A) You should have 35 hours of training or workshop on "Project Management". You can get this from REP's by attending their workshop (paid) or if you have attended such training or workshop in your company you can ask the company HR to issue you a certificate clearly stating the total hours and date when you attended such training. Such PDU qualifies for your life time eligibility i.e. it has no expiry. Your education will not work for such PDU.
A) Project management experience is wrongly seen as management experience, but for PMI its any phases of project i.e. Initiation, Planning, Executing, Monitoring & Control and Closing. If you have worked in any of these project phases, it counts for PMI. However you will have to make sure some part (small time) is applied in all these phases in the 4,500 hours or 7,500 hours. E.g. for a project A you can just claim for Execution and for Project B you can claim for Initiation and closing etc...All these are valid cases. However you cannot claim for 2 projects at the same time i.e. it should be Non-Overlapping. In simple words, you can just take around 8 hours for each day you spent in the project.
A) Go to PMI website and create a login. You can click on Certifications (PMP) and try to fill the form or at least see every field. You don't have to pay anything for it. Your payment would come to picture only if you submit the filled application. The point is, if this process is free why not to create a login and try it. You will have many questions resolved.
A) Yes, since all questions are situational. Keep in mind there is no fix process to pass the exam. Just believe in you and have confidence. 90% of PMP questions are situational. PMI does not reveal it's question and its right answer. So what ever you read, hear and see is the person/author perception. You will never know what the right answer PMI would look for is.
A) If PMP passing had such straight forward formula, it would not have the value it has acquired today. Everyone has different story to share and they give different tips to pass. There is no documented and validated way to pass the PMP. But, right guidance and attempting quality PMP type questions helps all. Misguidance and over study are the major causes of PMP failure. If you get into trap of attempting poor sample questions during practice, you will get into trouble for sure. You should practice about 2000 good PMP type question.
A) Yes, absolutely. You don't need to be a PMI member to apply for PMP certification. But, do you not love and respect the money you earn? PMI membership costs $129, but you get a $150 discount on the exam. Straight forward you save $21.
If you fail:
Reexamination Fees for PMI Members - Computer-based exam: USD 275 and Paper-based exam: USD 150
Reexamination Fees for Non PMI Members - Computer-based exam: USD 375 and Paper-based exam: USD 300
In short, from ever side, becoming a PMI member has financial benefit.
A) You cannot trust and get a guarantee from any PMP Mock Test providers that you would pass, it's the honest answer over fake claims, you also know it better. Forget about passing now, think about the cost, most of the good providers charge you around $35 for one PMP Mock Test of 200Q. How much are we charging? Just $35 for the entire Test package with 1200 questions. We can assure you that our questions are of high quality, unlike the real PMP type and our concept of 100Q per test would add higher effectiveness of taking a mock test.
Choice is yours, but think about the cost we are charging, if you fail (about 50% of people fail in each attempt) you will have to pay around $300 for exam re-take.