Share Your PMP Success Story!

Discussion in 'PMP' started by Shruti, Feb 9, 2015.

  1. Agegnew Tsega Woldemariam

    Dec 8, 2017
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    HEY SHAMIT congratulations. Very please to hear a fellow classmate passed the class. Wish you all the best!
  2. Agegnew Tsega Woldemariam

    Dec 8, 2017
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    Thanks AbuSiddik, I definitely remember your name being called during the live sessions. Did you take the exam? All the best.
  3. _28603

    _28603 Well-Known Member

    Apr 6, 2018
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    Just read the above comments. I am preparing for PMP exam. How can I buy Rita Mulcahy and Headfirst pmp books. I am already a member of PMI but these books are not available on website.
  4. Somya Sahu

    Somya Sahu Well-Known Member

    Mar 4, 2018
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    I have cleared my PMP exam today. All thanks to Tim, Venkata, Mukesh, Priyamvada from Simplilearn. Simplilearn was amazing. The kind of support I received was exceptional especially from our faculty Tim Jerome.

    Tim Jerome, my faculty. I have no words for him. He has responded to my 100 + queries on our community! In the last one week! I can't thank him enough. He is an amazing guide and an extremely knowledgeable faculty. He kept insisting on to use the Simplilearn community in the classes and helped me get the right thought process to approach the questions (which is what is required in the exam). In the beginning they were stupid too. But he ALWAYS responded with detailed explanations. I used to drop him my questions at India day time and by my morning I almost always had my answers in my mailbox. The way he appreciated my study strategy really motivated me.

    Tim is not only extremely knowledgeable but also immensely supportive. He not only gave me the answers but also motivated me to keep going on. He gave me the pointers to create my exam day strategies and also most importantly taught me to think like a PM so I didn’t have to cram up my material.

    Thank you everyone.

    I have shared my detailed experience in the below link:
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  5. _25013

    _25013 Member

    Mar 5, 2018
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    I cleared my PMP exam on May 24.

    I got Above target in all modules and overall Above targets ratings as well.

    For preparation i did

    I did notes from :
    PMBOK 6 th Edition
    Timothy Jerome's Classes
    Rita's Mulcahy Exam prep.

    I found Tim's classes very insightful and clarifying alot of concepts which is essential to answer the question quickly and correctly.

    I did about 15 Simulation Exams and reached to Guru level using project
    Using QUestion outline was very useful especially there were questions directly from there. Make sure you understand it very well.
    the exam is a test of knowledge and mental toughness. Before the exam i was feeling very anxious . i reached exam centre early and meditated for 20 minutes in the quite cornert to calm myself down. I mentally revised all the major things i needed to know and prepared myself to focus on just the exam and what i planned to do i.e. to focus on answering the question to the best at the first time and not leave it for later. My exam had really difficult questions at the start. I completed only 45 questions in the first 75 minutes however i picked up the pace when the there were straight questions testing PM bok appeared.
    after answering 100 question in 02:05:00 . I took a 3 minute break. returned to complete the exam . the earned value and EMV question and float questions appeared late in the exam , though easy they were time consuming and i lost some time the question 160 - 200 were really simple and i could answer them very quickly . i finished my exam with 10 minutes to spare and i reviewed my 10 review question in last 8 minutes and finished the exam under 1 minute.
    My Advice:
    - Practice and Prepare untill you really understand. Good Coaching can help fasten this understanding.
    - Performance on the Day is important . Keeping calm and focussed was key for me and meditation helped me.
    - Develope you exam strategy and stick to it. You know what works best for you.
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  6. Shobhit Mishra

    Shobhit Mishra Customer

    Mar 6, 2018
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    I completed my PMP certification on 04-June-18. PMP examination is indeed a test of your conceptual clarity and mental toughness to endure four hours of continuous focus to correctly answer 200 questions. I followed SimpliLearn's course material and even attended a 4 day classroom session by a Simplilearn registered mentor. Classroom sessions are important not just from the perspective of earning required PDUs but to get a quick walkthrough of the concepts but in the end it's all about your self-study and the number of simulation tests that you give. It is really important to take notes while going through the course material as the course material from SimpliLearn is really exhaustive and it would be difficult to retain all the concepts till the date of your exam.
    It's really important to take as many simulation tests as possible. I completed 6 out of 7 simulation tests i.e. practices almost 1200+ questions in the last week before my exam. Believe me, don't expect any of the practice questions to appear in the actual exam, the only thing that's going to help is the clarity of Inputs, Tools & Techniques and Outputs of each process and the concepts you learn through the practice tests.
    Please have good sleep a night before and arrive at the centre at-least 30 minutes earlier. This would give you sufficient time to acclimatize with the test center environment. Four hours will just rush past quickly, I had planned to complete all the questions in 3 hours and left the last hour for review and believe me review is extremely important as I was able to thoroughly examine my responses in the first iteration and make corrections wherever necessary. Giving PMP examination is a journey in itself and only diligent study and practice will help in clearing the exam
  7. _14390

    _14390 Member

    Oct 26, 2017
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    Congrats Shamit !! Did you get any questions (and how many) from the Agile topics that are added in Sixth edition ?
  8. _23619

    _23619 New Member

    Feb 19, 2018
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    I got certified as a PMP in July 2018. It was a roller coaster experience for me. I have learnt a lot and had to unlearn a lot as well.
    For my preparation I had used the following resources in the order of their importance with the top being the most important.
    1. Simplilearn PMP course and its materials.
    2. Rita's PMP exam guide.
    3. Head first PMP guide. (Older edition as PMBOK 6 is still not available as of the writting).
    4. Various blogs to clear doubts on certain topics.
    5. PMBOK 6 guide.

    PMBOK guide is not of much help if you are preparing for the PMP exam! In my opinion reading and rereading other exam guide books are of much help. That being said you can always refer to the PMBOK guide for a through overview of the ITTOs of the various processes.

    One of the suggestion that helped me a lot for both understanding the topic as well as the exam question was from Rita's book. It suggested, to visualize that you are manager of a big project and ALL THE PROCESSES which are part of PMBOK is being followed in the project.

    The maths and the network diagrams are not much complicated and nothing to stress about. Finding tips to remember them and practicing them couple of time should be enough.
    Remember, you are no more provided time before the start of the exam to create you brain dump. You are only allowed to write on the scrap paper after the exam starts.

    Finally, make sure to give importance to topics/process that you don't always do in real-life projects. For example, Procurement KA, the various steps in the Closing the project, etc.

    Thank you to the simplilearn team for helping me with my journey!!

    Good luck to all the PMP aspirant, and remember, don't forget to be awesome!
  9. _15491

    _15491 Member

    Nov 11, 2017
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    Finally!!! Cleared PMP certification today. Wanted to share my experience

    1) First and foremost Simplilearn material and Mock tests helped alot in the entire journey
    2) I suggest don't try to simply remember the processes and ITTO for the sake of exam
    3) Instead understand each and every concept in detail and relation between the processes , PMI tests your knowledge in application of skills to the concepts
    4) Attend more and more sample questions and mock tests ( PM challenge is one good source)
    5) Lastly I want to thank facilitators TIM and Sridhar for making a lot of concepts clear

    Sep 3, 2018
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    DO you have questions and answers dump and mind sharing it ?
  11. Taruneet kaur

    Taruneet kaur Active Member

    May 28, 2018
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    I have cleared my PMP Exam today in 1st attempt successfully. I got a total score of “Above Target” with an individual scoring as follows:

    Initiation : Above Target
    Planning : Above Target
    Executing : Target
    M&C : Above Target
    Closing : Target

    My heartfelt Thanks to Tim Jerome for the guidance provided in the classes and also on Community Forum. I asked umpteem no of questions and always got reply within 24 hours.

    My PMP Journey
    1. I attended Tim’s batches
    2. Completed all 7 sample questionnaires, out of which i could clear 4 right in 1st attempt
    3. Read articles on Simplilearn and watched videos
    4. Studied PMBOK - twice
    5. Studied Rita Mulcahy twice
    6. Practiced 1000+ questions from
    7. Looked for free sources on Internet for sample questions, but be careful about free sources, the Questions on most of the free sites are from PMBOK 5, they end up confusing you at times.
    8. I got really stressed out when my application went into Audit as i was not aware of the process, but nothing to worry if your papers are ok. I got my application signed and couriered it. Within 1 day of reaching to US, my application got approved.
    9. It took me 3+ months in totality to prepare and be confident about giving exam.

    Exam Day Journey
    1. 4 hours on sitting a single seat was tough without a break
    2. Focussed attention completely for all the 4 hours on the computer is what makes it more difficult.
    3. I could barely manage to finish my paper. Just finished 10 minutes before and could hardly review 10 questions out of so many questions which i had marked
    4. There is no time to think again at all. If you start thinking too much, timer starts ticking and you loose pace. Hence you have to keep a balance between timing and thinking
    5. Fortunately i got only 1 Agile question and that too was a generic question.
    6. I got 10 to 15 questions based on Formula which were simple like calculating EAC, CV, CPI, float but yes they do take time.
    7. Most of the questions were situational had seemingly two right answers which makes it more stressful.
    8. Finally looking at Congratulations is what makes you smile after 4 stressful hours.

    My advice to everyone preparing the exam

    1. Read PMBOK at least 2 times
    2. Read articles from Simplilearn site.
    3. Learn concepts from all the chapters
    4. Learn Process charts
    5. Memorize formulas
    6. Memorize ITTO’s as much as you can
    7. Practice as many questions as possible, it is good way to learn and practice.

    I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Tim Jerome and Simplilearn Team for excellent training and guidance provided for clearing PMP exam, which paved the way for my success.

    Taruneet Kaur
    Proud PMP :):)
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  12. Arvind Shekhar

    Arvind Shekhar Well-Known Member

    Mar 21, 2018
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    Congratulation Taruneet.
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  13. Moghul.

    Moghul. Well-Known Member

    Oct 19, 2016
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    Congrats everyone.
  14. _39027

    _39027 Active Member

    Aug 31, 2018
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    Hi Amal,
    Can you just post your notes as an example? It's related to point 5
  15. sandeepnair2106(2273235)


    Mar 20, 2015
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    I cleared PMP on my first attempt with AT/AT/AT/AT/T on 09 October 2018.


    I enrolled with Simplilearn for the instructor led online classes in July. It was quite informative and Bala did a good job of explaining the concepts.

    You need to submit a project, demonstrate some processes, and score more than 80% on one of the 8 practice exams to get your PDU certificate.

    Had a break of 1 month in August between finishing my classes and earning my PDU certificate due to work related travel.


    I had my application typed out and saved on the website beforehand so all I had to do was hit submit.

    Be sure to break down your project experience into the five process groups with as much detail as you can cram in considering the word limit.

    Received my confirmation notification in 2-3 days, around 6 AM local time by 2nd week of September. I scheduled my exam by 6:30 AM in 4 weeks time.

    My goal was - Practice lean in real life and do as much preparation as is required to get certified considering all the other competing priorities in my life.


    I did not use any prep books apart from the PMBOK. The PMBOK has everything you need though you might need to google some terms.

    The Simplilearn program gives you slides with key information for each knowledge area which is a good way to quickly recap.

    I read the PMBOK cover to cover in 2 weeks.

    Spent 1 week practicing full length exams. I did 5 of the Simplilearn exams.

    At this point people pointed me towards Rita’s books. I didn’t buy the book but bought the exam simulator access because I wanted to see how much difference there was in the material.

    I did 2 or 3 of Rita’s full length exams.

    I found the Rita questions more wordy and tougher than Simplilearn.

    I didn’t score more than 70% in any full length exam. Oddly I scored exactly 140 correct questions in 5 exams and knew I had plateaued. I figured this would be enough to pass and since I had a study sprint coming up I would probably be able to improve it a bit.

    I took a couple of days off around the weekend and spent the last 4 days rereading the PMBOK cover to cover. Also prepared a brain dump but didn’t use it during the exam. Average 15 hours a day of studying. No more exams because I didn’t want to dent my confidence when I had already established my range.


    Scheduled it for 12PM so I could wake up and work for a few hours on my brain dump and gain some confidence. Took a cab to the testing center since I didn’t want to risk getting agitated over finding a place to park.

    I found most of the exam questions much more in line with Simplilearn material than Rita’s.

    However I did run into a bunch of questions that were quite wordy.

    Didn’t need a calculator.

    Questions are situational, 2 of the answer choices will drive you crazy but if you focus on what the question is asking you for and which process you might be in, the answer will be clear. This is not the CAPM exam so the thrust is on application and understanding of the framework.

    Lot of change management questions. It is good to know the flow of deliverables and change requests throughout the framework. Understand what the variances and indices represent.

    Did not try to rush through. Utilized 3 hours to work on the answers and budgeted the last hour to review marked questions. I finished reviews with 30 minutes to spare.

    During the review you will discover that some answers are very obvious and you will be wondering why you got confused the first time.

    Take a break after you finish 100 questions. It helps to reorient. Unless you are someone who operates in a zone.

    I got quite nervous at the end and forced myself to finish the short survey. At the end of the survey I saw the Congratulations message and felt a huge surge of relief.

    To summarize; 4 weeks of prep, 7-8 full length exams, 4-5 days of intense prep before the exam, PMBOK was sufficient, Simplilearn exams are enough, I passed.

    Hope this helps. Cheers.
  16. Suvarna Gopisetty


    Feb 1, 2018
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    I did it! Passed PMP with over all “Above Target” on Oct 18th 2018. Sincere thanks to Simplilearn faculty Chandra, Sridhar and Tim, and also to Satish for assisting me with class registration.

    I have started my journey with Simplilearn on Feb 1st, 2018 when I enrolled in online live sessions with Chandra. He did an awesome job in covering all the concepts with great examples. My favorite topic was Schedule management . Later, I listened to recorded sessions by Tim and Sridhar to understand the updates in version 6 which was current from March 26th, 2018. They were wonderful as well. Simplilearn also provided great pointers on how to get PMI membership and submit application. Fortunately, my application was accepted in the first go. Next big step was to prepare and schedule my exam.

    Read the following books in addition to Simplilearn course material and 7 simulation tests.

    1) Rita Mulcahy Exam prep – 9th edition

    2) PMBOK (read few times). I actually enjoyed reading this, though many mention this to be too boring and dry. It clearly explained each and every ITTO use and purpose in each process. The detailed explanation itself was helpful for me to understand and remember ITTO.

    3) Took more than 8 simulation tests from various online sources including Simplilearn. I aimed to score at least 80% in each test. Took atleast 4 tests by sitting 4 hours straight.

    4) PMCoach quizzes. I bought 600 questions/quizzes.

    I scheduled my exam after I felt confident that I can do it!

    My Exam: Most of the questions were situational with very few math questions. First 100 questions took a bit longer time. I tried my best to spend less than a minute for each question. The questions which took longer than 1 min, marked them for review and moved on. It took approx. 3 hours 10 mins to complete the 200 questions(including 20 marked to review). Took 7 min break and utilized the remaining 43 mins to complete those 20 marked questions and then reviewed all questions.

    Few pointers:

    . Come up with a study plan which suits best for you.

    . Prepare well until you understand each concept thoroughly.

    . Refer to sample documents online to get a clear idea about how a certain plan, document, chart, graph etc look like. Here is the link

    . Practice as many mock/simulation tests as possible or until you are confident. Go back and refer to any topics for further clarification.

    . Rest well before the exam day.

    . Come up with an exam strategy. It is very important to plan how to handle those precious 4 hours. Time management is the key!

    Hope this helps!!

    Wishing all the PMP aspirants the very best!

    Thanks again!
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  17. _27458

    _27458 Active Member

    Mar 28, 2018
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    Quite Amazing... just 4 weeks of prep!!! You must be having very good experience in Project Management... Congratulations!
  18. Valluri Rajesh Kumar

    May 12, 2017
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    Hey Guyz,'

    I cleared my PMP exam on first attempt. Due to overseas assignment, I didnt focus on this exam. Infact I forget that i need to give exam before Nov 3 (eligibility criteria) and fortunately, i got available date on Nov 2 in belgium and surprised that PMP exam questions are simple and easy. Just one day refresh with simplilearn questions (that too based on fifth edition) helped me to revisit in all areas and got into it. Thanks for simplilearn for their structured course. In addition, have gone through free online available question from Oliver F Lehmann. While answering question, i read related topic in PMBOK six edition.

    Whoever preparing, dont panic exam is simple and you will easily answer. Since its 4 hrs exam, sleep well before night, be patient during exam, read carefully/thoroughly and attempt all questions.
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  19. Ashish Kumar Singh_2

    Ashish Kumar Singh_2 Well-Known Member

    Mar 28, 2018
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    I earned PMP credential on 11th Dec. Simplilearn - awesome content, mocks and on top of all things great support and faculty.

    @tim jerome - Thank you so so so much for all the guidance and help. I asked I dont know how many questions, but you were always patient and humble enough to answer.
  20. _40083

    _40083 Member

    Sep 12, 2018
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    Hello Simplilearn Team / Forum Members

    I am glad to share that I have passed PMP exam on 26 Dec with overall rating of Above Target. I would like to thank faculty members Mr. Tim Jerome, Mr. Sridhar and Mr. Sachin Goswami for their valuable guidance and support.
    Thanks to Simplilearn Team for excellent support.

    I would like to share few points for aspirants:
    -- PMBOK is a must read for atleast 2 times. Go through Mock tests and read PMBOK again, you will able to understand finer details much better.
    -- Understand various flows in ITTO as emphasized by Tim
    -- Prepare hand written notes, it helps a lot
    -- Give all 7 Simplilearn Mock Tests (they are very good and covers almost all topics) , also go through some online mock test available and PM Challenge.
    -- Prepare a question bank of questions which you are not able to answer, categorize into various topics - change mangement, closing, risk, etc...For example for change management you will have different scenario questions at one place and you will be able to understand approach and clear doubts faster.

    Thanks Simplilearn

    Gaurav Bhatnagar
  21. Parichay Jain

    Parichay Jain Member

    Feb 12, 2018
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    I am happy to inform that I cleared my PMP exam yesterday. Got Above target in all sections except Executing(Target) and also above target overall. Great learning experience from Simplilearn.

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