The Good and the Bad of Free Online Resources


Nauman Faridi

No. of Attempt
Study Duration

PMP® Course
Prep Book
Head First PMP®

Mock Exams Attempted
PMBOK® Guide Read
2 time

“There is tons of information available online. That’s good and bad. Bad because its hard to decide which to go through and which to ignore.”

Nauman Faridi shares here his PMP® experience and tips:

This is what I Did

  • I took a prep course because I needed 35 contact hours of project management eduction for the PMP® exam.
  • I found a study partner from the course. We met at least once a week to discuss problems and solve several questions together.
  • I went through PMBOK® Guide and Rita’s PMP® book once. I read a chapter from PMBOK® Guide first and then the same chapter from Rita’s book. I would then attempt the questions at end of each chapter.
  • I read through the answers and grounds for each answer for every question I have attempted.

These are my suggestions

  1. Get PMI® membership. With the membership, you will get you the electronic version of PMBOK® Guide Guide for free. The membership fee for the first year is offset by the discount to the exam fee for members.
  2. Go through the PMBOK® Guide Guide and Rita’s PMP® Book quickly for the first time. Read them chapter by chapter, and finish all end of chapter questions.
  3. Take a project management training course if you need the 35 contact hours. You might be able to find a study partner during the course.
  4. Apply for the exam. It takes a long time, especially if your are selected for audit.
  5. Repeat your study again, slower and more in-depth this time. Writing the same questions again will help you compare your results and your progress. Go through the reasoning for each answer carefully to understand well.
  6. Do Rita’s FASTrack questions or any other quality practice questions.
  7. While there are tons of information available online (mostly free), it is difficult to judge which worth the time or which to ignore.
  8. Rita’s PMP® material is worth the cost.
  9. O’Reilly’s book Head First PMP® is also good. 

~ PMP® Lessons Learned by Nauman Faridi


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