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TOPIC: What's the difference between Include Exam questions: Yes and No?

What's the difference between Include Exam questions: Yes and No? 4 months 20 hours ago #31125

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I'm currently enrolled in the PMP Exam Simulator Deluxe and upon taking the Timed & Learning Quizzes there is an option to include or exclude the Exam questions. I'm assuming this means the questions from the Premium Exams. If so does that mean the questions that are on the Premium Exams unique and different than the ones from the Quizzes?

What's the difference between Include Exam questions: Yes and No? 4 months 17 hours ago #31126

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Hello Tam and welcome to the Forums.
Until someone who has behind-the-scenes knowledge responds, here is what I gathered from my experience when studying for the PMP using PM Prepcast. I would be happy to be proven wrong by learning from those in the know!

From my understanding, there is a large, single pool of questions from which all the quiz and exam questions are semi-randomly drawn. (The balance of question category is maintained for the exams, so it's clearly not totally random.)
There are a total of four Premium Exams that can be taken (for the first time), meaning a total of 720 questions that can be earmarked to be a user's exam questions. The option to include or exclude exam questions when setting up one's quizzes is to allow candidates to make sure we don't encounter a question first in a quiz, thus making the Premium Exam experience as fresh and challenging as possible. If one wasn't going to take the PM Prepcast exams but just wanted to practise using the quizzes, having the option to see the whole pool of questions within the quizzes would thus be useful.

I was introduced to the PM Prepcast PMP Exam Simulator in a preparation course, where participants were expected to take a certain number of questions per week outside of class and later to take the Exams in the final stages of our personal preparation. The course leader's instruction was to always exclude the exam questions from the quizzes, for the reasons stated above.

When comparing notes with the other course participants over the weeks, it became evident that each person was seeing different questions when taking the exams. Also, some people encountered a particular question in an exam, while others saw it in a quiz.
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What's the difference between Include Exam questions: Yes and No? 4 months 13 hours ago #31128

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Tam,

I'm with Dominic on this one. The Exam Simulator has a large, but finite, pool of questions on which the quizzes and practice exams can draw. Given enough bites at the apple, you will eventually start getting repeat questions or questions that very much look like repeats.

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What's the difference between Include Exam questions: Yes and No? 3 months 4 weeks ago #31133

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Thank you Dominic, your explanation makes sense on why there are 2 question pools.
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