The More Not The Better


Benjamin Buraga
Toronto, Canada

No. of Attempt
Study Duration

PMP® Course
Prep Book
Andy Crowe

Mock Exams Attempted

PMBOK® Guide Read
2 times

“It is best to concentrate on few good books first together with PMBOK® Guide5 since there are lots of references in the market that may confuse you and consume your time.”

Benjamin Buraga passed my PMP® Exam on first attempt in August, 2013. Below is his lessons learned:

  • Build a strong foundation on the concepts in Project Management first and expand on that knowledge by focusing on PMBOK® Guide Guide 5th edition and some good prep books. There are lots of references in the market that may confuse and consume your valuable time.
  • First, you should have a strong will to Pass the PMP® Exam. Devise a timeline and plan your preparation based on that.
  • Become a PMI® member. This will give you PMBOK® Guide Guide for free and save you money on the exam fee.
  • Attend a Project Management Training Course to supplement your knowledge on the subject and to gain the required 35 hours certificate. Once you have got the required certificate, apply for the PMP® Exam. This will move you forward.
  • Review the latest PMP® credential handbook and PMP® Examination Content Outline. Try some PMP® sample questions to familiarize yourself with the exam.
  • During study, make your own notes to act as reference materials during the latter stage of study.
  • Take as many practice exams as possible. Review your wrong answers to find the knowledge gap.
  • Study all the materials, familiarize with the format of exam and focus on important topics. 
  • Use the final week to review all important topics (e.g. PMBOK® Guide summary and glossary, PM process groups, knowledge areas and processes, ITTO’s)
  • Develop and implement an examination taking strategy (e.g. when to take breaks, how much time for each question, how much time to review, etc.)
  • Do more practice exams. The more practice exams the more confident you will feel.
  • Practice your brain dump (e.g. the process knowledge areas, formulas and ITTOs) in the 15 minutes before you take your PMP® exam
  • Understand the concepts rather than memorizing
  • Read the PMBOK® Guide Guide appendix and glossary, they are important

~ PMP® Lessons Learned by Benjamin Buraga


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Notable Achievements

5 Proficient Pass 2nd Try