Do You Over Study? Stop Now!


Manish Kumar

No. of Attempt
Study Duration
4 months

PMP® Course
PM PrepCast™
Prep Book

Mock Exams Attempted
4 Free Online Mock Exams
PMBOK® Guide Read
1 time

“At last what earned me the PMP® credential was 4 months of rigorous study and then on the day of the test ‘4 Hours of Non-Stop Critical Thinking’.”

Manish Kumar began preparing for the PMP® Certification exam in July 2013. He studied for 4 months and finally passed the PMP® exam with one attempt. Below is his lessons learned:

  • I spent 2.5 to 3 hour every weekdays and 6 to 10 hours on weekends on the PMP® preparation.
  • 35 contact hours – PM PrepCast™: I could study using PrepCast on my phone whenever time allows and repeat the lessons when needed. I could listen to it while driven to work and on the way back.
  • Books – PMBOK® Guide Guide and Rita’s PMP® book : PMBOK® Guide Guide should be read at least once while Rita’s thrice. But while reading the third time, I was at a loss when reading something that I though I have never read before. I then realized that I have over-studied. (Ironically, Rita’s last chapter is ‘Do not over study‘.)
  • Practice exams
    1. Oliver Lehmann – 175 Questions – 79%
    2. CertChamp – 200 Questions – 77.5%
    3. Edwel – 200 Questions – 73%
    4. Oliver Lehmann – 75 Questions – 70%
  • During the exam, I aimed at solving 25 questions every 30 minute.
  • I did not practice brain dump as I realized that I did not need to refer to it while doing the practice exams.
  • I was struck with hunger half way through the exam. Do eat enough before the exam.

~ PMP® Exam Lessons Learned by Manish Kumar

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Notable Achievements

5 Proficient Pass 2nd Try