PMP exam prep – PMP certification – PMP training videos – Tips and Tricks (2023)-Video 2

Hello, everyone so now let us talk about the
second video of this particular course, which is tips and tricks. So initially, we discussed
how the PMP exam is structured and how our course is structured against it. Now these
are some of the trips which I have personally gathered from so many students of mine; those
who have passed the exam; things which I have helped them in the past. So it is totally
up to you if you want to follow it or not, but I really want to guide you the way the
things which have helped my past students. So let's see what all things we have, first
exam papers; read all four answers before deciding, I repeat read all four answers before
deciding, a lot of people get excited when they read the first option and they see oh
it's a good option, so that might be the correct answer.

No !, I really don't want you to do
that, make sure you're reading all the four options, because the good option might be
good , but we may have the better answer or we may have the best answer. So make sure
that you are reading all four options before you decide the answer. Read the end of the
question first, okay so this particular tip, I'm not recommending you if you are doing
like great on time, I'm only recommending this technique you, if you're short on time,
for example let's say three hours are done and you have only completed 100 questions,
now in next one hour you need to complete the remaining hundred.

In this case, this
technique would be very handy for you, so only use it if you are short on time otherwise
this technique is not recommended. Do not take the easy way out, please when I say it,
I mean to say that do not apply any shortcuts. My focus is that you do lot of hard work,
this exam you will clear only with the hard work, trust me on that.

I have given so many
students that I know that people those who try to take the easy way out, they don't pass.
I remember there was a student who came to me and who told me that were on there is a
colleague of his who was taking the exam and he has got a dump; a PMP questions dump, where
the questions will come out of only those particular set and he is only concentrating
on those 400-500 questions and he’s pretty confident that he will pass the exam, trust
me guys, there is nothing like PMP dump. These are all marketing tricks, which people are
trying to sell their products that is what they do. I don't want you to follow those,
you don't get into it, instead do your assigned homework, do your assigned readings, do your
hard work, practice some good questions from good sources.

I am not saying that my source
is good, try whatever you think is best, based upon the recommendation, but do it, practice
it. That is very important, so practice is the key to success. Use your instincts to
eliminate the wrong answers, so this is I would say is, most of the time your first
instinct would always be the correct, if you come back and try to change the answer option
most of the time you will get it wrong. This is just based for the experience, this this
may or may not be true but what do I mean by eliminate the wrong answers is see the
approach I want you to follow, is not to find the best answer, no that's not what I am recommending.
What I'm recommending you is try to eliminate the wrong choices first , for example if you
see there are four options there is a 25% probability that you will select the right
answer, but let's say you read option number A and you definitely know that it’s not
correct and you eliminated that out, now you read B you say that, okay this is a good option,
I will just keep it, “C” this is okay but not better than B, so you will eliminate
that, D you read it and now that okay either the answer is between B and D.

So your probability
has actually increased from 25% to 50%, so it has almost doubled right. So now if you
select from B and D most of the time you will select the right answer if your preparation
is good, or you will see that when you review your answers you will find out that you did
a great job in coming up to the last stage and then finally you you might have selected
the wrong answer choice, but don't be discouraged, practice and slowly and gradually you will
start getting the concepts and you start getting the questions right as well.
Anxious? Take a deep breath and release slowly, yes first of all, it is always advisable to
take breaks in the exam, it's not rocket science, don't be worried about it. It's okay to go
and drink water eat up a candy or whatever things which could help you to change your
mind for a while.

Come back, be relaxed be confident and take the exam, trust me if you
have done the things in the right way, you will definitely pass the exam in first attempt.
Make the decision, be proactive and be professional, yes as a project manager the expectation from
you is to make the decision, a lot of time in real world we depend upon our managers
or sponsor for the decision but in the PMIS world, PMI expects you to take a decision.
If you're not taking a decision this means you are shying away from your responsibilities
which is not a good thing. Always read all the four options and read it and find out
in which particular option you are actually getting a solution, you have to be a problem-solver.
All of these steps are very important. Always follow the process, there are 49 processes
which we would be covering today in the introduction module but try to follow the framework, what
is the first thing you will do, because in the exam you will get a lot of questions,
we'll talk about what are the things you will do next but remember, first take a decision
and take the decision according to the PMI processes only, that's also very important.
Communicate directly and as soon as possible, see there would be many options and many scenarios
where they give you an option that find the root cause and then communicate or don't communicate,
because it's not a big issue things like these are not good options to be honest.

PMI expects
you that you should communicate directly and as soon as possible, why they want you to
be ethical. The next video probably what we will be discussing is the Professional Responsibility,
where I would be talking more about this concept, but for now just keep that in mind that you
always have to be direct, honest and proactive, communicate as soon as possible, don't hide
any information because if you are hiding any information intentionally or unintentionally,
you will get the answer wrong, and our job is to make sure that you're picking the right
choice. See all of these examples are only concentrated towards your passing the PMP
exam, what you do in real life is totally situational, I can't tell you what to do until
and unless I know that situation, so use your mind, use your tips and tricks' only for the
exam perspective.

Know the project manager roles and the organization type, see on the
PMI website there is exam outline, they have given some of the tasks we should do, an initiation,
they have given some of the tasks which you do in planning, they have given some of the
tasks that you do an execution, monitor and control and the closing. Those tasks are very
important, they'll give you and you will be surprised after reading some of the tasks,
you would think that oh this is a task I thought is in planning but it came out to be an execution
or it came out to be monitor and control.

So make sure you're reading the exam outline
thoroughly, I think it's not more than 9 to 10 pages so that's very important. First thing,
you have to read the exam outline, it is available on the PMI website and you have to practice
a lot of questions on that. When you go to the EduHubSpot simulator portal, you'll get
a lot of questions on the exam outline. Then understand the organization types, there are
many and different types of organization and it is given on the PMBOK somewhere, I don't
remember exactly the page number but when you do the questions on the website we have
linked those questions with the PMBOK page number so that you can go back and relate
to questions. These organization types are very important. Always default to balance
matrix, if it is not specified, I'll tell you what balanced matrix organization is in
a while. Then as I told you, the ratio is 30:40:30, so 30 percent questions are easier
40 percent questions are medium and 30 percent questions are of a higher difficulty level,
so it is easy, medium and difficult.

So easier question should be answerable by most test
takers, so most of the test taker will get these 30% questions right, they will be on
the ethics question, which we will be discussing, in the next video. Supporting PMI, if PMI
reaches out to you for any doubt related to their colleague or anything like that, you
should be the first one to help them, support them remember be proactive, be ethical. Always
follow the processes, there are 49 processes and we will be going through this processes
in much more detail, there are 49 processes there are five process groups and there are
ten knowledge areas. Always follow the processes, remember. Some of the obvious input tools
and output, See initially they used to ask a lot of questions and if you're doing the
CAPM exam, you will get lot of questions on the input tools and outputs for example, they'll
ask you which of the following is an input to this process or which of the following
is not an input to this process, so you may get that ‘not’ questions as well but no
longer they ask if even if you ask out of 200, I will say you'll not get more than four
to five questions on direct ITTO’s.

Whenever I say the word ITTO’s, referred to the ITTO
sheet, which you downloaded from the website. Medium questions are harder but should be
answerable by most prepared test takers, so I am assuming after you've watched the videos,
you will fall under the category of more like the prepared test takers, so you would be
able to do this forty percent of questions as well. In what order things should be performed,
so this is where they will say okay, which of the following is the next thing the project
manager should do, so normally they will talk about the ordering. Questions related to more
detailed input tools and output,, they'll probably give you some scenarios and they'll
say okay what is the tool they are talking about and things like that.

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