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  1. You are going to take some performance measurements for your current project. You know that PV = 450, AC = 500, and EV = 375. What is the CV and SV respectively?
  2. CV = 125, and SV = 75.
  3. CV=-75, and SV=-125.
  4. CV = 75, and SV = 125.
  5. CV=-125, and SV=-75.

Answer: D

  1. You are the project manager for a software consulting firm that is working on developing a new software program for a customer in another country. Things seem to be progressing well. Recently, your stakeholders examined the work of the project and formally accepted the work results. Which process was just performed?
  2. Scope Verification
  3. Quality Assurance
  4. Performance Reporting
  5. Quality Control

Answer: A

  1. You are a project manager for Candy Works candy factory. Your project involves reporting information from the newly installed candy-counting machine to the financial system. This will give executives the ability to see production run counts at any rime during the day. The project sponsor has promised you a bonus if you get this project completed two weeks sooner than the scheduled project end date. The bonus will come in handy on your trip to the Bahamas planned for later this spring. You’ve got a few remaining project activities to wrap up before you can close out the project. Which of the following is the most appropriate response?
  2. You tell the sponsor the project is complete and treat the remaining activities as though they’re problems that came up after project closure so that you can still get the bonus.
  3. You tell the sponsor the remaining activities are outside the scope of the project so the project really is completed and collect your bonus.
  4. You tell the sponsor the stakeholders added these requirements after the project was well under way and you never agreed to include them in the project so the project really is complete, and you collect your bonus.
  5. You tell the sponsor you aren’t going to make the two-week early completion date as there are remaining activities to finish up.

Answer: D

  1. You’ve reached a stale of independence where you’re able to express yourself and perform at your peak level of performance. Being the best you can be is the motivator that drives you. Which of the following is true?
  2. This is an example of the Expectancy theory.
  3. You’ve reached self-actualization in Maslow’s Hierarchy.
  4. This is an example of the Hygiene theory.
  5. You’ve reached the highest level of the Achievement theory.

Answer: ?

  1. Intellectual property includes all of the following except:
  2. Software
  3. Patents
  4. Hardware
  5. Business processes

Answer: D

  1. The project manager, stakeholders, and project team members all have roles and responsibilities throughout the project. As the project manager, you might link the project scope definition to the project roles and indicate which activities each person will participate in. You might display this information in which of the following ways:
  2. PDM
  3. RAM
  4. SOW
  5. RRM

Answer: B

  1. During a recent team meeting, you reached a resolution to a problem that’s been troubling the team for several weeks. You took responsibility for searching out the facts of this problem and uncovered the right answer to this problem. You presented the facts at the project status meeting, and everyone reached agreement on the recommended solution based on the facts you presented. This is an example of what type of conflict resolution technique?
  2. Compromise
  3. Smoothing
  4. Confrontation
  5. Forcing

Answer: C

  1. You are a project manager for Capella Systems. Your company writes custom software for accounting and financial systems for medium- to large-sized corporations. Your recent project has experienced some setbacks, and you’ve been forced to rework the design of one of the programs because it doesn’t match the customer’s requirements. Since some parts of the program have already been written, it will have to be rewritten so that it matches the design changes. This rework has increased costs, and you’re beginning to notice some signs of poor morale because of the rework. Which of the following is true?
  2. The problems occurred because the WBS was not constructed properly.
  3. The quality assurance plan was carried out correctly, which is how the design problems were discovered.
  4. The problems occurred as a result of poor scope definition.
  5. The Risk Management Planning process details these kinds of risks and the responses you should put into place should they occur.

Answer: D

  1. You are a project manager for a network cabling project for your organization. Your project team is made up of six full-time employees and three contractors. This is the first time they have all worked together. This project requires accurate information exchange at all times during the life of the project. How many lines of communication exist among the project team members?

 

A.36

B.41

C.18

D.34

Answer: A

  1. You are a project manager for Candy Works candy factory. Your project involves reporting information from the newly installed candy-counting machine to the financial system. This will give executives the ability to see production run counts at any time during the day. You need to purchase an expensive piece of hardware as part of this project. One of the vendors bidding on the project is a close friend. In order to win the bid, she needs to know how much money the company is willing to spend on the equipment and consulting. Your friend asks you to give her this confidential information and not tell anyone you did. Which of the following is the most appropriate response?
  2. Tell your friend that as a PMP, you’re required to abide by the Project Management Professional Code of Professional Conduct and this would violate the code as it’s a conflict of interest.
  3. Tell your friend that as a PMP, you’re required to abide by the Project Management Professional Code of Professional Conduct and this would violate the code as it’s a personal gain.
  4. Tell your friend that as a PMP, you’re required to abide by the Project Management Professional Standards and Ethics Code and this would violate the code as it’s a conflict of interest.
  5. Tell your friend that as a PMP, you’re required to abide by the Project Management Professional Standards and Ethics Code and this would violate the code as it’s an ethics violation.

Answer: A

11.Which of the following describes a unique characteristic of the project Executing and Controlling processes?

  1. The core processes in the Executing and Controlling processes are from the Project Integration knowledge area from the Project Integration knowledge area.
  2. Both the Executing and Controlling processes measure variances in project performance and use corrective action to bring performance hack in line with the plan.
  3. Executing is an input to the Controlling processes, and Controlling is an input to Execution.
  4. Executing and controlling each have only one core process.

Answer: B

  1. You are preparing a cash flow analysis for a project the company is considering undertaking. The project’s cost is $525,000, and expected cash inflows are $125,000 the first year and then $75,000 per quarter the second year and $100,000 per quarter after that. What is the payback period?
  2. 16 months
  3. 27 months
  4. 32 months
  5. 28 months
  6. Answer: B
  7. You are going to lake some performance measurements for your current project. You know that PV = 450, AC = 500, and EV= 375. What is the CPI and SPI respectively?
  8. CPI = .90, and SPI = 1.2.
  9. CPI = .75, and SPI = .83.
  10. CPI = 1.2, and SPI = .90.
  11. CPI = .83, and SPI = .75.

Answer: B

  1. All of the following are true regarding the Executing processes except:
  2. Executing has one core process.
  3. The majority of the project budget is spent here.
  4. The greatest conflicts are schedule conflicts.
  5. Project performance is measured to identify variances.

Answer: D

  1. You are a project manager for a network cabling project for your organization. Your project team is made up of six full-time employees and three contractors. This is the first time they have all worked together. You know that the team will go through the stages of team development in the following order:
  2. Forming, storming, norming, and performing
  3. Storming, norming, forming, and performing
  4. Norming, storming, forming, and performing
  5. Forming, norming, storming, performing

Answer: A?

  1. All of the following are tools and techniques of the Quality Control process except:
  2. Monte Carlo Analysis
  3. Statistical sampling
  4. Pareto diagrams
  5. Trend analysis

Answer: A

  1. You are a project manager working for Mail House King. Your company processes orders for several mail-order catalog companies. Your project is to install new mail-sorting equipment and software. You’ve had some problems and experienced some variances so far during the project. You do not expect these variances to continue, as they’re atypical. Your project sponsor has asked for an EAC. You know the following information: PV = 800, BAC = 700, EV = 675, AC = 750, and ETC = 30. Which of the following is the correct EAC given the circumstances?
  2. 25
  3. 760
  4. 775
  5. 833

Answer: C(EAC=AC+(BAC-EV) for atypical case)

  1. You are working on a project and are in the Quality Planning process. You know that if the customer requirements are not satisfied while the product is still in the control of the organization, it may result in corrective action, rework, scrapping, and downtime. Which of the following is true regarding the cost of quality?
  2. Cost of quality is an output of this process, and this is an internal failure cost.
  3. Cost of quality is a tool and technique of this process, and this is a prevention cost.
  4. Cost of quality is an output of this process, and this is a prevention cost.
  5. Cost of quality is a tool and technique of this process, and this is an internal failure cost.

Answer: D

  1. You are the project manager for your company’s annual Spring Fling. You’ve made all the plans and reserved the outdoor grounds for the appropriate day and time. You are now two days away from the big day, and the forecast is calling for light rain showers in the afternoon. You rented tents just in case this risk occurred. This is an example of which Risk Response Planning tool and technique?
  2. Passive acceptance
  3. Contingency planning
  4. Avoidance
  5. Transference

Answer: B

  1. You are a project manager who believes people will always perform at their best if given the proper expectations and motivation. Which theory do you subscribe to?
  2. Theory X
  3. Hygiene theory
  4. Contingency theory
  5. Theory Y

Answer: D

  1. The tools and techniques of Source Selection include all of the following except:
  2. Contract negotiation
  3. Work auth authorization system
  4. Weighting systems
  5. Independent estimates

Answer: B

22.You are an international project manager from the United States living in a foreign country. The project you’re working on has lasted two-and-a-half years. During that time, you’ve really gotten to feel comfortable in the foreign country and have enjoyed living in their culture. The project has just ended, and you’ve returned to the United States. Upon your return, you’re surprised to find that you’re feeling a little disoriented as you’ve gotten so used to the foreign culture and its slower pace that you’ve forgotten what some things are like in the US. This experience is known as:

  1. Diversity shock
  2. Global norming
  3. Culture shock
  4. Culture norming

Answer: A?

  1. Which performance measurement is the cost of work budgeted for an activity within a certain time frame?

 

  1. AV
  2. PV
  3. EV
  4. EAC

Answer: C

  1. You are a project manager for Uncle Sam’s Flag Company. Your company has designed a new line of products featuring the American flag. Due to some unique circumstances, the products are in hot demand and the project sponsor has asked you to do whatever it takes to get this project completed early and make the products available. You regularly check the progress of the project with your team members using which of the following techniques?
  2. E-mail communication
  3. Status review meetings
  4. Project management information systems
  5. Receiver communication model

Answer: B

  1. What is the process in the Executing process group that determines if the project satisfies quality standards, identifies lessons learned, and review quality management activities to verify the correct quality elements are being examined?
  2. Quality Control
  3. Quality Monitoring and Control
  4. Quality Assurance
  5. Scope Verification

Answer: A

  1. You are a project manager for Snow Fun, a chain of retail shops specializing in winter spurts gear and clothing. You’ve been working on contract with Snow Fun and are ready to move on to your next assignment. As the project manager, you know all of the following are true regarding the project Closing processes except:
  2. Administrative Closure is always required at the close of the project.
  3. The Closing processes are the most often skipped processes.
  4. Administrative Closure should occur prior to Contract Closeout.
  5. Both Closing processes verify that the work and product of the project were completed satisfactorily.

Answer: A

  1. You are a project manager for Cashiers Systems. Your company produces cashiering systems and software for the retail industry. Your customer has requested a change that will change the characteristics of the cashiering system. You’ve described the characteristics of the cashiering system using this tool and technique of the Integrated Change Control process:
  2. Product description
  3. Product analysis
  4. Decomposition
  5. Configuration management

Answer: B

  1. The lowest level of the WBS is called what?
  2. Code of accounts
  3. Requirement
  4. Milestone
  5. Work package

Answer: D

  1. Your organization regularly uses a tool and technique of the Contract Closeout process to identify lessons learned, including the successes and failures, which will benefit future activity on this project and on future projects. Which tool and technique arc they using?
  2. Product documentation inspection
  3. Contract process review
  4. Performance measurement review
  5. Procurement audit

Answer: D

  1. You are a project manager for Safari Outfitters. Your company is going to offer a new product line in the upcoming spring catalog. Your project team has 10 months to secure contracts with suppliers, finalize the designs, get the product into the catalog, and stock the warehouse. This is an example of:
  2. An assumption because the project team has worked on projects like this before and know they can meet the 10-month deadline
  3. An assumption because the project team has a limited amount of time to complete the project
  4. A constraint because the project team has a limited amount of time to complete the project
  5. A constraint because the project team is working with a new product line that hasn’t been developed before

Answer: C

  1. What is the name of the unplanned response used to deal with negative risk events in the Risk Monitoring and Control process?
  2. Mitigation
  3. Contingency plans
  4. Workarounds
  5. Corrective action

Answer: B

  1. You are ready to perform the Activity Sequencing process for your project. To make your job easier, you’re going to use a software tool to help you draw a PDM network diagram. Most software programs use this technique. You know all of the following are true regarding the PDM except:
  2. It shows the activities on arrows and connects them to dependencies usually depicted as circles.
  3. It’s also called AON.
  4. It shows the activities in boxes with arrows connecting the dependent activities.
  5. It uses four types of dependency relationships of which finish to start is one.

Answer: A

  1. Project managers have the greatest amount of authority in which kind of organizational structure?
  2. Functional
  3. Projectized
  4. Weak matrix
  5. Balanced matrix

Answer: B

34.You are a project manager for Snow Fun, a chain of retail shops specializing in winter sports gear and clothing. You’ve been working on contract with Snow Fun and are ready to move on to your next assignment. The customer has signed off on the project, formal acceptance notices have been distributed, and project closure procedures have been performed. What type of project ending is this?

  1. Extinction
  2. Starvation
  3. Integration
  4. Addition

Answer: C

  1. Brainstorming and the Delphi technique are two types of information-gathering techniques found in which process?

 

  1. Risk Management Planning
  2. Risk Response Control
  3. Risk Identification
  4. Quantitative Risk Analysis

Answer: C

36. You are a project manager working for Mail House King. Your company processes orders for several mail-order catalog companies. Your project is to install new mail-sorting equipment and software. You’ve had some problems and experienced some variances so far during the project. Your project sponsor has asked for an EAC. You know the following information: PV = 800, BAC = 700, EV = 675, AC = 750, and ETC = 30. Which of the following is the correct EAC given the circumstances?

 

  • 778
  • 780
  • 861
  • 833

Answer: B (EAC=AC+ETC)

37. What is the key activity during Contract Closeout and Administrative Closure?

 

  • Documenting lessons learned
  • Creating project archives
  • Disseminating information to formalize project closure
  • Documenting project closure

Answer: C

38. You know that change control systems are important as they describe how to submit change requests and document how to manage the change, track the status, and determine the management impacts of the change. Each of the following processes in the Controlling process group uses a change control system as one of its tools and techniques except:

  • Integrated Change Control
  • Quality Control
  • Scope Change Control
  • Schedule Control

Answer: A

  1. You are in the Planning process of your project, and your project sponsor has requested an accurate cost estimate in two weeks from today. You’ll use which of the following techniques to provide her with the most accurate cost estimate?
  • Bottom-up
  • Analogous
  • Top-down
  • Earned value

Answer: C

  1. The Critical Path Method is a mathematical tool and technique of the Schedule Development process. All of the following are true regarding CPM except:

 

  1. Determines a single early and late start date and a single early and late finish date
  2. Calculates expected value
  3. Focuses on the calculation of float time
  4. Shows the critical path, or the path with the longest duration

Answer: B

41.You are a project manager working in the automotive industry. You are performing quality control and decide to rank order the frequency of problem occurrences over time using which of the following:

  1. Control chart
  2. Pareto diagram
  3. Cause-and-effect diagram
  4. Scatter diagram

Answer: B

42. You are developing your project schedule and have decided to use the PERT method to determine project duration. The estimates you’ve gathered so far include the following: Most likely is 200 hours, optimistic is 180 hours, and pessimistic is 220 hours. Which of the following is the correct PERT estimate?

  • 190
  • 266
  • 200
  • 210

Answer: C

  1. You are a project manager for Uncle Sam’s Flag Company. Your company has designed a new line of products featuring the American flag. Due to some unique circumstances, the products are in hot demand and the project sponsor has asked you to do whatever it takes to get this project completed early and make the products available. You are to add resources to the project. The sponsor agrees to pay the additional costs since time is now a critical factor. Which technique have you used?
  • Crashing
  • Resource leveling
  • Fast tracking
  • Resource loading

Answer: A

44. You’ve just accepted a new project management assignment. The project is for a customer in a foreign country. You’ve requested a business analyst and two other project team members from the country the customer resides in to participate on your team. The remaining team members are from your country. You know that the best way to ensure the project team doesn’t get bogged down in cultural differences and hold up project progress is to:

 

  • Perform team-building exercises using videoconferencing to allow team members to get to know each other and get to the performing stage of team development as soon as possible.
  • Provide diversity training for all the team members to make them aware of cultural differences and teach them to function effectively as a team despite these differences.
  • Establish your role as project manager as the first order of business and require compliance to company policies.
  • Require project team members to read and sign the organization’ s diversity policy.

Answer: B

  1. You are a project manager for Cashiers systems. Your company produces cashiering systems and software for the retail industry. Your customer has requested a change to the product. You will handle this change using the scope change control system. All of the following are true except:
  • Changes to product scope should be reflected in project scope.
  • Project scope changes may result in adjustments to the performance measurement baselines.
  • Changes to project scope should be reflected in the product scope.
  • Scope changes may result in performance improvements.

Answer: D

  1. You are the project manager for a nonprofit organization. Your project has come about due to a social need. Your sponsor wants to get right to the Planning process. However, you know that a scope statement should be published prior to proceeding to the Planning processes. All of the following are true regarding scope statements except:
  • It documents roles and responsibilities.
  • It can be modified to reflect changes to the scope of the project.
  • It describes the project deliverables, requirements, and objectives
  • It serves as a baseline for future project decisions.

Answer: A

  1. Which of the following processes involves receiving bids and proposals and applies evaluation criteria to the proposals to rank order the sequence of award?
  • Contract Administration
  • Procurement
  • Source Selection
  • Solicitation

Answer: C

  1. You are project manager for a nonprofit organization. Your project has come about due to a social need. Your sponsor wants to get right to the Planning process. However, you know that a project charter should be published prior to proceeding to the Planning processes. All of the following are true regarding project charters except:
  1. Project charters always include cost and time estimates.
  2. Project charters always include the product description and business need for the product.
  3. Project charters recognize and acknowledge the existence of the project.
  4. Project charters commit organizational resources to the project.

Answer: A

  1. During contract negotiations, your vendor tells you that the equipment originally bid in the RFP is no longer available. They say the best solution is to buy the new equipment they’re offering, which is a higher price than the original equipment. You have concerns that the new equipment might not be compatible with existing equipment and try to discuss this with them. They remind you that this decision was already made during the last contract negotiation meeting so there’s no need to continue to discuss it. This is an example of which of the following?
  • Proposal
  • Compromise
  • Storming
  • Fait accompli

Answer: D

  1. Lessons learned are used for all of the following except:
  • To provide historical information that you can review during your next project
  • To document employee performance
  • To identify successes and failures on the project
  • To record the causes of performance variances

Answer: B