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Can anyone help me with info and technique to pass the PMP Exam?


Sean Tasker Hollywood, FL

I have taken this exam prior and did not pass. I have hit a wall and need to succeed to pursue a new direction in my career that will allow me to grow and prosper. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

8 October 2019 10 replies Mentoring



Jody Miller Lutz, FL

Sean, I utilized the IVMF O2O program as well as a book from Rita Mulcahey for study. Passed on the first try. Combo of practice tests, flash cards and study did the trick. I would be happy to share my experience with you and pass along anything I can. You can reach me at for more info.


Jennifer Liddle Huntsville, AL

Hi, Sean! I've never taken the test, but have seen clients have success with the following resources. Good luck to you!

Once accepted, this program will provide the training and funding for the PMP exam. If my memory serves me correctly, they will also pay for your PMI membership.

LINKEDIN LEARNING-Exam Tips: Project Management Professional (PMP)®


James Threet Houston, TX

If you can go to a prep course I'd would recommend it. If not use some of the materials mentioned in other's comments. There are apps that you can use on the iOS and Android market as well. I went from zero to PMP in 5 weeks. I would not recommend doing that. However, I will say to find as much practice tests that you can. Study, test, see your weeks spots, focus on those, test again. Repeat that until you feel comfortable. Also I took the exam just before the 6th editions, but I was able to pinpoint specific topic I needed help with on youtube. You got this!


Bob Farmer Atlanta, GA

There should be several courses that help you prepare for the exam. This is money well
spent as they know the types of questions and can help you with test taking techniques.
I am sure it will pay off!
Best of luck.
Bob Farmer


Michael Del Vecchio Killingworth, CT

Hi Sean,

I took a course offered by a professional, passed first time. The VA will probably pick up the tab.


William Clark Seattle, WA

Purdue University (online) had a terrific PMP exam prep course and a very capable and responsive financial aid office that can handle your G.I. benefit for the tuition and fees. It's rigorous, but if you make the time you will pass the test.


David Daugerdas Schaumburg, IL

The other suggestions listed here are some of the techniques I used: rote memorization of formulas and the process groups and inputs/outputs as defined by the PMBOK, and studying Rita Mulcahy's materials. Take as many practice exams as you can, and if you can enroll in a PMP "boot camp" intensive course that can also help. Happy to discuss further if you are interested. Thank you for your service.


Deborah Stadsklev Colleyville, TX

When I took the test I spent the first 20 minutes doing a 'brain dump'. For example, statistics/math are a weakness of mine, so wrote down every formula I could remember. Then, when I came to a question on that area, I could calmly look at my notes and determine the answer without stress. Additionally, I too used 3x5 cards for those items needing pure memorization. And finally, when studying, I separated those things that would make me a better project manager and those things I needed for the test. They are not necessarily the same.


Martha Boer Berkley, MI

There are 2 things that I think that helped me succeed. 1. Rita Mulcahy’s PMP exam book made a huge difference in my understanding....far easier to apply the principles than the pmbok book. 1 chapter a day and take the chapter quiz. Keep track of your score and study what you missed. And 2. Flash cards really helped me study. I had my teenagers quiz me while I was driving. Cannot cheat and drive at the same time. ????

There are a lot of online tests that are free once you hit about 70-75% you are ready.

Feel free to reach out...happy to help further


Kevin Pleiss Atlanta, GA

Hi Sean. You are wise to add credentials such as a PMP certification to your CV. Note that a lot of organizations are moving toward Agile development so you may want to evaluate which credentials best fit with your objectives. When I prepared for the PMP exam, I took a Project Management course at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA and implemented a project with my employer at the time so I was able to apply what I was learning to further reinforce the concepts. If you have the ability to apply PMBOK methodology to a project (past or present), it may help you memorize what is needed for the exam. This could even be a project at home that was complex enough to justify a more formal methodology. I have heard of others using flash cards to prepare and they were successful. There may also be Meet Ups near your location where others are preparing for the exam and looking for study partners. I hope this helps and wish you luck! - Kevin

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