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Reda Soussi
Montreal, Canada

No. of Attempt
Study Duration
2 months

PMP® Course

Prep Book
Head First PMP®

Mock Exams Attempted
PM Study

PMBOK® Guide Read
1 time

“… consider the exam as a set of 4 separated mini exams (50 Q for each one, not more than 60 min/set), that way I could have a tighter control on it “

Reda Soussi studied and passed the PMP® exam with the following proficiency levels:

  • Initiation Process Group – Proficient
  • Planning Process Group – Proficient
  • Executing Process Group – Proficient
  • Monitoring & Control Process Group – Proficient
  • Closing Process Group – Moderately Proficient

PMP® reference materials :

PMP® practice exams :

Learning Strategy

  • I started my PMP® study and preparation during the first week of December and kept a daily study of the materials for around 4 to 5 hours per day on average.
  • After I got hold of the PMBOK® Guide Guide from PMI®, I tried to read it from cover to cover. However, I could only read up to page 80 and lost my focus. I decided to look for other reference materials that are more reader friendly.
  • I began the study with critical path concept and I downloaded the “Head First Critical Path Drill” from O’Reilly’s web site and studied it thoroughly.
  • I then bought Head First PMP® and read all the chapters from cover to cover and finish all chapter end questions. I could understand the concepts and the scope of the PMP® exam much better.
  • Read through PMP® Exam Prep: Rita’s Course in a Book for Passing the PMP® Exam chapter by chapter and did all the chapter end exercises and questions. This book is great that it gives a deep and detailed view of all project management concepts, though I was not quite comfortable with the author’s tone.
  • Read PMBOK® Guide Guide while taking notes.
  • Did an overall review of the 3 books above. Tried to compare and cross-reference the 3 books.
  • Tried to understand the ITTOs, EVM formulas and the details of each process and the important concepts behind each process group.
  • Attempted many PMP® practice exam question and scored consistently around 80% on average.
  • Need to try full-length 4-hour practice exams to understand your stamina and plan the need for the breaks.
  • 1 week before the PMP® exam: did more and more practice exams (~ 1 exam/day) + revision of main points in PMBOK® Guide Guide and ITTOs.
  • 1 day before the PMP® exam: took the whole day to relax, just had quick review on the glossary and ITTOs

How I Dealt with the Exam

  • Got to the exam venue early.
  • tried to consider the real PMP® exam as a set of 4 separated mini exams (i.e. 50 questions for each one set, have to finish the set in not more than 60 minutes). I also tried to not mark more than 4 questions per set.
  • After each set, looked at the timer to manage the time
  • Took 3 or 4 deep breaths and reviewed the marked questions for the current set
  • Then moved forward to the next set of 50 questions
  • I had about 25 minutes left after finishing all the 200 questions, did some review and ended the exam
  • The PMP® exam is not tough but it is not easy neither
  • Each PMP® aspirant should develop his own learning and exam taking strategy based on what works best to him.

~ PMP® Lessons Learned by Reda Soussi


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Notable Achievements

5 Proficient Pass 2nd Try