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Jesus Angeles
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Anybody have idea:
===>What are the types of questions (like, multiple choice, drag and drop, etc.)?
===>If it is a multiple-choice question, is the number of choices to choose specified?
===>Calculator allowed (this one I have a feeling is not allowed)?

I tried to search for an answer on my questions on PMI site but didnt find any.
[ November 11, 2007: Message edited by: Jesus Angeles ]
Bagwan Mehrat
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This new certification sounds interesting. If it's like the PMP exam, it'll be multiple choice, and I don't think calculators were necessary. For that matter, on the PMP, not much knowledge was necessary either, and it's rather disappointingly easy.

Fortunately, they have some professional and continuing training requirements for the PMP, or else it would be a completely worthless certification.
K Gupta
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Jesus

I am also planning to give CAPM. Do you have any idea how much time it will take for preperation ? apart from PMBOK is any other book required ?


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Jesus Angeles
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Originally posted by K Gupta:
Jesus

I am also planning to give CAPM. Do you have any idea how much time it will take for preperation ? apart from PMBOK is any other book required ?


===>What are the types of questions (like, multiple choice, drag and drop, etc.)?<<<<<all multiple choice
===>If it is a multiple-choice question, is the number of choices to choose specified?<<<<<specified
===>Calculator allowed (this one I have a feeling is not allowed)?<<<<<calculator provided by test center

There is a head first PMP book. It can also be used for CAPM because CAPM is also based on the PMBOK guide.

I am still preparing so I cannot give much advice, but among the posts I saw somewhere, if you preparing using those 2 books, you are good to go.
Bagwan Mehrat
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I actually heard somewhere that CAPM is different enough from the PMP that those who study well for the PMP may actually fail the CAPM, as counter-intuitive as it sounds. I took the PMP myself once to see what it was like. I didn't study for it, but used to be a project management practitioner, so study wasn't necessary.

I haven't seen the CAPM on resumes I've seen yet so I'm not sure how I'd react to it, but I'd be cautious. If I saw a PM with a CAPM, I'd wonder why the candidate didn't just get a regular PMP, and put the resume on the reject pile. If I saw a software developer with a CAPM, I'd wonder if they were dissatisfied with their work and were really focused technically, and put their resume in the reject pile. I can't think of a situation where a CAPM would not hurt on a resume.
K Gupta
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Thanks for your response Jesus.

Bagwan is it always bad to have CAPM on one's resume. I'll tell you my profile and please advice me if I should go forward with this certification or not .
I have more than 3.5 years of experience and I have SCJP, SCWCD , SCBCD & SCJWSD . I am senior member in my team. And down the path I want to go towards management side. Should I proceed with CAPM ?
Bagwan Mehrat
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Well, at 3.5 years, you're still starting out, so it's hard to say. I know very few developers with 3.5 years of experience. The developers I know have 10, 20, or more years of experience. The project managers I know typically have 10 or 15 years of experience - in project management alone.

I remember once when I had about 3.5 years of experience in project management, I talked to a recruiter about switching jobs. She told me to forget it - that nobody would consider hiring a project manager with only 3.5 years of project management experience, and that I'd be competing against project managers with 10+ years of experience. And I found that she was right.
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If I saw a PM with a CAPM, I'd wonder why the candidate didn't just get a regular PMP, and put the resume on the reject pile. If I saw a software developer with a CAPM, I'd wonder if they were dissatisfied with their work and were really focused technically, and put their resume in the reject pile. I can't think of a situation where a CAPM would not hurt on a resume.
That is a strange way to assess if someone fits. Negative certification.

I don't give to much value to the fact that someone has a certificate or not, but would never put someone on the reject pile because she has some certificate.

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Bagwan Mehrat
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Originally posted by Jan Cumps:
That is a strange way to assess if someone fits. Negative certification.


It's a common issue. I recently read a good article at http://www.boston.com/jobs/news/articles/2007/12/23/thinking_grad_school_timing_plays_a_key_role/ that discussed analogous situations with extra graduate degrees disqualifying people:

"You would do best to leave frivolous graduate degrees off your resume so you can look a bit more focused."
Marc Peabody
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Originally posted by Bagwan Mehrat:
I recently read a good article at http://www.boston.com/jobs/news/articles/2007/12/23/thinking_grad_school_timing_plays_a_key_role/ that discussed analogous situations with extra graduate degrees disqualifying people:

That article was written by Penelope Trunk. I agree that putting irrelevant information on a resume is often a bad idea, but I would never blindly take career advice from someone who recommends doing yoga in the workplace bathroom to relieve stress.


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Jesus Angeles
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If I listened to all that crap about 'certifications are useless', I wouldnt be a full-fledged jee developer now, seriously.

That is the only thing I could show to my supervisors, when they suddenly needed to fill in a jee developer into a project, involving a new 5,000 transactions a day system. And I did painlessly, thanks to Head First series, and all my jee certifications.
 
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