In May 2015 I failed the PMP© exam due to poor preparation mainly down to not having the correct information at hand. This experience was disheartening, to say the least, and I needed some extra motivation. To help me pick myself up and try again I created this website PM-Training.net to motivate myself to attain the PMP© certification to the best of my ability. As of December 2015, I have achieved this goal and now a proud Project Management Professional.
Updated April 2016: Also passed the PMI-ACP© which was actually a lot more relevant to my field, if I wasn’t building this blog it is highly unlikely I would of even took the exam.
Passing vs Failing
After going through the demoralizing experience of failing the first time and relief of passing the second time I have an opportunity to compare what I did different and help people learn from my mistakes. The biggest differences are as follows….
- Reading Correct Resources – Originally I just read the PMBOK© which is not sufficient
- Andy Crowes Pass The PMP Exam First Try is a must to pass the exam which covers everything in the PMBOK© and more. It approaches each chapter with the intention of helping you pass the exam by providing clear definitions and practice exam questions after each chapter.
- Head First PMP this is a great resource for beginners and people who have difficulty understanding the various PMBOK© processes.
- Study Notes for Exam Day – When you attempt the PMP exam you will have an opportunity to take a tutorial which is 15 minutes long. Use this time to write up all formulas and study notes you have learned off.
- Practice Exams – Originally I just took 3 practice exams from one source. The second time I took over 10 practice exams but most importantly all of different resources. I have listed PMP tests I took here.
- PMP Exam Plan – This is the biggest difference and without a doubt, the most important thing you can do to help pass the exam – create a test plan so you have milestones breaking up the exam so you know when to take breaks giving your brain rest which is a must for a 4-hour exam.
I have written up my complete study plan and what I did on exam day here.
The intentions of this website:
- I want to help people avoid the mistakes I made so they can pass on their first try.
- To provide reliable, informative and organised information about PMP® examination.
- Learn the ins and outs of blogging to create an income from the website using Google Adsense and referral links. Some recommended resources will have referral links which I will receive a commission from.
My goals for 2016 are to:
- Create a PMP® online exam (Done)
- Provide information on PDUs and the new talent triangle (Done)
- Study for the PMI-ACP® exam and pass it (Done)
- Do my best to answer every comment and question that is asked of me as soon as I can (In progress)
- PM-training.net is not affiliated with or endorsed by PMI®.
- “PMP”, “PMBOK”, “PMI-ACP” and “PMI” are marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.