Passed PMP - 1st Attempt - Lessons Learnt


Passed PMP Exam today in the 1st attempt

Passed PMP Exam today in the 1st attempt. style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS"'>

is what I have to share


style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS"'>Test performance assessment

I consumed almost all of 4 hours. Had only 5 minutes left.
Marked a lot of questions but no time to review.

My approach was to spend little extra time to pick answer rather than come back
and re-understand the situation. It was time-risky though.

Spent more time on situational questions.

Used the tutorial session to brain-dump the formulas and the Process Group –
Knowledge Area mapping (Table 3-1 on PMBOK 4th)

Took one 3 minute break in the 3rd hour

Was able to keep composed as already practiced 2 full length exams.


style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS"'>Exam assessment

In my opinion, the exam did not pose a lot of tricky questions when compared to
many prep-course offered test questions.

Only 7 – 8 simple numerical questions. Not as complicated as the prep-courses

- 10
– 15 % on ITTO, requires no memorization, just

- Approx.
10 % Professional & Social responsibility questions

Approx, 30% moderate verbose. None very verbose.

Hardly found any “EXCEPT”, “NOT” kind of questions like many had mentioned will


style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS"'>Path to Pass

style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS"'>Time:

- Aggressive
schedule of 53 days from initiation to exam (Sept 12th to Nov 3rd)

- Spent
an average of 3 hrs per day

- class=GramE>and 4 full days before exam

- Scheduled
the exam half way into the prep process


style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS"'>Recourses:


Rita’s Book

Rita’s PMFastTrack

- for guidance


style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS"'>Approach:

Studied Rita & PMBOK side-by side, 1st Rita, then PMBOK

PMBOK - 3 passes (3rd pass in 24 hrs back to back)

Rita’s Book - 2 passes

Took all Knowledge Area questions in Rita’s PMFastrack,
after reading each chapter

Scored between 69% and 83% in those

Oliver Lehmann’s 75 – 68% (before final revision)

Oliver Lehmann’s 175 – 76% (before final revision)

- Free 200 – 78.8% (after final revision)

Free 200 – 78% (after final revision)

Other sample questions from many websites

After all revisions, touched on knowledge gaps which I noted from wrong answers

Practiced brain-dump twice


style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS"'>Lessons Learnt

- Did
not take notes from PMBOK in the 1st two passes

When I read PMBOK, the stuff sounded more of common sense and trivial. But
later, after take a practice test, realized, that every line in PMBOK has a
meaning, and well thought off subject matter.

Read PMBOK 1st time and any prep materials you use. Then take a full
length practice test. Then make notes from PMBOK during 2nd pass.
You will know what is important. This will be very effective.

I took 2 full length exams just before the PMP exam. I got fatigued. So give a
day of rest and relax by just revising.


you find my approach useful like many of other PMZilla
users’ were useful.




I would like to congraluate for clearing PMP :). Regarding your LL please can you explain what you meant by "Approx, 30% moderate verbose. None very verbose."

When I took tests on Rita's FastTrack, questions were Very wordy. But I did not find very wordy questions in PMP Exam.

thanks for quick response

Hi Preetham, thanks for the Congrats! let knoe if anymore Qs