Pass PMP Exam with All Above Targets – Lessons Learned by Brian Rottinger


PMP Exam Experience Sharing

Another lesson learned from a recent PMP®, Brian Rottinger, who scored all 5 about targets in the exam. Below area the lessons learned which are very valuable to fellow aspirants:

On October 25th, I passed the PMP® exam on my first try with a mark of “Above Target” on all five domains. I can honestly say that I could not have done this without the help of Edward’s website.

When I first began my journey to becoming a PMP®, I Googled “PMP® Exam Prep” and was immediately inundated with information. I was unsure how or where I would begin the process of becoming a PMP®. There were a million websites offering PMP® classes, study guides, and everything in between. Luckily, I found Edward’s website and the information found there was clearly laid out and the process of becoming a PMP® now became less daunting.

Here are my “ITTOs” and lessons learned from my journey:

Inputs to my learning process

  • Edward’s Website – His website was actually my homepage throughout the duration of my studying because I would refer to his website for clarification on the process or for a more detailed explanation on terms and ideas I could not grasp.
  • The PM PrepCast™ – Per Edward’s suggestion on his website, I earned my PDUs through here. The videos were very well done and helped me further understand the information in each chapter.
  • Rita Mulcahy’s PMP® Exam Prep Book – The exercises and content in here is well done and easier to digest than the PMBOK® Guide.
  • PM Exam Simulator from The PM Prepcast – You can find tons of free practice exams online, but many are poorly done and they do not mirror the real PMP® exam. The PM Exam Simulator had the look and feel of the final exam and gave me the confidence needed to pass.

Tools & Techniques to my learning process

I would first read and highlight a chapter in Rita’s Exam Prep Book and then listen/watch the corresponding chapter on PM Prepcast. Once I had completed all of the chapters, I then went back and made notes of all of the highlighted material I had underlined during my first go around in Rita’s book. Two weeks from my exam date, I made notecards of the terms, ideas, and formulas that I was struggling with and went over those for a week until I knew them like the back of my hand. One week from my exam date, I purchased the PM Exam Simulator and took a 200-question practice exam every single day for the last week. Because I was able to pass each practice exam I took, I was given the confidence I needed for the final exam.

Output to my learning process

A score of “Above Target” on all five domains and PMP® certification!

Lessons Learned

The journey to becoming a PMP® can be long and difficult, but remain strong and do not give up! If it was easy, everyone would be a PMP®. With proper preparation (and Edward’s website), you too can become a certified PMP® Project Manager!

– Brian Rottinger

Thanks Brain for sharing his PMP® lessons learned! I am sure we can learn much from his sharing.

Wish you PMP® success!

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Edward Chung

Edward Chung aspires to become a full-stack web developer and project manager. In the quest to become a more competent professional, Edward studied for and passed the PMP Certification, ITIL v3 Foundation Certification, PMI-ACP Certification and Zend PHP Certification. Edward shares his certification experience and resources here in the hope of helping others who are pursuing these certification exams to achieve exam success.

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April 9, 2014