Why You Must Read Others’ PMP Test Experiences


United States

No. of Attempt
Study Duration
1.5 months

PMP® Course

Prep Book
Rita’sHead First PMP®

Mock Exams Attempted
Oliver LehmannExam CentralPM Study
PMBOK® Guide Read

“It probably took me longer because my current employer does not have a great methodology for project management so it took me longer to learn the concepts and I was determined to pass it at first try!”
  • Bought Rita’s book and read through that along with PMBOK® Guide to figure out the scope of the PMP® exam
  • Registered for the PMP® exam and began the real study

Study Plan

About the PMP® Exam

  • I brain dumped out Rita’s planning process chart plus all the PMP® formulas
  • Many situational questions. Very few direct definitions from PMBOK® Guide.
  • The exam was a bit harder than PM Study’s practice exams. Not too many calculations questions.

Lessons Learned

  • It took a lot of hard work, dedication, and sacrifice
  • Make a plan and stick to it
  • Reading peoples’ experiences and lessons learned helped a lot.
  • Rita’s book is the best. However, in terms of ITTOs, you will  have to refer to other books for details.
  • HeadFirst was great to help understanding difficult concepts. It turns learning into fun. But it is not enough for the PMP® exam.
  • Practice exams are a MUST, do many of these to understand your knowledge gaps
  • Oliver Lehmans 75 exam is a lot harder than the real PMP® but worth the try
  • PM Study – The situational questions were similar to the real PMP® exam.

~ PMP® Lessons Learned by Anonymous


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Notable Achievements

5 Proficient Pass 2nd Try