Top 4 regrets of those who failed the PMP Exam
It is not at all unusual if you failed the PMP Exam on your first attempt – believe me, you are not alone. Rather than using a strict ratio of correct versus incorrect answers to determine whether you pass or fail the exam – the PMI uses a system that accounts for the difficulty level of each question. Since the examination requires you to have a minimum passing score of 65 percent, it is advisable to score 80 percent or higher on mock tests and simulation questions, before you take on the PMP Exam.
Top 4 regrets of those who failed the project management exam
- Skipping knowledge areas
Many examination attendees realize too late, that doing extremely well in all knowledge areas but one is a formula for definite failure. Work hard on areas that you just don’t get. Get an exam question source that allows you to see the knowledge areas you are currently weak in.
- Taking the PMP Exam prep course from a non-REP
Some exam takers discover that the environment of questions in the exam is a little different from what they expected it to be – which can turn out to be a disaster. Do NOT forget that REPs make their study material compatible with the PMBOK Guide – on which the examination is majorly based.
- Rush to take the certification exam
This is a common regret for test-takers. Every few years, the examination changes, and there is usually a rush to take the examination before it does. The PMBOK has only gotten bigger in page count, so only rush if you truly have the time to cover the entire syllabus, and prepare effectively for the examination.
- Mathematically oriented test-takers
Some test-takers place too much emphasis on formulas. Remember that the examination is not mathematically intensive – so do NOT overdo it. Also, one missed math question can be a trigger for failure. Study proportionally and allocate your time.
Choose your re-examination time wisely!
Remember that if you fail three consecutive times within a year, you have to wait an entire year before re-applying – not to mention the expenditure of these repeated re-exams. Make sure that you prepare well-enough before jumping back into the water.