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” seen 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 – Week of February 15, 2021 – PMP Exam Prep
Following are five sample exam questions to test your knowledge and test-taking skills. The answers are provided below:
1. 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 to feel that 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?
- A. 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.
- B. 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.
- C. 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 “compromise” method.
- D. After speaking with the team members and informing them of the upcoming critical meeting with the client, you notify them that you are postponing any action until you have the time to deal with it, which is a method known as “withdrawal/avoid.”
2. You have been assigned to a project, which is already halfway through its lifecycle. Upon reviewing the budget, you find that 60% of the overall budget of $100,000 has already been spent. Additionally, your team members, who have been involved with the project from the start, inform you that approximately 54% of the project has been completed. After reviewing the contract, you learn that no revisions to the baselines are permitted. To maintain the integrity of the baselines, what should you do next?
- A. Determine the Estimate at Completion based on the current CPI
- B. Determine the TCPI based on a new EAC
- C. Calculate the SPI and CPI and adjust accordingly
- D. Determine the required TCPI to meet the contractual constraints
3. Your team is currently experiencing difficulty adjusting to each other’s work habits and personalities. Additionally, you are concerned whether one particular team member will be able to fit in with the group and, therefore, may need to be replaced by a new team member. Your team is most likely in the Tuckman Ladder phase known as:
- A. Referent
- B. Performing
- C. Conflict driven
- d, Storming
4. You have been assigned to manage a team of 6 people already working on an ongoing project. In addition, three more team members from a branch office in a foreign country are assigned to your team temporarily. How many communication channels are there?
- A. 45
- b. 9
- c. 36
- d. 10
5. Your client has asked you to lead a design and build team for a new power plant in a country in which you have no previous experience. You have accepted the assignment and have assembled the project team. However, while developing the schedule, one of your team members suggests that you advise the client to set aside a special fund for any unforeseeable events due to the lack of experience working in that country. This type of fund is an example of:
- A. Contingency Reserve
- B. Fallback Plan
- C. Risk Response
- D. Management Reserve
- Answer c: Although “collaboration” is the preferred method for solving team conflicts, in the above case, there is no time for this approach. Therefore, you avoid the problem, for now, meet with the client, you then address the issue when there is time. Answer “c” is partially correct, but this method is not known as “compromise.”
- Answer d: since no changes to the contract allowed, that means that you cannot change the budget. Therefore, the only action you can take is to determine what the new “To-Complete-Performance-Index” needs to be through the project’s end and adhere to it.
- Answer d: since the team has obviously not yet coalesced, and t is still early enough where you can consider replacing someone, the stage is “storming.”
- Answer a: You (1), plus six (6) current team members locally, plus three (3) other team members from abroad equal 10 total members. Channels = n(n-1)/2 where “n” represents the number of participants. Therefore, the total number of channels equals 45: 10(9)/2.
- Answer d: the management reserve is a fund that should be used specifically for unknown uncertainties, such as working in a new country where you do not know what to expect.