pmp braindump

Since you are studying and preparing for the PMP certification exam, you might be aware of the term PMP braindump, because a lot of websites will be offering you theirs to pass the PMP exam, with a 100% guarantee.

You may have a few questions about these braindumps, like:

  • What is a braindump?
  • Are they beneficial for my studies?
  • Should I use them for my exam preparation?

So, to answer all these questions, I’m writing this blog post, and I hope that after going through it, all your questions will be answered.

What is a Braindump?

Technically, a braindump is the transfer of a large quantity of information from someone’s mind to an external media like paper or a computer’s hard-disk.

Though there is no formal division for types of braindumps, for the sake of discussion, I am using four categories, which are more commonly used by professionals involved with the PMP exam preparation:

  1. Your Own Braindump
  2. Someone Else’s Braindump
  3. Pre Exam Braindump
  4. Exam Questions Braindump

Your Own Braindump

This is the braindump that you create for your exam preparation while studying. You read something, understand it, and make a short note of it so that you can review it quickly when the exam is near.

This braindump is very useful for reminding you of concepts that you have studied and understood.

Someone Else’s Braindump

The braindump is similar to the first type, but you prepare it and then it is used by someone else. For instance, assume you made some short notes and you passed the exam. Now, these notes are useless to you; therefore, you give them to your junior or someone else.

Although there is nothing wrong with this, it is not advisable because anyone who reads your braindumps cannot revise all the concepts and thoughts that you used while making it. No one else can get the full benefit of your braindump.

Pre Exam Braindump

This is the braindump that you write down on the paper, in the examination hall, just before the test begins. For instance, you can write down some formulas, draw some graphs, or note some important concepts or definitions. 

This braindump helps you in the exam, and many experts recommend you mak one.

Exam Questions Braindump

This braindump is intentionally created by someone to be used by others, for copyrighted materials.

The purpose of this blog post is to make you aware of this fourth type of braindump, and the sure-fail strategy refers to using this braindump. This braindump is a collection of real PMP exam questions.

These days, the term braindump has been hijacked by some fraudulent websites, which sell their illegal braindumps to students with a faulty promise of passing. Their braindumps refer to the question bank that has been memorized from the actual certification exam and recreated.

This is an illegal practice and it is not going to help you in the long run, and may cause you to lose your certificate if you are caught. Even if you  aren’t, a certificate obtained in this way will not give you any real benefit of understanding the subject. You won’t have the real knowledge and soon your employer will lose faith in you.

Benefits of Braindumps

There is no real benefit of using a braindump; although you may get your certificate by cheating the certification authority, this will not help you go far, and ultimately you will be punished for having no real skill.

Drawbacks of Braindumps

The following are a few drawbacks of using the fourth kind of braindump:

  • This is illegal, considered as cheating and unethical.
  • You may get caught and lose your certificate.
  • You will soon have built no real skills.
  • It degrades the value of the certification.

Braindumps are harmful for everyone including those who sell them, because they are risking getting caught by law enforcement.

If you have attempted the PMP exam, I would strongly recommend that you not share the PMP exam questions you remember with anyone, because it violates your Non-Disclosure Agreement with the certification authorities.

If you want to become a PMP, study well, attempt the exam, and pass it.

It is my humble request to all of you who are reading this blog post—don’t use shortcuts. It will diminish your skills and your career growth in the long-term. Once you use one, you will never learn practical things, and it will harm your ability to understand the subject.


I strongly recommend that you create your own braindump and use it to understand and remember concepts. It is a good exam preparation tool and all experts recommend it. I also advise you to not think about using illegal braindumps, which have real PMP exam questions. This is unlawful and these braindumps compromise the whole certification process by degrading the value of it and killing the learning and innovative capabilities of students.

What are your thoughts on braindumps? Please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section.

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  • In the past, I memorize formula in my head anytime the question. I attribute this memory to repetitive answering of past year exam questions (officially published) up to the last ten years and I went through my own set up mock exams until I get almost the answers but understanding of course, not by memory especially in case of objective questions. In case of PMP exam, I guess I have to memorize the EVM formula but the examples are scarce and no officialy published past exam questions. Any suggestions to memorize these formula eg any nemonics?

  • Brain dumping on paper during the tutorial section before the exam is no longer allowed. You can brain dump once the exam is started.

  • Hello Ali,

    Can you tell you how did you prepare yourself before going for this failed attempt? Provide me full detail of it including the resources and books used by you.

    Don’t worry, the PMP exam is not tough, you only need to prepare with right tool and right strategy.

  • Dear Fahad,

    Can you give me advice for PMP exam. i already failed once and afraid to go second attempt..

    may be your advice is useful for me.

  • Seems the meaning of ‘braindump’ to PMPs is different from people taking other IT certifications like MCSE (which is infamous for just needing to memorize the braindumps and pass the exams). I suppose no one taking the PMP exam would just recite the answers of real PMP exam questions leaked by unethical test-takers.

    The misunderstanding among those making the comments above may be due to the facts that they do not come from the IT background or they just did not realize ‘braindump’ may have a bad connotation.

  • In your second paragraph, you said that rules have to be followed, I agree with you there, bu doing a brain dump you are not breaking any rules, to the contrary , you are adhering to PMI code of ethics.
    it is all about the knowledge you put in your brain, than you dump it back for your use.
    your comment about PMBOK guide, it is a guide, not engraved in stone, that means out there in the real world, managing projects does not flow those rules, it will better to do so, that exactly is the aim of PMBOK and PMP people out there who will change the culture of managing projects.
    you know about CAPM? I am sure you do, PMI encourage newbies who don’ t have enough experience to get their CAPM, you know why? simply it is recommended that if you are the PM in your company, a CAPM in your team will boost the success of your project, yes, you guessed it, he speaks the same language and use the same terminology, hence the same processes and knowledge area, etc….
    As far as my local chapter, they encourage the use of dump sheets, because not every company has and use the same concepts/processes, so when you take the exam, the answer shall be from PMI prespective, any ethical method you use to remember the 43 process and 514 ITTOs or formulas, shows that you did some work to memorize it in your brain, then to re-call it the time of the exam.
    of them was to train to recall page 43 of PMBOK guide out of memory.
    gurus of quality and HR along with their theories.
    and any thing you think will be of a benefit to you, cause no two exams are alike even if they are sitting beside each other.

  • Fahad, I understand exactly what you mean in regard to using brain dump in PMP exam, I respect your opinion, I only want to add to that my intake.
    first let me ask an open question:”what if the exam was open book” like other exams that I personally took, same amount of questions and time frame… and they still tough to pass.
    Like, NICET exams, trades ( electrical, Plumbing, HVAC ) exams are all open books….
    I do believe PMP exam will not carry the value it does by being the way it is, no books or reference material allowed in the exam room, the purpose is to test your knowledge of PMI.
    PMI knows by requiring experience managing projects or even being involved with projects, they all know that companies have their own ways of managing projects- not PMI ways but their own ways.
    that one of the reasons they require you to learn the PMI way for the test, the key word here is learn and knowledge, that s way among the components of PMP methodologies there is 9 knowledge areas.
    so they expect you to learn it and know how to apply it in real life when the situation requires it.
    So when you come to the exam site, you have what your brain can hold and handle as far as knowledge, which means they are expecting you to treat the whole exam process as project by itself and how you will manage the triple constraints you are facing with ( Time, Scope, Cost).
    Cost if you become a member, of PMI you get the advantage of a discount etc…
    Scope , how you will learn PMBOK and get tested on it.
    Time, you have 4 hours, how you will manage to deliver the product/result on time without sheeting, all you have is what you held in your scull, damping it before you start the exam in a sheet of paper is a legal and ethical strategy you develop to manage your time, because one of the big Challenges a Project Manager is facing every day is the amount of stress and not enough hours in the day, so managing his personal and projects time is s kill to be learned, which proves that you were able to use your mental capacities to deal with stress,
    Knowing how the brain works under stress is key, when you are relaxed you can recall information stored in your short or long term memory, but under stress your brain will fail you, which means you fail the tests.
    They other important thing I need to point out, WE do not learn the same way to be able to recall what we learned quickly , some are visual learners, some are auditory, and other are kinetic… what ever way is best for every person to use to recall the info from their brain is legitimate.
    Last but now least, I am taking a class in the local chapter of PMI ( Midwest Region of US), you know that one of the methods they encourage to use?? yes you guessed it right, BRAIN DUMP,

    • Hello Abdellah,

      If the certification authority allows you to take a book inside the exam, you can but if they do not allow that you can not do that.

      The point is that you have to follow the rules set by the certification authority and which you agreed to adhere with.

      The PMBOK Guide itself says that it is the collection of recommended practices that work most of the time but it does not guarantee to work in all time, you have to develop your own methodology to run your project.

      What kind of brain dump your local chapter is recommending?

  • The point is not to go for the fourth type of braindump that Fahad is referring to. I am sure he is right. He never vouched against the first 3 types of braindumps.

  • When you buy a set of questions and answers that are memorized by someone who took that same exam, that is braindumping and it is illegal. If you are caught using one, you will lose your certification. It is the same as using answers from an exam in any class you are taking. It's cheating and it's wrong.

  • it is allowed to have a braindump …. you should think long and hard before passing judgement on anything….your a bad pmp for thinking that way..

    • How can Anyone Disagree with this concept? Basic Project Management states if you try to take shortcuts it will always bite you in the ass… so why should taking the PMP exam be any different? Integrity is everything, study hard, learn your methods and pass your test with honor.

  • Brain dumps are allowed when taking the exam. It is not cheating and your suggestion that it is cheating, or it somehow degrades one's ability to learn, is absurd.

    • If you refer the braindumps as a short-notes of important concepts or the formulas noted by the student himself on the paper provided by the Prometric staff, it is perfectly OK. It will help him a lot during the exam.

      And if you refer the braindumps as the questions that has been memorized from the PMP Certification Exam and given to students to pass it. This is an illegal practice and like cheating with the certification authority.

      • Fahad, very good point on the “dumps” or “brain-dumps” for PMP.

        In general, brain-dumps are the anecdotes and techniques you develop for yourself to remember a subject better. However, some aspirants think that those are “just a bunch of questions” that they can expect in the actual exam.

        In fact, in fact in one of my PMP preparation classes, one guy asked without any hesitation “Do we have dumps for PMP?”

        This mentality is purely because of the way people try to take shortcuts to ace other certifications without making an effort to study the subject.
        It’s the responsibility of trainers/educators to break that misbelief and let them know PMP is not that kind of a certifications. No shortcuts work here, only strategies see you through.

    • It's cheating stupid… It's actual questions from actual exams… The reason you think it's absurd, hmm. you've probably done it… I have done it also, but for minor cert nothing serious like PMP… You would have to be a fool.

      • I think many of you are mssing the point here. Writing down knowledge areas, formula, processes, contraints, ect…all of this is okay considering they give you paper and pencil to do this. Some people keep mentioning memorizing test questions that you can buy…would this be cheating? Sure if you could actually do it, but considering they have a bank of a couple thousand questoins to give you on the exam, that these questions are updated regularly, and that the questions on person gets on a test are different than the person next to you kind of makes this impossible.

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