PMP – Exam preparation tips: questions category

PMP exam will consist of 200 multiple choice questions covering all the domains of project management – Initiation, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and control, closing. I will try to categorise the types of questions that you can expect in the exam, and some tips on how to tackle these categorical questions.

Formula based questions

Since the questions will be based on the outcome of the equations, there will be only one correct answer. This category of questions is my opinion easy to crack, if  one can practise the formulas very well. Key to answer these questions will be to identify the figures mentioned in the questions, and apply it to the project scenario. There are roughly about 40 to 50 formulas, and 20 odd acronym to be remembered. Practise makes man perfect is the only method to score well in formula based questions. Solve as many questions that you can find.

few of the formulas you may have to remember to solve these types of questions can be found here : PMP formulas 

You are working on a project to build a bridge. You have reached the planned 
half way mark. The total planned cost at this stage is five hundred dollars. 
The actual physical work that has been completed at this stage is worth $400. 
You have already spent one thousand dollars on the project. What is the CPI?
a. 0.8
b. 1.2
c. 0.5
d. 0.4

example refereed from: PreparePM

PMBOK Based questions

Another type of category where one can score well with good preparation. Most of the questions will be based on the concepts, theory, knowledge areas, process groups and processes. Without going through the PMBOK guide thoroughly, one can easily get confused when answering these types of questions. So again practise makes man perfect holds good here too.

You work with your team to sequence activities on the project you are leading. 
You are looking for the factors, constraints, and potential dependencies among 
project activities that can influence the way activities are sequenced, as well 
as help you understand the relationship between activities and the need for 
leads and lags. Where could you find this information?
a. Basis of estimates
b. work breakdown structure 
c. Assumption log
d. Project schedule 

example refereed from: project management precast

Situational based questions

This type of questions were difficult for me, since at least 2 or more answers will seem to be right while answering. One has to think like a project manager executing a real project while tackling these questions. This type of questions will try analyse how ell you can apply the knowledge of PMBOK guide in real time scenarios. First identify what is been asked from the question, and only stick to the information that is been provided in the question. Over thinking and assuming information will lead to confusion, and thereby answering wrong.

During a meeting with some of the project stakeholders, the project manager is 
asked to add work to the project scope. The project manager had access to 
correspondence about the project before the project charter was signed and 
remembers that the project sponsor specifically denied funding for the scope 
mentioned by these stakeholders. The BEST thing for the project manager 
to do is to:
a. Let the sponsor know of the stakeholders’ request.
b. Evaluate the impact of adding the scope.
c. Tell the stakeholders the scope cannot be added.
d. Add the work if there is time available in the project

example refereed from: Master of project

ITTO – inputs, tools and Technique, output based questions

Every project management processes is associated with the its own tools and techniques. Best way to remember them is to understand when and where the specific techniques is applied, than by heart. There are few tools and techniques which are often used in project management, and remaining rarely.   These types of question will try to gauge your understanding of tools and techniques. Also sometimes questions will also evaluate your judgement on which tool and techniques will you apply for a specific problem.

What is the output of the develop project charter process?
a. Risk register
b. Stakeholder register
c. Project charter
d. Issue log

example refereed from: Tech agilist

I will try to also list down all the tools and techniques defined in PMBOK shortly.

Best way to prepare for PMP is to practise as many questions as possible, and reflecting on the wrong answer during the preparation.

All the best!!!

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