PMP Prep course exam questions

Hello, I am new to this forum!

And I know I would be visiting here often!

 

I am taking a PMP preparation course through a university professional development program. I have to write exam in next few days. The exam is open, meaning I already have the questions in my hand.

I came across few tricky ones, and I can figure out the answer.

(BTW, English is not my first language, so I wonder whether the limitation is due to the language factor).

Please help:

 

Q1) What is a limitation of PMBOK guide?

Two answer options are: ITS BREADTH and ITS DEPTH.

(I have elimited the other two answer options)

The limitation of the guide is that it covers a very wide range, without much depth. So in my head both of these options are limitations, but I must chose one. What would the correct answer be?

 

Q2) What is a disadvantage of using a phased approach to plan and control your project?

a) It may be time-consuming

b) It results in a 'pay me more later' condition

c) It increases uncertainty

d) It reduces communication

I guess I have eliniated Dm but then I can't see a clear answer option either...

Q3) How should you express project assumptions?

a) Document them f or future reference

b) As part of acceptance criteria

(I have eliminated the other two).

They both seem right to me... I guess it shows how unprepared I am... darn

 

Q4)

 How do you find a project's critical path

a) By scheduling only critical resources

b) By performing a forward abd backward passes

c) By using crashing

d) By identifying activities with float

I guess C is out. 

D is probaby wrong, but if you identify activities with float, then you can ID critical path by finding path with no float...

B is probably wrong, because you do that do calcupate float... but again it goes back to D

So I guess the answer is A? But don't you have to schedule all activities in order to find the critical path? Maybe I need to sleep and re-think these questions...

 

Q5) Which of the following choices is an importanbt element of Validate Scope?

a) Inspection

b) Work performance information

(I have eliminated other two options. Inspection is a tool of VS and Work Performance Information is an output of VS. Then aren't both important elements?)

 

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As I go over this exam's questions, I am surprised to find myself to struggle with more basic concept questions (the ones that were supposed to be easier ones) then more 'complex' ones. Are the actual exam questions this tricky? It almost feels like trap questions to me.

 

Thank you in advance for your help!

Hi SamAlec,

First of all, all the best for the exam! I will try to help you.

Q1. I believe the correct answer is breadth. Since project management is a vast topic and PMP caters to all industries, PMBOK might be limited in its breadth to cover every possible processes that are followed in the practical world.

 

Q2. I think A is the right answer as you can not finish next phase until previous phase is finished.

Q3. Answer A looks right because you need them later while identifying risks

Q4. B looks right to me as without doing forward and backward pass you can not calculate free float and as we know critical path has 0 float.

Q5. A looks right because though work performance info is output of validate scope, it is not the distinguishing element of validate scope process. Inspection is critical techniques in Validate scope as it generates accepted deliverables.

Be prepared to have a difficulty level a notch above these questions. Usually PMP exam questions are very tricky and twisted and usually more than one answers look correct. Also, PMP questions are rarely these straight-forward. So prepare well.

 

All the best again!

Dear Permalink

 

Thank you so much for your valuable input and your kind wishes!

Yes, you are right: I am in trouble because I know that the actual exam questions are much harder. For some reason, these ‘easy’ questions are the ones that throw me off balance. I ‘hate’ the questions that appears to have multiple right answers. They seem tricky and makes me lose the focus. I guess I should prepare for that as well? Would you have any tips for me on setting my mind to the right path when it comes to the tricky questions?

 

I took the exam this morning (of the preparation course that is) and I passed with 96%. Got two questions wrong, and one of them was about the ‘limitation of PMBOK’. Same as you – I thought the answer was “breadth”, as “too wide”. Apparently the correct answer is “depth”.

I wonder if the question writers does this on purpose, or just an oversight? Who knows what is in their mind, exactly?

 

All the best!

 

 

Hi Sam,

 

I will advise you not to be too hard on yourself. No matter how much you practice, there will be certain questions on the exam which will confuse you. The more you read and re-read, more confusion it creates. I tried this trick, I read the question thoroughly first time, applied elimination technique and took the best guess from the options left. Most of the time this technique works, sometimes it may not but don't worry too much about it.

Secondly, sometimes other question in the exam might give you hint about the questions you already attempted. Take a cue from these questions and correct your previous answers if needed.

It's more about applying your knowledge and less about memorization. That's what they verify with this exam.