Strike While the Iron is Hot – the Preparation Period Should Not be Too Long


Huilin Xiong

No. of Attempt
Study Duration

PMP® Course

Prep Book

Mock Exams Attempted
Head First

PMBOK® Guide Read
2 times

“I suggest don’t let this preparation takes too long, you will quickly lose memory of what you have learnt, just hit the iron when it is hot, there is also the eligibility period only 1 year”

Huilin Xiong finished the PMP® exam and was PMP® Certified just before his 1-year exam eligibility period expired. He postponed his PMP® exam date many times, before realizing the eligibility period will soon expire. Then he made up his mind to begin his PMP® study.

PMP® Study Materials

  1. PMP® Exam Book by Rita Mulcuhy, read the book twice and completed all the questions at the end of each chapter
  2. Read PMBOK® Guide Guide once, skimmed it the second time.
  3. Read a lot of lessons learnt by PMP®s, very helpful.
  4. Print out a list of all the ITTOs, try to understand them and their relationship, but never try to memorize the ITTOs as they are really difficult to learn by heart
  5. Attempted Rita’s PM FASTrack to find my knowledge gaps.
  6. Attempted Head First PMP®  200 questions practice exam, this exam is of very high quality

PMP® Exam Experience

  • There were many candidates in the same exam room sitting for other exams but not PMP®.
  • I only took one 3 minutes break during the exam as I was behind time. Marked a number of questions for review after finishing all the 200 questions (at around 3 1/2 hour).
  • The questions of the real PMP® exam were similar to the Rita Mulcahy’s questions. Not wordy, not much calculation, some questions on work breakdown structure (WBS), risk management, problem solving, risk transfer, avoidance, mitigation, procurement management, quality control chart, NPV, EMV, quality audit, etc.
  • Many questions had two or more suitable answers. Had to take time to choose the best answer.
  • The professional code of conduct questions were difficult as most of them were situational questions.
  • May need luck to pass the PMP® exam.

~ PMP® Lessons Learned by Huilin Xiong


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Notable Achievements

5 Proficient Pass 2nd Try