Recent PMP exam feedback:
I had only a couple of questions that required me to do math. There were a handful more that required me to understand the concept of the math, but did not actually require any calculations. Risk was very important. I recommend focusing on that concept throughout all of the knowledge areas. For example, how does risk affect HR, Procurement, cost, schedule, etc…
Something that I recommend is a periodic overview of how the knowledge areas combine into one project effort. We have to understand the knowledge areas individually first, and once we do, then we need to understand how they work together. I think this would help people with the situational questions on the exam.
The Rita Mulcahy book was very good. I read it cover to cover, then did the questions. I went through the questions a couple of times until I was scoring in the high 90s. Then I went back and skimmed through the PMBOK (especially the glossary). That last review of the PMBOK helped a lot.
I printed off a bunch of flashcards for all of the processes Inputs/Tools/Techniques/Outputs. Thank you for recommending not to try to memorize them. That would have been a big waste of effort. In fact, printing them off was a waste of paper. Threw them straight in the recycle bin.
I have a friend that just passed the PMP. He used Rita’s and the site examcentral.net, among other things. The examcentral.net questions are OK, but not as good as Rita’s. The questions seem a bit more basic, and fact based.