Paul, who has been involved in project management for over 30 years, decided to become PMP(r), so that he could get some formal education in project management. He passed the ExamsPM’s PMP (r) exam prep course in just 4 weeks.
[/one_third_first][two_third_last]This is his story.
Paul was a logistics support officer in the US military with many project management responsibilities. He retired and went into the private sector to perform a similar job.
He was a long-serving project manager, but he didn’t have the formal education or title of “project manager”. This was a huge setback for his career. [/two_third_last]
He wanted to be certified to help him in the job market. He started an online search to find prep courses that would help him pass the exam. He discovered ExamsPM and has never looked back.
Paul completed the ExamsPM’s PMP(r), course in 4 weeks. He made sure to complete all the practice exams before taking his exam.
He felt that they helped him assess his current level of understanding and he stated that without the immersion, exams and repetition of key elements, it would have been difficult for him to absorb all the relevant information.
He said that there is a lot of misinformation on the internet about the PMP(r), Exam, and ExamsPM really helped clarify where to focus.
Paul’s Lessons Learned
[one_half_first][/one_half_first][one_half_last]#1: Utilize the ExamsPM course alongside your formal study courses early on. Register here for a 1.5 hour class and learn how to become certified within the next 6 weeks.
#2: Make sure you review the Process Chart. It shows how processes work together to complete a project.
#3: Repetition is key. Continue to study and keep track of the steps. [/one_half_last]
Study Plan
Paul immersed himself daily in the program. He set aside a time and was consistent.
He applied the strategy he learned in the military in backwards planning: He worked backwards from the exam date to determine how much time he needed to complete the course on time.
Flashcards were also used by him to aid in his learning.
Exam Day
Paul arrived at the exam site an hour early, and spent time reviewing his notes. He arrived 15 minutes early, and said that it was a good thing, as it took quite a while to process the exam.
He was required to empty his pockets, and they even took out his earring! He was then required to sign a log detailing the current time.
It took him another 10 minutes to get comfortable at a desk.
A tutorial was provided that showed how to navigate the website, test and program. Paul points out that you can mark a question to continue on to the next question if you aren’t sure. You can return to the question later.
This is a great strategy, as he points out that sometimes the answer to a question you are unsure of might be found in a later question.
He warns that you should not press the End Exam button, but rather hit Review to go back and answer any questions you may have missed.
Once he was certain that the exam was completed, he hit End Exam. A few minutes later, it processed and displayed his result.
He raised his hand, and was escorted outside where he received his printout with the official seal.
Paul states that he found the exam too wordy. He suggests reading through each question and asking yourself the real questions.
Write the question on the provided scratchpad. To eliminate incorrect answers, he used the right click strikethrough mouse function.
This helped him to focus and find the right answer. He said that if you put in the effort and complete the course, you will find the right answer.
Paul’s parting words:
You can get it if you really want it. This course was a great investment. I don’t think I would have been as successful without it. Keep your cool.