3MP and 2BP failed PMP of continous 16 days study 15 hours everyday :(


what should i do know, felt like sun touched my brain nerves during exam.

i was ver confident durin examing that i will pass, 

studied RITA and PmBok each 5 times, does simulation close to 90 percent.

time and cost wasted for me 16 days leave , family  time, etc....



Hello Mohd.

First of all, I am very sorry to hear for you. You have been misguided for sure since cracking PMP exam is not a 16 days deal for common people where you have largest segment of people. However, exceptions make the rule and you will hear some exceptional cases for the same.

Study and Knowledge gaining requires time and your confidence becomes strong as a result of progressive elaboration which is directly proportional to time.  I am in this profession for over 10 years and I do not deny the fact that there will be people who would suggest you to try giving PMP exam in 10 days or 15 days.

Reading books like PMBOK and Rita is fine but when you say you scored 90% in mock tests this leads me to believe that taking mock test was waste for you. Mock test should show you your real preparations and should not give high misleading scores.

Give 2-3 months of time to read books and take reputed and quality mock tests. Choose the one which is tough in nature so that your low scores in those helps you in finding more gaps.

Good luck for the next time.

Thanks & Regards,
Saket, PMP

Dear Friend,

PMP exam is not a quick race. It is in fact a marathon. You have overworked your body & mind. This can be one of the reasons for your failure.

You should have spent 3 hours daily to study & 5 hours each on the weekend. Do this over the course period of 4 months. Plan your study based on the chapters, lining it with Study Guide, PMBOK followed by Q&A. When you get a wrong answer for a specific question the relevant chapter. Make sure you understand why you got it wrong in the first, refer to your study books, make a note for yourself & move on. Then when you have completed all the chapters, read your notes then attempt a 200 question exam. Best bet would be to do at most 10 exam papers. Here again you will identify why you get wrong answers on the questions you failed. Eventually You will get a 5Ps.

This way you will remember what you studied, spend time with family & friends.


Also like any other exams,  you must have a plan..consider this PMP exam as a Project itself.


sure i will follow the plan , 4 month is too long , can you tell a shorter plan , because if i read PMBOK i can complete in 2 days , because of reading , reading now i can read fast ....

i even know 47 process by heart and ITTO as well(95%) 

used short word like DPC(develop Project charter) - B(busines needs..)APEO-(falc tech)FE-P(proj charter)

during exam i couldn't differentiate which area this particular question belongs , i need the worflow map , can you share me the workflow map , 

like customer raised complainst about product defect in the end stage.

inform stakeholder-->raise change request-->once approved--->do quality check-->implement-->deliver...(around 50 questions came like this , please none of the books  explains what is to be done next PMBOK,RITA , and moreover how can i relate RITA process game here)

i need practical based study plan , (does any books gives this) 

i did classroom training , he(tutor) was focused on students who had practial experience in civil construction projects , but as a computer projects students has to sit with mazing things....

other than RITA and PMBOK.



Hi Jamal,
Project Management Professional (PMP) is not an easy exam to attempt. Lasting for 4 hours, it has 200 multiple choice questions, of which one has to answer at least 106 correctly to qualify. The exam is designed to be extremely difficult so that only the best candidates can get the certification. This is the reason why PMP holds immense value and its certificate holders get paid handsomely.
I would like to share an article about How to Cope With Failure in PMP Examination. This article contains few ways to cope with failure in PMP Exam. Hope it helps you.
Good Luck for your next attempt.
-Poonam Patel


It’s really sad to hear about your failure. To me it sounds like you are facing difficulty in attempting situational questions where the choices are even situational and very close. I would strongly suggest please do not memorize anything and scrap out the “short cut word” you have discovered to remember things. PMP exam is not a kind of exam where memorizing things would help. As you rightly said about your tutor, even in exam your real life project management skills would be tested and you will find questions framed in the same pattern.

I strongly suggest to read Headfirst and Andy. Also take chapter end tests from these books and make sure you read the explanation given to choose the right answer. Rita is also a good book which has some brilliant chapter end questions and its explanation. You will have to re-read these books from different strategy which is beyond remembering things.

Look for practice tests from Christopher Scordo, Oliver, Pmzest, Headfirst, I found them very helpful. You can also see my lesson learnt that I posted here:

Good luck.

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I am very sorry to hear your story. Like everyone mentioned in several posts-PMP is not an easy exam, it requires you to think like a project manager and take decisions. I recently passed my exam with 3P and 2MP and all I can tell you is you need to understand the process really well... so well that it should be in your blood so when you are reading the situation you can figure out whether you are in initiating/planning or executing. Understanding this alone can get you several questions correct but to get to this point needs a very deep understanding of the processes and connections.

I passed on 11th May and I wasnt scoring 90% in my mocks (my max was 79% Oliver) . To tell you my story-I dont know all the ITTOs for 47 processes but I understand the processes and their connections. Once you understand the connections you dont have to cram ITTOs or any other such thing for that matter. RITA is a good book and it explains concepts really well just focus on excercises the way book suggests and you will definately notice the difference.

The best mocks I felt were-Oliver and PM Study. If you are getting 75%+ in these you should be in a good shape. I will not advice you to take several test ... 5~7 good mock test should be enough to give you confidence and tell you your weak areas.



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Sorry you didn't pass the PMP test on the first try.

Just realize that because you failed a test that does NOT make you a failure in your career.

I would say that studying for 16 days at 15 hours a day was not a good strategy.  I am sure that you worked hard, it just wasn't a good plan :(  I believe a longer period of study with less hours per day would have been a better plan.

I would say that on average, PMP students who passed the test studied 3-6 months.  For me, I passed 9 months after taking the 35 hours of required PMI training.  But I passed the test with 3 solid months of study where I studied at least 3 hours a day.  This period included reading PMBOK and Kim Heldman thoroughly, taking extensive notes, and then taking practice tests for an entire month.

Best Wishes on Passing the PMP on Your 2nd Try,

Richard Kraneis, PMP
Chicago, IL  USA
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