Failed the PMP
I failed the PMP exam thought Illd share my thoughts.
The difficulty I found on the exam was the answer choices were very similar. I was only able to eliminate one bogus choice and sometimes none but that’s all, Just one. the other 3 would be 'the same'.
Normally the questions were very long, like 5 lines. The exam was full of choices between the project documents and project management plan documents or answer choices between stakeholders and they would group them in such a way that you pick the wrong answer. Example – One question will have a stakeholder story and answer choices – [Collect requirements/Requirement documents/Stakeholder Register/Stakeholder Management Plan]. That’s the four choices for one question.
And then there will be like 5 more questions with similar choices with a different story eluding to a stakeholder. More example is choosing between [CPI and WPR] or [SV and SPI and Schedule Management Plan]. Seems like just knowing the definitions and the order of the ITTOs isn’t enough. Most of the time just knowing definitions didn’t help because the stories didn’t elude to any definition.
My conclusion is that the exams are built with psychologists, maybe sociologists who are riddle experts. Say for example I ask a riddle like - why did the chicken cross the road? Answer – to get to the other side. That’s easy cause everyone knows that. But say I ask - two fathers and two sons went hunting, they each killed a duck but not more than 3 ducks were killed how is that possible? / or I ask – a farmer had 12 cows, all but 9 died how many are left? Well there are even catches in the simple one line PMP questions because I think they are working with riddle and psychology experts. Also if you comb through online blogs on when to count the project manager in your communications channels calculations, No one seems to be clear on that.
All the best.