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had marked around 10-15 question for review. I finished the question with around 15 minutes left. I reviewed as many questions as I could from the ones that I marked. Around 30 seconds left and I decided to just finish the exam. The screen went white and I was then prompted to fill out a survey. If I had not read others lessons learned to inform me to this, I would have thought the system had crashed. After filling out the survey, the screen went white again for about 5-10 seconds. I closed my eyes and prayed to God that I would have succeeded. The screen came up and said CONGRATULATIONS on passing the PMP. I was so excited that I started to get all teary. I had put so much into this test and it was one of the most challenging exams that I had taken, both mentally and physically. I look forward to building on what I have learned from this experience and becoming a greater Project Manager. Lynn Massimo got a new three letter suffix - PMP - to her name yesterday. She sent me this message today. Going by the post, she must have drafted it before she passed the exam because nobody can write such a well crafted, elaborate, informative and useful message, within a day. Here's what Lynn had to say: Hello, Thank you so much for this site. I am happy to report I passed the PMP exam yesterday after 6 weeks of full-time study. I am thrilled to share my Lessons Learned and hope you'll post them. Lessons Learned - PMP in 6 weeksFirst let me say I was not working full-time while studying. What I covered in this time was done so by studying about 4-6 hours per day, everyday (yes, weekends too) for 5 weeks. Then 4 days of exam prep boot camp totaling about 12 hours per day (10 hours in class, plus reading 30 minutes each way on the train, plus 1 hour homework). If you‟re working full-time, 6 weeks to PMP may not be realistic. At a high level my approach was: 1. Self-study for 5 weeks pretty much full-time including weekends. 2. Boot camp class for 4 days at the end of self study. 3. Took exam 3 days immediately following boot camp prep class.
Collection from -- 84 Key lessons learned Read each knowledge area first in an exam prep book(s) then read the same material in the PMBOK. The best source for understanding Earned Value Management was Rita‟s book. The best source for understanding how to calculate float, Critical Path, forward/backward pass was Sir Ganttalot on YouTube. Rita‟s process chart is overrated. I never studied it. I repeat… it‟s overrated!Rita‟s Fastrack software is expensive but worth itbecause you can take exams comprised of only the knowledge area you are focused on at the time so you can practice questions that match/exceed the difficulty of the exam but cover only the area you have studied. Details During my 5 weeks of self-study before the prep class I covered the following: all 9 knowledge areas, plus framework and professional responsibility. Do not blow off frame work and professional responsibility (the latter is not in the PMBOK but you can get it as a member of PMI, also both Crowe‟s and Mulcahy‟s