Lessons learned towards becoming a Project Management Professional (PMP)® shared to us by PM PrepCast student Barry Brandt, PMP.
"First, I wish I found PM PrepCast earlier in my studies. I got the simulator a week before the test. Here are my tips.
- Take the timed simulators so you get used to taking 200 questions with some pressure. I was able to finish the simulators in around 2.5 to 3 hours but the real exam took me almost the full 4 hours with only one break.
- Mark all answers you are unsure of. I found most of the marked ones I got right and most of the questions I got wrong I didn't mark. So if on the real exam you aren't sure of the marked questions (if you have time to review them) usually your first choice is probably correct. I did change 2 that I was sure were wrong on the exam.
- When reviewing the marked and wrong answers after the simulated exam read the referenced A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) page that the answer gives you. It's a great way to study the PMBOK® Guide and also the answers will make more sense. I suggest reading the PMBOK® Guide (not the most exciting read) at least once before trying the simulator. Another book is Rita Mulcahy's Exam Prep. Do her Process game.
- Know your ITTO's! Not memorize (though know what each one means) them but know the processes very well and the sequence of what comes first so you will be able to logically answer the situational questions and figure out the ITTO being asked about..."