PMP Lessons Learned: A Do-able Exam Study Plan


PMP Exam Experience Sharing

John Haligheri just passed the PMP® Exam. Let’s learn from the exam lessons learned and get a pass in your first try!

I started preparing for the PMP® exam 6 weeks before the exam. I studied for the about 2 – 3 hours every day for 4 weeks and I took 2 weeks of vacation right before the exam date to spend 8 hours of study time during the week. It was challenging to study with 3 children (9, 7 and 5) running around in the apartment, however it was important to be diligent and focus on the goal.

Here is a plan I created and followed it:

  • Read about the PMP® Exam doing a google search and read about other PMP® aspirants experiences. I am so glad I stumbled across your website here. Your experience was such as confidence booster for me.
  • Read the PMBOK® Guide guide and Alex Crowe’s “The PMP® Exam: How to pass on you first try” book to get familiar with the books.
  • Take the PMP® simpli learn online test. I scored 58% on this.
  • Study both the books (PMP®BOK guide and Alex Crowe’s book) now by making notes in a notebook and highlighting the important areas in the book.
  • Take the PMP® Prepcast course during the first 4 days of my vacation. However, I found it rather time consuming and slow to go through after reading both the books. I think it would be better for future aspirants to complete the PMP® Prepcast first and then read both the books. It may be more fruitful that way.
  • Read your study notes, formulas and complete the exercises.
  • Spend last 8 days before the exam date in just taking all exams and learning from my mistakes by reviewing the notes. I took all the free exams you listed on your website as well 4 exams on the PMP® Simulator. The Lehmann’s exam was a real confidence buster however, I loved the experience though as it helped me focus more during the actual exam.
  • Review all the study notes the day before the exam.

Overall, it has been amazing journey and I am so glad that the hard work paid off to join you all as a fellow PMP®.

~ John Haligheri, PMP®

Thanks a lot 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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