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How to deal with tricky questions 4 years 1 month ago #18904

  • Alex Reyes
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Reviewing the questions that I have gotten wrong after taking the Prepcast mock exams (and other simulators for that matter), I realized that I have been second guessing myself with the answers. Constantly throughout the exercise, I'm thinking, "The answer couldn't be this easy. Obviously there's more to this question". So I waste time dissecting every word of the question picking out the tricky wording, which then runs down the clock, resulting in a rushed exam experience. Sure enough after checking the answer, I was right the first time. This has happened in several instances. With an extremely high failure rate (or so I've read), I don't think PMI will let their flagship exam to be conquered that easily, despite a large number of aspirants that have passed.

On the actual exam and mock tests, how does everyone deal with this and prevent the second guessing?
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How to deal with tricky questions 4 years 1 month ago #18926

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Hello Alex,

Totally understand what you are going through right now, and I think most people who used Prepcast and passed the exam could relate.

Quite the contrary, I don't think the PMP exam includes many trick questions at all. The exam, however, requires you to know your study materials well in a timely manner. What you are reading an exam question, you have to know what role you are in, knowledge area(s) that you have to apply, and the tool/technique/process that follows. Once you master that, you will notice it takes less and less time to answer a question.

My advise is, keep practicing on the exam simulator, review the study materials, and read up on some of the lessons learned. You will notice your progress very shortly.
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