Revathi Rajendran PMP lessons learned

I passed my PMP exam on September 14, 2020. Here goes my success story.

I decided to take PMP in March 2020 and submitted my application. I was nervous if I would be selected for audit as I was scared that if I was, how I would send documents to PMI during this pandemic as all courier offices were closed.

Luckily, I wasn’t selected for an audit. That was one milestone achieved.

Study Plan:

I started reading the PMBOK Guide with Rita, and it was entirely out of my head. I was unable to correlate concepts and link processes. However, I have been working as a project manager managing migrations of processes from the US and UK; I struggled to relate PMBOK concepts to the work environment as I do not prepare charters or budgets. I was always involved at the execution level.

So I was baffled that this fell under the responsibilities of the PM.

I subscribed to Fahad’s mailing list. His emails were informative and included many success stories that made me confident.

I completed PMP training and received my 35 contact hours certificate from Edureka, but it didn’t help me as we had online classes every weekend for one month, and 90 students were doing the course. So, there was a lot of disturbance. That did not help.

Later, I joined the Aileen Ellis course for a month ( Her approach helped me understand project management concepts. 

Then, I went back to Rita’s chapter test, and I scored 75%. I started reading the PMBOK Guide, and this time, I was comfortable with it.

I was more confident. At the same time, I had Fahad’s notes, which he had shared as my last-minute notes for the exam.

Mock Tests:

I used a Udemy mock test (Joseph Philips Cram Course and Seminar had a mock test). I enrolled myself in this course to have a refresher before I scheduled my exam.

I took Tridip Roy’s test and was stunned with my score, as I scored just 70%. I was worried, but my husband motivated me to schedule my exam.

On the Day of the Exam:

I used Aileen’s videos on Outputs, Process Definition, and T&T. I went through the cheat sheet and went through the T&T definition.

I had made notes on each process’s primary outputs, which was my savior on exam day. So, I breezed through it, and that’s it.

I slept for a while, meditated, and went for a drive with my husband.

I came home and took my online exam.

Online Issue:

I had internet connectivity issues despite checking the system several times, but still, on D-day, I struggled with my internet. The proctor told me to call off the exam. I was really in tears and asked him to give me one more chance to relaunch the exam. I had three different WIFI options, ready to rely on something else if there was an issue.

Luckily, it worked, and I took my exam.

The questions were in no way close to Udemy mock test, but I could relate to the questions as I understood the concepts.

After the 89th question, I was given the option for a break. I did want a break, so I refreshed and came back and took the second part of my exam.

There was only one question I could not answer, as I could not relate to it. So, I just choose one answer randomly, just in case, so I did not leave anything blank. I remembered one of Fahad’s emails where he mentioned that we should not leave any questions unanswered.

I was shit scared when I was submitting my second part and finishing my exam. I took almost 5 minutes to click on “Finish.” Once I did, I could not believe that it took only 30 seconds to load to the page where it said:

Congratulations, Revathi; you have passed your PMP exam, and it’s time to celebrate your hard work. I screamed with happiness. I grabbed my phone and took a picture as I could not believe what just happened.

Later, I logged into the Pearson VUE site to see my results, as I was restless to wait for the PMI results analysis. The exam report came as:

  • Initiating – Target
  • Planning- Above Target
  • Estimating- Above Target
  • M&C- Above Target
  • Closing- Above Target

My overall score was “Above Target.” My great milestone was achieved.

Thank you for taking the time and reading my story of the PMP exam.