How many ITTO questions on the PMP Exam?


The ITTO (inputs, tools and techniques, outputs) of the PMBOK® Guide is by far one of the most “dreaded” question types of the PMP® Exam. It really takes a great memory to remember all the 600+ ITTOs from the PMBOK® Guide in the PMP® Exam preparation.

Many PMP® aspirants would surely ask themselves: should I remember all the ITTOs?

In my PMP® Exam, there are less than 4 questions about ITTOs (though as the PMP® Exam questions sets are different for different PMP® candidates, you may get more or fewer questions on ITTOs) – which is only 2% of all the PMP® Exam questions. Among those 4 ITTO questions I encountered, only one was asking directly about which is the ITTO for the process. The other three were just kind of related to ITTO, e.g. what would you use for a process at hand. The other questions on my PMP® Exam were mainly situational questions.

As a reference, I passed the PMP® Exam with ‘Proficient’ in Initiation, Planning, Executing, Monitoring & Controlling and ‘Moderately Proficient’ in Closing domain.

As you can see, the PMP® Exam is more about than asking you to apply the project management concepts than to memorize all the facts from the PMP® Exam.

Further reading: PMP® ITTO mindmap (not yet updated) – it is far more efficient to make use of mindmap to remember discrete facts such as ITTOs, this PMP® ITTO mindmap can be downloaded free!

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Edward Chung

Edward Chung aspires to become a full-stack web developer and project manager. In the quest to become a more competent professional, Edward studied for and passed the PMP Certification, ITIL v3 Foundation Certification, PMI-ACP Certification and Zend PHP Certification. Edward shares his certification experience and resources here in the hope of helping others who are pursuing these certification exams to achieve exam success.

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