My PMP Study Tips & 2-Month Blueprint: Vishal Gupta, PMP


 pmp study tips 2 month pmp blueprintAfter a focused effort of 2 months I passed the PMP exam with 4 Proficient rating, on my first attempt. Following is a brief account of how I achieved it, and some of my PMP study tips that I hope will help those preparing for their PMP exam.

PMP study resources I used

pmp plan vishal guptaI chose a limited number of study material so as to avoid a sense of overwhelming.

My Study plan

I discussed with some of my friends and those that have passed PMP exam already and come up with a basic study plan. However, I had to refine this as I went along and this is what I ended up doing –

  1. First studied HeadFirst PMP book thoroughly (I targeted 1 chapter every day), completed exercise from each chapter as soon as I studied the chapter. I highly recommend this approach.
  2. Next, I took classroom training at Cognitel, which was very useful in understanding PMP concepts.
  3. Studied appendix from PMBOK to go through Acronyms. Basically to revise definitions of all important terms in PMBOK. This helped me understand concepts based on the PMP jargon.
  4. Then I moved to solving questions from different sources, free PMP mock tests which were helpful in identifying gap in my preparation/knowledge.
  5. I practiced 5 full length PMP practice/mock test (one each day):
    • One from Head first PMP book
    • One from Exam central website
    • One from PMStudy website
    • Two from Cognitel mock tests (earned my 35 PDUs by attending Cognitel training and they provided 6 full length mock tests)
  6. I read PMBOK and RMC’s book (few chapters) for the clarification of my doubts on those areas.
  7. In last week before exam, I revised from Shiv’s notes to quickly go through entire syllabus, and practiced formula based questions.

Also readThe complete PMP resource list

What worked for me?

Not every plan works out in one’s favor, same was my case. Few things that I suggest based on my success –

Also readHow Dan Moodley planned a good mix of study and mock tests to get pass PMP exam under 2 months

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PMP study tips

Again, I tried many things and the pointers below are few suggestions I have based on my own experience. I suggest you try them up and see if what works for you.

  • Avoid using too many books for studying. I think PMBOK and 1-2 reference books (Head First OR RMC) are sufficient.
  • Solve as many mock tests as you could before taking exam, but be careful while choosing source of questions, since few questions on internet – especially free ones – have wrong answers/explanations. One of the reasons could be that some of them are still based on PMBOK-4 and not updated for PMBOK-5. Be aware of such question sources and avoid them.
  • For me, the main purpose of solving a question is to identify gap in knowledge. Identify your weak areas and work on them.
  • Avoid mugging up ITTOs, instead understand the process flow from PMBOK.
  • Please read the “PMI Code of Ethics” from PMI website, Glossary and Leadership qualities from PMBOK appendix.
  • It will be useful to you practice 1-2 mock tests in the same time-slot as your actual exam (for example 8am-12pm).
  • Most questions are tricky. Please be very careful while reading question and options, a single word may change the answer.
  • Keep your calm and cool during exam, don’t panic. Believe in yourself and you will rock.

I hope these PMP study tips will help all the aspirants. All the best!

Vishal Gupta, PMP

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  • Richard Wheeler September 27, 2016, 9:07 am

    That is very thorough and very good advice. Thank you, and congratulations!

    I wonder what mnemonics you might have used, if any.

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