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Are these REALLY the kinds of questions I can expect on the PMP exam?
I'm taking the exam on Wednesday and am currently working on Earned Value and looking up some EVM test questions. The below link is NOT self-promotion, it is a link to the questions. I'm happy to copy and paste them here, but they're long because they provide the math.

This is NOT stuff I learned in my exam prep class!
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Laura,

think we all had surprises in the real exam.
Exam prep classes can only do so much, as they have question banks that come from their own sources, but never from PMI's question bank.

The key is to sleep well before the test and be confident.
In that the test is similar to life itself: you can prepare yourself but will face unexpected situations anyhow.

Thomas
Laura -

You may want to check the Certification Central discussion group as there have been many threads from recent PMP candidates.

Anecdotally, what I've heard and read from a number of folks is that the volume of questions requiring calculations (e.g. EMV, EVM) are fewer now than there used to be in the past.

And given that you have a little over a minute to spend on each question, they are unlikely to give you anything that is overly involved as you'd just skip it in favor of proceeding.

You should know how to apply the EVM formulas backwards & forwards, but I wouldn't get too hung up on this category of question.

Kiron
Laura

I can’t find the link you are referring to in your blog but in all cases, like Kiron mentioned, from what I hear as well, you will probably get a few EVM questions that aren’t that sophisticated.

On the other hand, the course on its own is definitely not enough, you still might pass, but I recommend you at least do simulation practice exams (PM PrepCast is a good resource). Ideally, you should read through PMBOK 6th edition, skim through the 7th edition and probably study from an additional resource like Rita Mulcahy’s exam prep book.

Good Luck in your exam,

RK
My recollection was that there were a lot of EVM questions, but they were relatively simple.

The advice I would give you is:

1) Memorize all the acronyms and what they mean. Mostly they're either how far you are away from your estimate, or how far you'll be off your estimate when you're done if nothing changes.

2) Try and understand what the formulas are trying to tell you more than how to pick the right formulas. With about 4 formulas and a little bit of algebra you can create every other formula.

3) Spend the last hour before your exam reviewing the formulas so you can write them down immediately rather than try to remember them when the questions come up. You will never again be forced to memorize the EVM formulas, but for one day, it's a lot easier than recreating them under pressure.
Keith and Kiron made valid points.
I recommend Rita Mulcahy's certification prep, it's a good option to acquire PM Knowledge at your own pace, and has various types of exercises, to familiarize with exam questions. It's updated to the latest exam. Visit this link:
https://rmcls.com/about/rita-mulcahy
The exam has moved over to predominantly Agile methodologies. I don't think I had a single EVM question - but I also took the exam about a year ago. You can get a much more current answer to this question by visiting the PMP channel on discord's board.
Thank you everybody for your suggestions and replies! I’m not sure if I forgot to paste the link (study brain - apparently some things have taken a backseat) or it was removed (less likely).

I’m memorizing all of the EVM formulas, comms channel, PERT formulas, and knowledge areas w/ their processes every day 3x - I’ve been told I’m allowed to do a “brain dump” in the first 5 minutes.

The questions on this test exam were asking you to do as Kieth said to create new formulas that were not in the exam prep class. Maybe I could learn those as well so I don’t waste time on the exam trying to break it down.

I’m using the PMLearning app at the moment to take mock exams and track which questions/knowledge areas I need to focus on and nothing like that has shown up … yet!
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2 replies by Jessica Reid and Rami Kaibni
Oct 26, 2022 5:38 AM
Jessica Reid
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Hi Laura, I wrote my exam about 2 months ago, and had perhaps only one or two question dealing with formulas of any kind. Most of my exam focused on Agile and Hybrid and skewed more towards people management.

I would honestly recommend you grab PMI's Study Hall. I found that it was a really good indication as to the style and format of the questions on the exam. I only had the basic version, but it was my most valuable resource.

Good Luck on your exam!
Oct 26, 2022 9:28 AM
Rami Kaibni
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Laura

I suggest you don’t memorize formulas but rather understand how they are created as it will help you better make sense of the questions and answers in the exam but again, everyone says that there will be couple of EVM questions so that should be manageable.

Good Luck and keep us posted on how you do.

RK
Oct 26, 2022 4:08 AM
Replying to Laura Hollar
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Thank you everybody for your suggestions and replies! I’m not sure if I forgot to paste the link (study brain - apparently some things have taken a backseat) or it was removed (less likely).

I’m memorizing all of the EVM formulas, comms channel, PERT formulas, and knowledge areas w/ their processes every day 3x - I’ve been told I’m allowed to do a “brain dump” in the first 5 minutes.

The questions on this test exam were asking you to do as Kieth said to create new formulas that were not in the exam prep class. Maybe I could learn those as well so I don’t waste time on the exam trying to break it down.

I’m using the PMLearning app at the moment to take mock exams and track which questions/knowledge areas I need to focus on and nothing like that has shown up … yet!
Hi Laura, I wrote my exam about 2 months ago, and had perhaps only one or two question dealing with formulas of any kind. Most of my exam focused on Agile and Hybrid and skewed more towards people management.

I would honestly recommend you grab PMI's Study Hall. I found that it was a really good indication as to the style and format of the questions on the exam. I only had the basic version, but it was my most valuable resource.

Good Luck on your exam!
Oct 26, 2022 4:08 AM
Replying to Laura Hollar
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Thank you everybody for your suggestions and replies! I’m not sure if I forgot to paste the link (study brain - apparently some things have taken a backseat) or it was removed (less likely).

I’m memorizing all of the EVM formulas, comms channel, PERT formulas, and knowledge areas w/ their processes every day 3x - I’ve been told I’m allowed to do a “brain dump” in the first 5 minutes.

The questions on this test exam were asking you to do as Kieth said to create new formulas that were not in the exam prep class. Maybe I could learn those as well so I don’t waste time on the exam trying to break it down.

I’m using the PMLearning app at the moment to take mock exams and track which questions/knowledge areas I need to focus on and nothing like that has shown up … yet!
Laura

I suggest you don’t memorize formulas but rather understand how they are created as it will help you better make sense of the questions and answers in the exam but again, everyone says that there will be couple of EVM questions so that should be manageable.

Good Luck and keep us posted on how you do.

RK

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