The PM Exam Simulator is available for the PMP® exam, PMI-ACP® Exam, and CAPM® exam. It offers the same standard features and uses the same overall screen layout no matter which exam you are preparing for.
There are some differences in the on-screen content between the exams (i.e. PMP and PMI-ACP use the term "Domains", whereas CAPM uses "Chapters") but the overall look and feel is the same across all three exams.
So here is a collection of screen shots with explanations from the various exams so you can see what it looks like:
This is how the questions are presented to you in the simulator.
At the top left you see the exam number and whether this is for the PMP, PMI-ACP or CAPM Exam.
Just below that you see the countdown timer and the number of the question in the exam. And on the right you see the two buttons for "Show Grid" and "Mark". (More on those below.)
The gray box contains the question and below that you have the four answer choices.
Lastly, you'll see the "End Exam" button in red on the left as well as the "Previous" and "Next" buttons in blue on the right.
Compare this screen shot here with the previous one and look at the top-right button.
You'll notice that the button here is orange and reads "Unmark". This means that the question is now "marked for review". This feature allows you to come back to the question later on and take a second look.
Please note: Marking a question does NOT affect your score in any way. This is true both in the simulator as well as on the actual PMP exam. Don't believe anyone who tells you otherwise.
Here's what you see when you click on the "Show Grid" button in the main window: All the questions in the exam are displayed as a table.
In this way you can easily spot the questions you marked or haven't answered yet.
And by clicking on the gray buton you can instantly navigate to that particular question.
Also note the "Filter" at the bottom right. Here you can limit what is shown on the screen.
And this is what it looks like when you open the Grid View and then select "Marked" in the filter at the bottom right.
Notice also, that the light-blue message box at the top of the grid now changes the text to "Filtered Mode: Displaying 11 questions".
Now that you have the filter set up, you can click on any of the questions, and the filter then 'carries over' to the main question view. Just click on any of the questions. We see what happens in the next screen shot.
This here is what you see when you select the "Unanswered" filter and then go back to the questions: The simulator will only show you the unanswered questions and display a notice at the top.
This is a very nifty feature to use when you are getting close to the end. By setting the filter like that, you can litereally see a 'countdown' of how many more questions you have to go.
This is also perfect for when you want to review all the "marked" questions. Just select the marked filter and then this view here will take you from one marked question to the next one.
We recommend that you spend at least the same amount of time in taking and reviewing an exam or quiz. In other words, if you spend 1 hour in taking a quiz then you should spend at least 1 hour in doing an in-depth review of all the questions you answered incorrectly.
And this screen here is part of the review process and it gives you all the details.
The top half repeats the original question with answer choices. Just below you can see if you answered correctly and it even tells you if the question was marked or not.
To help with your review, the big gray box at the bottom provides a general description as well as a reference. Many questions also have per-answer-choice explanations.
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