AT A GLANCE
Charuhasa Venkataraman passed the PMP® exam in the first attempt. Below are his lessons learned.
- I studied 3 – 4 hours daily initially and increased the time to 6 hours a day when it was nearer the PMP® exam.
- I used Rita’s PMP® Book for the study and the process chart in the book helped me a lot. I tried to understand and memorized the sequence of the project management processes.
- I also read the book PMP®: Project Management Professional Exam Study Guide by Kim Heldman, the PMBOK® Guide Guide and Head First PMP® for the PMP® practice questions and exercises. I read the PMBOK® Guide Guide from cover to cover and tried to understand it thoroughly.
- I took lots of practice exams, including online and paper based mock PMP® exams. My scores were around 75%.
- I made my own set of flashcards of process charts and flow charts for revision.
- I practiced 4 full-length 4-hour practice exams in the last two days leading up to the PMP® exam.
The PMP® Exam
- I was not allowed to take anything into the exam room except my own ID. Your water bottle, mobile phone, notes, etc. all had to be put inside a locker.
- I used the tutorial time to make my brain dump including: PMP® formulas like CV, SPI, CVI, SV and also the key sequence of Rita’s process chart.
- I finished the first pass of all questions in 2 hours 15 minutes and did a second pass of the questions, reviewing all answers in particular the marked questions.
- On the PMP® exam, I had a lot of situational questions covering the found knowledge in the PMBOK® Guide.
- But there were also quite a number of straight-forward and definition type questions.
~ PMP® Lessons Learned by Charuhasa Venkataraman