My 2 Cents to all aspirants
Preparation Time : 2 months . Yes people 2 months at maximum is all that you need to clear this exam . You need to spend at least 4-5 hours a day in those two months .I spent little less than that during the weekdays joggling work and family .But I did spend up to 6 hours on the most weekends during those two months .During these two months be on war footing mode , divorce your spouse if married (no triple talaq please.. else PMI will have to mail your certificate to local jail send kids to in laws if you have or some anath ashram ..kidding folks ..
Materials : I read PMBOK twice and refereed to few topics more than that . PLEASE do not ignore PMBOK . In fact i would go the extent of saying do not read any other books besides PMBOK not even Rita Mulchany which I think is highly overrated book. Besides PMBOK I of course listened to all videos of pmp prep course more than once on few topics . Those materials and PMBOK is sufficient to clear exam . Not reading PMBOK will be a big mistake ! . I had PMBOK 6th edition as well from my membership so I refereed to that as well for few topics though content is more or less the same but gives more agile perspective .. you don't have to ! . Please do not refer to 10 different materials for exam , it will only distract you and confuse you more . Stick to PMBOK guide that's what you will be TESTED on .
About the exam : Firstly its brutal 4 hours for sure . Questions were as tough as izenbridge mock exams if not more tough . If you are scoring 80 -85 % consistently in izenbridge mock than you will 100 % pass exam but be consistent and be honest to yourself and also please review wrong answers its more important than giving 10 different mock exams . Don't panic there were very easy questions too . Please do not mug up ITTOs . It will not help you at all . Understanding the ITTOs is very important though as the entire PMBOK revolves around it someway or the other . So understand ITTOs rather than trying to memorize it . I will be surprised if you can answer any questions simply by memorizing ITTOs as question tests you like you are a professional and not as some class 6 student who has to memorize poem .Most questions were situational for me . First 10 -15 questions were really tough , I wounder if this is done purposely to try your nerves but please do not panic , just mark them and proceed if you don't know answer .Do not let time control you , having time to review marked questions later could be difference between pass and fail so please try to keep aside 30 mins for review if not more . I had around 40 mins to review questions and that really helped me a LOT .Besides this if you have any questions drop your questions here and I will try to answer them for you .
I wish you all the best