How to Pass PMP Exam with 5 Proficient


Pradeep Narayan Tripathi

No. of Attempt
Study Duration
5 months

PMP® Course
Prep Book
Rita’sHead First PMP®Andy Crowe

Mock Exams Attempted
Exam CentralRita FASTrackScordo
PMBOK® Guide Read
3 times

“Don’t try to memorize all the Input, T&T and Output, only memorize whatever you can but if you can memorize it will help but if you cannot memorize then also one should not get worried.”

Pradeep Narayan Tripathi passed PMP® Exam on first try and got Proficient in all domains. Below are his lessons learned.

PMP® Exam Preparation

  • Finished Head First Book before attending Classroom Training course for 35 Contact Hours.

Study Plan

  • Studied 2-3 hours on work days and 5-6 hours on weekends.
  • Read four books: Rita’s PMP®, Head First PMP®, Andy Crowe and PMBOK® Guide chapter by chapter
  • Attempted all question in Rita, Head First and Andy Crowe Book.
  • Reread the exam prep books
  • Do practice exams from Exam Central, Rita FASTrack and Scordo.
  • Complete a chapter from Andy Crowe, then same chapter from Head First, then Rita and PMBOK® Guide.
  • Andy Crowe PMP® Book is very useful as a reference book, it explains the concepts in a very easy-to-understand way
  • Made my own notes while reading and revising the notes afterwards
  • Made a study plan and stick to it
  • Understand why get an answer wrong to  questions in first attempt.
  • Read blogs , Youtube videos and used Google and Wikipedia for to clear confused concepts
  • I memorized all ITTOs for all processes by revising them every morning

The Week Before Exam

  • Revised PMBOK® Guide and Andy Crowe in two days
  • Read PMBOK® Guide glossary
  • Read my own notes

PMP® Exam Day

  • Reached the exam centre early
  • Most of the questions were situational
  • I completed all the question in 3 hours and 57 minutes 

Key Learning Suggestions

  • Consistent study is the key
  • Make your own plan.
  • Don’t try to memorize the concepts, try to understand them.
  • Make use of Google, Youtube, Wikipedia, etc.
  • Don’t try to memorize all the ITTOs. It helps to memorize them. But if you cannot memorize them, do not get worried.
  • You should follow your strategy and follow the recommendations that suits you
  • Don’t be too nervous, you still have two more chances to pass
  • Don’t only remember the formulas but try to understand each and every formula.

~ PMP® Lessons Learned by Pradeep Narayan Tripathi


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Notable Achievements

5 Proficient Pass 2nd Try