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PMP Exam Questions Leaked

The PMP exam is often tricky and the questions can be wordy, and some even seem like they have two right answers It has been designed to filter out those who should not be PMPs, those who understand project management will pass. For this reason, passing it is a major achievement.

Here are the guiding principles behind the exam itself:

The PMP exam deals with real-world use of project management, and so contains around 150 “What would you do in this situation?” questions.

If you have little experience ‘in the trenches’ or have not used project management tools before, you may find these type of questions very difficult.

Sometimes the same information or diagrams may be used for several questions such as critical path analysis question types.

Also expect around 10 questions to be formula types – typically earned value questions

Only around 10 questions will check that you have memorized inputs and/or outputs from the PMBOK Guide.

Here are some examples to beware of:

PMP Exam Questions – Situational questions

You have just found out that a key project deliverable is having design problems and delays. What is the BEST thing to do?

  1. Take no action, the team will rework the problem
  2. Advise the customer and discuss the options
  3. Hold a meeting with the team and discuss options
  4. Notify your boss
    Answer C

PMP Exam Questions with two or more right answers  

Many questions will list answer choices that several or all could be done, and hence have more than one correct answer.

Project management experience in the real world will help here…

The question above could suggest that you meet with the customer, this might still be a reasonable thing to do, but the question infers “what is the best thing to do next?”

Questions with extra/unnecessary information 

In these type of questions not all information included in a question will be used to formulate your answer the question.

For example, in this question, the numbers are not needed:

When discussing the mass production of cable ducts for use on a customer’s site with an experienced installer, she stated that in her experience unit costs decreased by 15%, and you therefore calculate that 10,000 feet of ducting should cost $4,500. This is an example of:

  1. Parametric cost estimating
  2. The law of diminishing returns
  3. The learning cycle
  4. Pareto’s LawAnswer A
  1. Out of the blue questions, or words that you have never seen before. Many people taking the exam expect that all the terms used as choices should mean something. They do not!There are often made-up terms used on the exam. Perhaps the question writer needed another choice, perhaps they are intentionally added to trick those who do not know the answer. If you consider yourself well-trained and see a term you do not know on the exam, chances are it is not the right answer.No matter how well you study, there will ALWAYS be questions where you have no idea what the question is asking. Here is an example that will seem out of the blue until you finish studying this course.

The concept of “optimal quality level is reached at the point where the incremental revenue from product improvement equals the incremental cost to secure it” comes from:

A. quality control analysis.
B. marginal analysis.
C. standard quality analysis.
D. conformance analysis.

Answer B

  1. Questions where understanding is importantIn order to answer many of the questions on the exam, you must understand all the topics. Memorization is not enough!

The process of decomposing deliverables into smaller, more manageable components is complete when:

A. project justification has been established.
B. change requests have occurred.
C. cost and duration estimates can be developed for each work element at this detail.
D. each work element is found in the WBS dictionary.

Answer C

  1. Questions with a new approach to known topic There will be many instances where you understand the topic, but have never thought about it in the way the question describes.

In a matrix organization, information dissemination is MOST likely to be effective when:

A. information flows both horizontally and vertically.
B. the communications flows are kept simple.
C. there is an inherent logic in the type of matrix chosen.
D. project managers and functional managers socialize.

Answer A