Featured PMP Exam Lessons Learned from Michael Hammer, PMP

PMP exam lessons learnedLessons learned and details on the road to becoming PMP shared to us by Michael Hammer, PMP.

I'm glad to say I passed the PMP exam yesterday on my first try.

Here are the key things that helped me on this effort.

In brief: Read the PMBOK and Head First PMP, come to understand EVM, Use a study coach program, take all of the practice tests you can!! Especially the 4 hour 200 question versions.

Here are more details on why I say this:

I didn't use the rita mulcahy book, I didn't like her writing style and found her to be demeaning. I was a little concerned about this as its a popular option. I used the Head First PMP Book. Its a much better read and not discouraging. I read through it entirely along with the PMBOK. Read a chapter in PMBOK, follow up in Head First.

EVM - This is a big part of the test, but isn't hard as long as you come to understand EVM. In fact, I looked forward to these as its simple math and a "gimme" question. If you don't understand EVM, look at the Head First PMP book's explaination!! This book's explanation of EVM was KEY to my success. I haven't found a better explanation ANYWHERE. Even if you don't use this book in it entirety, at least review its explanation of EVM. EVM totally made sense after I read through this. Having said that, you will need to remember the formulas. This is easily done if you start creating your mind dump sheet a few months a head of taking the test and writing it down every day.

Study Coach - I studied for this on my own. No crash coarses. I struggled on my to create a study schedule and plan. I had already read the PMBOK and Head First Book but didn't feel prepared. I then signed up for the study coach from www.project-management-study-coach.com/. This was a GREAT help. Not only do they give you a schedule, but many videos and extra material. You get many emails to keep you going and on track.

Read more here: https://www.project-management-prepcast.com/kunena/lessons-learned/4064-passed-may-18th-2015

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PMP Exam Tip: Answer at least 1,000 Sample Questions

PMP exam tipOne of the important aspects of preparing for your PMP Certification is going through a process of answering a series of sample questions that are purposely meant to test your readiness for the big day. As you may already have realized, studying for the exam requires a lot of work, including taking numerous sample tests to find out if you can cope with the question format of the actual exam.

This is why we recommend that you take at least 1,000 PMP exam sample questions. This means that you simulate a complete 4 hours exam to gauge your ability to finish the actual exam on time. As a general rule of thumb: If you are able to correctly answer at least 85% or more of the practice questions on your first try, then you are ready for the PMP Certification Exam.

It is important that you take these full sample exams as they prepare you for the rigors of the exam day, and the type of questions that will be asked. It is even possible that you will encounter questions similar to the ones on your sample tests during the actual exam.

Remember that PMI does not release the actual number of questions that you need to answer correctly in order to pass. You can read up on the exact scoring system in the PMP Handbook. The best that you can do is to take a shot at practicing with sample exams. That helps you to get prepared.

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Free PMP Exam Sample Question

PMP exam sample questionPlanned Value = 30,000 Euro. Earned Value = 29,000 Euro. Which of the following statements is true about your project?

A. CPI = 0.96
B. The project is ahead of schedule
C. The project has a positive cost variance
D. The project is behind schedule

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HINT: Calculate SV.
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Answer and Explanation:

The correct answer is D.

A Planned Value that is greater than Earned Value shows that you are not where you had planned to be on your schedule. If you calculate the SPI (EV/PV) you will find that it is 0.96, indicating that you are behind schedule.

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