A Jacket Would Save Your PMP Test


Roshni Rajagopal
Bangalore, India

No. of Attempt
Study Duration
6 months

PMP® Course
Prep Book

Mock Exams Attempted
Oliver Lehmann
PMBOK® Guide Read
4 times

“PMBOK® Guide was very dry with all the ITTO tables. Rita’s was much more interesting and I felt like I am really learning.”

Roshni Rajagopal passed the PMP® exam in first attempt. Here are his lessons learned.

PMP® Preparation

  1. Read PMBOK® Guide Guide twice
  2. Attended a classroom training for project management to obtain the 35 contact hours.
  3. Read Rita Mulcahy’s PMP® book and the PMBOK® Guide Guide side by side, i.e. a chapter from Rita’s, then the same chapter from the PMBOK® Guide Guide and then attempted all the chapter end practice questions from Rita’s.
  4. Got around 73% in the tough practice exams like Oliver Lehmann
  5. Read Rita’s PMP® book and the PMBOK® Guide guide once again, skimming over the contents and making notes at the same time.
  6. Made notes on the formulas and the ITTO’s I missed during practice exams for revision.
  7. I did not try to memorize all the ITTO’s.
  8. I spent an hour to two on weekdays for about six months for my preparation.
  9. I could then got around 80% for practice exams.
  10. Rita’s was much more interesting than the PMBOK® Guide Guide. I learned the bulk from Rita’s. Rita’s book suggests using logical thinking to come up a correct ITTO instead of memorizing all of them.
  11. I tried to concentrate on Rita’s book and the PMBOK® Guide Guide only.
  12. From my working experience, I had more experience from the executing processes and less from other process groups, in particular the initiating and closing process groups. So I tried harder to learn the concepts from other less familiar process groups.
  13.  I wished my project manager at that time knew the knowledge in PMP®. 

On the Day of the Exam

  1. I wished I had carried a jacket as the room temperature was so low.
  2. I did a brain dump of the process groups and formulas.
  3. I had a break after every 100 questions. I did some stretching after every 50 questions to relax and refresh.
  4. I got quite a number of questions on risk management (asking about the ITTO’s), contracts, conflict management and quality control (in particular the control charts).
  5. The earned value management questions were very simple and direct. 

~ PMP® Lessons Learned by Roshni Rajagopal

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