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Tips on Applying for and Passing the PMP® or CAPM® Exam – Part VI – Types of Questions (#6 in the series Tips on Applying for and Passing the PMP® or CAPM® Exam)
By Vicki Wrona, PMP – Global Knowledge Instructor

Types of Questions

There are a number of different types of questions on the exam, and they fall into the following broad categories:
Situational – Analyze the situation described in the question and choose the most correct answer by using knowledge, experience, and judgment.

  • Mathematical – Approximately 8 to 10 formula-related questions will be on the exam.
  • Recall – Fairly short, often easier, questions that test memory or knowledge.
  • Diagram – Either draw a network diagram or interpret drawn-out graphs or diagrams to determine the correctanswer. It is possible that more than one question may use the same diagram, so save yourself some time by checking diagrams you have previously drawn to see if they can be re-used on a current question. Questions on decision trees may also fall into this category.

  • More Than One Correct Answer – In cases where multiple answers could be correct, choose the most correct or most appropriate one according to PMI.
  • Double Negatives – The test uses double negatives or questions asking you to remove the false statement. Sometimes it is easier to read the question by turning it into a positive. For example, if the question states, “All of the following statements are false except…” look for the one true statement.
  • Wordy Questions – Some questions will take valuable test time to read and interpret, or may include extraneous information to take up time and throw you off track. Sometimes this happens because the same scenario is used for multiple questions, and thus some of the information will be extraneous in one question and relevant to another. In these cases, it is helpful to read the question first to know exactly what is being asked. A string of wordy questions may create the false perspective that you are falling behind.

Vicki Wrona, PMP, has been managing projects and mentoring project managers for the past 18 years in both the private and public sectors, in manufacturing, service, and IT. Over the past 7 years, she has personally trained over 3,100 people through Global Knowledge. She is the President of Forward Momentum, LLC, an 8(a) company.

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