Read PMP Reference Books Before Attending Bootcamps


Alexandru Gris

No. of Attempt
Study Duration
1.5 months

PMP® Course
Prep Book

Mock Exams Attempted
PMBOK® Guide Read
2 times

“One insight I had while studying for the exam was that project management knowledge alone was not enough for one to succeed. Strong industry experience is also required to become an accomplished project manager.”

Alexandru Gris passed the PMP® exam in the first attempt. Below are the lessons learned from the PMP® exam.

Why getting PMP® certified?

  • the formal recognition of the knowledge in project management
  • the learning process to becoming a better project manager in real life as the process to prepare for the PMP® exam allows the candidates to understand the standards and the best practices for project management

The PMP® Exam

  • It is often computer-based
  • The full exam consists of 200 questions to be answered in 4 hours
  • No official break during the 4 hours but candidates are free to take breaks as required.
  • Some questions are very wordy, some answers are very similar. 
  • There are often more than 1 possible answers for each questions. Candidates are required to choose the best one.
  • Some questions would ask about the next best course of action.

MY PMP® Study

  1. The classroom training I chose was based on Rita Mulcahy’s methodology and materials.
  2. I read The PMP® Exam Prep book by Rita Mulcahy three weeks before the class.
  3. I completed my application and scheduled the PMP® exam in the week after the calss.
  4. I took many practice exams using the  PMP® FASTrack software by Rita Mulcahy.

Lessons Learned

  1. Read the PMBOK® Guide Guide and/or PMP® exam prep books before attending the PMP® classes to help you solidify the project management knowledge and identify your knowledge gaps.
  2. The exam scenarios are based on very large projects.
  3. Prepare for the PMP® exam when you are not busy with work.
  4. Enough efforts have to be taken, yet do not over-study.

~ PMP® Lessons Learned by Alexandru Gris


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Notable Achievements

5 Proficient Pass 2nd Try