Although the PMBOK has not been updated, the new PMP test is here and has a different approach. There is more of an emphasis on the three Domains, which are “People,” “Process,” and “Business Environment.” Also, it is expected that about half of the questions will be based on the predictive project management approach, while the other half will be based on agile and hybrid approaches. Therefore, take as many sample questions as you can before the exam since this will train you to interpret questions, find the best solution in a timely manner, and spot the “traps” found in so many PMP test questions. To that end, we will issue free weekly sample test questions to help you prepare for the PMP Exam.
Sample PMP Test Questions – Feb 8, 2021 – Project Management Certification
Following are five sample exam questions to test your knowledge and test-taking skills. The answers are provided at the bottom:
After your company experiences considerable profit losses, high employee turnover, and customer complaints, upper management decides to restructure the organization and has assigned you as the project manager for this endeavor. You are currently assessing and gauging the impact of the changes to the structural restructure on the organization. Which process is this?
- Change management
- Develop scope
- Qualitative risk analysis
- Organizational governance
You have just been named the project manager for a team, which was recently formed, and had another project manager leading it. As you assess the project scope, the organization’s goals and objectives, and the team members’ make-up, you determine how you will lead the team to achieve a successful project, which includes getting the job done most effectively and efficiently while meeting the team’s work needs. This is performed in the following process:
- Develop team
- Direct and manage project work
- Manage stakeholder engagement
- Manage resources
Right before a client shows up for a meeting with you and your entire team, your two key team members inform you that a serious conflict has arisen between them, and they cannot resolve it on their own. Furthermore, the situation is grave enough that they feel corporate human resource (HR) staff members need to be involved. Since there is no time to delve into the issue in detail, nor can HR be scheduled on such short notice, what is the first thing you should do?
- Although a client is on her way, the “collaborative” method of conflict solving must be used for a long-term solution. Therefore, upon her arrival, you inform the client that they must return another day.
- Because the client is due to arrive soon, you utilize the “force” method and inform both team members that the client meeting is more important and that they need to get over their issue or risk serious repercussions.
- You ask both team members to put aside their differences until they can all meet with the client and schedule a meeting as soon as possible. In other words, you use the “withdraw/avoid” method.
- None of the above.
Your supervisor has asked you to lead a project team to restructure the organization. Additionally, your supervisor informs you that he prefers you skip the development of the “Project Charter” to reduce cost and time. What would be the appropriate response to such a request?
- Since the supervisor is your project sponsor, you follow their instructions and move directly into the “Planning” stage of the project without an approved project charter.
- You spend some of your own time without reporting it on your timesheet, preparing a simplified version of the project charter to get it approved, and ensuring that you and your sponsor understand the project’s intent.
- You fast-track the project to accommodate the project charter’s development within the allocated timeline while not increasing budget costs.
- You inform your supervisor that it will save time and money in the long run if you start with an approved project charter. If your supervisor still insists that the project charter I not needed, you document the instructions you have received and escalate it as appropriate.
On a typical projectized organizational structure, which of the following would be considered key stakeholders directly involved in a project?
- Project sponsor, product buyers, project team, your company’s CFO
- Project sponsor, project manager, project product distributors, risk manager
- Project manager, team leader, quality manager, project team, project sponsor
- Client, project sponsor, permitting agencies, operations managers
- Answer 3: Qualitative Risk Analysis assesses the impact of potential uncertainties that may arise in the future. Change Management and Organizational governance are not processes, and Develop Scope is not being used in this situation.
- Answer 1: Develop a team is a process in which the project manager coaches, mentors, and determines what the team needs to work best.
- Answer 3: although a “collaborative” conflict resolution process is the best for long-term success, the “withdrawal/avoid” method can be used here because of time constraints. You are simply putting off the work needed to solve the issue until after the client meeting.
- Answer 4: PMI guidelines dictate that there cannot be a “project’ without a Project Charter since the charter is the first stage to go through to determine whether the project is viable and worth pursuing.
- Answer 3: although all four options list stakeholders, only answer “c” lists stakeholders directly involved in the project. The others may be equally important, but they are not involved as hands-on as the ones listed in option “c.”