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This is where test-taking skills can be really helpful, for example looking for keywords. Also, make the first pass at the question worth it. If you have to read it twice, then you've turned one question into two!
On the flip side, decide before reading if should mark and skip. Don't read the question, then skip, b/c again, your turning the one question into two.
You are right, it is a challenge to complete. It's a mental test as well. When you first start, we feel confident; 200 questions in 4 hours. No problem! But then 2 hours pass and you're only 75 questions in (making it up for example purpose). Now, you realize being behind, should be at least at 100) and now rushing and making mental mistakes.
I actually skipped the first 10-questions or so to trick my brain that I was further ahead then I was to avoid 'racing'.
Focus on keywords, understand what is and is not important in the paragraph, and look for subtle hints on which to skip at first pass (i.e., network, calculation questions). Remember, all questions are worth the same, so don't sacrifice 10-questions to answer 1.
My motto, control the test, don't let it control you.
Andrew provided solid feedback. You have to keep practicing and practicing and practicing until you finish simulation exams in 3.5 Hours because the exam is more difficult than those simulation exams.
Thanks for the feedback guys.
i have cleared my PMP exam yesterday and i completed the exam in 3hrs 20mins. i scored 'Above Target' in all the 5groups.
you can try out the below which helped me during the exam to complete faster.
1) Do not attend any numericals based question. straight away mark those questions for review and attend them at the last. Because drawing the critical path or calculating the numericals will take time.
2) If the question has more than 3lines , read only the last line and refer the options and then read the whole question.
3) If you feel that you are not good enough to understand the situation/concept behind the question , just mark it and move to the next question. Do not spend more time in reading the same question multiple times.
4) Never be worried even if you aware that you are giving the wrong answers(double minded with the options) , we are granted to give some wrong answers. Our intention is just to pass the exam but not with 100%. Be confident and believe that you will get more easy questions in coming list.
5) Above all , attend only quality mocks. i enrolled into Prepcast which was very helpful. There are many other good simulators as well.
All the very best for your exam!!!
and thanks for your input. I will definitely try that.
Some good advice here. My own experience with any multichoice questionnaire is that more often than not it is not the number of questions for a given time that catches us but rather the way we process them. We all work differently so you need to find an effective way during the simulation that works for you. On example is the way you read the question - there are two schools of thought on this. One saying that you should read the question thoroughly because if you have to re-read you are wasting time, the other saying that you should skim the question and get an understanding of the type of question i.e. is it black/white, scenario-based etc. I'm with the second option because it allows me to eliminate options immediately. But this might not work for everybody.
BTW one thing you need to understand about these exams is that they are designed not to test your knowledge but they are designed to catch you out, I say this because I think you have realized by now that there are much more effective ways to ask the same question yet they always try and make the question as complex as possible :(
Can you write the exam in French, or a language you are more comfortable with? I say French just because I notice you are in Montreal.
Like others mentioned, it's all about doing hundreds, maybe even a couple of thousand questions, finding patterns, and feeling comfortable with answering each question within a minute or less.
For each certification I took (PMP, PMI-ACP, PMI-PBA) I had 20-30 minutes left. My strategy is: 1-no spend to much time into a question. I marked it for review and I moved forward. 2-after the first "sprint" I went to review but in here I did not spend to much into a question. I moved forward. 3-if a third "sprint" had to be done, if I have a doubt when I was in a question, I used intuition to decide, I mean my first answer most of the times. TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THIS (sorry for the capital): in my case, the only thing that matters is to pass the exam. The final score does not matter. Why? Because in the exam you are answer what the PMI expect as an answer in the framework of the PMBOK and others but most of the times is not what you will do in the real life. I am saying that because it could impact on your strategy and time you spend in front of a question. No matter that, my scores where always above into each domain but as I mention it does not matter for me, I sustains it has not sense as a meassure or metric.
Many points covered above. Key is to quickly eliminate definite wrong choices (mostly 2 wrong ones can be identified easily) and then picking up best answer out of remaining 2 choices. Catch keywords in Question & that will lead to answer faster.
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