Passed 9/10/15

Today I passed the PMP test on the first try. My study prep was much like others on this forum I read Rita three times, the PMBOK once (and this was more of a skim). I also listen to the PM Prep cast every day on way to and from work and also while at the gym. I studided for two months about 2 hours a day of reading and about 2 hours a day of listening to the Prep Cast. I didnt study at all on weekends because I have small kids and couldnt really find any good time to get away. I did all of the chapter tests in Rita in the last week of studying and was scoring in the low 80's and I also did two full exams from the Prep cast simulator in the first month of studying and scored in the low 60's. Overall I think the question on the real test are actually easier than the ones in Rita's book.

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Congratulations on your PMP. Thanks for posting.

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Hello ,

Congratulations to your success! Good Job!

I bet the feeling right after receiving the message that you have done it, was priceless and worth all the effort, right?! That is what I have felt at August 24th, 2015, when I have earned my PMP batch.

Celebrate and enjoy this success, you deserve it!

But like you may already know: After certification is before RE-CERTIFICATION!

First it seems to be more than enough time (3 Years) to earn the needed 60 PDU’s, but you shouldn’t underestimate this challenge (like you didn’t with your PMP preparation, right?).

You should plan and - just start right now -  (how) to earn your PDU’s for re-certification.

First Step: Review the official PMI-site about earning and claiming your PDU’s:

Second Step: Revie these links about how to maintain your credential:

How To Maintain Your PMP Certification in 3 Easy Steps

Twelve Easy Ways to Earn PDUs for PMP Recertification

Third Step: Learn about the upcoming changes:

2015 Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) Program Updates:

To get a picture of the upcoming changes see also “The road to Renewal” with three examples how you can manage your renewal aligned to the upcoming changes:

Finally here are our recommendations for earning your PDU’s:

A very good opportunity to earn PDU’s with less effort and – more important! – on a regular basis is the PDU-Podcast by the PrepCast-Crew:

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Find dozens of tips about earning hundreds of FREE and paid PDU’s here:

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and here:

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Another great option is to earn PDU’s just to continue earning certifications like the ACP-Exam for instance; this would provide you 37 PDU’s towards your PMP Re-Certification; that is more than the half you need and fully aligned to the upcoming CCR Changes in this december!:

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Best of luck!


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First, congratulations on passing the PMP test.  It's a wonderful feeling and you earned it.

Second, I believe PMBOK is more important than any complementary text.  Rita, Heldman, Sohel Akhter, Crowe, they are all good WHEN READ SIDE BY SIDE WITH PMBOK.

Recently, a PMP Test Prep Client of mine passed the PMP.  She failed the first time when a PMP instructor told her NOT to read PMBOK, that all she needed was Rita's book.  She failed the test.

Among other things, I advised her reading PMBOK 5 and her chosen complementary book (Rita) side by side while taking notes.  She followed that advice and passed the test in October 2015 on her 2nd attempt.

Everyone's journey to passing the PMP is different, but on this forum I intend to encourage people to read both PMBOK 5 and a complementary text from a renowned author (Sohel Akhter, Rita, Crowe, Heldman, etc.).

Best Wishes on Using Your New PMP,

Richard Kraneis, PMP
Chicago, IL  USA
Richard's PMP Videos on YouTube


Richard, I think that it is very sound advice. Of course the PMBOK should be read along with the other material. Since the PMBOK is the source material that the others are based it is always a good idea to read, I just found it very dry and very textbooky. Thanks Jim

Richard, I think that it is very sound advice. Of course the PMBOK should be read along with the other material. Since the PMBOK is the source material that the others are based it is always a good idea to read, I just found it very dry and very textbooky. Thanks Jim

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Jim (TK427),

I think PMI purposely wrote PMBOK 5 in a "very dry" manner because thousands and thousands of English as a 2nd language students are reading it.

According to PMI, PMBOK 5 has been published in these languages:  English, Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian and Spanish.  I can only imagine that these PMBOK 5 translations are written just as simply (or boring) as the English version.

According to my Google Analytics, people from 135 countries have visited my website at  So many of them are studying PMBOK 5 in perhaps their 2nd language.  I think PMI just tries to keep it simple, and perhaps a little boring.

Again, congratulations on passing the PMP test.

Richard Kraneis, PMP
Chicago, IL  USA
Richard Kraneis on YouTube