Don’t Wait! Prepone the PMP Test Date Once You are Ready


Barbara Fillip
VA, United States

No. of Attempt
Study Duration
2 months

PMP® Course

Prep Book

Mock Exams Attempted

PMBOK® Guide Read
1 time

“With a clear deadline in the back of my mind, I was able to pace my review using Rita’s book by covering two knowledge areas per week and a minimum of 200 practice questions per week.”

Barbara Fillip passed the PMP® exam. Below is his experience sharing and lessons learned:

PMP® Practice Exams

It’s important to work with different sources of practice exams because you need to understand different styles of questions. Try to understand why you get a question wrong and correct your understanding of that specific topic by going through related topics in the PMBOK® Guide/Prep books. Do as many practice exams as possible.

Prep Books

I read PMBOK® Guide Guide first, but that’s not enough. I purchased Rita Mulcahy’s PMP® book which is great. It gave me a high degree of clarity on key concepts and processes. I also skimmed some other PMP® Prep books to ensure I did not miss anything.

PMP® Training Courses

I took the cheapest possible online course to satisfy the project management training requirements of PMI®. It was not great but serve its purpose.

Online Free resources

I looked up YouTube or Google to understand more about difficult concepts or areas.


I memorized all the formulas and the matrix of processes. I practiced everyday until I got all right. I also created index cards for definitions and concepts. I kept adding these once I encountered new terms during my study.

Study Schedule

I’m a morning person, so I studies at 4:00-5:30am every day, and more on weekends. I initially planned to spend the whole summer yet once I was confidently enough to take the test, I changed the deadline and passed the PMP® exam accordingly. Part of knowledge management is the understanding  of how you as an individual learn best. PMP® involves intensive studying towards a particular deadline.

~ PMP® Lessons Learned by Barbara Fillip


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Notable Achievements

5 Proficient Pass 2nd Try