PMP® Certification Success - Taking the Plunge - You can do it SmartPath LLC trainees!
PMP® Certification Success - Sacrifice your adult pride, just this once, so you can pass, and pass quickly. This article is all about taking the plunge. It will bring results. What we're talking about is learning the way that's proven or ignoring directions and doing it your way. At SmartPath LLC, we respect adults and their desire to learn their way; however, when it comes to passing the PMP Exam, try doing it our way, whether you want to pass within 30 days or not, because our way has proven success. People can either use the pictorial workflows or the OTTIs Matrix along with their practice instead of using both. They can write the Prep Exercises or they can draw them. These are choices that you can make based on how you normally learn.
When it Comes to Passing the PMP Exam, Practice the questions SmartPath LLC's way. It works:
What matters here is that you escalate your ability to understand all kinds of questions through cognitive practice. SmartPath LLC's practice provides lots of situational exposure for all kinds of questions, presented in all kinds of formats, and we want you to think about each question cognitively. It is important to practice answering mock exam questions where you think about what you're answering like this: Asking yourself, why is this answer wrong? And why is this answer right? And it needs to be done for all answers - all of the time. This quadruples your questions in a way by looking at all of the angles, and increasing your cognitive abilities - your ability to analyze. It will increase your ability to analyze under pressure.
High scores don't matter so much when you're practicing:
When you're practicing, it's not getting high scores so much that produces excellent exam results, because you can also achieve a high score by picking the right one out by rote, but you won't succeed in the exam if you choose to do it this way. You will only cheat yourself of the results you wish to achieve. And, the PMP Exam is not a software certification where you are trained to do the same thing over and over by picking it out so you can replicate that on the same questions in a software exam. The PMI organization does not provide prior exams for you to consider or practice. There is no such thing as real exam questions to practice. This is a psychometric exam for a project management professional who is supposed to be able to analyze well, because analysis is what they're doing most of the time when there's managing projects or programs. You are tested on your psychological response to the questions. You are put under psychological pressure. Can you weather this pressure storm?
Okay, so why am I writing this?
It is natural for us to trust ourselves more than someone else: We could trust the proven methods and avoid sabotaging our success; however, we cringe when we think of possible failure so we ignore everything. I am writing this because after we've just finished another PMP Certification with Exam Prep, and the instructor is giving all of the final instructions, it's like for some, he didn't say anything. I don't think their minds were wondering. I think from day one of class, some people are already thinking how they can learn this information even though every day the instructor tells them how and what to practice tonight, and what to do to pass the exam. And instructions are written at the end of each daily session.
So what do people do to sabotage their PMP passing success? Here's 3 major things they do:
(1) Form A study group versus practicing the online quizzes SmartPath LLC's way:
During training they have already hijacked one or two in the class to study with them versus practicing the quizzes which they are supposed to do. How does this affect them? People in the group will not be escalating their knowledge, instead they usually "fall" to the lowest level equal to the person's knowledge who knows the least. Adage: water seeks the lowest level. It's true here. Avoid this even if you have a lot of gaps. You need to think on your own. No one can think for you when you're taking the exam.
(2) They decide to read and study their pmWorkbook first versus practicing the online quizzes:
They reason that after all this is we passed all our other exams in the past. They have already determined that they want to read the pmWorkbook through first because they have determined they don't know enough even though the quizzes cover everything in the book, and they will pass if they practice them using our methods.
(3) They're purchase flashcards or they make their own instead of doing their online quizzes first:
They rationalize that this method will make them more ready to practice the quizzes. They have decided to make flashcards first or buy them, when we don't recommend using flashcards because they encourage rote learning and memorization. We want to increase and induce understanding. We have interactive and simulated learning by practicing the quizzes which will help them learn everything that they are worried about. At SmartPath LLC we use flash pages because for this exam, information needs to be associated.
How can you find the courage to follow SmartPath LLC's proven methods?
Take the plunge. Recently I watched a Nature program on TV showing little birds perched high up in a nest formed in the crux of a large waving branch of a tall tree which dangled over a rocky cliff that overlooked a beautiful seascape. The birds were hundreds of feet in the above the rocks, and they were timidly peeking over the edge of their nest viewing how far down it really was to the bottom. And then an amazing thing happened, one after another they jumped, and instinctively they open their wings and glided down safely to the rocks below. This was the first time they had ever used their wings. To pass, become like those little birds. Determine to take the plunge.
Every week we are amazed by the people with the least amount of experience, and the least amount of knowledge who "jump" over the edge, just like those little birds. They think about doing over 1719 practice quizzes after class. They divide them by the number of days they want to take to learn. For example: Doing about 144 questions per day, they could be finished in 12 days. They give themselves a day to know their memory joggers and formulas, and review areas that they identified were challenging for them and they take the plunge. They dive down and during the exam they find their wings, and they land safely, grasping that piece of paper that says, "Congratulations! "You passed!" The relief is beyond belief. They can't believe there eyes. They did it!
You can do it! Even you can do it within 10 to 30 days or less? How fast do you want to do it? How effective do you want your study to be?
By Nereda Haque, PMP - 4-19-2015
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