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PMP Exam Simulator vs Actual PMP exam 1 year 3 months ago #5937

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Hello successful PMP's,
I was hoping that you could let me know your thoughts on the PMP Exam Simulator exam.pm-exam-simulator.com/ vs the Actual PMP exam.

Did you find the actual exam harder than the simulator or easier?

Was it helpful?

Thank you!

PMP Exam Simulator vs Actual PMP exam 1 year 3 months ago #5938

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I used the exam.pm-exam-simulator.com/ in my preparation. After taking as passing the test, I thought its content was spot on. Not too hard or easy.

The actual exam has the added feature of being able to highlight words in the question that stand out to you. I found this to be very helpful.

The month leading up to my test date, I took 2 tests per week from exam.pm-exam-simulator.com.
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PMP Exam Simulator vs Actual PMP exam 1 year 3 months ago #5939

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Hi. I also used exam.pm-exam-simulator.com for my exam prep along with other free online tests. Of all the online exams I did, I found the simulator to be the closest to the real test. For my particular 'flavour' of the real exam, I did find my formula questions a tad easier than the questions presented on the simulator.

The key for me was to read the entire question first and understand what the question was truly asking. Also, take advantage of the full practise exams. This teaches you how to pace yourself and mentally prepare for the long exam.

Best of luck!
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PMP Exam Simulator vs Actual PMP exam 1 year 3 months ago #5940

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Todd,

Can you explain a bit more in detail how this feature works on the real exam:
The actual exam has the added feature of being able to highlight words in the question that stand out to you. I found this to be very helpful.
We're working on a simulator update and can add this feature into the backlog.
Until Next Time,
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PMP Exam Simulator vs Actual PMP exam 1 year 3 months ago #5941

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If I remember correctly, it worked much like MS Word. You highlight the text you want to mark with your mouse (usual text selection methods), then you hit a "Mark" button. You could also "Unmark" it. I don't think you could right click and highlight and highlight the text, you needed to hit the button.

It was helpful.
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PMP Exam Simulator vs Actual PMP exam 1 year 3 months ago #5942

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I recall this feature as well - if I remember correctly, if you click-and-drag text to highlight (like you would to select text in Word or other programs) the text will remain selected even as you navigate from page to page. I don't remember having to mark the highlighted text, rather it would just stay selected until you cleared it. This could be used to highlight, for example, the word "except" or other keywords that were important to the meaning of the question, or other key data you wanted to make sure you factored into your analysis.

This was particularly useful if you marked a question - you could highlight the area that made you confused or raised concerns about your selected answer, then when you returned to review the question later the text would still be highlighted.

As for right-clicking, the thing I remember about that was the ability to x-out an answer choice by right-clicking on it - that made it easier to eliminate obviously wrong choices and narrow your focus when considering the remaining options. Right-clicking a second time would clear the x-out. As with the highlights, this was persistent even when you moved from question to question.

I think both features would be handy to add to the simulator if practical.
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PMP Exam Simulator vs Actual PMP exam 1 year 3 months ago #5943

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I'll also second the comments by Todd and Tracey - the simulator content was a good match for what I saw on the actual exam. The only real exception was that the sprinkling in of a handful of "gotcha" questions that were (according to the answer comments) purposefully not reflective of real exam questions. This made the simulator slightly harder than the real think, in my opinion, but only enough to keep me from getting complacent during your prep work, and that just led to more confidence when I sat for the real thing. I think it was an excellent prep tool and well worth the additional cost (especially as part of the package deal).
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PMP Exam Simulator vs Actual PMP exam 1 year 3 months ago #5945

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For me, I scored lower on the PM Prepcast exam. However, of any exam simulators, testing sites, etc. This was by far the closest to the real thing.
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PMP Exam Simulator vs Actual PMP exam 1 year 3 months ago #6046

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Apologies for bumping up an older thread... but this topic of relative difficulty has become relevant for me.

I finally am taking the exam on Aug 31st. I purchased access to the exam simulator and on July 30th, scored ~71% in exam 1 (basically a test run without much study)and in exam 2 today, I managed to up that to a 81% (been studying for the last 6-7 days). I rushed through these in 2 hrs approximately, given my time constraints. I also scored 79% on the ITTO exam. I felt I was doing ok.

Now, based on some links I saw, I took the Oliver Lehmann 75Q test... and got 61%! A real confidence bubble burster!

Of course, I am running through the results (even the correct ones) to ensure my understanding is better and fully intend to take the other remaining simulator tests. But now I wonder... how much shoud I read in to these scores?

PMP Exam Simulator vs Actual PMP exam 1 year 3 months ago #6047

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Hi Ashwin, I found the simulator to be very similar to the actual exam. You appear to have done very well with that. I don't know how similar the Lehmann exams are to the real thing, but it looks like you should be confident for the exam especially if you fully understand the material...81% is great. Best of luck!

PMP Exam Simulator vs Actual PMP exam 1 year 3 months ago #6049

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Dears

Til now, I attended 4 PMP exam simulator out of total 9 exams and got 71-73%. I am little bit worried. I have booked the final exam on 10 sept 2015. Kindly suggest if any.

PMP Exam Simulator vs Actual PMP exam 1 year 3 months ago #6050

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I agree that the Prepcast Simulator was the closest thing to the real test (a little more difficult at times).

I took a few 10 question quiz's 2 nights before my exam and once I scored 100, that was my last simulation. It helped me mentally going into the actual exam.

You're scores sound like mine and I passed today with 1P and 4MP.

Good Luck

PMP Exam Simulator vs Actual PMP exam 1 year 3 months ago #6051

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Note: I took the test 25 Aug 2015 in Brussels, Belgium and I did not have these features. I am not sure if it is test center specific or not. (I was looking forward to them based on this post).

Not a big deal but it would have been a nice feature on a few questions.

PMP Exam Simulator vs Actual PMP exam 1 year 3 months ago #6052

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Use the My statistics function to find your weak areas.
Look at My domain and note your domain All attempts number 5. Take some 15-20 question quizzes on just that area.
Look at By knowledge area, All attempts number 8, 9, 10. Take some 10-15 question quizzes on these.
After all that, look at the Exam Feedback tab and look at the percentage of how many you answered correctly on First attempts. If you are in the 74% or better range you are on track.

The PMP Exam Simulator is very close to the actual exam. You will feel at home when you take the actual exam. Also don't burn yourself out. A couple of short quizzes every day or two will keep the mind fresh.

PMP Exam Simulator vs Actual PMP exam 1 year 3 months ago #6059

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Appreciate the support, everyone!

And yes, I did and still go through the My Statistics page... and I did take a couple of quizzes today morning and score a P in all of those.

So guess I should just stop being down because of the one test score. (Besides, a bit more of time spent in Google... and I found the Lehmann's test is arguably the most difficult... and a score of 50% or more in that is quite decent. So guess I was not doing too bad myself!)

PMP Exam Simulator vs Actual PMP exam 1 year 3 months ago #6060

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Hi,

i have appeared to exam on Aug; 24th and can tell that the exam simulator is just like the exam. Not more, not less.
I had no features to highlight text or to x-out any options by right click, but doesn't matter at all.
Concentrate on every single question (there is displayed one at a time after another) and walk through the exam.
I had about 40 minutes left after first passing with approx. 20 Questions marked where i am a bit unsure ...
I reworked those 20 Questions, changed just a few and had still 10 Minutes left after that.
I took a deep breathe and hit the end button with 8 Minutes to go ...

Done hte little survey ... wait for some sconds more ... and than ... CONGRATULATIONS! ... :D

Just go for it.

And don't let bully you too much by the Oliver-Questions ... they are the hardest ones out there and they are not really displaying the difficulty in the real exam.
May be i had one or two questions that difficult ... however it depends on your preparation ... ;)

Olivers Questions are a bit "special" and should motivate you to study more and harder .... don't fear it ...

Best of luck!

Regards,

Markus

PMP Exam Simulator vs Actual PMP exam 1 year 3 months ago #6061

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I thought the exam simulator was great preparation for the real exam. If anything, I thought the real exam was a little more casual in it's wording than the simulator. By that I mean the simulator sticks strictly to PMBOK terms such as Project Management Plan.
As for the Oliver Lehmann practice exam. I too was discouraged by my score but a little research showed that it's regarded as harder than the actual exam and my score, graded on a curve ;-), was pretty good. So don't be discouraged by a lower score there, just review what you missed to try to make weaknesses strenghts.
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PMP Exam Simulator vs Actual PMP exam 1 month 2 weeks ago #8596

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Hi,

I am sitting for exam on next Thursday ,So far my results on Pm prepcast simulator is 79.5,83.5,88,85.5,90,86.5 for the first six exams,but still I am worried because, I did not use any other books rather than PMBOK fifth edition, many people says Rita s book is very good,but I have never used such books for reference. Can anyone give some suggestions,.

Thanks
John George

PMP Exam Simulator vs Actual PMP exam 1 month 2 weeks ago #8597

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John,

Do not (worried please. Your scores are very good. The precast simulator and the PMBOK are enough for you to pass. Be concentrated and ficus on correcting your weak aread.

Good luck
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PMP Exam Simulator vs Actual PMP exam 1 month 2 weeks ago #8599

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John,

As a rule of thumb we tell our students, that if you are consistently scoring 80% or more when you take a practice exam for the first time, then that is a good sign of readiness. However, take this with a grain of salt because we are all individuals and your personal readiness may differ. Some students work better on an exam when they know they are under pressure a bit, while other students are more risk averse.

Based on the 80% rule of thumb, and the results that you shared, it sounds like you are well on your way!

We suggest you study your practice exam results as well as your own mental assessment/inventory of your readiness to see if there are specific areas (processes, chapters, PM concepts, calculations, etc.) that you may want to revisit.

I personally did not use Rita's book when I prepared for my exam but many students recommend it. I, of course, highly recommend the PM Prepcast. Time may not permit this as it sounds as if you are close to taking your exam, at a minimum, I suggest that you read through the exam content outline again and make sure you are familiar with all the topics listed.

Best of luck with your preparations.

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PMP Exam Simulator vs Actual PMP exam 1 month 2 weeks ago #8601

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Thank you very much Lazard for your kind feedback and wish.

John George

PMP Exam Simulator vs Actual PMP exam 1 month 1 week ago #8649

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Thanks all for yours kind feedback and support, passed the PMP exam ...

John George :)

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Congratulations John, Welcome to the club :cheer:
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