PMP Lessons Learned: ITTO’s Too Difficult to Memorize? Just Forget It!


PMP Exam Experience Sharing

Keep coming! Another Aspirants who just passed the new PMP® Exam! Thanks and congratulations to Ciprian Cretul who just passed the PMP® Exam!

PMI has just announced the new PMP® Exam originally scheduled to be released in Dec 2019 will be postponed to Jul 2020, that’s a great news for those who would like to get PMP® Exam based on the current exam format! That means this lessons learned is relevant to you!

The lessons learned by Ciprian Cretul on this PMP® Exam prep project is detailed below:

I will share some of my thoughts that I had before and after the PMP® exam.

Although I have scored max 76% during the simulations provided by the training center where I did the preparation course, I passed with 4 areas above target and 1 area on target in the final exam. The result surprised me and made me proud because I couldn’t tell during the exam whether I am answering correctly or not.

I often felt disappointed because of below 80% score on mock exams and I consider the aspirants should not let themselves be affected by this aspect. As long as they go above 65% on tests with non-repetitive questions, they’re good.

Acknowledging what you know and what you do not know is an important part.

I found very difficult to memorize the tools & techniques, so I didn’t even bother. I memorized the 49 processes, formulas, and the Planning steps in Rita’s chart (last two were part of my brain dump).

The focus for answering correctly would be reading the questions carefully and find the “real” question. I know it sounds like the most recommendations but this is how it is.

Although I got a good sleep, I had difficulties focusing during the exam and had to read simple parts of the questions about 3-4 times. During the exam I used the ear plugs for silent environment. I do not recommend skipping the tutorial. Read all the information prior starting the test.

Reading the “Congratulations” screen at the end was the greatest feeling I had in years. I smiled and cheered the whole day. The relief after the long effort was a well-deserved reward. I hope all aspirants will experience the same.

I hereby thank you again for the effort you put in providing the information online and remember you contributed to my PMP® certification.

All the best from a freshly certified PMP®.

~ Ciprian Cretul, PMP®

Thanks Ciprian Cretul for the very detailed PMP® Exam lessons learned!

To Aspirants: Wish you PMP® success!

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Edward Chung

Edward Chung aspires to become a full-stack web developer and project manager. In the quest to become a more competent professional, Edward studied for and passed the PMP Certification, ITIL v3 Foundation Certification, PMI-ACP Certification and Zend PHP Certification. Edward shares his certification experience and resources here in the hope of helping others who are pursuing these certification exams to achieve exam success.

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