Use Language Aid if Your Mother Tongue is Not English


Ashraf Fouad

No. of Attempt
Study Duration
6 months

PMP® Course
PM PrepCast™
Prep Book
Head First PMP®

Mock Exams Attempted

PMBOK® Guide Read
1 time

“If English is not your mother tongue language, apply for free language aid in the exam, this sometimes help in some types of questions.”

Ashraf Fouad passed Project Management Professional exam. The following is his recommendation to prepare and pass the exam:

1. Read PMP® Handbook

You can download this handbook free from PMI®. This book is a MUST read for you to understand the PMP® Certification.

2. Attend PMP® course

There are two ways to obtain the 35 contact hours of formal project management education:

  • Attend classroom training for PMP®;
  • Online courses with assessment and issuance of a certificate.

The PM PrepCast™ is my choice. It is a great value. You can download it to your mobile phone to study wherever you like.

3. Purchase PMP® Prep Books

The following are the most highly recommended PMP® Exam prep books:

Try reading the comparison between the two books to find one which suits you most. In the end I chose Head first.

4. Becoming PMI® member

Be a member of PMI® to receive discounts on exams, re-examination and renewals plus the free PMBOK® Guide Guide pdf.

5. Download PMBOK® Guide Guide

As a member of the PMI®, you are eligible to download a free electronic copy of PMBOK® Guide Guide (A guide to the project management body of knowledge). There are also many good reference books for project management available for free.

6. Stick to a study plan

Establish your own “PMP® Study Calendar” of 4hrs/day and 5 days/week. Make the study plan yourself and stick to it. Don’t study in a relax mode. Work hard. Many PMP® holder mention that one can be certified in 3 to 4 months if you work hard.

7. Attemp PMP® practice exam questions

Search the internet for free PMP® practice exams and solve as many of them as possible.

8. PMP® Exam tips

  • Language aid: Use the language aid if English is not your mother tongue language, the language aid is free and can sometimes help you get the answers easier.
  • You have 4 hours to answer 200 questions in the exam, establish some milestones for the exam, e.g. 75 questions in 1 hour and move on quickly.
  • During the 15 minute tutorial, it is advisable to write down your brain dump on the scrap paper provided.
  • The method of elimination works best used for the PMP® exam, especially the tougher questions. Also, never leave a question unanswered. No penalty would be given for wrong answers.
  • Read the last sentence of long questions to know what it require before reading the whole question.
  • When a question ask you what will be used for a process, it is asking you to pick  the correct inputs, tools and techniques for the process.

~ PMP® Lessons Learned by Ashraf Fouad

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5 Proficient Pass 2nd Try