1. What was my experience on the day of the exam?
It’s a very lengthy exam, PMP, it is a four hours’ exam. So, you have physical stamina as well as you will need mental stamina to attain the exam. If you have cultured to meditate, I would suggest that you meditate; because it is useful to you improve your mental stamina and take the pressure of four hours intellectually. It is very tiring on the brain. Physical strengths- you ensure that you eat well because there is no break in between the exam and it’s quite a lengthy exam.
So, it will be helpful to retain yourself fit, eat healthy and well, keep your food healthy. Retain yourself hydrated also, make sure you drink enough water or juice (liquid) to make sure that you keep yourself hydrated in the exam. You are able to take a break in between the exam, but the timer will keep going and I am sure you will not want to take a break, once you start the exam. Ensure that you are reaching the venue well in advance.
Suppose your exam is at 8:00 AM in the morning; ensure that you reach the venue at least 45 minutes before the exam time. Consider a scenario, When I went to the exam center; I realized that I had to pay for the parking, I need to give them cash as they were not taking cards. So, I had to go for an ATM, then get the cash. Then I came back and parked my car. So, 25 minutes just wasted into this process and it was a surprise for me. So, avoid such surprises, by going well in advance.
At the center also, there is a number of checking that happens. So it also consumes some time. So, reach the venue in advance; and at least ensure that you are sitting in your seat at least 15 minutes before the scheduled examination. So, you are able to settle yourself, you can focus and concentrate on the exam.
2. How was my familiarity with the new exam-based on PMBOK Sixth Edition?
I don’t have a reference point; I do not have an idea of how the PMBoK v5 looks like. But, my knowledge has been that there were all types of questions. There was a number of questions which were straight forward from PMBoK.
Consider an example question, which is the lowest item on a work breakdown structure(WBS)? And questions were situation based- mainly what should a project manager do in a certain scenario; or what should a project manager use to, which document or a plan they should refer to, in a certain case.
The questions were of maximum 4 to 8 lines in length; I did not see very lengthy questions. And the 4th observation was, quantitative questions on the PMP exam, but it was totally within the scope of PMBoK edition six.
If PMBoK edition six described those formulas in that Official Guide, the questions were grounded only on that- there was nothing outside the scope of the PMBoK edition six. That is a very essential tip for your preparation.