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Preparing and Taking The PMP Exam

Preparing and Taking The PMP Exam

The project management professional (PMP) certification is a very worthwhile endeavour.  There are more than 300,000 PMI® members across the world and over 400,000 accredited PMP® individuals, and shows that the holder of such a certification demonstrates competence and professionalism in the field of project management.

The PMP certification is the most widely recognized project management certification in the world, and are therefore can do nothing but good to enhance your career and remuneration, as it gives and customers employers confidence in your project management abilities.

The exam consists of 200 questions of which only 175 will count towards your pass score on the exam.  The remaining 25 questions are experimental and will be evaluated in the future to determine if they too should be included in the list of market questions.

Exam Domains.

There is an exam blueprint defining the domains that should be tested along with the percentage of such questions in a typical exam paper:

Initiating a project                                           13%

Planning the project                                        24%

Executing the project                                      30%

Monitoring and controlling the project               25%

Closing the project                                           8%

The PMP® exam has 200 questions and the duration allowed is a total of 4 hours.  Because only 175 of the questions are marked, you will need to get 61% of them is correct to pass – which equate to getting 106 answers correct.

Question Types.

The questions will fall into one of three categories; easier, medium, and harder questions, and these will occur randomly throughout the exam.

Easier questions will typically be characterised because one also clearly stands out as the likely correct choice.

Medium questions can be characterised by being more factor based for example calculations, or the application of tools and techniques.

Harder questions will be characterised by the ambiguity of the question as well as the possibility of more than one correct answer (there is only ever one correct answer).

Cross cutting skills.

Other than the questions directly based on a process or knowledge area, cross cutting skills can be applied to many of the above domains.  An example might be problem-solving or leadership or active listening.

In this navigation menu category of my website, I have provided advice and guidance on helping you to prepare for the exam, and the techniques and exam experience required to give you the best chance of securing a pass score at your first attempt.

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