Featured PMP Exam Lessons Learned from Tsubasa Hikage, PMP

Lesson LearnedThis week's featured lessons learned comes to us courtesy of Tsubasa Hikage.

Tsubasa Hikage passed the PMP exam last March 17, 2014. Learn some of what he noticed while he was preparing for PMP exam in terms of study tip and taking exam technique...

<Study Tip>
It might be worth it to concentrate on process groups which have higher percentage of emergence. Particularly, if we find result of exam simulation 'below proficient' on initiation and closure process group, it does not mean that we must improve them immediately because frequency of them are lower them the others.

<Taking Exam Technique>
It was necessary for non-English speaker like me to improve skimming skill of questions in order to finish the exam on time.
To mention more detail, I decided to read last sentence of question and multiple choice answers first so that I can estimate required information to grasp further...

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Free PMP Exam Sample Question

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You are currently performing process analysis for your project and you are following the steps outlined in the process improvement plan to identify needed improvements. You are examining problems that have surfaced, constraints experienced, and non-value-added activities identified during process execution. You are analyzing a sample of readings from the processes. If you need to decrease your confidence interval for your measurements, what should you do regarding the sample size you have selected?

A. You should increase the sample size to decrease the confidence interval
B. You should decrease the sample size to decrease the confidence interval
C. You should keep the same sample size since it does not have any effect on the confidence interval
D. You should keep the same sample size but decrease the number of measurements in the sample


Hint: Confidence interval is the range of statistical values within which a result is expected to fall with a specific probability.


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Answer and Explanation:

The Correct Answer is A.

Confidence interval is the range of statistical values within which a result is expected to fall with a specific probability. A confidence interval (CI) is a particular kind of interval estimate of a population parameter. Instead of estimating the parameter by a single value, an interval likely to include the parameter is given. In this way, confidence intervals are used to indicate the reliability of an estimate. The smaller the confidence interval, the more accurate the measurement is. Therefore, if we want to decrease the confidence interval, i.e. we want a closer estimate, we need to increase the sample size.



Freebie Friday: Five PMP® Exam Formulas Explained

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To help you with the 49 formulas that you need to learn for the PMP Exam, here's a free slideshow of Five PMP Exam Formulas Explained. It offers a break down of Basic Earned Value Formulas, PERT, Early/Late Start and Finish, Net Present Value and Median and Mode for simpler understanding.

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PMP Exam Tip - Assess Your PMP Exam Readiness with Free Sample Exams


Depositphotos 11240788 xsThe Internet is full of sites and blogs that help you prepare for the PMP Exam. As part of your PMP Exam Prep, you should take advantage of the many free, online sample exams. These will help you assess your readiness to take the actual exam.

Whether you can or cannot find time and money to enroll in a formal, classroom-style PMP Exam Prep course, answering hundreds (even thousands) of PMP Exam sample questions is a must. In the first few weeks of your PMP Exam Studies. it's OK to use just the free ones offered by various sources. These questions  prepare you for the rigors of the actual examination for your certification and give you some idea of what to expect. While these do not necessarily reflect actual test questions, they can provide tips and guides to properly respond to any question that may come your way on the "real" exam. The free questions help you to sharpen your knowledge and identify areas where you need to study more.

However, after some weeks you will not only tire of constantly searching for new free questions. You will also begin to notice that free questions are not always of the same quality. Some are excellent, some are OK and many are really bad. That is the moment when you have to consider signing up for a PMP Exam Simulator. Yes, subscribing to such a simulator is going to take some money, but in the end, your goal should be to pass the exam. Invest this money into being well prepared for the exam.

So when taking courses for your PMP Exam preparations, make sure that you get at least some free test questions offered by these courses. Together with the free sample questions on the internet and the ones of your PMP Exam Simulator you will be able to prepare yourself well.



Featured PMP Exam Lessons Learned from Leslie Craw, PMP


Lessons-LearnedThis week's featured lessons learned comes to us courtesy of Leslie Craw, PMP.

In today's lesson learned Leslie Craw is very proud to share her story on how she prepared and succeed the PMP exam.

I passed the exam on the first try. It was a challenging exam, I'm glad that I gave as much study time and effort as I did. Over a period of 2.5 months, I did the following:

1) I needed the 35 credit hours, so I took the PM Prepcast. It was excellent and comprehensive - I steadily did about an hour a day until I finished all the lessons (took about 2 months). I took notes throughout all the lessons, and then referred back to them, but in a casual way. I didn't study them like crazy, I took the approach that just writing things down was helping me to cement the ideas and thoughts, and then referred back to them as I had time before the test.

2) I used Andy Crowe's "The PMP Exam: How to Pass the PMP on your first Try" extensively - easy and enjoyable to read, great test prep questions. I did NOT read the PMBOK cover to back, I just couldn't read more than a page at a time, it was too dry. So, just used it for reference/clarification purposes. I did try to study the glossary as much as I could.

3) I used the PM Prepcast Exam Simulator (free and paid) - this was excellent and prepared me for the actual test situation. I took 6 of the 9 tests (with the paid subscription)....

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