How to Know if You Are Ready for the PMP Exam ? Hint: Free PMP Mock Exam Questions w/w Benchmark

PMP Exam Tips and Free Study Resources: here is a list of quality PMP mock exams I have taken which are very similar to the real PMP Exam!

PMP Mock Exams - free PMP exam questions and paid options

Hi fellow Aspirants, if you have just begun your PMP® journey and would like to learn more about the PMP® Certification Exam,  exam prep and cost-saving tips, please visit my PMP® Exam guidance page here. Most of the materials and info given out in my website are free of cost (excluding the recommended courses/books/mock exams to be purchased from 3rd-party publishers which I have made use of during my PMP® Exam journey).

How Useful Are PMP® Mock Exams in the Estimation of Your Exam Readiness for the Real PMP® Exam?

Every Aspirants would like to pass the PMP® Exam in first try, won’t they? That’s why being fully prepared for the actual exam is one of the top priorities any PMP® students would like to achieve before actually taking the exam (who would like to go through the whole 4-hour exam ordeal once again?!).

That’s why one of the most frequent question Aspirants will ask is: am I exam-ready (i.e. can I write the exam now or later)? It is NOT ONLY a waste of time and money if you take the actual exam when you are still not ready yet, think of the enormous pressure you have to endure sitting 4 hours before the screen and 15 seconds of the blank screen for the result to appear at the end of the exam. ALL Aspirants would like to pass the exam in the first attempt without having to go through it again!

But, how to tell if you are actually ready for the PMP® exam (i.e. how to know if you can pass the real PMP® Exam on the first attempt)?

According to the experience of many exam takers, quality mock exams (simulators/exam banks) help a lot, especially if the mock exams are to be carried out in a simulated environment with a timer similar to the real exam! This is one of the top tips I would offer to fellow aspirants!

I searched the internet a lot for my exam prep in the hope of finding the best mock exams. Below is the list of suggested free PMP® sample exam questions for aspirants to test their exam readiness. And I find the results are a pretty good indicator for the actual exam performance. From the feedback I received, many Aspirants share the same experience too! Best of all, they are FREE!

Note: I passed the exam with 4 Above Targets and 1 Target, here is my study tips, free resources and study notes (updated for the current PMP® Exam ).

How Useful Are these PMP® Mock Exams for the new PMP® Exam in 2020?

The lessons learned of Monika Sharma, PMP® and many others tell us that these mock exams are still very useful to test your PMP® knowledge in 2020 and beyond (of course, it is highly advisable to purchase additional mock exam questions banks [e.g. PM Exam Simulator –my first-hand review of the PMP® Exam Simulator can be found here] that contains questions based on the current PMP® Exam version).

The list of free quality mock PMP® Exam questions below have been updated for the PMP® Exam in 2020.


List of Free Quality Mock PMP® Exam Questions for 2020

Note: the following list has been / will be updated for the NEW PMP® Exam (based on PMBOK® Guide 6th edition)

List of Free Sample Questions / Test Questions Bank for the new PMP® Exam 2020
No.Question BanksQuestion No.My First-time Results
1Oliver Lehmann (Online)100Q80%
2Free PM Exam Simulator (Free 7-day Trial)20Q85%
3Simplilearn Free PMP® Mock Exam
4Oliver Lehmann (Downloadable PDF)175Q82.8%
5Edwel Mock Exam75Q85%
6PM Study Mock Exam (discontinued)200Q79%
7GreyCampus Mock Exam200Q83%

Note: After my exam, I have posted my top tips on EVM questions with many mock exam questions that would be useful to Aspirants finding EVM questions difficult. Hope this will be useful for you too!

Remark: please note that the Oliver Lehmann downloadable PDF mock exam is considered more difficult than the rest of the exams on the list. Don’t be discouraged if you cannot score over 75% on this one alone. Experiences from fellow Aspirants have proved that you can pass even with 75% or over in Oliver Lehmann downloadable PDF mock exam as it asks for additional knowledge from other project management books (the answer explanations often cite other reference titles of the exam than the PMBOK® Guide).

As a benchmark, I passed the PMP® Exam on the first try with the following results:

My Proficiency Levels according to Domains
Domain Name“Proficiency” Performance Level“Target” Performance Level (Estimated)
 Initiation Proficient Above Target
 Planning Proficient Above Target
 Executing Proficient Above Target
 Monitoring and Controlling Proficient Above Target
 Closing Moderately Proficient Target

I hope that the information provided above may serve as a benchmark for your estimation of your exam results. These exams are absolutely free (though some require registration) and are more than enough for your mock exam needs if you can score anywhere above 80% in the first attempt. All the questions are of very high qualities and the explanations to the answers are very detailed. If you are tight on exam budget, just exploit the above free PMP® exam questions for your exam success!

And from the feedback of many Aspirants (you may read some of those from the comments below), it is proved that the list and the benchmarks from the PMP® mock exams listed above are still relevant to aspirants nowadays. And best of all, they are mostly free, why not try them before the actual exam?

Other free resources on this website:


How to know if you are ready for taking the real PMP® exam? – by looking at your mock exam results!

As a rule of thumb proposed by many prep books and materials, if you can consistently score above 75% for all mock exam questions you have tackled for the first time, it is safe to say that you stand a very high chance of passing the PMP® exam.

This has been tested with numerous Aspirants and this is true most of the time. If you can score over 75% on quality mock exams, you are ready to sit for the exam now!

Yes, a pass is a pass in the exam as the certificate will not disclose whether you score all moderately proficient or proficient. At the time of my preparation, I would like to dig deeper in order to understand how my mock exam results correlate with the actual “proficiency level” of the exam.

That’s why I wrote this post for fellow Aspirants. Above is the list of free/cheap exam questions I have tackled during my preparation for the PMP® Exam and my first-time results for those sample exams. Trying 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.

Though the practice exams listed above are free, the quality is superb. If you are already well prepared for the exam, you can just rely on the free resources below to help you pass the certification exam without difficulties.

All these practice questions / simulators come with answers and detailed explanations for each mock exam question. It is highly advisable for Aspirants to read all the answer explanations for every mock exam questions (not matter you get the answer right or wrong) in order to discover any knowledge gaps in your exam study.

Normally Aspirants will only read the answer explanations for those questions they have got wrong. However, reading every answers and explanation for mock exams / simulators is just like giving you another chance to go over the PMBOK® Guide or other exam prep guides. I know this would take a much long time but this exam prep strategy has helped me a lot for my passing the PMP® exam in first attempt.

This is the remarks of a visitor of this website, Sita Tangirala, who made use of the benchmark results to “forecast” the real exam results:

I tried my best to get your scores during my mock exams, bought PM Exam Simulator but only wrote 3 tests got 76-80% in them, then Head First got 76%, then Oliver’s 175 I got 64%. Yesterday I compared my results to your scores (which I got around 5 to 10% less) and I though I might be getting moderately proficient in all the areas. Today I wrote the exam. I passed with 4 MPs and a below proficient in planning (yes, one can pass the PMP® Exam with 1 or 2 below proficient rating). Based on my experience, your mock scores are really a very good benchmark to analyse the individual performance in the real exam.

If you still have any queries on the exam, do feel free to ask me by leaving your comments below and I will attend to your questions as soon as possible.


Need More PMP® Practice / Sample Questions / Test Banks beyond the Free PMP® Mock Exams?

However, if you are still not sure and would like to get more hands-on experience to be better prepared for the real PMP® exam (just like me!), you might like to check out the PM Exam Simulator with 8 FULL PMP® sample exams (1600 questions).

The unique feature of the PMP® Exam Simulator allowing you to discuss with a qualified Trainer on any questions from within the simulator alone justifies the cost  (my review of the PMP® Exam Simulator 2.0 here).

The PM Exam Simulator is created by the publisher of the PM PrepCast™ (which I used to prepare my exam successfully). The quality of the sample exam question bank is very good and has been thoroughly updated for the latest PMBOK® Guide. The user interface looks much like that of the real exam and the level of difficulties is somewhat on par with real exam questions (some said it is a bit more difficulty). So, after tackling these 8 full sample exams in addition to the free PMP® practice exam questions provided above, you will be more confident in taking the real exam!

Wish you PMP® success!

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41 Responses

  1. Kenny says:

    Hi Edward,

    I passed the PMP exam yesterday.

    Thank you for your information from the website, the mock exam provided a good environments for practise, and the PrepCast Exam Simulator is a useful tools for preparation and evaluation. Highly recommended


  2. JD says:

    I used your mock exam list and other info on your website and it worked out very well.
    Thanks for putting together such good material.

    I studied hard and I literally laughed my way through the exam util the score screen: five ATs on first attempt and global result in the high area of the AT band.
    Extremly satisfied as I studied it all by myself with books and material found online. No coach, no prep course, and English is not even my first language.

    For all you guys out there…you can do it!
    Just study very hard and take mock exams as they were the real thing.
    No shortcuts, no tricks, no excuses. Just know your stuff well enough you can teach it to your pet.
    Don’t believe who tells you to ignore PMBOK and ITTOs.
    Don’t be satisfied until you get 90%+ on your first attempt of any 200Q mock exam.
    You don’t want to just pass, you want to smash it!

    I studied approx 300 hours in 8 weeks of daily intensive preparation, plus 10 mock exams with an average of 84%.
    And as I said on the day of the exam I was laughing my way through the 200 questions.
    I had only 4-5 questions where I had absolutely no clue which answer to pick and another 8-10 where I had to take an educated guess between two options.

  3. Anonymous says:

    You made some first rate factors there. I looked on the web for the difficulty and found most people will associate with along with your website.

  4. Kyle says:

    This website was a great resource while studying for the PMP exam. After earning my PDUs and exhausting the exam questions I had through that program I used the free mock exams listed on this website as well as the explanations for the commonly confused terms. I scored very similarly to Edward on the mock exams, maybe 2 or 3% less on average and I passed the PMP exam with above target in every process group yesterday. I particularly recommend both of the Oliver Lehmann mock exams. Don’t forget to study every question; not just the ones you got wrong!

  5. Vinay Sharma says:

    I used the exams listed for my final leg of preparation. Sincere thanks for listing these exams and also sharing your scores…you kimd of became my study partner. I scored 2 to 3 percent points behind you witj ocassional flip in the otherside.

    Anyways I gave my PMP exam yesterday and cracked the exam with 5 ATs. Your page (especially this one) and others were constant reference and proved to be one of the key factors for my success.

  6. Deepak Pisharody says:

    Hello Edward, I came across this page towards the end of my PMP preparation just when I was looking for mock exams to determine if I’m ready to give my exam. The various question banks along with your benchmark scores did greatly help me to make that decision and also to find the gaps in my study. Finally, on 30-May-20 i cleared the exam on my first attempt.
    Can’t thank you enough for investing lot of time in developing such a well structured repository. During my study, i did learn about few other quality mock exams (mostly paid ones) through reviews, but to consolidate something like this for free is truly a wonderful and inspiring gesture. Once again, thank you!

  7. Aman Khan says:

    Could someone please help me find the link to the 200 practice questions that PMI gives for free

  8. Jokia says:

    Hi Edward,

    Thank you so much for this wonderful website.
    I self-studied for the PMP exam and I was so confused to those terms in PMBOK in the beginning. After reading your notes and trying free exams, I learned the key concepts for this exam. I scored around 85% in your list of free exams. I got 5 ATs in my PMP exam. Thanks!

  9. Shilpi Gupta says:

    Thank you for your amazing guidance and the positivity, Edward. I cleared the exam on 8th May’2020. 🙂

  10. Golfreto Toile says:

    Hello Edward,

    Have been an occasional visitor to your site. Thanks for the useful info. Appreciate it.

    I have taken a few mock tests including the ones you have put up on your page here. My scores are somewhat similar to yours. A small variation of +/-2%. I just finished Oliver 200 PDF and got 161 right. However, I am still not confident about me taking the test. I feel my concepts are not developed yet and my scores are by fluke. I have been relying heavily on my ability to eliminate wrong answers and applying a bit of common sense.

    Do you think I should be investing on paid mock exams? Or my practice is sufficient. Please advise.

    • Thanks for your sharing. I would say confidence is one of the vital element of exam success. Your score is already quite good and you stand a high chance to pass the PMP Exam in first try. However, if you are not confident enough yet, I would agree with your suggestion to attempt more mock exams until you can consistently get over 75%-80%. Wish you PMP success!

  11. Shilpi Gupta says:

    Hi Edward,
    Many thanks for the detailed post, it is really helpful.
    I had purchased the Prepcast simulator and so far attempted 4 mock exams. Scoring between 85 to 90% in all of these except one in which I had scored 78%. In Oliver Lehmann’s 100 free questions also, I scored 84%. My average score for Scordo exams (from 1000 question pdf) is also around 85%.

    But I am scoring rather poorly (between 70-75%), on the free 200 questions that PMI gives.

    I have scheduled my exam for 8th May’20 and really worried due to the results I am getting on the PMI sample exam.

    What advice would you give? Should I ignore the score on PMI sample exam or is it a more important indicator than any other exam?

    • Hi Shilpi,

      Your scores are quite good indeed. You stand a high chance to pass the PMP Exam in your first try! Actually 70-75% is quite a good score indeed.

      Can’t wait to hear your good news!

  12. Edward Mombo says:

    Hello Edward
    I am scheduled to write my PMP exam on 24 April and I am just trying to study on my own which makes it quite difficult. I do have a broad understanding of project management having been managing projects for 5 years. I am certified in Prince 2. How should I prepare for my exam and how can you help me?

  13. Yusra says:

    GreyCampus free test is no more available. Just wanted to flag this to you so you could update your guide if you wanted to. I am preparing for the exam and will be taking it in the last week of March 2020. Your blog has been very useful. Fingers crossed.

  14. Sharon says:

    Thank you so much for your work, it was very helpful in preparing me for the PMP exam which I took on Monday, and passed with Above Target in all 5 Domain. I used your page everyday in my studies and also did the recommend mock exams …more than once, which were extremeky helpful. Thank you!

  15. Paul says:

    Thank you for sharing this information! I just passed the PMP and your information definitely contributed to my success. Thank you so much for sharing your information and insights.

  16. spoorthi shridhar says:

    Hello Edward,

    I’m happy to let you know that I cleared my PMP today with 4 above targets and one target!

    Your notes helped me a lot! Although I had scored 5-10% lesser than you in all those mock tests!

    Thanks a ton for helping people out

  17. Nawaf says:

    Hi sir i want to ask if i can take the exam in another language because must of the people say to me you have take it in ehglish .. what do you think and thank you

    • Yes, you can choose the “language aids” in your preferred language while registering for the PMP Exam. The “language aids” are provided free of charge.

      Wish you PMP success!

  18. Piotr J. says:

    Hi Edward!

    I passed my PMP exam (6th edition) a few days ago on my first try. It took me 6 weeks to prepare. During this period, I visited your site several times, and I wanted to thank you for providing all these materials.

    I appreciate the tremendous effort you put into creating this repository. It presents high content quality, and it’s cohesive. Thanks much!

    A couple of learnings from my learning&exam experience:

    It took me ~6 weeks to prepare for the exam + ~2 weeks of planning. I submitted my application in late November 2019. For the first two weeks, I was planning my learning schedule and collecting materials. Then I started the learning process.
    It continually lasted from Dec. 14, 2019, to Jan. 31, 2020. I had 5 “days off” (Christmas, New Year Eve, wife’s birthday celebration:). I took an exam on Feb. 1st. 2020

    I am a project manager, it’s my job. The PMP issues were not new for me, however, it’s a common opinion that a practical experience not always helps during PMP certification. I strongly agree:)

    I didn’t have a special 35hrs prep course. I earned my points in different professional pieces of training (mainly in 2013 and 2014). It was enough to sign up for the PMP exam.

    During my planning period, I collected five books:

    – PMBOK 6th Edition
    – The PMP® Exam: How to Pass on Your First Try by Andy Crowe
    – PMP® Exam Prep Simplified: The Easy Guide by Andrew N Ramdayal
    – Head First PMP® by Andrew Stellman
    – PMP® Exam Prep by Rita Mulcahy

    Finally, I ended up reading with A. Crowe and A. Ramadayal. I read these two books at the same time – one chapter from one book + quick test, then the corresponding section in the other book + quick test. It was effective for me. As a support, I checked PMBOK Guide sporadically.

    I didn’t like Head First. I am a visual learner; however, this handbook seemed to be too trivial and not useful for the PMP exam. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to understand PMBOK, but not necessarily pass the exam. I wouldn’t say I liked Rita’s handbook as well. There is nothing wrong with it, I was not too fond of her language.

    As a review, I used this ( website. It was handy and allowed me to recap the material on the last stage. Especially I appreciated sections: 47 Commonly Confused Terms with a detailed explanation, EVM explanation, the glossary and tips before the exam.

    During the week before my exam, I did four mockups:

    – 200q by A. Crowe
    – 200q by Ramdayal
    – 200q by Oliver Lehmann
    – 100q by Oliver Lehmann

    I had an average result of ~72%.

    I completed those tests simulating exam conditions. I had 4hr for each so that I was able to assess the average time need for one question (’60 sec. in my case). It helped me as well to plan brakes. I decided to have one brake after 110 questions.

    After completing each test, I precisely analyzed results and review areas where I made the most mistakes. Then I was looking for supporting materials in sources like this website.
    And it worked.

    To conclude, I can confirm what other project managers say – it’s a really tough exam. It requires plenty of time and a good strategy. It’s doable in 6-8 weeks:)

  19. Antoine Wann says:

    Thx for your works, it helps a lot for my exam preparation !!! not only this article but the whole site.

    I tried one of the free test and I’m surprised by one answer. See below.
    I choose answer (A) but apparently it’s wrong.
    Could you help me understand my mistake?

    70.In which process of Project Risk Management knowledge area are numeric values assigned to probabilities and impact of risks
    a. Perform Qualitative Risk Analysis
    b. Perform Quantitative Risk Analysis
    c. Perform Numeric Risk Analysis
    d. Plan Risk Response

    INCORRECT: b. A numeric value is assigned to risks impact and probability during the Quantitative Risk Analysis process.

    from the Edwel Mock Exam