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Question on the PMP Exam Simulator 9 months 2 weeks ago #29279

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Hi Cornelius,

Great job on coming up with the exam simulator! I do hope that it's as close as it can get to the actual PMP exams which I will be taking next Tuesday. I've taken numerous Timed and Learning quizzes, including PMP Exam 1 (2x) today, for a total of 698 questions. I do have a question though about the PMP Exam simulator though, especially after taking PMP Exam 1 (failed on the first attempt and passed on the 2nd try). I failed on the first try (54%). I reviewed all the questions where I got the answers wrong. I decided to re-take PMP Exam 1 again and as expected, I passed it with a score of 88.3%. I was expecting when I re-took PMP Exam 1, it would be a different pool of questions altogether, but instead, it was the same questions all over again. Having a different pool of questions would have challenged my thinking rather than falling into the trap of 'remembering' the answers (after reading the explanations where I got the answers wrong). So my question is, what was the purpose of having the same set of questions for PMP Exam 1 on the 2nd attempt when after reading the explanations for the incorrect answers, the tester would easily 'remember' what the answer was rather than understanding what the question is all about. I plan to take the other PMP Exams in the next two days and hopefully I get a higher score on my first try. Here's hoping that this will help me in my journey of passing the PMP exams next week.

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JVS

Question on the PMP Exam Simulator 9 months 2 weeks ago #29280

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Joel,

Glad you like the simulator, but it looks like you expected something different regarding Exams 1-4. Let me explain:

Our simulator has two separate questions pools: (a) A pool with 4 pre-defined exams and (b) a pool with over 1,300 questions for quizzes.

In other words, Exams 1, 2, 3, and 4 are specifically designed to mimic the exam in terms of the number of questions and the percentages of the People (42%), Process (50%) and Business (8%) domains. Each of these exams is also designed so that they are roughly the same difficulty. In this way you can practice 4 exams under real-life exam conditions. The fact that you didn't pass it on the first try (54%) shows you that you are not ready for the real exam.

A good approach for you would now be the following steps:
- Review your results for Exam 1 in detail and understand why you got them wrong. My tip is always to spend at least the same amount of time reviewing as you did in taking the exam
- Continue your studies and test yourself by doing quizzes from the second pool
- Once you feel ready, then take exam 2

Exams 1-4 will always have the same questions (by design and intent) because on the real PMP exam you "get one chance to beat it". And these 4 simulator exams do exactly that.
Until Next Time,
Cornelius Fichtner, PMP, CSM
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Question on the PMP Exam Simulator 9 months 2 weeks ago #29283

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I also thought Exam 1-4 would have different set of questions. And, it would also make sense to not to see the same ones over and over again. I would say using same pool of 180 questions four times will surely improve my score in subsequent attempts, but that would not be a good way of measuring my readiness for the real Test.
please think about it Cornelius.

Question on the PMP Exam Simulator 9 months 1 week ago #29288

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NanR

Just to be clear: Exams 1-4 all have totally different questions. To be precise

Exam 1 has 180 questions that are different from Exams 2, 3 and 4
Exam 2 has 180 questions that are different from Exams 1, 3 and 4
Exam 3 has 180 questions that are different from Exams 1, 2 and 4
Exam 4 has 180 questions that are different from Exams 1, 2 and 3

So if you go through all 4 exams, you will see 180 different/new questions in each exam. So a total of 720 questions.
Until Next Time,
Cornelius Fichtner, PMP, CSM
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