FAQ - What Should You Study, to Pass Your PMP Exam?

The PMP exam is difficult. It can be conquered on your first attempt, with the right preparation and study.

Here are the tools I used, to pass my PMP exam on the first try:

1. the PMI PMBOK

The Project Management Body of Knowledge is the primary basis for the exam questions. It's not the only source, but it is the primary source for PMP exam questions.

2. PMP textbooks

At the time of my PMP training in 2011, a quick Google search pointed to these authors and speakers:

  • Andy Crowe
  • Rita Mulcahy (passed away in 2010)

I purchased copies of each author's textbooks. Of the two, my personal preference was the one written by Andy Crowe. 

3. Project management publications

PMI publishes hundreds of articles, white papers, books and PowerPoint presentations on various aspects of project management. You'll find them at https://www.pmi.org/learning/publications.

The PMI Project Management Journal contains additional articles on all aspects of project management. You'll find them at https://www.pmi.org/learning/publications/project-management-journal.

4. Practice exams

One of the best ways to ensure your PMP exam success is to take many practice exams. When you can pass three 200-question practice exams in a row, with scores of 80% or greater, then you are ready to sit for the real PMP exam. A past-president of PMI-Portland took ten practice exams. He scored high more than three times in a row. He easily passed his real PMP exam on the first try.

5. classroom learning

Sign up for a live, four-day PMP exam prep boot camp, including slides, a textbook and other printed learning tools.

6. Multi-media, blended learning system

No matter how you learn best, a blended-learning system has something for everyone. Goss Consulting's "PMP for YOU" learning system includes all of them:

Online Learning Tools

  • Lessons and quizzes
  • Media center, with additional learning tools
  • Practice PMP exam

Printed Learning Tools

  • Textbook
  • Quick-reference guide
  • Flash cards
  • Audio CDs
  • Student workbook/notebook

Live Training

  • Kick-off meeting, prior to the live class
  • Four-day PMP boot camp, using the printed learning tools


The more comprehensive your training, the greater probability that you'll pass the PMP exam on your first try.

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