PMP Exam Success

    Congratulations Chapter Members on Passing the PMP® Exam!

    The PMI Southwest Ohio Chapter wants to congratulate our PMP® Prep Class students on their PMP® exam success. The chapter and training team are thrilled and excited at the speed in which these students passed the exam! Their preparation, experience, and confidence made success possible.

    We provide a free PMI Dinner meeting to the students who pass PMP certificate within 6 months of our chapter class completion. Our chapter leaders will announce their names and give them the special recognition they both deserve. Here are success stories and tips from our successful PMP students:

    NEW! Zeldon Pitts, PMP: "I wanted to thank you for your emails of encouragement to continue striving to pass the PMP examination. Since the winter 2016 class, as with many folks I’m sure, work and life became unexpectedly challenging. That coupled with bit of laziness and exhaustion, led to my pursuit of the certification falling to the wayside.

    Your most recent email letting us know that the test would be changing after March, lit a fire in me to finish what I started. I just wanted to let you know that I did successfully pass the exam and attain my PMP certification and also to thank you for those emails. They do not fall on deaf ears. I’m not one for fanfare, so I’m not looking to have this sent out. It really is more of a personal ‘Thank you’ for your instruction and continuing support and encouragement to reach for our goals." Passed PMP in March, 2018.

    Carrie Hatfield, PMP: "I really appreciated the help I received during the classes. After classes ended, I went back through each chapter and spent at least a week at a time on each subject. I watched a YouTube video series that took a deep dive into the PMBOK, this helped with ITTO's and read Rita's chapters after. I repeated this process through all chapters. I listened to the hot topics in the car for 4 months! After I was done with the books I took my first stab at Rita's FastTrack test. I got a 74%. Then I took the Super PM and got a 64% that was painful but very motivating. So I took and tracked several on-line tests and my scores went up. I then did 60 Rita questions for each process and each knowledge area. LOTS of QUESTIONS are KEY. I didn't worry about time but I look at the answers after each choice. If I got it wrong I noted it or looked up why if I didn't get it still. Days before the test I took Rita's FastTrack test getting an 84%, then Rita's Super PM test getting 74%. I wanted these final tests in to high 80 or 90's so I had a high level of confidence. Prayer helped a lot too! Best of Luck. ADVICE: Knock it out and get it done before too much time passes since the classes.” Passed PMP in January 2018. 

    Matthew (Matt) Hoffman, PMP: "I drew a lot on the advice of the other classmates that passed. Re-reading all the PowerPoint slides from class was a big help in the last few days before the test. Rita’s process game was also valuable for me, in helping to realize which items I was consistently mis-classifying. Doing small group study was very helpful, it provided me with different ways to approach the material and let me gain insight from others’ perspectives. During the test, I made a lot of use of the marking feature to know which questions to re-visit. I also allowed myself to skip some questions, and then come back to them during the second pass. Overall I viewed most of the questions three times. I did find that my first 15 questions had obvious mistakes, so I’d recommend re-checking those during the exam if you have time. I found I misread about five questions among the first 15 questions.” Passed PMP in December 2017. 

    Lonny Barnett, PMP: "I modified my studying slightly to incorporate my colleagues input and strategies. After the classes ended, I set aside 2 to 3 hours a day to study and review the class material. I focused my reading during the class on the PMBoK and since 90% of the class slides were focused on the PMBoK as well. After the classes I went through Rita’s book and practice exams. I took one full 200 question exam from the FASTrack CD and then focused my studies on the Process Groups that I scored the lowest on the test. I then took one 50 question exam each night on that Process Group until I got my score in that Group above 85%. I then focused on the specific Knowledge Area that gave me the most grief (Integration, Procurement, Risk, Stakeholders). Once I got my scores in those Knowledge Areas above 85%, I reread the Rita’s PMI-isms and Tricks of the Trades up to the day of the test. I used all but 4 minutes of the allowed 4 hours so I was exhausted by the time I finished. Good luck to the remaining group for the Exam.” Passed PMP in December 2017. 

    Luke Altenau, PMP: "To study for the exam, after completion of the course I reviewed the PMBOK from start to finish over course of 3 weeks. After that I took a practice exam using the Rita CD. I then took a few days off to avoid burnout. About 5 days before the exam I read through Rita Book and taking all of the practice quizzes after each chapter. I had averaged in the mid 80% for each section. That allowed me to not study anything the day before the exam to be as fresh as possible. Thanks for everything. The class and materials were a huge help.” Passsed PMP in November 2017. 

    Christeena (Teena) Spengler, PMP: "The instructors helped to formulate a plan for studying, provided tips and questions reading perspectives. The class helped and motivated to see this through to the exam. I treated studying like a project and set a date. I grouped the knowledge areas into three groups based on some semblance of similarities and developed a rotation for studying each group: 1) Integration, Scope, Time, Cost, 2) Quality, Risk, Procurement, 3) HR, Communication and Stakeholder.

    I reread Rita paying particular attention to PMI-isms, the Tricks of the Trade sections to answers questions, even within paragraphs where she says, “the project manager may or will...”. My practice test scores greatly improved after focusing on this. Two pieces of poster board with all of the inputs, processes and outputs helped me see the big picture. I didn’t memorize all of the ITTOs, but knew the outputs and where inputs and outputs crossed Knowledge Areas. Lastly, I did purchase Pocket Prep PMP from the App Store and used Rita’s Test. Pocket Prep is great for getting to know definitions and ITTOs. I did two 200 question tests with Rita then did several smaller 50 question tests. Appreciate the support and encouragement from the chapter.” Passed PMP in November 2017.

    Corey Lamm, PMP: "The PMI Southwest Ohio prep course was great for familiarizing myself with the material and providing structure for reading and studying the chapters in the PMBOK. Once the class was completed, I took several practice tests to build the mental stamina needed for the exam and benchmark my progress. The Rita Fast Track exam simulator was easily the best practice exam with question difficulty closest to the actual test.” Passed PMP in April 2017

    Craig Latscha, PMP: "I began my PMI adventure by listing my objectives and reasons to attain my PMP certification. My PMP objectives drivers led me to study often and pass the test, so be sure to set your goals. I fully read the PMBOK and Rita books twice while doing all questions and highlighting many key points. I also did a slow pass for a third time one month before my exam date, only reading my highlighted text. I used lunch breaks and short 5-15 minute downtimes to review definitions and equations. By simply Googling PMI questions, I came across many Q&As and videos. I met with some classmates to review items I didn’t understand. Study burnout is real, so be careful. I set exam date in advance and did Rita disc short practice quizzes about 4-5 weeks out. Did full 4-hour test 3 weeks out and learned from mistakes. As the test date nears, don’t compress a lot into those final days before the test. I did, and my head ached. Lastly, a special thanks to class instructors team for their dedication.” Passed PMP in March 2017

    Joshua Markham, PMP: "The day after the class concluded I took a practice test using the RMC disc to benchmark my score against my desired score and identify areas needing improvement. I read these chapters again in PMBOK and RMC and supplemented with the RMC flash cards for two weeks and then scheduled my exam. I continued studying about an hour a night and then took another practice test a week before the exam to identify areas still needing improvement. The PMI SW Ohio class provided the structure I needed to keep myself accountable and class insight content that was very helpful on several difficult questions on the exam. I recommend the test prep class to anyone seeking PMP certification." Passed PMP in April 2017

    Chip Stewart, PMP: "“I read the chapters in the PMBOK and Rita book (without doing the exercises and end of chapter questions) for the class sessions. After the fall class was over, I followed the Rita method and read the Rita book the second time completing the exercises and end of chapter questions.

    I also purchased the PMP practice tests through I then re-read each chapter in the PMBOK and took the chapter tests on as well as the comprehensive tests. I then took the Rita test simulation exams three times.”
    Passed PMP in March 2017

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