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PM Training School:

Good morning, Abdullah. How are you doing?

Abdullah (Beca, New Zealand):

Hi, good morning. I’m good. Thanks. How about you? 

PM Training School:

I’m good thanks. First of all, congrats on your success in obtaining your PMP

Abdullah (Beca, New Zealand):

It was quite a long deal. So yeah, I’m pretty pleased that I’ve done it after all.  I took two tries to get through it. But it was effort well rewarded.

PM Training School:

We are conducting this interview to share the lesson learned during your PMP so that we can share it with our aspirants to prepare better. Would you like to introduce yourself? 

Abdullah (Beca, New Zealand):

My name is Abdullah and I am a civil engineer.  I’m currently working with an engineering consultancy called Beca in Auckland, New Zealand. I have 11 years of experience on projects.  I start thinking about doing this project management professional to move towards the more management side of the trade. Because once you get to this stage, that you think that you’re going to manage the work. So it’s better that you could probably have some certification, and especially the knowledge.

PM Training School:

Thanks, Abdullah in my second question is When did you pass your PMP?

Abdullah (Beca, New Zealand):

Honestly, the first attempt that I had was last year in December, it was not successful. And I’ll show you a few of the findings that show why I was that not successful? My last attempt is in April 2021 according to the new exam format. It was like about a week ago, and was successful.

 PM Training School:

How was your performance in different domains?

Abdullah (Beca, New Zealand):

The current exam performance was quite good and I got an “All above target” score.  Please note my last attempt with a very poor score. I would try to speak on things that I think could be the possible cause of getting the highest score in the second attempt. It was the same person with almost the same knowledge. However, The exam domains were different like agile and hybrid are introduced. and I would say that exam was more focused on hybrid and agile. Predicted or waterfall approaches were not touched that much. I would say a bit harder than before, like, you have to cover all the predictive and waterfall knowledge areas as well and hybrid and Agile as well.

PM Training School:

What did you do differently?

Abdullah (Beca, New Zealand):

I think the approach matters quite a lot. And the first time when I had this attempt,  I was pretty certain,  like 99% sure, that I’m gonna get through it and  I couldn’t which was a surprise to me. The difference is in the approach. What I did this time differently: I actually flagged the questions to review and last time I didn’t do this and didn’t come back to review my answers. I changed 70% of the answers when I reviewed and got a high score.  This tip is highly recommended during the exam.

 PM Training School:

Can you read the difficulty for the exam on a scale from one to 10?

Abdullah (Beca, New Zealand):

It was hard and would rank 8 out of 10

PM Training School:

How long was the exam in terms of the number of questions and timing?

Abdullah (Beca, New Zealand):

It was for 180 questions. They have reduced the time. But the good thing is PMI distributed the exam into three parts (60 questions) with two breaks in them. Breaks are optional but highly recommended.

 PM Training School:

How much was the total time?

Abdullah (Beca, New Zealand):

There will be 3 hrs 40 minutes plus two break

PM Training School:

What topics that we’re like focused on in the exam?

Abdullah (Beca, New Zealand):

The exam was quite focused on all three domains in an agile and hybrid context. However, PMI has a pool of questions that appear randomly and can be from the predictive method. I will suggest go through all the knowledge areas and skim them through them. However where knowledge is important but the approach is very important.

You should not stress too much on the test day. Also  if you’re a morning person, you could book in the morning time and if you’re  not, not a morning person, like myself, you could probably do it in the afternoon or evening. Also, have a good night’s sleep. This is as important as getting knowledge and learning.

The first time, I even didn’t sleep the whole night. Never do it.   A peaceful clean mind before the test is important otherwise it will give you a bit of a hard time, like in terms of understanding the questions and reading the statements.

PM Training School:

What type of questions about the like, MCQs, or multi-answers and True/False.

Abdullah (Beca, New Zealand):

Firstly I share how the exam screen looks like. It has

  • highlighting
  • strike through and
  • digital whiteboard options 
  • time remaining
  • flag option 

There will be scenarios and graphs with answer choices

  • True/False
  • MCQs
  • Multi answers to choose from 5  options
  • Matching (drag and drop) options

PM Training School:

How useful PMI approved and developed student materials like student book and their question bank.

Abdullah (Beca, New Zealand): 

It was quite helpful, actually quite good. And I would highly recommend that before going to any other authors, books or material.

I would say that just go through all the concepts given in PMI provided materials and if if you’re not understanding something,  just go away for a while and you could come back later. OR you can skip the topic and ask an expert like PMTS trainers.

Few more prep tips are to train your mind as a project manager and don’t memorize anything.

PM Training School:

Thank you for joining PM Training School and sharing your experience with other aspirants and best of luck in your future endeavours.

Abdullah (Beca, New Zealand):

Thank you so much.

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