Prepare for the 2nd Try from Scratches


Saad Al Naib

No. of Attempt
Study Duration
5 months

PMP® Course
PM PrepCast™
Prep Book
Headfirst PMP®

Mock Exams Attempted
PM Exam Simulator
PMBOK® Guide Read
2 times

“Since my first try in March, I need to relax and start studying from scratch.”

Saad Al Naib passed the PMP® Exam with two attempts. Here is his lesson learned for the second try:

  • I tried to relax after the first fail and began studying from scratches for the second try.
  • I read the Headfirst PMP® and skim over the PMBOK® Guide Guide, this took me 1 1/2 months. I
  • I purchased the PM PrepCast™ to help my preparation. I took notes while watching video lessons, the PM PrepCast™ solidified my understanding of the concept and I could work at my own pace.
  • I made use of other resources like BrainBOK for ITTO’s to be better prepared for the PMP® exam.
  • I did all the 9 four-hour practice exams from the PM Exam Simulator.
  • I started reading the PMBOK® Guide Guide in parallel. The reading of PMBOK® Guide Guide was easy as I have gotten the basic understanding of all PMBOK® Guide concepts.
  • One week before exam, I began skimming the PMBOK® Guide Guide faster and stopped only on topics which were important.
  • One day before exam, I took a half day off for relaxation.
  • I ate an banana before entering the exam venue for adding energy.
  • Many people chatted in the exam waiting room which I did not like. I just relaxed.
  • I was not allowed to bring my own ear plugs to the exam room. I did my brain dump during the preparation time.
  • I did not take breaks as planned as I was too tired after 75 questions. I was hoping to take a bread after each 100 questions.
  • Have a positive attitude and be persistent in reaching your goals of being certified as a PMP®.
  • Have fun during your PMP® journey

~ PMP® Lessons Learned by Saad Al Naib


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Notable Achievements

5 Proficient Pass 2nd Try