And here’s what Arun has to say!!
Here is my journey towards PMP®:
I started preparing for my PMP® in November 2015. That was the time I had very minimal idea about what PMP® is.
After doing some research, I decided to purchase the Simplilearn PMP course for training and contact hours. I also purchased the Prepcast Simulator of 1800 questions. After going through them on my first read and giving the Prepcast questions my score definitely improved and I set the exam date as July 19, 2016. Did not realize the gravity of the exam. Took it very lightly.
And I failed. I lost hope and thought I won’t give PMP again.
One of the best things which happened to me was Vidyesh Alve from WinningPMPlan. He contacted me through LinkedLn and invited me to be a part of the group. I cannot thank Vidyesh Alve and Vidhi Raj and the group enough for all the guidance and the immense amount of knowledge that was shared, which helped me all throughout.
A few days before the exam I was low with confidence and Vidhi Raj came as a saviour. She mentioned to me that Every question has its answer within. These words changed my thought process and it was the only thing which helped in clearing the exam.
Finally, I cleared my PMP® February 9, 2017, after a rigorous amount of preparation and leaving no stone unturned.
My preparation material:
- Headfirst PMP®– It worked for me initially, but I preferred Rita over it during my second attempt.
- Simplilearn – This was one of the most detailed and an awesome course.
- PMBOK® Guide– It was a bore initially as I could not connect with it because of its dry nature. But Christopher Scordo questions analysis made me go with it one more time.
- Rita Mulcahy– I did all its exercises, alongside PMBOK® Guide, after every individual chapter. This was just the best book anyone can go for. I spent a huge sum in buying it and I am a proud owner of it. This is a bible for PMP aspirants
- Mock Exams – After setting up a strong foundation on the concepts I went for the Mock exams:
- Did all the free mock exams,
- Christopher Scordo – The name is indeed enough. This is so similar to PMP exam. Short questions but the closest to PMP real exam.
- Other online sources – Exam central etc.
- The most important thing is to review your answers after every mock, which really helps because we understand the reasoning and concept behind why a particular answer is right or wrong.
- Also, during the process of preparation, if there was a concept which confused me, or I needed more clarity, I would go to my group WinningPMPlan, and then I would get all my answers.
PS: Behind all this hard work, there were times, when I used to get distracted with Facebook, Youtube videos, then one thing leads to another, and before I realized, hours would pass. I constantly reminded myself to put a check on myself and get my focus back. Pull yourself back, take that deliberate attempt to stay focused. I would once again like to thank my wife, my parents, and the group.
Best of Luck to everyone who is looking for PMP certification.”