The PMP questions structure is what makes the PMP exam so difficult. You have double negatives everywhere. PMI has written the PMP to trick you. Do not be fooled. Practising questions and answers should be the core of your study plan to make sure you pass the PMP in the first try.
They are multiple choice questions with four possible answers but you need to realize:
My top tips are…
I have read a few techniques on approaching questions. My favourite was in Head First PMP who provided different types of questions and let you try to create one yourself such as…..
When you see these type questions you need to read them very carefully, if you don’t it’s very easy to get them wrong.
The which-is-best questions may have more than one correct answer but only one best answer.
These are questions which will have a lot of extra information that you don’t need. It will have a long rambling story with extra details and irrelevant figures.
When you read these you want to identify what’s relevant and what’s not
These are questions that describe a situation and ask you to identify the tool, technique, or process that’s being used or is most appropriate. When the question asks you to choose one item of four really similar or related things you know it’s a which-one question and you can start eliminating them.
These are questions that give you a situation where there’s a conflict, an issue, or even a crisis and ask you what to do first.
The trick in all of these questions is that one of the options is to have a meeting. Sounds odd but actually really important as the PM needs to gather information from everyone before they make a decision
These are some of the easiest questions to ask. When you sit down at the start of the exam you are given 15 minutes to go through a tutorial that shows you how to use the system. Before you finish the tutorial write down all the formulas.
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These are questions which list inputs, outputs, tools or concepts and ask you which one is not part of the group.
When you see these types of questions you can use the process of elimination by going through answers.
Take your time and think your way through it. All of them will have something in common. As long as you know the group they are involved in you won’t have any trouble
PMStudyGuide defined six different kinds of questions:
Can you map these to our 7? The more prepared the less surprises you can expect.
Cornelius and the team over at https://www.project-management-prepcast.com/ dedicated a podcast to this topic. tTis recorded 1-hour webinar will help you answer the questions that you have in mind:
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