After many years as a project management trainer, I have helped more than 50,000 students prepare for their Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam. In my experience along the way, I’ve found one thing that unites them all: They all want to practice with free PMP Exam sample questions.
In an effort to help, I have identified top web sites that offer free PMP® Exam sample questions. I recommend each of them for the quality of their questions.
How would you like to have free PMP® sample questions delivered right to your Inbox? A simple registration gets you just that -- a series of free sample questions, as well as a Weekly PMP® Exam Tips newsletter delivered right to you. You’ll continue to receive fresh content, as new questions are always being created and added. Sit back and let the sample questions come to you. (Disclaimer: This is my own sample questions website… but I think it’s good; otherwise I wouldn’t recommend it -- or produce it :-).
Hands down, this web site has the toughest questions around. If you are able to answer more than 50% correctly, then hats off to you. Lehmann provides sample questions in a variety of formats. From the site, you can take a free 75-question simulated, timed (90 minute) exam. He also includes a link to over 3,000 free sample questions (4,000 for PMI members) as well as a download option (PDF) for an additional 175 sample questions, which is also available in German. What’s more, smartphone owners can access another 30 free questions for their iPhone/iPad and/or Android in the iTunes Store and Android Market, respectively.
This site has 4 sample exams, each made up of 50 questions. If you wanted to simulate a full exam, you could take the tests one after the other! I like how the answers and explanations are shown immediately after you answer a question so you can learn as you go. PMP® Practice Exam also shows your current score so you can see how you are doing as you work through the questions.
OpenPM is a site of free PMP® resources. There are a number of tests and quizzes, including a full 400-question PMP® demo exam. You’ll need to create a login to access the questions. The other quizzes are also worth a look, and a new question is added weekly.
PMI provides sample exam questions to help you prepare for the PMP® exam. However, they only provide three! That’s enough to fit on one piece of paper with room to spare. It is worth looking at these officially-provided questions to give you confidence about the level expected in the exam. Even so, you’ll want to use some other sources of free exam questions to fully prepare!
J Ross publishes a range of exam prep books, including one for the PMP® exam. Alongside their books, they have a question bank for the PMP® exam, and you can access the demo of that for free. Click through to the demo, click the login button (there will be demo login credentials already populated), and then click the button under ‘Action’ to start the free test. There are 20 questions. It’s not the prettiest website, and at the end I found it a little confusing to find my results (hint: click the Results tab in the top menu) but the answers come with explanations and a note about which section of the PMBOK® Guide you need to look at for more information.
The PM Exam Simulator gives you the opportunity to practice taking the PMP® Exam in a way that mimics the actual exam. The Simulator feeds you questions of the same style and difficulty that you’ll see on the exam. You’ll experience various types of questions, from formula-based questions to interpretational questions. Another plus for this site is that you can take the practice exam in three modes: Real Exam Mode (just like the real PMP® exam experience); Timed Mode (receive hints and answers, but still adhere to limited time); or Learning Mode (receive hints and answers with no time limit). Try the Exam Simulator for three days -- free! (Disclaimer: This is my own simulator.)
Obviously, exam simulators and sample questions are often a very good indicator of your readiness to take the exam. Generally speaking, if you are able to correctly answer at least 80% or more of the sample or practice questions on your first try, you’re probably ready to take your PMP® certification exam. Note that answering a question correctly on your second try doesn’t count, since you will only have one chance in the real exam. So, for example, a simulator with 1,600 questions gives you 1,600 “first tries.” This is plenty to build your confidence and gauge when you are ready to take the exam. Of course, the 80% rule is just a rule of thumb, but if you want to know how you are doing, it is a useful benchmark against which to assess your abilities. Sample questions are extremely helpful in preparing for the exam; however, remember that free questions aren't everything. I recommend you also subscribe to a commercial exam simulator so that you can practice in a "real" environment using realistic exam questions. After all, free questions are free and may only take you so far.
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