The first and vital advice is, keep breathing during the exam, because the stress of the exam can overtake you and it is very important to keep driving oxygen to your brain; because your brain is going to be tired at the end of 4 hours. So you have to keep your enthusiasm high. Second one, is an easy strategy that I followed.
I have to get 110 to 130 questions correct, so I have scope to skip at least forty or fifty questions. So, I did not focus on getting all the questions correct, I needed to get this 120 to 130 correct for sure. So that is an easy strategy that I monitored. See if it works for you. It is very significant to learn to let go. If you are not 100% sure about the answers, it is very vital that you let go and move on to the next questions. This depends on you, get few questions wrong or skip a few questions helps.
So, there are 3 types of questions where you may need to let go. The first type is; you cannot make any head or tail on the question. How to approach the question? In my opinion- just skip that question. Do not even break your head, do not even take it to your ego to answer such questions, it is not worth it. The second type, you might want to avoid mark for later. What I am trying to say is, learn to let go, there is a choice in PMP exam where you can mark the questions for later. The first kind of questions, spot them for later. If you have time, you may revisit them and do not even necessary to answer them. Keep them blank.
The second type of questions, that you may want to spot them for later is; there are questions where there are four answer options (multiple choice) in each question.
You know that clearly, two answer options are wrong, so you strike them out, but you were stuck between two options, you are not very confident. So, there is another advice here, so the PMP exam gives you the choice to strike out the incorrect answer. So, you can strike out the clearly wrong answers, between the two of them and then leave the two answer options you are not confident of, do not mark an answer and spot this question for later. This is the second type. The third type of question is, you have selected an answer; but you want to again check it, you want to reconfirm that you have not made an error. So, this is also a question that you should spot for later but select an answer. So, these are the three types of questions that you should spot for later and you may quickly let go and move on for the further questions. So, this is what I did.
So, out of the 4 hours- I could finish the 1st round, I attempted all 200 questions. Of course, I have spotted a lot of questions later. So, I have completed the first round in 3 hours 20 minutes. I had 40 minutes in my hand to review. So, how do you review? What to review first? So, the 2nd type of question that we discoursed; where you are left with two answers options, but you were not sure which one is right, should be the first.
I revised those questions first, and it offers the brain enough time to process it once you leave and come back later. So, by the time you come again, you will have a much improved and newer perspective. So, that assisted me. And the third type of question that you should revise is the question that you want to reconfirm. You have selected an answer, but you want to reconfirm that you have not made a mistake or made a silly mistake. So, those are the questions that you should surely review; and finally, you should revise the first type of questions that you cannot try a head or tail of. So, there are no minus marks in PMP, if you were not able to make a head or tail, don’t break your head, just choose randomly answer and letter of the day- you may choose that “A’” is going to be my lucky letter of the day and you can answer all “A’s”. Do not skip any questions unanswered. So mark something and complete it. So, as I had 40 minutes to review, but I did not get time to review all the questions that I spotted, but I got time to review at least 80 to 90 percent of the questions that I have spotted.
I think that was the key to cross-check to the other side of pass marks. Some more Pieces of Advice for the preparation and the exam- it is very significant that you learn important outputs of processes; there will be questions which will be related to that. You may learn, for example, you should understand when an issue log is created, in which process issue log is in output for the first time, which process and assumption is an output for the first time, in which process Project Charter is made? So, you should know, there are some important inputs.
And also you should learn the series or order of activities. For example, all planning processes are finished before moving into execution processes ideally. So, you should understand that sequence; there may be some questions based on the sequencing of activities. And, you should carefully learn every project document, what is the objective of it? Like, when is it used?
Because there will be a number of questions on which document to refer to. You may also like to go through pmp certification training course.