Remember the Terms As Defined in PMBOK



No. of Attempt
Study Duration
6 months

PMP® Course

Prep Book
Rita’sHead First PMP®Kim Heldman

Mock Exams Attempted

PMBOK® Guide Read
1 time

“Remember the terms as defined in the PMBOK® Guide. There will be terms which are very close or mean almost the same thrown in along with the terms mentioned in PMBOK® Guide. So be careful.”

Subhayan prepared for the PMP® Exam for 6 months and got PMP® certified. Below are her lessons learned.


  1. Many questions on earned value management
  2. Only a few questions related to ITTO’s.
  3. A few questions on organizational theory
  4. Some questions on motivational theories
  5. Some questions on critical path and calculations.
  6. 1 or 2 situational questions on communications.

My Experiences

  1. Read through PMBOK® Guide and Rita’s from cover to cover.
  2. Read 3 books in addition to PMBOK® Guide (Rita’s, Kim Heldman and Head First). Headfirst is the easiest. Rita’s is best.
  3. Took a break after answering about 80-90 questions. The second break was after I completion of all questions. I finished in almost 3 hours 10 minutes.

Tips for the Exam

  1. Have a good sleep the night before the exam. I could have gotten more correct answers if I slept better.
  2. Read the PMBOK® Guide from cover to cover.
  3. Understand and learn the illustrations in the PMBOK® Guide.  Try to memorize some of them.
  4. Understand the interaction between processes will help you learn the ITTO’s better.
  5. Try as many practice exams as you can. There will be long and difficult questions in the exam which will take you longer to answer.
  6. Remember the definition of terms in the PMBOK® Guide. The PMP® exam will question you over this.
  7. Do not think of cheating during the exam. Only ~10% of questions comes directly from PMBOK® Guide. Others requires the application of knowledge.

~ PMP® Lessons Learned by Subhayan

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