I finally got around to taking the PMP Exam the week before Thanksgiving, and passed! My prepping for the exam took up most of my free time between September - November, and also resulted in a hiatus in this blog!
My lessons learned in studying for and then passing the test were as follows:
- a PMP exam prep course was an enormous help. I found the instruction, peer support and exam-taking tips from my PMP Baltimore Chapter course last fall to be excellent FYI, here is the link to the Chapter's next PMP course in January;
- Rita Mulcahey's text, PMP Exam Prep, is the best readable book on the market, and is a good accompaniment to the more encycolopedic PMBOk.
- Overstudy rather than under study. In addition to the six Saturday's of PMP course and related study, I spent an equal or greater amount of time studying on my own and with a study group up until the exam. This enabled me to go into the exam with confidence.
- Take some practical preparatory steps such as checking out the PROMETRIC test center location ahead of time.
I am glad I made the investment in the PMP Certification. I learned a lot about the PMBOK methodology (especially in such areas as risk management), plus it validated in my mind a lot of my prior project management experience. I look forward to maintaining my Certification by continuing to attend PMI events in the D.C. area.