How to Study for the PMP Exam and Pass in 2.5 weeks – Sulagno’s story

Sulagno Das Chowdhury, a senior BA/team leader, works out of the Houston office of Cognizant Technologies. He wanted to become PMP(r), just like many others, to further his career and take on more challenges. Here’s his story about how he studied for the PMP(r), and passed it in 2.5 weeks.
He submitted his PMP(r), application in July 2016, and was approved to take his exam. Due to work constraints, he could not enrol in ExamsPM’s PMP(r), training, and begin studying on March 18th 2017. 2.5 weeks later, he passed with 3’moderately proficients’ and 2 proficients’.
Here is his exact study program.
Like many PMP(r), Sulagno had no idea what he was reading when he first read the PMBOK(r). The guide was unintuitive and dry for him.
To make sense of the context, Sulagno viewed the lectures from ExamsPM. The second reading of the PMBOK(r), however, made more sense.
Sulagno didn’t use any additional study material (e.g. Rita’s or head first) because he realized that the study material was repeating itself. He reduced the amount of study material that he used to ensure he could pass the exam as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Tip #1: First, watch the lectures. Next, read the PMBOK(r) to reinforce your understanding.
Sulagno studies every night for 3-4hrs plus weekends. He didn’t request study leave from work. He found that he was able to retain more information by fitting his studies into a shorter time frame.
Tip #2: Spend more time studying per day to be exam-ready quicker (2-6 weeks).
The PMP(r), or the PMI exam, is not designed to test your memorization skills. PMI wants you to be able to understand the concepts and methods of project management that will help you become a better project manager in real-life.
It is important to understand the PMBOK(r). It is possible to make the ITTOs a story. This will give context to a diagram that is already very dry.
ExamsPM offers a free PMP(r), which teaches you how to make ITTOs a story.
Tip #3: Make ITTOs part of a story
To speed up his learning, Sulagno used many memory aids, acronyms and tricks.
He saved the number for the process chart in his phone, and called it several times until he knew it.
He also used acronyms like BIRD to help him remember 4 information gathering techniques (Brainstorming interviews, Root cause analysis and Delphi techniques), and phrases such “take a check collection form and carry it to Hawaii Public School” for the 7 basic question tools (Cause & effect diagram, Control charts and Flowcharts), Histogram, Pareto and Scatter diagrams.
Tip #4: To learn more, take the free PMP(r), ExamsPM course.
Before taking his actual exam, Sulagno had taken 2 of the 12 full length exams that are available to all ExamsPM students. Sulagno also practiced online with free questions.
He found full-length exams to be more difficult than the actual exam. Brian, another of our students, also found the same thing. Read Brian’s PMP(r), story here. It’s a good thing that practice exams are harder than the real exam. This is because you are better prepared.
Tip #5 – Do full length exams
Sulagno passed his PMP(r), by simply taking the ExamsPM prep course and reading the PMBOK(r). This took only 2.5 weeks!
Sulagno received his PMP(r) and immediately began to implement some of the project management principles he learned from his real projects at Cognizant.
Here’s Sulagno’s opinion: “I found the PMP(r), exam to be conceptual rather that directly from the books. ExamsPM tutorials explain the definitions and terminologies in the PMBOK(r). However, ExamsPM tutorials provide real-life examples and case discussions. The exam consisted of questions related case studies, followed by questions like ‘what should’ and ‘wh’.

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