I took a rather disappointing class at Bellevue College called PMP Prep and it required us to purchase the exam prep book and flip chart products by Rita Mulcahy. Although we were required to take practice exams from this very expensive Rita Mulcahy book resource, we didn’t adequately cover the exams in class. In fact, I don’t think we covered more than a dozen or so questions from the 409 questions that make up the resource.
I don’t care for the Rita Mulcahy resources much, I find them full of really blunt edges. However, there are those that have passed the PMP exam that praise the Rita Mulcahy test questions, so I’ve continued to use that portion of her book.
One of the horrible ideas for the Bellevue College class was to take practice exams before covering the material. Then we would look at slide after slide after slide and if time allowed, we would look at a question or two from each practice exam. So my scores for the first pass of the 409 questions is unimpressive.
Since then I’ve spent more time in the PMBOK and in Kim Heldman’s PMP Guide. I like them both actually but the real help in my study efforts has been resources from the PM PrepCast. For $99, you get over 123 iTunes Video/Audio/PDF resources and it is over 48 hours of content. I’ve been listening to this content on my morning runs and in the car when I can. It has been an exceptional value and I recommend it highly. I have just purchased the $30 additional resource for PMP Formulas and have been delighted with the quality of that resource as well!
Anyway, I just took a deeper review of the questions I missed from Rita Mulcahy and encouraged about my progress. What I did was look at those 154 missed questions again and write my own comments about them. I’ll do this again as I take her practice tests in the future and my goal is to improve my score each time. Right now, just focusing on those 154 missed questions ...
154 Incorrect Initially
71 Questions I Got Correct In The Second Pass
83 Questions I Missed Again In The Second Pass
I didn’t do a really deep analysis on those 83 questions again but I did mark which ones I wanted to research further (23) and which ones I thought were flat out bad questions (21). The bad questions either seem to be totally wrong or the explanations about the question were extremely poor and useless to me.
I decided to take this approach for all the practice exams I’m taking and I’m taking quite a few. I plan on taking a bunch of practice exams and then really analyze the questions I miss. Being a database developer, this isn’t that hard to do. After 3 months of this, I think I’ll be prepared for the exam!
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