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Well I have started my quest of obtaining my PMP certification. This will be a journey, lots of studying. Need to make a decision if I am going to use the third edition or forth edition. Testing after June will be using the forth so that means I need to set my goal to take the exam by the end of June 09. I have ordered several study books, cue card, and signed up for the PM PreCast by Cornelius Fichtner, PMP. You can find more information about the PM PreCast at

Any suggestions to make this easier are welcome.

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Comment by Bill Arneson on April 21, 2010 at 9:02pm
You are on the right path. Here is what I did, read PMBOK, listen to Cornelius Fichtner, re-read PMBOK, take practice test after practice test (look up missed questions in PMBOK) , after practice test until I wanted to puke. Then I was ready.

Bill Arneson
Comment by Pete Tinker on September 28, 2009 at 12:36pm

What was your impression of the Fichtner precast, in retrospect? Was it helpful? Was it enough to pass the exam? I'm looking hard at it to see if that's the path for me. I hope all went well in June!

- Pete Tinker
Comment by Sainath Sherigar, PMP on January 25, 2009 at 2:53am
I cleared the exam in Dec. 2007. Rita Mulcahy's exam prep book is a must - PMI does offer a publication having sample questions but the degree of difficulty in the same was much lesser than the actual exam. On the contrary, Rita Mulcahy's book and simulation was good and gave me the required confidence to measure my preparation and readiness to attempt the exam.

The trick is --> learn a process group in depth --> Read the corresponding chapter in Rita's book --> Attempt the questions at the end of the chapter in Rita's book.

Answer each question wearing the PMI hat - sometimes your own experience may tell you to choose a different answer in the exam which may be a valid choice as well but always choose the option which PMI recommends in the PMBOK.

In case you are interested, I have posted my own PMP cracking strategy online at


Sainath Sherigar ,PMP,ITIL v3F
Comment by debojyoti on January 25, 2009 at 2:34am
Hi Mike, This is Debo from India. I am also appearing for PMP by May 1st week. Applications submitted, exam scheduled, now I am in the study mode. This is briefly my plans:
- I completed 26 online modules from skillsoft portal( my organization has a tie up with skillsoft) and gained the reqd 35+ PDU's
- I bought PMP Exam- Andy Crowe- How to pass in your 1st try. This is one of my fav books and presently studying time management chapter in details.
- my next plan is to buy the RITA's book and go throughit once I complete Andy
- Then I will go through the PMBOK
- Finally, I am planning to attend a 4 day bootcamp from PMTI in last week of April
- The last few days would only include revision and mock tests.

Thats all I have in mind. Good luck and god bless.
Comment by Michael Broadway on January 24, 2009 at 11:08am
Congratulations on your decision to pursue your PMP Certification. When I was studying for mine, I order the Rita Mulcahy course. I found it very helpful. Good luck to you.
Comment by Michael Duval on January 22, 2009 at 9:46pm
"My quest" is to take the exam before June as well. I'm working on the application now which is a task in itself. I've found many great deals on exam prep material on ebay. I'd be interested to hear what others have thought best prepared them for the exam.

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