Try Difficult Practice PMP Exams to Be Best Prepared


Scott Gillard
New York, United States

No. of Attempt
Study Duration
3 months

PMP® Course
PM PrepCast™
Prep Book

Mock Exams Attempted
PM Exam Simulator
PMBOK® Guide Read
1 time

“… I can’t explain it, but I felt I could grasp the concepts deeper than just “studying them”. At that point I knew I was ready.”

Scott Gillard shared in his lessons learned that he felt that the real exam is easier than practice exams. He attempted the PM Exam Simulator which contains a lot of “trick” question. The real PMP® exam is more straight forward. He thought this is good as he could be more confident during the real exam.

PMP® Exam Lessons Learned

  • Read the PMBOK® Guide Guide chapter by chapter while watching the PM PrepCast™ videos which helps to understand the PMBOK® Guide.
  • Write notes on margins the PMBOK® Guide Guide.
  • Attempted only the full-length 4-hour exam on PM Exam Simulator. Did tons of small quizzes topic by topic to figure out if he understood the subject matters.
  • There is no need to memorize the ITTOs.
  • Know and memorize the formulas. Do a brain dump of the formulas.
  • Remember the stage of team building (e.g. forming, storming, norming) and the types of risks (accept, mitigate, transfer). These are tested on the real exam.
  • About 2 weeks before the exam, Scott suddenly felt that everything he studied just made sense. He just felt he could grasp the concepts deeper than just “studying them” and he knew he was ready.
  • Consider the combination of PMBOK® Guide and PM PrepCast™ better than Rita’s PMP® book.

~ PMP® Lessons Learned by Scott Gillard


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Notable Achievements

5 Proficient Pass 2nd Try