Know PMBOK, Know How to Apply it


Charuhasa Venkataraman
CA, United States

No. of Attempt
Study Duration
1 months

PMP® Course
Prep Book
Kim Heldman
Head First PMP®

Mock Exams Attempted
PM Study
PMBOK® Guide Read

“I got a lot of situational questions covering the width and breadth of PMBOK® Guide.”

Charuhasa Venkataraman passed the PMP® exam in the first attempt. Below are his lessons learned.

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


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Notable Achievements

5 Proficient Pass 2nd Try