PMP Lessons Learned: Practising Mock Exams is Essential

PMP Exam Experience Sharing

As we review 2019 and look forward to 2020, we have another piece of good news coming! Just got the lessons learned from a PMP aspirant who has just passed the PMP Exam before the change in 2020. Congratulations!

The lessons learned by Chris on this PMP Exam prep project is detailed below:

Below is the approach I took.

Fully researched the PMI exam and requirements to pass.

Spent a couple of weeks researching other applicants experiences preparing for and taking the exam. This is where I came across your site. Throughout my exam prep I often returned to your site and eventually read all of the sections multiple times. I also read the PMBOK® Guide but not cover to cover. Instead I referred to sections as necessary during my studies.

Purchased Rita Mulcahy’s exam prep book and read it. Also continued researching the internet for exam prep advice/experiences and continued this throughout my studies.

Purchased the PM Simulator App ( This was an excellent app I used daily to run through test questions and the process groups. When I finally took the exam I had completed over 70 mini exams (usually 20 questions at a time). I cannot stress enough the benefit from going through a lot of practice tests. I’m sure there are other good simulators available. This one was spot on and I would highly recommend it.

Took a few full length 200 question practice exams including Oliver Lehman’s. Scored in the 70’s and decided I needed more prep.

Purchased Andy Crowe’s exam prep book and studied it. Then took a few more full length tests. My scores had increased. I was scoring in the high 80’s and 90’s on the mini exams by now but still scoring in the mid 70’s for the practice exams. I realized my biggest problem was over analyzing the questions and not really getting to the root of the actual question. The last few weeks I focused almost exclusively on improving my understanding of what the question was actually asking.

When I took the actual exam I felt very prepared and comfortable with the questions. Many were hard but I was expecting this. Especially stopping myself from choosing the “obvious” answer unless I was certain it was correct.

My prep paid off and I scored 4 AT and 1 T.

And I can’t say thanks enough for your site and the invaluable knowledge and links you provided!

~ Chris, PMP

Thanks Chris 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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