7 PMP Exam Questions to Prepare For

7 PMP Exam Questions to Prepare For

When I first started studying for the PMP exam, I looked for PMP exam questions. After all, I thought, if I’m going to pass the exam, I should know how to answer the questions, right? Well, I have to caution you against putting too much weight into just the PMP exam questions and answers.

If you are well-studied and just need some more practice questions, I encourage you to review all of our articles. Sample questions are available throughout many.

The best way to study is to read the PMBOK guide first and then get started with practice questions. You can also read a chapter, and then try some sample questions related to that topic to confirm your understanding.

That said, you probably want to get a little bit of a feel for the questions. If you are just getting started, be sure not to put too much weight into whether you get these questions right or wrong. After all, this is just a small sample, and you’ll be a learning a lot as you go. These PMP exam questions are for you to get a sense of what goes on with this crazy PMP exam, not inform whether you are ready to take the exam or not.

If you need additional resources to determine whether you are ready for the PMP exam, check out this article on getting ready to take the exam.

PMP Exam Questions

1. The previous Project Manager became ill and had the leave the project, so you were brought in as a replacement. You are reviewing the project documents and notice that the project schedule has buffers included. Which method of scheduling is the project using?

A. Critical path method
B. Critical chain method
C. Activity on node diagram
D. Activity on activity diagram

2. You as the project manager want to elicit opinions from experts anonymously and then group them together to choose the best option, after several iterations. What are you doing?

A. Gathering Expert Judgment
B. Employing the Ishikawa Method
C. Implementing Six Sigma
D. Using the Delphi Technique

3. You are working on an R&D project with a deliverable that is difficult to define in detail. You have a lot of resources for the project. You should choose a project life cycle that is:

A. Predictive & fully plan-driven
B. Iterative & incremental
C. Adaptive & agile
D. You should not define the project life cycle.

4. Which of the following best describes a company work authorization system?

A. Organizational process asset (OPA)
B. Enterprise environmental factor (EEF)
C. Tool or technique
D. Project management process

5. Which of the following makes up the scope baseline?

A. Project scope statement, WBS, WBS Dictionary
B. Project Management Plan, Scope Management Plan, WBS
C. Scope Management Plan, WBS, WBS Dictionary
D. Project scope statement, Scope Management Plan, WBS

6. If you discover that your original estimates were fundamentally flawed, how should you calculate ETC?

C. AC + new ETC
D. new bottom-up estimate

7. Your team has been together for awhile and have settled into their roles. Now they are just beginning to work on the project efficiently and effectively. What stage of team development are they in?

A. Forming
B. Storming
C. Norming
D. Performing

PMP Exam Answers

1. B. Critical chain method. In the Develop Schedule process, PMBOK discusses CPM and CCM, the critical path and critical chain methods. (The diagrams were meant to throw you off.) A key feature of CCM is that it prevents “padding” of activities with extra time by intentionally including buffers. Learn more about CPM and CCM here.

2. D. Using the Delphi Technique. Weirdly enough, the Delphi technique comes up a lot when studying for the PMP exam — and it was on mine! Learn more about the mystical (not really) Delphi Technique here.

3. C. Adaptive & agile. For an agile project that is difficult to define, you an agile and adaptive life cycle. Learn more about project life cycles here.

4. B. Enterprise environmental factor (EEF). You must know the difference between OPAs and EEFs, and you should learn them early in your studies because they show up all over the place as input and outputs of a variety of processes in the PMBOK guide. Learn more about how to identify OPAs and EEFs here.

5. A. Project scope statement, WBS, WBS Dictionary. – Know your scope baseline, as this knowledge is not only really important for a project manager, it will likely show up on your PMP exam. I wrote down the components of the scope baseline and kept the sticky note above my desk because for some reason, I just couldn’t keep it in my head. (Side note: I recommend trying that for the few concepts you just can’t get to stick, either.) Here are a few more scope management questions for you to study.

6. D. new bottom-up estimate – For Project Cost Management, you need to know your formulas. This question may actually be one of the easier one because you can likely logically decide that if your estimates, were bad, you need to do new ones. Here are a few resources to get you on the right track in figuring the PMP cost questions:

7. D. Performing – For Project HR Management, you need to know some Management 101 terms and definitions. Head on over to this article for a more thorough review of HR management questions.

Remember, you’re just getting started. Lots of sample PMP exam questions are key to mastering the exam. Only start them after you’ve read the PMBOK guide at least once. More questions about sample question? Ask away below!

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  • Rich Rinaldi

    Rich writes about Excel and the PMP for Magoosh. He's an Excel nerd who passed his PMP exam with 4 Proficients & 1 Moderately Proficient (curse that Initiation domain!). He earned his BSBA in Operations Management at Georgetown University and his MBA in Non-Profit Management at Chaminade University in Honolulu. He works as a business analyst & project manager at a nationwide non-profit headquartered in Villanova, PA. Rich and his fiancée Hadley enjoy traveling the world or playing with Bear, Cherokee, and Nalani (their cats).

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