Build Your Own PMBOK Dictionary


Kostas Limas

No. of Attempt
Study Duration
4 months

PMP® Course
PM PrepCast™
Prep Book

Mock Exams Attempted
Exam simulator
PM Exam Simulator

PMBOK® Guide Read
2 times

“What I did is I Print Screen the page I wanted to have as a reference and saved it in a file, and then in my excel sheet I would write the reference word e.x ‘’Influence diagrams’’ and I would linked it to the image in my file (it is really easy). As I result I created a whole list with the core concepts and every time I wanted to revise I just clicked on the word and the exact page of PMBOK® Guide guide with the specific concept was appearing in my screen!!”

Kostas Limas wrote below his PMP® success lessons learned:

  • I could have passed the PMP® exam with less effort but it is always safer to study more (but not to over-study).
  • Study materials: Rita’s book, PM PrepCast™ and PM Exam Simulator
  • Focused on Rita’s PMP®  book first. Read it twice.
  • Watched PM PrepCast™ to fill the knowledge gap by just reading Rita’s PMP® book and understand the concepts better.
  • Read the PMBOK® Guide Guide from cover to cover as it is very important and useful to familiarize myself with the PMI® vocabulary.
  • Read Rita’s PMP® book for the third time with PMBOK® Guide reading for the second time. You will learn new things with each reading and you can close your knowledge gap.
  • Tried practice exams and got results from average 68%-74% in my first try, I reached about 75% to 85% in the second.
  • Rita’s book a “strict” view of how PMI® sees things (known as PMI®-isms) which helps you answer PMP® questions in PMI®’s way.
  • Created my own ITTO dictionary using excel. List ITTO’s by knowledge areas and processes. Print screen the related illustrations or explanation and put it there so that I could search for explanations of ITTO’s easily. It was a good reference for revision.
  • In general the actual PMP® exam was  similar to the ones of PrepCast and Rita’s practice exams. I used the same exam strategy for the real exam.
  • Read the exam questions very carefully.
  • It was difficult for me to adapt to the real exam in the beginning as I felt that the first 5 questions were more difficult out of nervousness.
  • If you score about 73% to 80% in PrepCast and Rita practice exams, then you are ready for the real PMP® exam.

~ PMP® Lessons Learned by Kostas Limas


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Notable Achievements

5 Proficient Pass 2nd Try