Not Confident Enough to Take the Exam – Postpone!


Dawn Upperman
NJ, United States

No. of Attempt
Study Duration
6 months

PMP® Course
PM PrepCast™
Prep Book

Mock Exams Attempted

PMBOK® Guide Read
>=1 time

“Referred to the PMBOK® Guide guide quite often. It was particularly helpful to review the Data flow diagrams for each knowledge area.”

Dawn Upperman passed my PMP® exam on first try. He began studying for the PMP® exam when the PMBOK® Guide was still in its 4th edition. But as he did not feel confident enough to tackle the exam before the switch to PMBOK® Guide Guide 5th Edition, he postponed the exam and prepared for the exam using the updated study materials. Below is his lessons learned:

  1. Practiced creating a brain dump everyday for two weeks before my exam. His brain dump includes all the knowledge areas, process groups as well as formulas.
  2. Written his own notes on Rita’s PMP® book to connect the dots of the subject matters.
  3. Referred to the PMBOK® Guide Guide when needed. The PMBOK® Guide does an excellent job in describing the logical flow of ITTOs.
  4. Practiced tons of sample exams. You are advised to do at least 2 full-length PMP® practice exams and take notes of wrong answers.
  5. Created an electronic notebook with screenshots of PMBOK® Guide Guide to highlight areas that requires further studies.
  6. Be Dressed comfortably on exam day. 4 hour is a long time. Don’t let other things to distract you. If you get to the exam centre earlier, you might be able to start the exam earlier than the scheduled time. I took two breaks during the whole exam.

~ PMP® Exam Lessons Learned by Dawn Upperman


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Notable Achievements

5 Proficient Pass 2nd Try