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  An Amazing Roller-Coaster Ride Toward PMP Certification

Sekhar passed his PMP exam on the 4th attempt, and 2 years after taking the contact hours training. His is the most incredible (lessons learned) story I've heard. He shares his experience on his roller coaster ride toward PMP Certification:

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Hi All,

I just created an account and this is the first time I am posting into this group. I have been a silent reader of all the posts and inspiring lessons learned. It has been a wealth of information to me as I have cleared my PMP with all your help.

I feel I should share my experience with PMP exam and the whole process.

I started this initiative in 2008 hearing about PMP certification from my PMO. To get 35 contact hrs I joined a training facility in New york spent $ 2400 - ridiclous and pathetic training. Never spoke about pratice exams. Conseqence I failed. Haa PMP is not an easy exam. Success is counted sweetest to me.

Blindly following just the training never paid to the attention of 3 attempts in one year. When I planned to retake the exam in 2009, PMP board did not allow me as per to their guide lines of wait time for 1 year.

My unfinished initative kept on bothering me, I once again applied in 2010 and need to follow the whole application process once again.

I was looking for material from PMP 4 edition, I came across PM Prepcast by Cornelius Fichtner for $99. Amazing Product, the way he simplified ITTO with reasoning was too good, One such example is Develop schedule ITTO I can never forget. I purchased his PM Study Coach but I never followed - thrown away my money there.

Books-

PMBOK the bible. PMBOK made sense to me after watching Cornelius videos. Rita Mulcahy I read the whole book twice and also bought Fastrack. I also read Andy Crowe. After reading Andy Crowe's book I liked his style more than Rita's. I memorized most of the ITTO and also I suggest to.

Exams-

PMSTUDY1 (free) – 73%
PMSTUDY1 (free) – 72%
Oliverlehamann – 58 %
PMroadtrip – 71 %
Headfirst – 78 %
SuperPMP (fastrack) – 74%
Andy Crowe – 80%

PMStudy, Headfirst are similar to actual exam
Forums- How they supported me.

Study group is very essential when you are preparing for the PMP. Due to my hectic schedule I never found any patner, the only substitue was the forums

PMZilla too good. DeepFriedBrainPMP - The best. For example his explanation on TCPI. Awesome Harwinder, Keep up the good stuff. project-management-prepcast by Cornelius Fitchner.

Final Exam Report on 08/28

Initiation – Moderately proficient.
Planning – Moderately proficient.
Execution – Moderately proficient.
Monitor and controlling – Below proficient.
Closing – Moderately proficient.
Professional and social responsibility – Below proficient.
And I Passed. I have no complains. I did it and I am happy for my efforts. I dedicate my success to my 19 month old daughter and to my wife who supported me.

Thank you to PMZilla, Cornelius(PM-prepcast) and Harwinder - (DeepFriedBrainPMP)

Regards,

Sekhar, PMP

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Sekhar - Thank you for sharing your lessons learned and your appreciation. I really admire your perseverance. I'm glad to be of help.

These lesson learned were originally posted by Sekhar here.

8 comments:

  1. Is that really an amazing roller coaster ride?

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  2. Hello Anonymous,

    Thanks for your comment.

    Yes, it is an amazing thing in my opinion. How many people have the motivation, strength and perseverance to stand up and go for their goal, despite 3 successive failures? Add a 1-year mandatory waiting period and most people would give up. Moreover, the person has the courage to come to a public forum and admit his previous failures.

    This is a great success story in my view.

    Best regards.

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  3. Congrats Man. You achieved it.

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  4. Hi There,,,well done,,, i just failed last week got Moderately proficient in all areas except Plannning which came in as – Below proficient,, so i dont know how if you had two Below proficient you get a pass !!! just courious must be the % of questions in the categories

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  5. hi, i also just did my 1st attempt test 2 days ago & failed with 3 area below proficient (in Planning + Monitoring & Controlling + Closing). i just wonder how do PMI qualify the passing mark, because i was quite confident during the test and done all the 200 question. Now, i am concern on the preparation for the next re-test session. Appreciate for some good advice. TQ

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  6. Hello Janice,

    I responded to your questions on PMP FAQ page.

    Good luck.

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  7. Congratulations for passing the exam and admiration for the perseverence and courage to share lessons learnt in a public forum.
    Can be tough juggling family, work and exams, particularly if one has left academics for a while!

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