I planned for PMP in the December 2014 and first thing I did was bought HeadFirst
book, because I like to keep things simple.
Headfirst explains the things in easy way. However it does not cover all the topics
for the exam but gives u basic understanding of the concepts.
After going through HeadFirst book twice with slow pace, in December 2015 I
enrolled for Ciel Consulting PMP Training. That wass when I hit the top gear for my
Post training, I reviewed all the concepts once again from the training material
given by Ciel Consulting and then started taking mock exams.
It is important to take the mock exam but it is more important to review the
questions and answers as well to get the understanding of the concepts.
I observed my weakness in certain areas like Quality and Procurement knowledge
areas, and revised it.
If I had any doubts during mock tests, I would refer Rita’s book and PMBOK to gain
the confidence on the topic.
The major hurdle that I faced was to get the exam date, as my application was
rejected for the first time since PMI did not seem to like the descriptions of my
project. But thankfully they gave me leverage to re-apply for the exam any time I
wanted. I did not want to wait for long and re-applied on the same day it got
With the second attempt it got approved and I applied for the June exam as I was
confident of my preparation.
Subsequently I got my PMP certification!
I wish you good luck!