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How many sample questions should a PMP aspirant attempt before the real exam?



How many sample questions should a PMP aspirant attempt before the real exam?
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3 replies by Dennis Inegbedion, Justin G Mamen, and Nizar Sankary
Jul 26, 2016 3:19 PM
Dennis Inegbedion
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As many as one can lay their hands on. If the trial tests are taken 10 times one must ensure the questions taken in 10 trials are completely different. getting a consistent 90% and above in these 10 trials for me signifies one is prepared to take the actual credential test.
Jan 20, 2017 11:53 PM
Justin G Mamen
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Yes, I agree to this statement because very difficult to pass the exam.
Feb 17, 2017 10:14 AM
Nizar Sankary
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it needs about 1500 questions from the fast track pmp software where you should score no less than 70 percent so when you feel you are getting more than 70 percent go ahead. That is how I succeeded in the exam



I don't think it's a number, it's more what is your level of success.
Preparation should be about understanding.
Sample questions are a a way to test yourself and see how question are formulated.
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2 replies by George Lewis
Apr 24, 2016 8:46 PM
George Lewis
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thanks
Apr 24, 2016 8:48 PM
George Lewis
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Vincent, did you cast your vote here ?

http://www.projectmanagement.com/polls/327...-the-real-exam-

0001 to 1000 (0 votes)
1001 to 2000 (1 vote)
2001 or More (0 votes)
No Idea or it depends on each person (0 votes)



Apr 24, 2016 8:43 PM
Replying to Vincent Guerard
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I don't think it's a number, it's more what is your level of success.
Preparation should be about understanding.
Sample questions are a a way to test yourself and see how question are formulated.
thanks



Apr 24, 2016 8:43 PM
Replying to Vincent Guerard
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I don't think it's a number, it's more what is your level of success.
Preparation should be about understanding.
Sample questions are a a way to test yourself and see how question are formulated.
Vincent, did you cast your vote here ?

http://www.projectmanagement.com/polls/327...-the-real-exam-

0001 to 1000 (0 votes)
1001 to 2000 (1 vote)
2001 or More (0 votes)
No Idea or it depends on each person (0 votes)



I think it depends on how quickly you can get to a passing score. Of course, that's kind of hard to know now that you are not given a score anymore. (When I took mine in 2003, I needed 82.5% to pass.)
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1 reply by George Lewis
Apr 24, 2016 9:37 PM
George Lewis
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Thanks for your input,

This is interesting, because it takes me me to another question, What's the suggested average scores in practice test that indicates that you're ready for the real exam.

For you it was 82.5%, for others is 90%, I even see a suggested of 95% score as indicator for readiness.

Of course it depends on the type of practice test, that's why the question is posted as average.



Of course, the real answer should be: as many as you can get in before the exam.
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1 reply by George Lewis
Apr 24, 2016 9:40 PM
George Lewis
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How many did you take Stephane, under 1000? I think I over practiced, I took under 2000, I was really worried to pass. :)

http://www.projectmanagement.com/polls/327...-the-real-exam-

a) 0001 to 1000 (0 votes)
b) 1001 to 2000 (1 vote)
c) 2001 or More (0 votes)
d) No Idea or it depends on each person (0 votes)



Apr 24, 2016 9:07 PM
Replying to Stéphane Parent
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I think it depends on how quickly you can get to a passing score. Of course, that's kind of hard to know now that you are not given a score anymore. (When I took mine in 2003, I needed 82.5% to pass.)
Thanks for your input,

This is interesting, because it takes me me to another question, What's the suggested average scores in practice test that indicates that you're ready for the real exam.

For you it was 82.5%, for others is 90%, I even see a suggested of 95% score as indicator for readiness.

Of course it depends on the type of practice test, that's why the question is posted as average.
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1 reply by Markus Klein, PMP
Apr 25, 2016 2:29 AM
Markus Klein, PMP
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Hello George,

there is a thumb rule that you should score 75%+ in every NEW mock exam you take, than there would be a good chance that you are ready to go for it. There is and will be no guarantee at all.

The number of sample questions depends on the already gained skill and knowledge. Sample questions and mock exams should be utilized to figure out where the weak areas are and than focus on them.
So, you have to take sample questions as long as you have a good feeling for all knowledge areas.
Some will need less than 1000 otheres may be need more than 3000 ...
But more important than the number of the sample questions/mock exams is the quality imho.
If you only use free available stuff and maybe even from not so serious resources this could be even counterpproductive ...

My recommondation would be to rely on few really serious resources for free stuff and much better, invest some bucks in one or two professional online simulators where you also be able to really SIMULATE the exam situation.

For free stuff please refer to this guide which contains the best and most popular resources for free available questions:

? PMP Exam Questions - The Complete Guide ?
? http://goo.gl/hGC7bD

Also every PMP aspirant should take at least two (better more) full loaded and full timed mock exams.

A really good (and the omly multilingual) simulator with more than 3.000 high quality sample questions could be find at pmaspire.

Please find here an overview about what you could expect in each package (Silver; Gold; Platinum); you may have a look here: ? http://goo.gl/SZ1tp1

If someone is interested in one of those packages just let me know, i could offer you some discount on them.

Regards,

Markus



Apr 24, 2016 9:07 PM
Replying to Stéphane Parent
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Of course, the real answer should be: as many as you can get in before the exam.
How many did you take Stephane, under 1000? I think I over practiced, I took under 2000, I was really worried to pass. :)

http://www.projectmanagement.com/polls/327...-the-real-exam-

a) 0001 to 1000 (0 votes)
b) 1001 to 2000 (1 vote)
c) 2001 or More (0 votes)
d) No Idea or it depends on each person (0 votes)
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1 reply by Stéphane Parent
Apr 25, 2016 7:36 AM
Stéphane Parent
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I already answered your poll, George.



Apr 24, 2016 9:37 PM
Replying to George Lewis
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Thanks for your input,

This is interesting, because it takes me me to another question, What's the suggested average scores in practice test that indicates that you're ready for the real exam.

For you it was 82.5%, for others is 90%, I even see a suggested of 95% score as indicator for readiness.

Of course it depends on the type of practice test, that's why the question is posted as average.
Hello George,

there is a thumb rule that you should score 75%+ in every NEW mock exam you take, than there would be a good chance that you are ready to go for it. There is and will be no guarantee at all.

The number of sample questions depends on the already gained skill and knowledge. Sample questions and mock exams should be utilized to figure out where the weak areas are and than focus on them.
So, you have to take sample questions as long as you have a good feeling for all knowledge areas.
Some will need less than 1000 otheres may be need more than 3000 ...
But more important than the number of the sample questions/mock exams is the quality imho.
If you only use free available stuff and maybe even from not so serious resources this could be even counterpproductive ...

My recommondation would be to rely on few really serious resources for free stuff and much better, invest some bucks in one or two professional online simulators where you also be able to really SIMULATE the exam situation.

For free stuff please refer to this guide which contains the best and most popular resources for free available questions:

? PMP Exam Questions - The Complete Guide ?
? http://goo.gl/hGC7bD

Also every PMP aspirant should take at least two (better more) full loaded and full timed mock exams.

A really good (and the omly multilingual) simulator with more than 3.000 high quality sample questions could be find at pmaspire.

Please find here an overview about what you could expect in each package (Silver; Gold; Platinum); you may have a look here: ? http://goo.gl/SZ1tp1

If someone is interested in one of those packages just let me know, i could offer you some discount on them.

Regards,

Markus
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4 replies by Alo Odefa Obasi, DWAIPAYAN MOJUMDER, George Lewis, and Vitalija Rimkute
Apr 25, 2016 5:15 AM
George Lewis
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Very detailed... :)
Apr 25, 2016 5:29 PM
DWAIPAYAN MOJUMDER
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Thanks Markus - very nice and detailed explanation.
Please let me know how to avail the discounts in PMASPIRE.com
Sep 16, 2016 6:19 AM
Alo Odefa Obasi
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Jul 07, 2017 2:55 PM
Vitalija Rimkute
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Thank you for detailed information!



George

These types of questions are impossible to answer properly. Some people can do a few hundreds questions and pass - others can do thousands and fail.

It all depends, on ............. .............. .............. so many factors
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1 reply by George Lewis
Apr 25, 2016 4:23 AM
George Lewis
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Mounir -

So I guess your answer will be "it all depends", which in fact in an alternative in the options presented :)

http://www.projectmanagement.com/polls/327...-the-real-exam-

0001 to 1000 (0 votes)
1001 to 2000 (1 vote)
2001 or More (0 votes)
No Idea or it depends on each person (0 votes)
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