The second contributing factor for students to pass the PMI-PgMP exam from the first attempt is practicing high-quality exam questions. As I mentioned earlier in the PMI-PgMP study plan, the PMI-PgMP exam questions are different than college and school exams! They are very objective, your ability to recognize and deal with each type of questions will increase your chances passing the exam from the first trial. You should expect questions from the following types:
Situational Based Questions. The most difficult type of questions in the PMI-PgMP exam, such type of questions will test your ability to apply the theoretical knowledge you learnt into real life examples and applications in managing portfolio activities in the context of portfolio management. Usually they are tricky and long, it involves a lot of reading and therefor it will consume time. It’s important to recognize the important part of the question in order not to waste time, the other challenging part of this type of questions is that the four options might look acceptable, you should select the best answer.
Definition Based Questions. The simplest type of questions, there are important terms you need to be aware of for the exam, those questions will ask you about the definition of a specific portfolio management term or will define the term in the question and ask you to select the term the question is defining from the four options.
Interpretational Questions. This type will give you a description of a situation and ask you about the best options to take. Here is an example of a situational based question that you might encounter in your exam. Example: Program A has been cancelled. Program B relies on benefits achieved from two of the projects within Program A. Management is transferring those two projects into Program B so they can be completed. The two projects are 50% and 70% complete respectively. The projects use a different set of reporting methods, standards and tools from Program A. Which of the following is the best option for the program manager of Program B to pursue? A. Train Program A project managers and their teams in Program B’s standards, and implement the changes necessary to have the two new projects perform the same as other projects within Program B. B. Assign experienced project managers from Program B to the two projects to bring them into compliance with the program requirements in the shortest time and simplest fashion. C. Allow the existing protocol from Program A to continue through the duration of the two projects, minimizing disruption to their efforts. D. Determine gains from consistency to determine the best results. Advise the Program Steering committee of their decision.
It’s important to practice all types of questions listed above before you go for the real PMI-PfgMP exam, it’s also important to practice simulated tests within a time frame of four hours. The online market is full of simulated tests, and I have created a course on where I put 510 questions together divided into three simulated exams, all are based on the PMI standard for program management fourth edition and structured as per the PMI-PgMP exam content outline including all question types stated above. My mock exams are to be carried out in a simulated environment like the real exam with a timer. You can pause the test in between and you are allowed to re-take the test later. Your test will resume from where you left, but the test time will be reduced by the amount of time you've taken in the previous attempt. Those simulated PMI-PgMP exams may be used in several ways, if you take it as a final, you will get a very good idea how you would do if you walked right in to take the PMI-PgMP exam. In that way, it can be a very good readiness indicator, use this exam again and again to practice before you go for the real exam. A passing score of this exam is 136 out of 170, which is 80%, I advise you repeat this exam more than one tie until you reach a score of not less than 90%, you can enroll here for those simulated tests for a price of $89.
How to know if you are ready for the real exam?
By checking your test scores in the mock tests you will go through, you can check your readiness for the exam. Doing some surveys and from my own experience preparing students for the exam, practicing those three tests and other high-quality tests while getting a score of 80% and above in each from the first time will make your chances to pass the PMI-PgMP exam from the first trial very high. The best in the course above that you will find detailed explanations for each question, you need to give attention for those explanations, as passing through them will be considered as a review for the PMI-PgMP exam content.
Rest assure that I wrote the mock exams questions few days after I passed my PMI-PgMP exam, so I guarantee you seeing a lot of my questions in the real PMI-PgMP exam. At the end, in the PMI-PgMP exam a pass is a pass, the PMI-PgMP certificate you will receive will not show your scores, whether you score all moderately proficient, proficient, or even below. While you are practicing questions to prepare for the PMI-PgMP exam, try the same exam 2 or 3 times is often good for practice, but if you would like to assess whether you are exam ready, remember to evaluate only with your first-time results.
Need more mock tests?
The online market is full of exam simulators; i searched the internet and below I am listing some of the most popular ones.
This course includes 255 questions covering the most important ideas for the PgMP real exam. The questions of this course cover all the five performance domains (program strategy alignment, program life cycle, benefits management, stakeholders engagement, and program governance). You can have a look at the course description through the link here, and it is available for purchase for a price of $59.99.
Designed for mid- or senior-level project managers, this course will hone your skills in managing multiple projects and aligning program activities with business goals without compromising on speed, quality and efficiency. You’ll learn PMI’s five program management performance domains, including program strategy alignment, lifecycle management, stakeholder engagement, benefits management, and governance. You can have a look at the course description through the link here, and it is available for purchase for a price of $239.99.
Simplilearn is offering a free access to one PgMP simulation exam. With the PgMP exam, you can check how well you have prepared for your project management exam. Test yourself on management domains like strategy alignment and stakeholder alignment with these PgMP sample questions. The PgMP exam can help you weed gaps in your knowledge and help build on your strong ones. The paper is free of cost and can be taken multiple times.