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