What I Did in 27 Days to Pass PMP Certification


George Kuruvilla
IL, United States

No. of Attempt
Study Duration
27 days

PMP® Course

Prep Book

Mock Exams Attempted
PMBOK® Guide Read

“Have a process in place for your preparation and try to make a schedule. Please allow plenty of time for revision.”

George Kuruvilla decided to pursue the PMP® Certification and below is his experience sharing and PMP® tips.

The Materials

  • Read only Rita Mulcahy’s PMP® Exam Prep, this is a great book for project management
  • Get some cheat sheets with formulas and key theories
  • Practice a lot of mock exam questions (e.g. PM FASTrack). Attempted around 3500 questions in 27 days.

The Strategy

  • Set milestones for each day to keep monitoring the progress and adjust the schedule accordingly
    • Do a minimum of 100 mock questions everyday and revise the cheat sheets
    • Complete one chapter of Rita’s PMP® book and review questions at the back of the chapter
    • Write own notes for the chapter

The Execution

  • My preparation began at around 7:40am in the train, when I would try 50 mock questions. I would do another 30-50 during the day (e.g. during lunch) and another 50 on my way back from work.
  • When at home, I spent around 2.5 hours each day reading the Rita’s book and writing my own notes.
  • This structured approach helped me to concentrate.

My Tips for the Exam

  • Doing plenty of mock tests, e.g. 50-100 questions every day.
  • Try to read Rita’s PMP® book twice before the PMP® exam.
  • Write your own notes for each chapter.
  • Review key concepts that you find hard to remember daily or weekly.
  • Don’t get too nervous about Earned Value Analysis.
  • MEMORIZE the inputs and outputs to each of the processes. This is hard but worth it.
  • Make a schedule and follow through.
  • I would strongly advise you to attempt the exam in the morning if possible.

~ PMP® Lessons Learned by George Kuruvilla

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Notable Achievements

5 Proficient Pass 2nd Try