I have been engaged in project management relevant work for 4 years. At present, I am still in development. Many working procedures are not effectively built. Because we mainly serve for big enterprises, it is urgent for us to get the trust from clients through professional procedures. For the development of our company and for my future career, I chose to take part in PMP certification exam. Now, I have passed the exam and I want to share my experience with you hoping that it can help you.
Phase one: Set your goal
Be clear about the reasons for you to take PMP exam and set up a goal. I signed up for the exam for working requirements instead of merely getting a certification. In order to win the trust of customers and help the development of our company, I knew that I needed to pay more efforts. Therefore, I was fully dedicated to the PMP exam prep. My colleagues and families have given me much support.
Phase two: Choose a right PMP training institution
As for choosing an institution, I have compared many institutions and listened to their open classes. I finally decided to join in the pmi approved training courses of SPOTO. The teachers in SPOTO are enthusiastic giving vivid examples to illustrate knowledge, so I did not feel bored while listening to the classes.
Phase three: Learning materials.
You need to know what learning materials you need. The PMBOK, the textbook of PMP exam sample questions and real questions are necessary. You can also choose some from the recommendations by institution teachers.
Phase four: training and preparing
Preview PMBOK ahead of time. When you receive the book, read the catalogue first to know about what you are going to learn and to have a general understanding of the content of the book. Based on the suggestions of my teacher, I firstly read the former three chapters to know what is project management and take a quick look at the knowledge structure of the whole book. Then, I searched for the experience of those who have already passed the exam and made a plan.
Before the first class, it is suggested to read PMBOK. You do not need to remember the detailed knowledge which is a huge workload. You can, based on your actual working conditions, understand the book. At the beginning, you may feel it is very difficult to understand. Do not give up. Just read it through and you will find it easier to understand the book with the explanations of teachers.
You can record the classes and review them, which is effective. It is also necessary to read the lecture notes. Some knowledge points summarized in the lecture notes are very useful.
“At least learn two hours a day”, this is a line my teacher often said to us. From the beginning of preparing for PMI PMP exam, I insisted on learning at least 2 hours a day,
Do more PMP questions. It is necessary to do the questions following each chapter so that you can have a deeper impression of corresponding knowledge points. You can do the sample questions after finishing all the chapter questions. Do them with full concentration and summarize the mistakes you have made.
Discuss with your classmates. Under the suggestion of SPOTO, we formed a learning group. Every day, the group leader would ask us to share summaries and questions so that we could gather many different opinions and understanding. Then, we would ask for explanations difficult questions. In the group, we were all highly motivated.
Sort out knowledge: After each class, you can sort out the main knowledge points of project management. In the case, you can remember it better.
Do the questions you have done wrong again.
Allocate time properly. One of the biggest challenges for employees to take PMI PMP certification spoto training exam is that we don’t have adequate time. Therefore, we can only take good use of fragmented time and follow the schedule. I read the book from 7:30 am to 8:30 am every morning. On the way to work, I would squeeze some time to do questions. At night, I would sum up mistakes and review knowledge. At weekends, I would spend hours doing sample and real exam questions based on the time requirement of the real exam.
Phase five: Be relax to take the exam.
Do not be too nervous. Take it easy. If you have prepared well, you will feel confident.