PMP TIP #5: Avoid Unneccessary Materials, Books, Forums

PMP TIP #5: Avoid Unnecessary Materials, Books, Forums

You must have heard alot from me saying, the pmp exam is not a rocket science. I still conquer this statement. Knowledge is a great thing but too much and unnecessary regarding to a subject, I don’t think so. I am not some one who is in a position to pass fatwa’s but just my 2 cents.

OK, so let’s come to today’s tip, although the title of the page is quite self explanatory but this is a very important tip. I have seen and including my self when I start the pmp journey, I had to grab any material that some one asked me to read and subscribe to every forum out there. Of course you can do that but after passing the pmp exam. I touched this topic in another blog post as well “Pass PMP Exam On First Try“.

TIP: Before your pmp exam avoid all unnecessary materials, books, blogs, forums.

  • No need to go through every book and material.
  • No need to subscribe to all pmp blogs and forums.
  • Read pmbok with a good reputable study guide.
  • 4 set’s of 200 questions from reputable source.

    For a complete list of all the PMP Tips and Tricks, please check this post. PMP Tips.

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    22 Responses to PMP TIP #5: Avoid Unneccessary Materials, Books, Forums

    1. custom writing August 26, 2011 at 2:53 pm #

      Interesting post. Thank you!

    2. Max Generation September 1, 2011 at 3:31 am #

      It was a really great post, although there are small amount of features through which I don’t even agree, but total it was a great expression of self idea.

    3. Kiran September 26, 2011 at 5:39 am #

      Great post.. Thanks 🙂
      can you please provide some info as to where we can find good set of mock questions for PMP.. That would be really helpful..

      • Amir Abbas September 26, 2011 at 6:31 am #

        Thanks Kiran,

        There are many companies that are providing quality questions but also please be aware that some online free questions are really of very poor quality.

        Check the following, I found them useful.

        1: oliverlehmann
        2: pmstudy

        Please let me know, if you need more quality sites.

    4. Grizzly October 7, 2011 at 9:54 am #

      A muinte saved is a minute earned, and this saved hours!

      • Amir Abbas October 7, 2011 at 8:42 pm #

        Glad, It was helpful..

    5. farrell February 11, 2013 at 11:33 am #

      Brillinat Post Amir, funny I stumbled upon this post because I was only chatting to one of my colleagues about this the other day. It is so important not to bombard yourself with loads of information, It just confuses you and makes you over analyis evey bit of information. You sumed it up in one “Before your pmp exam avoid all unnecessary materials, books, blogs, forums.” Stick to the fundamentals and basics of project management and your sure to pass the exam. My teacher always said KISS – Keep it simple stupid 🙂

      • Amir Abbas February 12, 2013 at 10:49 am #

        Thanks farell for the feedback and I love your teacher’s saying: KISS 🙂

      • Life June 18, 2013 at 5:39 am #

        i liked thi KISS funda . 😀 true as we progress reading PMBOK it really confuses wid i/p n o/p

        • Amir Abbas June 18, 2013 at 6:21 am #

          Life, Kiss and PMBOK..

          hmmmmm 🙂

    6. Santosh February 26, 2013 at 4:49 pm #

      I would love to have any more quality sites of mock questions.


      • Amir Abbas February 27, 2013 at 5:50 am #


        I am planning to write a comprehensive post over it. I am in the process of collecting the most reputable questions sources and once it’s compiled, I’ll write a post about it.

        • Santosh February 27, 2013 at 11:44 am #

          Thanks a lot for replying, Amir. Looking forward for your new post.

    7. Rajesh May 3, 2013 at 7:26 am #

      Hi Amir,

      I heard so many times about PMP Certification please suggest me how much is useful for professionals?

      • Amir Abbas May 3, 2013 at 11:19 am #

        Hey Rajesh,

        It depends. But I guess it will give you edge over other applicants for a post.
        It will help you stand apart in your own organization as well.
        It will help you think about better managing yourself and your projects.

        Hope it helps 🙂

    8. Rajesh May 3, 2013 at 7:31 am #

      Hi Amir,
      If you have the idea about best PMP Certification Institutes please tel me.

      • Amir Abbas May 3, 2013 at 11:20 am #

        Hey Rajesh,

        Nice email 🙂
        I have no idea where you are located, so cannot give you any options..

        • amen October 27, 2014 at 8:15 am #

          Hi Amir,
          Your article has given me some relaxation! Thanks. Am just starting with pmp preparation. Before starting with it, can you give some idea as to how long does it takes for the preparation? Yes it really depends on myself when am done, but most of the people saying, 6 months! thats scary

          • Amir Abbas October 27, 2014 at 4:09 pm #

            Hello Amen,
            Glad the blog is helpful 🙂
            You answered it by yourself. It depends !!
            Some of my Students, Friends and Colleagues have done it in a month while a few top level Managers took more than 6 months and still struggling 🙂
            I guess From Two Weeks to Three months are more than enough.

    9. Robert Hannings June 1, 2015 at 8:19 pm #

      Great piece of writing Amir. Looking forward for more.

    10. Sumon December 14, 2015 at 11:00 am #


      Excellent Post!
      It’s true- so many books, so many materials – it can be overwhelming.

      I often suggest people to follow these steps:

      Step 1: Read any one book of your choice from here:

      1. Rita’s PMP
      2. HeadFirst PMP
      3. PMBOK Guide

      Step 2: Read Brainy People’s Guide To PMP® Credential, as it summarizes everything.
      (I read PMBOK® Guide (5th edition) and Brainy People’s guide, it even covers some topic which are not clearly mentioned in PMBOK® Guide, but essential for exam.)

      Step 3: Take few practice test.
      It is very important to interpret the question, so keep in mind that being able to summarize and interpret the concept is vital, for which the Brainy People’s Guide was very useful for me. And Once an exam candidate is clear with all the 255 points mentioned in the book, I believe the candidate is good to go.

      Note: Brainy People’s Guide is available in both kindle version and printed version for such an amazing price (less than $10). And I just received an update notification that says, it is also compatible for the new exam content outline.

      Thank you and Regards,

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