How Did I Prepare For The PMP Exam?

After Passing the PMP exam, I received lots of messages asking how did I prepare for the exam and what material did I use.

As always, for any certification every certification I start to prepare from the basics even if I have advance knowledge of the topic; for example, for JNCIE-SP, I had begun preparing right from JNCIA-JunOS (along with all hands-on labs). Revisiting what you know never hurts but sometimes help.

Also, I always prefer the vendor’s or institution’s official study material, in most of the cases that is better than what is available in the market.

For PMP, I spent five weeks preparing.

The primary study material I used to prepared was PMBOK 6th Edition.

The PMBOK is somewhat like reading RFCs. Thus you need a book along with PMBOK that explains the topics in simple language.

I read PMBOK twice and then read Rita’s PMP Exam Prep, 9th Edition : frankly speaking, I didn’t like the book, it is filled with unnecessary commentary and could easily discourage those want to avoid useless stuff.

I picked up another book, Achieve PMP Exam Success, this book is excellent, but you should have read PMBOK already or read it along with PMBOK, Chapters are written in sync with PMBOK. I read it along with PMBOK.

Finally, I read Head First, PMP 4th Edition, it is a wholly engaging book and does cover almost all topics. Exercises included at the end of the chapters are very good, and 200 questions at the end of the book are good enough to check your knowledge if you are ready for the exam.

I didn’t use any exam simulator for the preparation.

In the exam, I marked the numerical questions only and visited back for calculations once completed the rest of the questions. The exam is easy; just don’t get distracted. It took me 3 hours, 51 minutes finishing the 200 items. I passed the exam with “Above Target” rating.  Yes, it was my first attempt.

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In my opinion, you need PMBOK Guide 6th Edition plus a book for exercises and simplified explanation.

Below are the books you may need to have a look apart from reading PMBOK Guide.

  • Achieve PMP Exam Success, 6th Edition
  • Head First PMP, 4th Edition

Happy studying!

Good Luck, for the PMP exam.

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