8346818?start=0#overview
You can strike through or highlight parts of the questions or answers. You don't see the proctor., it's just a video of you being recorded. Whiteboard is available for notes. Calculator is available too.
Hope this helps! Good luck to you all!