Category: Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam using A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)

Learn How PMP Exam Test You on Project Management Concepts

This tip is intended to tell our readers that they should expect the unexpected in the test questions. For instance one student asked why the technique of "Activity on Arrow" was a question he got on his exam, even though this technique had been removed from A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). My answer was as follows:

The PMBOK® Guide project management conceptsdoesn't contain 100% of the project management concepts and tools that project managers around the world use. As such both AON and AOA are still being used. Also, Project Management Institute (PMI)® clearly says that the Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam will also test you on project management concepts that are not necessarily found in the PMBOK® Guide (but they cleverly omit telling us where we could find these...).

So what is the consequence of all of this? Don't be surprised to find questions on the PMP® exam that are about concepts that are not (or no longer) on the PMBOK® Guide. But don't let that worry you too much. Simply accept that this might be happening, read lessons learned from others so that you can see what might be on the test and do your best as you prepare for the exam.

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