Passed PMP Exam on 2nd Attempt (28th September)

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Passed PMP Exam on 2nd Attempt (28th September)

Postby ganavel9783 Thu Sep 29, 2016 4:00 am

Hi iZenbridge team,

I cleared my PMP exam on 28th September. What a relieve to see the "Congratulations" message on the screen!
I would like to Thank the iZenbridge team especially Mr.Saket and Mr.Manish for their valuable videos on Youtube and the forum discussions.
I'll post the lesson learnt the soonest possible.

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Re: Passed PMP Exam on 2nd Attempt (28th September)

Postby manishpn Thu Sep 29, 2016 7:19 am

Hi Ganavel,

Great to know and wish you all the best
Enjoy your moment and do share your experience for benifit of others
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Re: Passed PMP Exam on 2nd Attempt (28th September)

Postby jyotimayank Fri Sep 30, 2016 6:26 am

Heartiest Congratulations!! Ganavel
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Re: Passed PMP Exam on 2nd Attempt (28th September)

Postby ganavel9783 Tue Oct 11, 2016 4:29 pm

Sorry for the delay to post my lessons learnt. For my 2nd attempt I took 3 months to prepare.

Study Materials (1.5 months):
1) Rita’s PMP Exam Prep Book & Hot Topics (Took 1 month to finish studying).
2) PMBOK, went through for 2 weeks (found it to be very boring).
3) Izenbridge videos

Practice for Exams (1.5 months):
1) Rita’s Chapter end questions
2) Free questions over various PMP exam preparation websites
3) PM Exam Simulator by Prepcast
4) iZenBridge Free Exam Simulators
4) Oliver Lehman 75Qs + 175Qs:
As my scores for my exams averaged around 80%, I felt it was ready for the exam. Although the studying part at the beginning was done smoothly, I uncovered substantial amount of gaps when I tried the mock exams. That’s where I worked on many weak areas.

2nd Attempt Exam Day (28th September 2016):
1) Someone shared about the Test Drive so I did the same 1 day before my exam day so I don’t repeat the same blunders that I’ve made in my 1st attempt.
2) Went an hour early to the exam center. Waited for my turn to be seated for the exam.
3) Did the dump sheet during the 15 mins tutorial.
4) There is a feature to highlight text using left click of the mouse and you can strikeout text or the answer options using the right click of the mouse.
5) Usually for my mock exams I can finish within 3.25 to 3.5 hours but in the real exam I took 3 hours and 55 mins. I marked around 65 questions. I never had the chance to go through the marked questions. However, for each of the marked questions I took some time to choose the best answer. Basically for this type of questions I’ll try to identify first in which process is the question referring to? And from there I can figure out the best answer for these marked questions.
6) The questions were mostly situational (What PM should do FIRST, NEXT, BEFORE, TO PREVENT). About 10 questions requires calculation (6 EVM, 1 PERT, 2 Network diagrams, 1 communication channels).
7) A lot of questions on Change management, Project Charter, Project Closure, Project Stakeholder Mgt, Project Risk Mgt, Project Communications Mgt, Project HR Mgt.
8 ) 2 questions on Tuckman Model based on situation of the team
9) 4 to 5 questions on Estimation Techniques (Analogous, Parametric, Beta Distribution)
10) About 3 to 4 questions on 7 Basic Quality Tools (Control Chart, Pareto)
11) 3 to 4 questions on direct ITTOs.
12) For the exam, I requested for the ear plugs so that I could focus better and not distracted by other test takers.
13) Be sure to test your physical calculator before entering the cube. Mine ran out of battery even b4 the exam started! I requested to change the calculator.
14) I didn’t go to the washroom during the 4 hours. I fully utilize all the time I had.
14) Once the time became zero, I waited anxiously and was happy to see the “Congratulations” message. That was such a huge relief.

My advice to PMP aspirants are the following:
1) Plan for your studies and cover every page. Don’t skip any pages on your 1st cycle of reading. Use a study material in parallel with the PMBOK. Also do go through the Exam Content Outline from PMI to check the changes that was made into effect on 11th January 2016 exam onwards.
2) Practice a lot of mock exams. This is vital, you will learn the most here and will uncover your gaps for further improvement. I personally solved over 2500+ questions before the exam.
That’s all I have. If you have any further queries, please drop me an email at or add me in Linkedin.
Thanks to the iZenbridge team who have offered so many informative and useful videos and blogs.
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Re: Passed PMP Exam on 2nd Attempt (28th September)

Postby seema.sonkiya Wed Oct 19, 2016 9:30 am


Thanks for sharing the lesson learned here.

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