Are you someone who has failed your PMP® exam and you are wondering what to do next?
You have come to the right person, as I am the PM Tutor and have helped a number of PMP® students with good advice and beneficial tools and techniques.
Just as when learning to ride a bicycle, someone may fall and usually, right away they get right back up to continue to learn how to ride that bicycle.
Your timing is great you can attend my last 6 hour live comprehensive PMP® exam preparation webinar session “The Last Mile”, which will be conducted on Saturday, March 10th, for 3 hours and Sunday, March 11th, for 3 hours, from 9 a.m. (EST) to 12 p.m. (EST). You should sign-up right way, as the materials covered, slides, workbooks, and amazing tools will provide what you need to build up your determination and commitment to pass your PMP® exam.
The link to this live webinar is: Dan Ryans The Last Mile Live PMBOK Fifth Edition Webinar on March 10 and March 11
Okay so you have studied very diligently for the PMP® exam according to the PMBOK® Guide – Fifth Edition, and maybe you have paid for and attended excellent professional sponsored webinars that provided great supporting materials, as well paid for and received a number of valuable professional coaching sessions, which were of tremendous value!
Maybe you have also taken many practice PMP® exams as instructed and scored very well, and now you are very confident of your knowledge of the Project Management Framework, as based on the PMBOK® Guide – Fifth Edition.
But then suddenly you have a dilemma which is that you cannot find any availability at any nearby Prometric Testing Center, to schedule the PMP® exam based on the PMBOK Guide® – Fifth Edition, before March 26th, and you do not want to take the PMP® exam based on the PMBOK Guide® – Sixth Edition, which starts on March 26th.
What should you do?
As a the PM Exam Coach, I can...
My name is Brian Fink and I have been involved in some kind of project management for most of my career, nine years as a chemical engineer and the last eighteen years in IT. I earned my PMP® certification in 2015 and one of the keys to that success was taking multiple simulation exams. Now that I am writing questions for simulators, I work hard to understand the way that PMI® wants someone to think about project management. First, I pick a concept that the question will be about. I come up with the core question and the correct answer. I then expand the question to include a situation and complete the answers with the explanation. What I enjoy most about this is seeing how people work to get to the correct answers especially if they are working to understand a new concept that they have not encountered in their previous experience.
After working as a digital project manager for fifteen years in the fast-paced dot-com world, I made the decision to apply for certification, broaden my horizons so-to-speak. Had it figured out at this point, right? After all, I should be teaching these courses, not attending. I knew how to manage, how to implement, execute, monitor, and close. Oh, and here comes the yet. Yet, I did not know the philosophy, the standardization, the why to the how. That is what I learned. And here’s how I did it, passing the exam on the first pass, above target in three out of the five processes, target on the other two.
Aside from the PMI-requisites, I went right to the source and took one of Dan Ryan’s weekend coaching cram sessions. While the instructions were direct and dead-on, what truly helped were access to the resources provided. Spreadsheets filled with the ITTOs (and you got to know these, brother), PowerPoint decks and PDFs breaking down the ins-and-the-outs of the...
On investigating on ways to pass the PMP® exam, in a short space of time, I came upon Shiv notes and how to pass the exam within 5 weeks. A free webinar was introduced and I watched it. I did not understand the integration concept and how quality and scope was tied in initially and the way it was explained I was in awe and was sold.
My preparation from then was following the 5 week plan from Dan and Shiv’s Last Mile Program. This I completed within 4 weeks. During this time I also practiced writing down the ITTOS daily after completing each knowledge area. I understood most of them, but practicing them daily made it easier to remember. I then reviewed each topic with the Rita Mulcahy Book. I did not read the entire book, I just read the notes and did the questions on each topic. I utilized the free simulators that were recommended and I was consistently scoring in my 80s. I also downloaded a PMP® App on my phone that provided PMP® questions on each knowledge area. I...
Started my PMP® journey with attending an accredited PMI® Course. This lasted about 8 weeks and was a refresh on everything I learned about Project Management in a one year course I took with University of Irvine/SCE in 2014. In retrospect, I should have taken the test at that time, when all the information was fresh.
I knew obtaining the PMP® Certification (official accreditation) was necessary due to changing qualifications at work and also, to make myself more marketable in the future. I have felt the last two months working with Dan Ryan and Cornelius and all their tools, has actually made the difference in being ready for the actual test in the Prometric Center. I had never taken such a test and the timing, intensity, strategy and overall knowledge learning with all the tools, weekend class, simulator, newsletter, presentations, tips and practical practice has made me a very strong Project Manager, not only to pass the PMP® Test, but in my in my future...
If you are reading this, there is a good chance that you have already met the Project Management Institute (PMI®) eligibility requirements for the Project Management Professional exam. This entry outlines the PMI® steps to schedule your exam. If you have any questions concerning the process, click on the active links for more information about the process or contact a PMP® Tutor.
Step 1. If you haven’t already, create an account on the PMI® website.
Step 2: Apply for the PMP® Credential on the PMI® website.
Step 3: Wait for PMI® to review your application and send you next steps (candidate number or audit procedure) – this usually takes 5- 10 business days.
Step 4: Pay for the test on the PMI® website. (PMI® members can save up to $150 on the exam.)
Step 5: Schedule your Project Management exam on the Prometric website.
While you are using the PMI® website to schedule your exam, you don’t have to be a paying PMI®...
You know, I have seen some PMP® ‘experts’ out there that give a strong recommendation that you will need to allocate no less than six months to prepare for the PMP® exam. These are big companies with reputable training materials - and a respectable number of customers. Then there are others who offer 4-day boot camps where they will supposedly have you ready to take the PMP® exam after four days.
How are these recommendations so far apart? I know from experience that the truth lies somewhere in between.
A 4-day course is going to cram too much material in a too-short amount of time. Sure, they may present all the material over four days, but it will still be up to you to take it home, digest and learn it.
On the other hand, six months is a long time - there is a too big risk a student could eventually fade off from their study routine. Then you’re back in the same boat - cramming at the end, frantically trying to sort...
In the years that I have been helping people pass the PMP® exam, I have come across a small number of seasoned Project Managers that were unable to pass the exam. More often than not, these people were either referred to me or reached out to me because they had recently failed the PMP® exam and didn’t know where they had gone wrong. The typical profile of this person was someone who was a savvy PM, who had maybe between 10 and 20 years’ experience running projects. For many of these folks it seemed completely meaningless that they should have to, at this point in their career, have this career-blocking exam placed in front them. They’d been successfully running projects for decades, and couldn’t understand why they needed the exam, or why it was proving so difficult to pass.
The truth is, the PMP® exam has become a de facto standard — globally — for Project Managers, and in most industries it’s accepted as a standard bearer for...
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