Read PMBOK First? No


Anitha Thomas
BC, Canada

No. of Attempt
Study Duration
2 months

PMP® Course
PM PrepCast™
Prep Book
Kim HeldmanAndy Crowe

Mock Exams Attempted
PM Exam Simulator

PMBOK® Guide Read
1 time

“Always just glance the answers first, then glance through the last sentence of the question, before reading the question thoroughly to avoid mistakes happening with tricky questions.”

Anitha Thomas passed PMP® exam in first attempt. Below is a summary of her lessons learned.

My Study Plan

  1. Obtained the required 35 contact hours using PM PrepCast™. It took nearly a month but I really enjoyed PM PrepCast™ material. And I didn’t take any classroom preparations.
  2. Read Kim Heldman’s book which is a very good book organizing the project management cycle in  5 phases.
  3. Did a lot of practice tests using the Scordo test which was available free through PMI®.
  4. Read PMBOK® Guide, but couldn’t read it from cover to cover.
  5. Listened to PrepCast again, mainly planning, executing and monitoring and controlling process groups.
  6. Got hold of Andy Crowe’s book (new edition) which is organized in knowledge areas (same as the PMBOK® Guide Guide). Read it from cover to cover.
  7. Read glossary by Kim Heldman (the best), Andy Crowe (second best) and PMBOK® Guide to further understand the definition of terms.
  8. I skimmed through the answers Scordo provided at the end of tests as I did not have enough time to do all questions. Scordo did a very good job in explaining the situation of the question and the logic behind for arriving at the answer. This helped me much in solving PMP® questions.
  9. In retrospect, I should have completed 4 full-length practice exams instead of answering the questions bit by bit.

Lessons learned

  1. I should have study more about the cost knowledge area.
  2. ITTOS questions were not tricky at all. They are very straight forward. No need to memorize. You just need to understand the concepts.
  3. Try to glance at the answers first, then glance through the last sentence of the question, before reading the question thoroughly. This will save you with tricky questions.
  4. It is recommended to go through supplementary exam prep materials first; before trying to read PMBOK® Guide. This will help you understand and remember PMBOK® Guide fully.
  5. Pick an exam prep material that suits your study style. Don’t need to go for the ‘best’ one.

~ PMP® Lessons Learned by Anitha Thomas


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Notable Achievements

5 Proficient Pass 2nd Try