3 Must Follow Tips To Succeed In PMP Mock Exams And Certification Test

In this post you will find some good sources of PMP mock Exams and tips to succeed in the real test. This is the second part of the multi-part post wherein I have shared Brad Ferrell’s PMP exam prep experience in his own words. In this part he talks about the importance of practice questions and shares why he chose Christopher Scordo PMP Mock Questions over the other sources. He has also shares his first scores in the PMP mock exams.

Previous Post – How To Use The PMBOK Guide For Exam Preparation?

Brad Ferrell is part of the PMP prep Linked group that I moderate. He shared his PMP experience notes on the group. I requested him if I can share his notes with the blog readers. He kindly acceded to my request. I wish him good luck for the future. Here is Brad’s experience in his own words.

PMP Mock Exams Sources

Now it was time to research and find the best PMP exam prep material that would assist with my studying. At the time, I was just looking for practice exam questions which would help:

  1. Give me mental repetitions of how long I should be spending on each question. Am I taking around a minute on most questions or am I taking 2-3 minutes?
  2. Give me an idea what some of the calculation questions will look like. That is, questions regarding earned value analysis, float time, and critical path.
  3. Show me which knowledge areas I need to improve.
  4. Improve my mental capacity in answer exam questions under duress.

So as I researched the best prep material on the market, some of the popular names that stood out were Rita Mulcahy’s PMP Exam Prep 8th Edition & Kim Heldman’s PMP® Guide. There are numerous resources out there and some are better than others. In fact, here is an article comparing Rita’s & Kim’s guides.

It basically comes down to what your needs are and the type of budget you’re on. If you’re trying to stretch a dollar, then you’ve come to the right place. In the end of I decided to go with Christopher Scordo’s PMP Exam Prep for it contained 1000’s of exam questions and explanations.

Reading the reviews was interesting because much of the backlash were editorial and grammar mistakes in the explanations, but these were far few and in between in my opinion.

Before I dove in and starting taking all the exams in Christopher Scordo’s guide, I wanted to be fair to myself and read the entire PMBPOK. So throughout the entire month of July 2017, this is all I did. Even though I do try to read a book per month in my spare time, I would not consider myself a speed reader by any means. But if you stick with it, you should be able to read the PMBOK in a month. Since you’re really studying this book and not reading, I did have my highlighter(s) readily available and wrote in notes wherever necessary.

Christopher Scordo PMP Book

Once I absorbed the entire PMBOK like a sponge (sort of), it was time to move to Christopher Scordo’s exam guide starting in August 2017. This guide is structured in 18, 50 question increments, along with 11, 10 question quizzes. As a newbie taking exams at the time, I thought taking 50 question exams was fair starting point. As I got comfortable taking a 50 question exam in an hour (approximately a 1.2 minutes per question), I would move on to 75, 100, 100, 175 question practice exams. The 10 question quizzes were designated for each knowledge area which admittedly were less difficult than the practice exams. With all of this being said, this is how I scored taking each exam during the first run:

Mock Exam Score Quiz Score
1 68% Time Management 80%
2 59% Human Resources Management 60%
3 60% Project Framework 50%
4 64% Risk Management 90%
5 52% Scope Management 60%
6 76% Quality Management 70%
7 75% Stakeholder Management 80%
8 64% Cost Management 70%
9 66% Procurement Management 80%
10 61% Integration Management 60%
11 74% Communications Management 80%
12 64%
13 68%
14 50%
15 64%
16 72%
17 62%
18 66%
Average Score 65%

3 Essential Tips To Succeed In PMP Certification Exam

I didn’t knock it out of the park as you can see above, but in seeing the silver lining, I was able to get practice working under the pressure of a timer as well as see what areas needed improvement. Averaging 65% across the board isn’t going to get you a passing grade (allegedly), but there was still time and hope to correct my mistakes. Probably one of the biggest mistakes was not reading the question clearly. One word in the question could make a difference in a right or wrong answer. Knowing myself and reading blogs of recent test takers, my mental approach would be key in taking practice tests or the real exam. It would be critical that I:

  1. Be well-rested when answering exam questions. This is tough to do when you have four and five year old boys, as well as a full work schedule. My mind was racing constantly, especially in the middle of the night. Sleep was not my best friend.
  2. Have confidence. This comes through repetition and practice.
  3. Have a clear head, but be able to concentrate when reading the exam questions. Being well-rested helps promote this, but I can’t state it enough not to burn yourself out during exam prep. Pulling all-nighters days before your exam is not going to do you any favors. If after a few hours of studying and you reach the point of no returns, TAKE THE REST OF THE DAY OFF.

Study Material Used

PMP Exam Prep: Questions Answers & Explanations by Christopher Scordo

Over To You

Which PMP mock exams did you do? Or you intend to do? Did you practice using paid tests? Do you think paid tests improve chances of success?

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