Anyone who has sat for the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam knows that studying the A Guide to The Project Management Body of Knowedge (PMBOK® Guide) and having 35 contact hours is just not enough.
When you talk to them about the PMP exam, they will tell you it covers a lot of ground and the questions are not as straightforward as one would hope. Of the ones that have passed the exam, an overwhelming percentage of them will tell you that they used more than just one study method.
Just as a golfer must learn to “drive” and “put” before they ever step onto a 18 hole golf course, the PMP applicant must also learn the mechanics of taking the exam and what to expect when they arrive on game day. Employing multiple study methods may give you a triangulated understanding of the material as well as illuminating what you do know and what you don’t know.
Being able to answer sample test questions is crucial to your exam success. Simple? In theory, yes. After all, the PMP exam only has multiple choice questions. However, there are a number of question styles; each has their purpose and caveats, which makes it crucial to know how to answer each type of question.
Let’s jump into the PMP exam question types.
You need to answer dozens of samples from each question type before you will feel ready to tackle the exam. But how and where do you find good PMP mock exams?
There are many free PMP sample questions available just one short Google search away. However, you want to be very careful, because with free mock questions more times than not, the old adage “You get what you pay for” applies.
The best way to practice sample questions is by signing up to an online PMP exam simulator. You can access the questions over the internet from anywhere and on your schedule. Be sure the questions were created based on the most recent version of the PMBOK® Guide. The question population should be a good mix of the types as well as cover all PMBOK® Guide concepts.
So, there you have it. If you want to pass the PMP exam, you need to learn about the different types of questions that appear on the exam and practice them using a high-quality online PMP exam simulator.
Once you know how to identify the real question being asked from each of these question types, you’ll greatly increase the odds of arriving at the correct answer. I know this sounds simplistic, but it is no small task because you’ll need to be able to recall and apply all the theoretical knowledge required, combine it with your own project management experience and relate this to the question at hand.
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