PMP Exam preparation


By God's grace I was able to pass the PMP this last Monday, here are some thoughts to help prepare for the Exam, beleive me the EXam is touch and you need to the concept right to pass the Exam. Hope this helps you prepare well and my best wishes for the exam.


  1. Study the PMBOK and a Guide to make you understand the flow and concepts better, I would strongly recommend using Rita Mulcahy. This really helped me understand the concept better and put things together and make sense out of the all the information before me. The guide also talks about good techniques to answer difficult questions. The Chapter exercises are very nice which prepares you well for the exam to answer difficult questions.
  2. The key is to know the concept behind the project management, always look at the big picture when studying the chapters and how does fit into the real world.
  3. Rita process flow really helps understand the concept and enables to answer difficult questions.
  4. Be thorough with the role of the project manager in different situations, handling stakeholders, quality, procurement, scope, cost, team, schedule etc…most of the difficult questions are based on the PM’s unique role as to how he/she will handle the situation.
  5. Study the Theories, PM Powers, Management styles, Conflict resolution, remote team handling
  6. The PM authority in different types of organizations.
  7. Be thorough on the Risk management process, like different types Risk handling risk Mitigation, Risk Transfer etc…
  8. Be thorough on the Procurement processes, different contract types, when it is used and why it is used.
  9. PMI Code of ethics is very important know, prepare very well on this as the questions are really touch on this, you feel that you answered right it’s not the case most of the time.
  10. Understand as to things flow, you plan everything in the planning phase creating all the Scope, Cost, Schedule Baselines etc, you create the metrics to measure against, which is used during the Monitoring and Control process to measure the project performance.
  11. Try to answer the questions by elimination method so that you will arrive at 2 answers which are pretty close the answer and you can choose the Best answer. Read questions very carefully as they are wordy and distracting.
  12. Finally get the formulas and practice the Critical Path, Earned value problems.


Wish you many congratulations on becoming a PMP

Can you eloborate on the following points Please:

1. Books read

2. Exams practised

3. Preparation Time




Hi Rishi,

As I rmentioned in above I read PMBOK 4th Edition and Rita Mulcahi, some Youtube videos on Earned Value and Critical Path calculations.

The last 3 weeks I spent at least 3 hour per day. The total preparation time would be 1 1/2 month.

I took the 200 questions prep exam from, this really helped to understand where I am and I took this exam just 2 weeks before the exam so that I can revise the weak areas. Also I started answering some sample questions from other sites.

Hope this helps....Best wishes....



Wrote my exam couple of days ago, passed. few pointers from my perspective:

A. PMP exam is all about testing the very essense of PM processes and related techniques i.e. don't get bogged down in nitty gritties or memorizing stuff

B. Number of prep hours put in does not translate to increased odds for passing the exam i.e. quality of time spent as opposed to quantity matters

C. Learn one basic action about each process (total 42 processes) eg qualtity assurance = Audit, qualtity control = Inspection

D. Don't get into analysis paralysis mode i.e. don't over analyze situation presented in questions, if not sure, go with first gut feel answer

E. Don't go after too much study material: I spent total 3 weeks preparing, read PMBOK, Rita & 2 full simulation tests, key is to peak one day before exam, dragging preps over more than 6 weeks will make you lethargic.