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If you have the experience and have performed the job function, then the title is less important.
At least to PMI. On the application to take the PMP exam it is about performing the project manager functions and acting within the process groups and the bodies of knowledge.
Of course you will also need someone who (if contacted as a reference) can truthfully say,
“Yes, Jim acted in this capacity.”
In life on a job interview it will depend on the company. I never recommend changing job titles
on your resume. If someone does a check at a company and job title is discussed (OK, rare but it has happened) it will not make you look good if you have used a false job title.
I do see others in your situation (with similar years of experience and in IT management), pursuing their PMP. It gives them more flexibility if they need to make a job change. Sometimes it is more difficult to get a functional IT manager job, but good IT project managers seem to have more of a demand.
PS – If you are concerned, check out the PMP application on PMI.ORG before you take the boot camp.
Best of luck to you and let me know how it goes, By Margaret Meloni
I agree to Cornelius, that memorization of PMBOK Guide formulas and page 70 is important. I would add that you should have a very good knowledge of the Glossary (PMBOK Guide pages 343ff) including both, Acronyms and Definitions. You should also be able to do Earned Value and investment calculations incl. NPV, IRR, EVA and so on.
People have different learning channels, so some may learn best by doing it alone, others will prefer working in a group or attending a seminar. You should make a decision by asking yourself “which is the best way for me?” You do not need 80% right answers. PMI published 2 years ago a passing score of 61%. This number may have changed meanwhile, and PMI made a decision to
no more publish passing scores at all, but recent feedback from my participants indicates that it must still be well under 67%. Another tip is to use as many sources of sample questions as possible. There is a large diversity among prep item writers, and to be prepared for that you should have a diversity of prep item writers also. Please go to http://www.oliverlehmann.com/pmp-self-test/75-free-questions.htm#providers_
to find your first 75 questions and a list of former providers. By Oliver F. Lehmann, PMP
1.) The PMP exam (unfortunately) has many areas where memorization is required. So a lot of your study time will be spent memorizing formulas. But as with every exam the best way of studying is to take many sample tests and learn by making mistakes on the questions.
2.) I always say that 1-2 hours of daily study over the period of 2-3 months is sufficient to pass the exam. Your own needs may be different.
3.) This is individual preference. I personally studied on my own but joined many online groups (like this one) to share experiences. But some of my colleagues formed local study groups. In study groups you have the benefit of receiving constant support from your colleagues. But you can cover more material on your own because you can go at your own pace.
4.) 75% of the exam is based on the PMBOK Guide. If you don’t read it, you may come across many questions that you cannot answer. Here is my tip: Read a short section every day. If you are using Andy Crowe’s book, then first read the section in the PMBOK Guide (yes, boring) and then read the section in Andy’s book. That will give you both worlds. And by the way… Page 70 of the PMBOK Guide is a must. You must be able to take an empty piece of paper and (from memory) write out page 70. It is a very helpful page for the exam. — By Cornelius Fichtner, PMP