- Paperback: 424 pages
- Publisher: SSI Logic; 5th ed. edition (2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0982576803
- ISBN-13: 978-0982576809
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PMP Exam Prep: Questions, Answers, & Explanations: 1000+ Practice Questions with Detailed Solutions 5th ed. Edition
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To study for my PMP exam, I used Rita's PMP Exam Prep in conjunction with referencing the PMBOK to build my foundation, then used Christopher Scordo's PMP Exam Prep Questions, Answers & Explanations, Oliver Lehmann's Exam Self-Assessment Test (this is a free web-based timed test and has great resources at the bottom of this webpage as well), and Oliver Lehmann's free 175 Prep Questions. After 3 months of dedicated study and writing the various test multiple times, I passed my PMP examination. Use the other cheap or free aids I mentioned and in my experience, you'll have a great set of tools to prepare for your examination.
As a lead up to the PMP certification exam, I took every single practice test in this book, some of them twice.
MY STUDY METHODOLOGY
Here are the steps that you should take to prepare with this book:
Read the PMBOK from cover to cover. Don't flip through it. You need to read every single sentence of it. The practice tests and the PMP certification exam will ask you about the sentence that you think is not important.
Schedule your PMP Certication Exam in at least 30 days in the future.
About 30 days before the PMP certification exam, I made a schedule of which days I would take a practice test. Each scheduled day, I would take one practice test (50 questions) and review the answers. You will want you score to be above 78% on all of the practice tests Keep a record of what you scored on each of the practice tests and knowledge quizzes. The tests become more challenging as you progress through them. This isn't stated in the book, but is my observation and the observation of several other reviewers.
My method of reviewing the answers was to score my practice test (without reading the explanations of the answers) and then read through all of the explanations of the answers to make certain that I knew the material associated with each question. If I encountered a question that I answered incorrectly, then I would try to answer it again. I would then look at the answer and read the explanation for that question. For any answer that I answered incorrectly, I would use the page specified in the answer to re-read the material in the PMBOK. For any questions that I marked for review, I would re-read the material in the PMBOK.
The questions in the book are formatted like the questions in the exam. The questions are setup to make you think the answer you are picking is correct, but you must spend a few seconds thinking about the answer before actually answering. You must read the explanations of the answers carefully to understand why you answered the question correctly / incorrectly. I say "correctly" because if you guess and don't understand why you answered correctly, then that will not help you during the exam.
The weekend before the PMP Certification Exam, I reviewed all of my test scores and began to retake tests that I score poorly on. I also retook the knowledge quizzes (10 questons) in areas that I knew I was weak. I wouldn't let more than 2 days pass between taking practice tests and definitely don't take a break between the practice tests and your PMP certification test.
The book does have typos, grammar mistakes and a few questions (less than 5 in the entire book) that have a mismatched answers. They could do a better job in these areas. Sometimes, the explanations leave you wanting more information on why the answer is correct. But they do specify where you can find more information in the PMBOK. The questions could be more closely aligned to the PMP Exam, but they are close enough.
MY TEST EXPERIENCE
When I took the test, I literally felt that every single question on the test seemed to have 2 or 3 correct answers. This is a similar feeling that the test book tries to setup for you. During the certification exam, I thought I answered each question incorrectly. I had to think of each answer in the way that this test preparation book answered the question. That is why it is important to study the answers of both the correct and incorrect answers on your practice tests.
I thought I didn't pass the exam. During the final hour, I thought "how am I going to take this test again?" Or "how much is the retest fee?"
At the end of the test, you receive your results. The results don't specify your score in terms of the total number of questions you answered correct/incorrectly. The results specify your proficiency (proficient, moderately proficient, below proficient) in the five phases of project management.
I passed. I received "proficient" in all five phases.
Use this book, but really think about how you can use this book to its fullest. Think about your own learning style. Don't just review your wrong answers, review ALL of the answers very deeply. It will help you.
Read the PMBOK. Schedule the certification exam. Use book. Stick to your schedule. Take the certification exam. See you on the other side.
I would have structured the practice tests with more questions in specific practice areas. For example, the practice test after Communication Management would be heavier on Communications questions, but that's the only reason I dropped a star. It was great to have the reasoning behind each of the answers, as well, to learn what PMI is expecting.
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