Preparing for the PMP certification brought back memories from my college days.
I have over 18 years of experience in the IT industry. I managed the offshore development center for a Canadian company. During the project development process, there were many projects that would exceed the budget and timeline. I realized that there might be gaps in our current processes and that they needed to be reviewed.
Together with two colleagues from my company, I decided to pursue formal training in Project Management. After doing some research on the best institutes in Mumbai and Pune, we decided to go ahead with our training with ProThoughts. I am glad that I registered with ProThoughts and would recommend them to any future PMP candidates.
We are grateful to the ProThoughts Team, and Mr. Ashish Sadekar for his knowledge and practical examples that helped us understand most of the Project Management concepts.
My initial thought of spending 9 hours for 4 days training gave me nightmares. I wasn’t sure if I would be able pay attention.
Interactive game-based training was well planned to ensure that we remained focused.
I was a July 2017 batch member, but due to family medical reasons was unable to attend the entire July batch. I had to attend the August batch class that I missed the previous month, which I believe was a blessing in disguise.
After the July batch, I had set my sights to take the November exams before Diwali. However, due to work pressure, I was unable to find the time.
I attended the training for the day that I missed in August to catch up and was determined to pass my exams before Christmas.
It was difficult to balance work and study. A WhatsApp group of our batchmates was a motivating bunch who would often post PMP questions. I was motivated by the fact that a few of them passed the exam in September/October.
It took me a while to prepare and I finished my first Rita Mulcahy reading well into November. Some of it left my mind a little confused and I wondered if I would be able continue.
After I finished the exercises in the book, I downloaded a few PMP exams apps to my phone that I could use during my train ride from work to home. I was wrong on most of my answers, which made me reconsider. I decided to get up early and spend a few hours in the morning. This reminded me of college days during exams.
The Rita book was my next reading. These two readings helped me clarify and I was able connect the dots between the various knowledge areas. By December, I was ready for my first mock test from ProThoughts.
Between December and Jan, I took the 3 Mock Tests and breezed through the Rita books. The Rita book suddenly didn’t seem as difficult as it did in the first reading. The mock test helped me to identify the areas that I needed to concentrate on. Now we are ready for the 4 hour test
TheProThoughtsteam was always supportive during my studies and the process of registration with PMI.
I finally registered for the Certification exam during the month of January 2018. I went to the exam with an open mind. I failed all of my mock tests and was unable to pass the exam in 4 hours. However, all of the practice helped me to complete the PMI exam in the time allowed.
I was anxious about the wait for the result. The final screen, “You have passed”, made all the hours spent preparing for the exams, the sacrifices made and the early morning study worthwhile.