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Happy and thrilled to share with all that I have passed my PMP on 6th of March on my first attempt
I have relied mostly on my self study for 3 months by studying the following books: PMBOK(4th Ed.), HeadFirst PMP (2nd Ed.), and Rita Mulcahy (6th Ed.). Even went through Andy Crowe's book once. Andy Crowe's book is very straight word, to the point and no unnecessary talk. HeadFirst helps you to register the concepts more effectively. Though Rita's book is quite negative, I like her very detailed explanation and many pitfalls to look for. For the last 10 days before exam, I think I have taken 10 - 12 full PMP tests available at the end of the prep books and also free online simulation tests. I think I have made good preparation, as I find the actual PMP exam not that difficult. There are a few tricky and trap questions which must be watched for.
Whenever I attempt full sample tests, chapter-end tests etc., I go through explanations for all attempted questions (both correct and wrong questions) not just for wrongly answered questions. I think this has helped me fully grasp how I think differently from the author of the explanation - for each and every question attempted.
Deepfriendbrainpmp and BrainBOK have really helped me as wonderful reference sites. Infact, I have made this site as my first stop before searching others. Many thanks to Harwinder for putting up this!! And now this PM Hangout.
I am looking forward for ways to help (and also gain from) PMs and PMP aspirants; I sincerely hope and wish that PM Hangout too will become a great platform for PMs as well as PMP aspirants.
-Chandrasekhar Yechuri, PMP®