Realistic Questions

Time and time again our students tell us that the questions from the PM Exam Simulator are very close to the real exams. How do we achieve this? Through a lot of work, attention to detail and updating dozens of questions every week!

Here's how: For the Project Management Professional (PMP)® questions we began with a team of 7 certified PMP® experts who developed the original set. Since then each question has gone through several iterations of improvements in order to update them to the most current exam standards. We also receive regular Live Feedback™ from our students, which often prompts us to update the questions and/or explanations. Many of the questions reference A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). Last but not least we review lessons learned from students to identify any new trends and topics in order to develop and replace questions.

We apply the same approach to the questions for the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® as well as Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® exam. This continuous update process ensures that we have the highest possible quality of exam questions for you in the simulator.

Questions in the Simulator

The number and type of questions in the simulator is dependent on which exam you are preparing for. Here is an overview:

Criteria PMP® Simulator PMI-ACP® Simulator CAPM® Simulator
Number of Questions 1,600+ 480 650
Number of Exams 8 4 5
ITTO-based Exams 1/7 0/4 2/5
Situational questions Yes Yes Yes
Knowledge-based questions Yes Yes Yes
Interpretational questions Yes Yes Yes
Technique-based questions Yes Yes Yes
Formula-based questions Yes No Yes
PMBOK® Guide knowledge questions Yes No Yes
ITTO Questions Yes No Yes

PMP Exam Question Types You Will Be Tested On

The PM Exam Simulator™ will test you on the following types of exam questions (please consult the table above to see which question type to expect on which Project Management Institute (PMI)® exam):
  • Situational questions:

    These test your ability to apply theoretical know how to real life project management situations. Often, these questions tend to be very long winded. The idea behind this is that in real life you will be handed both relevant and irrelevant information. Your task is to identify what is relevant, ignore what doesn't matter and then act upon the real issues. Be sure to read and accurately identify the actual question being asked of you, so that you can eliminate the useless information. Often, situational questions will offer two choices, which are both reasonably correct, so it is vital that you identify if the question is asking you the BEST choice, or the NEXT choice, or the EXCEPTION, or the ONLY answer.
  • Knowledge based questions:

    This type requires you to identify the meaning of the situation based on your understanding of the facts provided. Knowledge based question may also ask you to identify an example chart or graph.
  • Interpretational questions:

    These test your ability to deduce a situation or condition from the description of a status or problem. For example, the PMP simulator may ask: "If your project has an SPI and a CPI both greater than 1, how well is your project performing?"; To solve this, you will need to know how SPI and CPI relate to the project's performance. Or the PMI-ACP simulator will show you a burn-down chart and ask you to determine if the team is on schedule or off schedule.
  • Technique-based questions:

    This question type provides a snap shot of a situation, like a network diagram, and asks you to provide an element that’s inherent in that diagram such as forward pass or backward pass.
  • Formula based questions:

    There are around 49 PMP® exam formulas that you must know. These questions test your understanding of the formulas as well as your ability to apply them to exam style questions.
  • PMBOK® Guide knowledge questions:

    Find out how familiar your are with specific areas of the guide, such as “Which of these processes are not part of the Initiating Process Group?” or “What are the inputs to the Create WBS process?
  • ITTO-based Questions:

    The PMBOK® Guide describes nearly 50 processes. Each process has Inputs, Tools & Techniques and Outputs (ITTO). The simulator will test your knowledge of these ITTOs in-depth. The PMP simulator will test your understanding of ITTO in the context of scenarios, while the CAPM simulator contains one complete exam that consists entirely of ITTO-based questions.

Detailed Explanations

The simulator clarifies each question in detail because in order to understand the correct answer it is often not enough to simply know that "B is correct". This is achieved by providing a detailed explanation for each question. On average this explanation is 61 words in length. The longest one you'll find is 698 words long!

The answer commentary is highly valued by our students because it helps you understand the concepts and thinking behind each question. It allows you to quickly understand why you may have chosen the wrong answer and learn from it.

Per Answer Choice Explanations

The simulator even include per answer choice explanations for many of the questions. This means that there is not only a general explanation for the question as a whole, but then you also get a short explanation for each of the four answer choices (A, B, C and D). This allows you to see why a particular answer is correct or incorrect.

Per answer choice explanations are not provided for questions where the answers are 'black and white". For example you will not find them for calculations, definitions and ITTO-based questions. Here answers are either correct or incorrect without a doubt.


Each question also includes a relevant reference. For PMP and CAPM this reference often points you to the PMBOK® Guide, and for PMI-ACP it points you to one of the books that PMI® includes as part of the exam "Reference Materials". Having a reference with page number allows you to read up on a subject you want to study in more depth.

Screen Shot

This screen shot shows a CAPM question, as you see it in the review mode after completing an exam:
Detailed explanations

The question is repeated at the top and the correct answer is highlighted. The gray box below includes a section for "Explanation" and "Reference".

We first see a general explanation of the concept that underlies the question, followed by the per answer choice explanation where you learn exactly why a particular answer choice (A, B, C and D) is correct or incorrect.

Finally the reference indicates where you can read up on the topic.

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