PMP® Question Solving Tips

Tip 1 : Prepare, Prepare and Prepare for PMP® Examination. There is no shortcut to PMP® Exam Preparation.

Tip 2 : Read PMBOK® GUIDE EDITION 5 at least 2 times. You need to understand the terms and terminologies of PMBOK® GUIDE EDITION  5.

Tip 3 : While reading PMBOK® GUIDE EDITION 5 second time, read it  process group wise 4th Chapter onwards, referring table on page61. i.e. after 4.1 read 13.1. PMP® Questions are distributed process group wise.

Tip 4 : While answering PMP®  questions, if size of the project is not clear, assume it to be reasonably large. In large projects, processes come out distinctly.

Tip 5 : While answering a PMP®  question, if the project Manager's role is not made clear, then assume that the Project Manager is large and in charge!

Tip 6 : While answering PMP®  questions, identify at which phase (Initiating, Middle or near closing) the project in question is. This helps in deciding priorities. Look for tense of the sentences-- past, present and future.

Tip 7 : There is no negative marking. So, even when you mark a particular PMP® exam question for review (in spare time later), answer it as per your best guess. If you do not get time for review, then this answer will be considered.

Tip 8 : If PMP®  Exam question is verbose, read the last line again for clarity. Many a times only that portion of question is relevant.

Tip 9 : Look for words like,NEXT,EXCEPT,BEST,FIRST.Many times these words decide the choice.

Tip 10 : Answer as per PMBOK® GUIDE EDITION 5. You may have handled a particular situation differently in your personal experience. Right now your focus is PMP®  Examination only. Therefore answer as per the globally recognized standard PMBOK® GUIDE EDITION 5, which is usually the experience of many Project Managers in their real life.

Tip 11 : There are 26 questions in PMP®  Examination on Initiating Process Group. So study these two processes well. In this group, there are only 2 processes, 4.1 Develop Project Charter and 13.1 Identify StakeHolders.

Tip 12 : In your question, the ground rule should be “always follow PMP®  Processes”. The case might indicate that “Customer is angry” or “your boss wants you to do this” or whatever. The ground rule of globally accepted standard is that, you do not give in to the customer, your boss or stake holders. You should do whatever is right.

Tip 13 : There are 16 questions on Closing Process Group. So study well, there are two processes in this group, 4.6 Close Project or phase and 12.4 Close Procurements. Ground rule between these 2 PMBOK® GUIDE EDITION 5 processes is that you first close the Procurements then you close the project or phase.

Tip 14 : Practice thoroughly on solving Project Network Diagrams. The questions are very easy. Draw the Project Network Diagram (PMD) neatly, even if it takes a few minutes. Generally, there will be 2 questions on Project Network Diagrams in PMP®  Examination. The first one might take a couple of minutes to solve since you have to draw the Project Network Diagram. However, the second question is generally “Please refer to the previous question, <question>”. The second question generally can be solved in 10-15 seconds since you have the diagram already drawn.

Tip 15 : If the Project Network Diagram in the PMP®  Exam looks complex, then look at the question first. They might have asked “Float on Critical Path” which is 0.

Tip 16 : Earned Value Management problems are very simple. Please get all the Earned Value questions right in the PMP® exam. To get the Earned Value Problems right, you have to study the EPMC PMP® Study Material properly. Once you are conversant with the formulas you will get them.

Tip 17 : Even if you know all the Earned Value Management formulas by-heart, do not be overconfident. Please remember, PMP® Examination is also about testing your endurance. 4 hours is a long time. Imagine you getting 198th problem as a Earned Value problem with you are absolutely tired and the brain has stopped working. You just wont recollect the Earned Value Formulas. Therefore the tip is that, just when the exam starts, you get 10 minutes where you are allowed to take a tutorial on PMP® exam and also you are given a scratch paper. Please note down all the formulas by remembering them. It is perfectly legal to write on the scratch paper without seeing or copying from book. Please remember, it is a crime if you bring any chits or notes and then you write on the scratch paper.

Tip 18 : There may be 1 or 2 PMP® Exam questions on Communication channels. The questions may not always be straightforward though the formula is n * (n-1)/2. PMP® Question might be about “How many channels increased” or “How many channels decreased” etc. Please read the question properly. Do not be Overconfident answering this question.

Tip 19 : In a PMP® case study question, be upfront and act directly however bitter or difficult it may be. In PMI®'s point of view, Project Managers do not beat around the bush or gossip or communicate through third person.

Tip 20 : Don't get stuck up on one PMP® question for more than 3 minutes, guess best answer, mark for review and proceed.

Tip 21 : Questions appear randomly! Don't get upset and don’t start sweating if you get 4-5 difficult questions in a row. Friendly questions will follow.

Tip 22 : Learn elimination technique. Eliminate obviously wrong options in the PMP® Question. This way you reach faster towards correct answer.

Tip 23 : Solve the EPMC Exam question daily which appears on our website.

Tip 24 : Solve the EPMC Exam Questions in the EPMC study material that you get on day 1. Attempt all questions of one chapter without referring to answers. Then check your answers and understand well where you missed the answer.

Tip 25 : After you think you have prepared well, take the mock tests. Do not attempt to surprise us, else PMP® Exam will surprise you with a failed result. The mock tests are included in your fees, so please make use of them.

Tip 26 : Before the PMP® Examination you will have few minutes at the beginning to go through PMP® Exam tutorial. It is optional but YOU MUST Take it for familiarization purpose. The sequence should be, take the tutorial in about 1 minute. DO NOT hit the finish button, let the clock keep counting down. Leave the screen on the countdown. Start writing the Earned Value and other formulas, also some ITTOs which you may not remember well. Once the screen comes on 10 seconds remaining, put down your pencil, scratch paper, close your eyes, give yourself a few seconds and then start

Tip 27 : Managing Anxiety in Exam. On Exam day, suggest to yourself that you are well prepared and you are a courageous person. Still if you get anxiety, do deep breathing , (Pranayam)for a minute, dust yourself off and start all over again.

Tip 28 : Take good sleep on the last night before Exam. Do not study. Preferably book the morning slot for exam (8AM or so). The idea is that you appear for PMP® Exam while you are fresh. Remember, PMP® exam is about testing your endurance also.

Tip 29 : It is a good idea to visit PMP® Exam Center one day before. PMP® Exam is conducted in a Prometric Center. You can estimate time required to travel. You should reach the exam hall cool and comfortable.

Tip 30 : Wear a sweater when you go to Prometric Center. The temperature in the PMP® exam room (for whatever reasons) is 18 degrees.

Tip 31 : Please locate the restroom/toilet before you start the exam. Remember the clock keeps ticking on the PMP® Exam Screen when you take a restroom-break. Restroom break takes no less than 8-9 minutes, because, you have to go thru the entire security procedure when you come back.

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