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How to Answer PMP Exam Questions to Pass the PMP® Exam?

Blue Exam Score Sheet - Depositphotos 8107033 XSHow would you feel if you fail the PMP Exam by just one question? Avoid this by using your exam time wisely. Here is one such strategy:

Read and re-read all questions.
In the PMP exam, you have 230 minutes to go through 180 questions. The computer-based test has two built-in 10-minute breaks. The first break is given after 60 questions; the second break is given after 120 questions. It is up to the aspirant whether to take the 1st break, the 2nd break, or both breaks, and whether or not to take the entire break(s) or part of it. You will not be allowed to review or change your answers to questions before the break. In other words, you have roughly 76 minutes to go through 60 questions.

If you manage your time well, you should have adequate time to go through all the questions set before you. During this first pass, you will probably not know all answers to all questions. That's OK because that's what the "mark" feature is for. Use it to mark the questions you are unsure about, and then use the remaining time to review all those questions in detail that have stumped you at first.

Another strategy is to concentrate on the more straightforward questions first (those that you feel you'll find the correct answers for quickly) and then come back for the more challenging questions in your second pass. In this way, if you are confronted with a particularly puzzling question, you will simply mark it and move on to the next. Many test-takers report that sometimes, a succeeding question provides a clue or gives you the "nudge" that you need to figure out the difficult ones you have skipped.

Remember also that some questions will appear to have two correct answers. In this case, you have to answer the question by trying to think like the PMBOK® Guide. So if you have studied and understood the concepts from your PMBOK® Guide, there is not much to fear before going into the exam room. And don't be surprised to come across questions that are framed in an unusual way or use terms that are unfamiliar to you. In these cases, the examiners want to know that you understand the processes rather than just memorized them.

Last but not least: Remember to check, check and check again that you have answered all the questions. Make sure not a single one of them is unanswered. There is no penalty for answering a question incorrectly. So go ahead and guess on those questions where you have no idea. Who knows... that might just be the question that lets you see "Pass" instead of "Fail" on the screen.

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