Experience from PMBOK 5th edition based PMP Exam

A picture is worth a thousand words. Well 2 pictures actually… PMP Exam based on 5th was a happy experience for Gaurav. He completed his 35 hours training based on 4th edition under my guidance. Here is what he shared with the group that I moderate.
I am happy to announce that I cleared PMP exam on last Monday, 2nd September.
I am from Aug 2012 Batch, and couldn’t give the exam last year due to several personal and professional commitments( including some contribution of lethargy J)
Many thanks to Praveen Sir and the contributors to Yahoo group with valuable suggestions. I found him one of the best trainers on the subject.
I would also like to thank Ritu Arora and Amandeep Singh for helping me with the reference material and valuable tips which helped me immensely to clear the exam.
My Study Plan was as follows :
èRead the Headfirst Book( acc to PMBOK 4) during the PMP training last yr.
èStarted studying again in July 2013, and read Head First PMP again for refresher( It’s a good book to start with I must say).
èCompleted PMP Exam Prep by Rita Mulcahy PMBOK 5 version and completed all questions at the end of each chapter.
èGave a full length PMP exam using Rita Mulcahys PM FasTrack and scored around 65%. I knew there was more to GO and study.
èCompleted PMBOK 5, and gave a KA based test from Scordo after end of each Chapter.
èMock Tests, Mock Tests and Some more Mock Tests : Olivier Lehman, Cornelius Fichtner, Scordo Exam 11-18 from the 2013 Edition( available on PMI E-reads section now), PMP Guide by Andy Crowe.
èFound Most Useful: Olivier Lehman
èReferred back mainly to PMBOK 5 for all questions got wrong during the mock tests.
èPracticed timing during full length mock tests : Very Important to complete the test in 3:30 Hours to leave Half hour for review. That means  not more than 1 min for each question on an average.
èLast Day Prep : All Formulas revision.
During the Exam:
èReached Prometric Center in Gurgaon half hour early, and spend the time in a café on ground floor for a good coffee J
èIn first 15 minutes I noted down all formulas and PMBOK process group and knowledge area mapping chart( Very Useful)
èMany questions were based on EVM calculations  and several questions on Commmunication channels.
èMany questions on the planning Processes which are added new in PMBOK 5.
èNot many questions on Newly added Stakeholder’s management or Professional and Social Responsibility( at least for me)
èAlmost 30% of the questions were same as in Olivier Lehman and Cornelius Fichtner and Scordo  prep exam.
èCompleted the exam in 3:30 Hours, took two 10 mins break after every 100 questions, and spend the last half hour for the “marked for review” questions( around 25).
èTo end with, I wish all the PMP aspirants all the very best for their exam !!
è And, do fix up a date quickly as I found it to be the best motivator for studying J
Gaurav Kumar


January 2014 Update: We have discontinued the Yahoo Group. You can join PMP discussion forum on Linkedin and post your questions.

February 2016 Update: PMI used to have a eReads section on their website. It had wealth of knowledge material. eReads had about 1000 free sample exam questions from Christopher Scordo. These questions were considered to be the Gold Standard for the Exam. Unfortunately PMI has taken off this section after January 2016. But, if you want, you can click here to buy Christopher Scordo’s PMP Practice Exams directly from his website. Before you buy, you can also look at my article that compares 6 popular PMP exam simulators to read more about Christopher Scordo’s simulator.

Good luck to all the aspirants.

Praveen Malik, PMP is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®) with a rich 20+ years of experience. He is a leading Project Management Instructor and Consultant. He regularly conducts Project Management workshops in India & abroad.

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