PMP Lessons Learned: Rita Mculcahy’s PMP Book helps Me to Understand the PMBOK Guide


PMP Exam Experience Sharing

We have another PMP® aspirant who has just passed the PMP® Exam before the change in 2020. Thanks and congratulations to Manoj Sarma Madduri who just passed the PMP® Exam!

The lessons learned by Manoj Sarma Madduri on this PMP® Exam prep project is detailed below:

Here is the procedure what I followed during my PMP® study:

I initially started going through the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth edition without any support material and noticed that I was not able to understand some terminology which PMBOK® Guide refers to while reading the book. 90 days left for the exam.

Registered for grey campus online training and started watching the PMP® videos online. These videos seem to be very boring as the instructor just keeps reading the stuff rather than explaining the concepts in an interesting and practical way. But I highly made use of the end of chapter questions and practiced them around 3 to 4 times before going to the next knowledge area. 60 days left for the exam.

Things started to get intense as my knowledge has not improved even after reading PMBOK® Guide and Grey campus materials. I gave the free practice exams based on the information available on your website and scored as follows: Oliver Lehmann: 61/100, Edwel Mock exam: 45/75, & grey campus: 118/200. That is when I realized that the materials and the online videos which I am following are not sufficient enough. 26 days left for the exam.

I was able to borrow Rita Mculcahy exam prep book from my friend and started reading this book by spending 2 hours during weekdays and 8-10hours during weekends. This book is very easy to understand and the concepts & PMP® terminology were well explained. Used to follow your website every day and over the weekends to read your notes after I finished reading each chapter in RMC book. Every day on my way to work I used to practice the processes flow questions using PMP® Exam Mentor (IOS application). I used Ricardo Vargas video on YouTube to get a solid understanding of the interdependencies of all the processes and their process groups. Finished reading RMC book once and continued to practice unanswered questions on grey campus website. I started to gain confidence as my score in the practice tests on grey campus is around 80%. 2 days before the exam.

Started skimming through PMBOK® Guide and was trying to jot down all the imp. Stuff for the cheat sheet. Practiced preparing the cheat sheet based on your notes, PMBOK® Guide and my weak areas. Had a delicious meal and went to bed early. 1 day before the exam.

As soon as the exam started during the first 5-6min I was able to get all the information onto my cheat sheet and then started giving the exam. I got quite a good number of questions which are a combination of change control, stake holder management and communications management. I was able to finish my exam in 3hrs 15min and started reviewing all the questions for next 15min. I took 3 unscheduled breaks in total for 6-8mins each after every hour. Finished the exam and the result is pass.

Here is my individual breakdown of the scores:

To summarize, here are the materials which I found to be very useful for me in the order of priority:

  • RMC Exam prep book and Edward’s Notes
  • PMP® Exam Mentor and Ricardo Vargas – Processes flow diagram
  • PMBOK® Guide – 6th edition
  • Grey campus for practice tests and end of chapter questions
  • Preparing cheat sheet to understand strong and weak areas.

~ Manoj Sarma Madduri, M.Eng, EIT, PMP®

Thanks Manoj Sarma Madduri for the PMP® Exam lessons learned!

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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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