Are You PMP Exam Ready? List of 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!

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Here is a list of quality PMP mock exam simulators I have taken which are very similar in difficulty and format to the real PMP Exam - a reliable indicator of whether you can pass the PMP Exam!

PMP Mock Exams - free PMP exam questions and paid options

Note to Aspirants: If you have just begun your PMP® journey and would like to learn more about the exam and preparation for exam prep and cost saving tips, please visit my detailed sharing here.

How Useful Are PMP® Mock Exams?

One of the most frequent question Aspirants will ask is: am I exam ready (i.e. can I write the exam now)? 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 blank screen for the result to appear at the end of the exam. Aspirants would like to pass the exam in first attempt without having to go through it again.

But, how to tell if you are PMP® exam ready (i.e. how to know if you can pass in the first attempt)? According to the experience of many exam takers, quality mock exams help a lot, especially if the mock exams are to be carried out in a simulated environment similar to the real exam with a timer.

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.

Note: I passed the exam with 4 Proficient and 1 Moderately Proficient, here is my study tips, free resources and study notes.


List of Free Quality Mock PMP® Exam Questions

List of Free Sample Questions / Test Questions Bank
No. Question Banks Question No. My First-time Results
1 Oliver Lehmann (Online) 75Q 80%
2 HeadFirst PMP® Mock Exam 200Q 87%
3 Free PM Exam Simulator (Free 7-day Trial) 90Q in total 85%
4 Simplilearn Free PMP® Mock Exam
200Q 80%
5 Oliver Lehmann (Downloadable PDF) 175Q 82.8%
6 Edwel Mock Exam 75Q 85%

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).

In the real exam taken on 7 Nov, 2013, I passed in the first try with the following proficiency levels:

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

PMI has recently updated the results presentation of the PMP® and CAPM® exams. Proficient / Moderately Proficient / Below Proficient are replaced by Above Target / Target / Below Target / Needs Improvement where (roughly) Above Target = Proficient & Target = Moderately Proficient. Below Target / Needs Improvement mean NOT passing.

I hope that the information above may serve as a benchmark for your estimation of your exam results. These exams are absolutely free (though some requires registration) and are more than enough for your mock exam needs if you can score anywhere above 80% in first attempt.

All the questions are of very high qualities and the explanations to the answers are very detailed. A point to note is that the fourth one (HeadFirst PMP® Mock Exam) is still based on the 4th edition of PMBOK® Guide at the moment but nearly all questions are relevant to the 5th edition exam.

If you are tight on exam budget, just exploit the above free PMP® exam questions for your exam success!

Other free resources on this website:


How to know if you are ready for the real exam?

– by looking at your mock examination questions 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 explanations 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 here and I will attend to your questions as soon as possible.

Wish you PMP® success!


Need More PMP® Practice / Sample Questions / Test Banks?

However, if you would like to get more hands-on experience to be better prepared for the real PMP® exam, you might like to explore the PM Exam Simulator for US$125 dollars with 9 FULL PMP® sample exams (1800 questions). The unique feature of 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 PMBOK® Guide 5th Edition. The user interface looks much like that of the real exam and the level of difficulties is somewhat on par with real exam questions. So, after tackling these 9 full sample exams in addition to the free PMP® practice exam questions provided above, you will be more confident in taking the real exam.



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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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  1. Ansar says:

    Hi Edward, I got Needs Improvement in Intiating & Execution please advise me how should i prepare in this two

  2. Umar iftikhar says:

    Passed PMP Exam with Above Target Grade, date 19/02/2018

    Hello Edward, I passed my exam on the first attempt with Above Target Grade. I would like to thank you for all your efforts in managing this website and useful information you provided especially confusing terms, brief summary section and exam resources.

    As a good Project Manager, I would like to provide my lessons learnt as follows (in terms of importance).

    1. Real Exam Day and Exam Contents:

    i) Please take a good sleep before the exam. In my opinion, your performance on actual PMP exam will be decreased by 30% if you did not have a good sleep before the exam.

    ii) I read somewhere, that PMI generates 200 random questions from the pool of 10,000 questions so don’t consider if one person is getting more questions on risk management, you will get the same.

    iii) In my opinion, the real exam was much more difficult than any simulation test (PM Training, PM Exam Simulator etc.). In these simulators, I always managed to knock down 2-3 choices easily but in the real exam, it was not the scenario (maybe because of real exam pressure). There are more question with 2-3 confusing options.

    iv) Practice full exam at least 3 times before the real exam. keep in mind you will have 3 hours and 45 minutes to solve 200 questions because normally persons take 2 breaks. to get to the restroom and come back will take at least 8 minutes because of security checks.

    v) Don’t finish the start tutorial before the designated time. Although you can’t write it on the sheets but take those extra 7-8 minutes to make your mind for the exam and to make yourself believe that your 4 hours of concentration will earn you a well deserving and vastly recognized certification.

    vi) I heard from many people that almost 75% of questions are situational based but in my case, i can say with assurance that almost 170 questions were situation based and I received only 5 numerical questions and 3 questions on network diagram where you have to draw it separately for each question.
    There was no single question, directly asking input or output. However, it was disguised in situation based questions to select correct Input or output.

    vii) As mentioned earlier, everyone gets a different type of questions, in my case, I get 8 questions where the correct answer was Pareto Diagrams. I got the most questions on Lessons learnt topics, Perform quality assurance, risk management Knowledge Area and Integration Management Area.

    Simulation Exam Results:

    My simulation exam results were as follows:

    Oliver Lehman 175 questions: 76 %
    PM Study 200 questions: 84 %
    SimpliLearn:74 %
    PM Exam Simulator: 80%
    Edward Mock Exam: 84%
    PM Training – Christopher Scordo: Average score of 10 exams (87%)

    PS: Oliver Lehmann exam and Simpli Learn Exam was taken after reading 1 time PMBOK and 1 time Rita. Other exams were taken in last 10 days before Exam.

    Recommendation for the simulator:

    i) Oliver Lehman 175 question was the closest to the exam in terms of difficulty. I recommend buying 553 questions of Oliver Lehmann by paying around 3 pounds extra

    ii) In order to get the real feel of exam questions (not answers), you can buy PM Training simulator or PM prep cast simulator but answer options in real PmP exam were more difficult.

    These simulators help you to identify the week areas to work on by providing you with the real trend of your performance.

    BooKS and Notes:

    1. PMBOK
    2. Rita
    3. Handmade notes.
    4. Edward confusing terms notes.
    5. Edwards summary notes

    I prepare my on handmade notes to note that my knowledge gaps.

    Some important topics:

    1. Rita page 140 about how to manage changes is very very important. You will select at least 20-25 questions if you know and understand this page.
    2. 7 basis Quality Tools
    3. Quantitative Risk analysis tools
    4. Sequence/Activities of Closing Project
    5. Rita Planning Activities MaP (Rita mentioned in the correct order) follow that and you will correct 5-6 questions
    6. Control Procurements with relation to Change Management

    Apologies for being so descriptive but I believe it will help my fellow aspirants.

    Best Regards


  3. Kris says:

    Hello Together,

    I am delighted to inform about achieving my PMP yesterday with Above Target in all 5 process groups. I wish to express my gratitude to Edward and others for contributing to this website. It really helped me in the days nearing my exam date. Edward’s notes and confusing terms explanations are very nice.
    I invested 50 days effort, including 4 days classroom training for PDUs.

    Preparation –

    1. Started with Head First and completed the final exam at the end of the book.
    2. Simultaneously read Rita Mulcahy and PMBOK.
    3. Solved chapter end questions from Andy Crowe.
    4. Revised PMBOK and prepared notes.

    Detailed results in practice exams –

    1 Head First 165 200 82.50%
    2 Oliver Lehmann (pdf) 121 175 69.14%
    3 Oliver Lehmann (online) 47 75 62.67%
    4 Fastrack Super PMP 120 200 60%
    5 Simpli Learn 150 200 75%
    6 ESI International 120 200 60%
    7 Fastrack PMP 156 200 78%
    8 Edwel Programs 63 75 84%
    9 PMP Exam Simulator 74 90 82%
    10 Transcender (PluralSight) 165 200 82.50%

    Feeling excited ( and definitely relieved ) for getting back to leading my normal life now ;-))


  4. Aashu Khattar says:

    Passed PMP ……….
    Hi all I cleared my PMP credentials today with above Target…… 3 were above Targets(Initiation, Planning and Monitoring & Controlling) and 2 were on Targets(Executing and Closing).

    It took me approx. 11 month of clear the same. Actually I was not serious with this exams in the beginning. Start the preparation seriously start of January. Set in exam today and got it cleared in first attempt.

    Special thanks to everyone who supported in this journey……….

    Few tips for the exams from my side.

    1) Reading PMBook is really important as it is the bases of your Knowledge.
    2) Understanding the ITTO is a must. You should not remember all the Inputs, outputs or tools but an understanding is a must.
    3) Practice as many mock test as u can. It not only gives you confidence, but improves your Project Management knowledge. I never scored in these mock test more than 72 %, but it improves a lot in terms of understanding the exams and patterns and also every time i lean few new PM terms.

    Best of luck for all who are under preparation for the exams.

    Aashu Khattar

  5. Tatiana Escobar says:

    Thank you Edward. I passed today my PMP with 4 above target and 1 target areas. I wanted to express my gratitute because I followed your advice and your links and I passed on my first attempt.
    I took 88 hours of an Executive Project Management certificate program and 21 hours of prep test. I read the PMBOK once and Head First once. I made my own índex cards with all 47 processes and important definitions per chapter.
    I read a PMBOK knowledge area and took an specific area test, every 3 chapters, I took a 100-question test combining them. I aldo did all the test you suggested, scoring between 68 to 78 on my first try, which made me wonder how well prepared I was to take the test.
    I got lots of questions on lessons learned, only a couple on SPI and CPI analysis and many situational questions.
    I appreciate your comments and level of detail and I look forward to start earning my 60 PDU’s.

  6. Chow says:

    Hi Edward,

    Thank you so much for all your website content which helped me a lot and I passed my PMP test today with above target in all process groups. I used all the mock tests you have suggested and was getting between 70 to 80 in all of them which gave me confidence and helped me understand weak areas. Thank you again.

  7. Gaurav Sahu says:

    This is great blog. It pointed me to these mock tests – 1) It saved me some money. 2) It helped me to gain significant confidence.
    I typically score 75-85% in most above exams . Oliver 175- 78% Oliver 75-77% ,Head first – 86% , Exam simulator – 83% . Cleared the PMP today with all 5 groups as Above Target .
    Thanks a lot to the writer for this information page.

  8. Alex says:

    Hello Edward,

    I passed my PMP exam with “Above Target” yesterday and I would like to thank you for all the informative study notes and mock exam links that you shared ! 🙂 Here are my sharing on the exam preparation:

    Study Materials:
    RIta textbook
    Edward’s Study Notes
    Others online materials from Google and Youtube ( there are lots of youtube video about PMP , which are quite useful, especially when you found too boring to read tones of note/textbook… LOL)

    All Chapter Quiz from Rita textbook
    Lehmann(downloadable) : 62%
    Lehmann(Online) : 73%
    Edwel : 85%
    HeadFist (200Q) : 76%
    Exam Simulator (90Q in total) : 73%

    Tips to all aspirants:
    1. Make sure to prepare your own lesson learn after each mock exam!! That’s really help to understand the knowledge gap you have.
    2. No matter how informative the study material you’ve got, please prepare your own notes, this will definitely help to digest those PMP knowledge.

    Lastly, wish all aspirants success in the upcoming exam!!

  9. Marinel says:

    Hi Edward,

    The reason I want to post here is to acknowledge the valuable information that I found on your website related to passing PMP Exam. Although I somehow used not exactly the same materials, I got a lot of great tips, tricks and advice from your articles. I also got access to other sources of information through your website. So, to conclude, you’re doing a fantastic job for the PMP candidates and the community shall be grateful to you.

    Regarding my exam, I passed last October, being Above Target on all 5 domains.

    What I used for preparation: Rita’s book, I had the online Simplylearn done some years ago (I think around 4 years ago) and the PMP Exam Prep questions book by Christopher Scordo. I think that Rita’s book si solid and was the main source, although now that old style book based learning style can be challenged by the new websites and apps offering online material. Simplylearn training was ok, maybe not so deep than Rita’s book, so you might need other material. Scordo’s book was useful, many questions, although I would argue that the level of difficulty of the questions might be slightly below the reals exam ones.

    Regarding the tests proposed on different websites, the ones that I found comparable as a difficulty level with the real exam ones were the free Simplylearn exam and Oliver Lehmann’s one. In spite of having some questions focused on some topics not covered by the exam material, Oliver Lehmann is very good.

    As hints from my side: you have to practice a lot of questions before, but make sure that you select ones with difficulty level comparable with the exam ones. Otherwise might give you a wrong image where you are.

    Thanks again for the help, I might need some guidance from your site about how to accumulate PDUs.

    Good luck for everybody with thei exam preparations and the final exam.


  10. semih says:

    Hi Edward,

    Glad to tell you that I have passed my exam on first try with Above Target in all processes. I have used your site a lot so thanks.

    The exam questions were mostly about Comm. Mng. and Stakeholder Mng. There was only 1 calculation question.

    I agree that your mocking exam results were higher than mines. AAlso I would suggest everybody to spend some time reading your posts especially easily confused terms.

    Have a good day.

  11. Nouman M says:

    Hello Edward,

    First of all accept many thanks for this great site, infact my motivation start from here. I just did my PMP exam few hours ago, the score was not impressive but I passed in first attemt. I studied all your notes first for all chapters then Rita once and then skim through Pmbock once, did your suggested mock exams and finally questions from your site twice. I start studing after 14 years of gap and english is a slite barrier for me as well.
    In exam there were only 2 calculation questions, 1 was PERT 2nd was VAC and most of them were short situational question. Honeatly speaking if I can do after 13 years of study gap then anyone can do and english is not my first language, again thank you so much for this great site.

  12. King says:

    The sample exams are not very useful. I just failed my exam today, the 4 hours with 200 questions is not easy, very stressed out reading the question and the exam center is freezing cold !

    I have a no. of questions I wasn’t sure if I am right but a no. of them pretty confident yet still fail. I dunno if I would do that again before the 5th Ed. expired. Feeling very blue

    • Edward Chung says:

      Hi King,

      Sorry to learn of your sad news. But I am sure you are much closer to your PMP title now. Just yesterday, a reader of this blog who failed the first try recently told me the good news that she passed the second try. I am sure with the correct preparation, you will be able to achieve it!

      Have you tried 200 mock questions for 4 hours a number of times before the actual exam? This will prepare you well both mentally and physically. And many PMP Aspirants have reflected that the PM Exam Simulator is very useful to them. Maybe you can try that out.

      There is still over a month for your preparation. Can’t wait to hear your good news.

  13. Allann says:

    Dear Edward,

    just passed the PMP exam on the first try with all 5 domains “Above target”. Here i would like to thank you so much for what you are doing. It helped me a lot to get enough confidence to actually schedule and then take the exam. Your free mock exams selection is great and when i checked the result from the other aspirants i finally realized that i can actually pass the exam. So i am sharing this with you to maybe boost some confidence to the all future aspirants who come across this great site.

    Study material i used:
    -PMP Exam Success Series: Bootcamp Manual from Crosswind learning
    -PM-ProFlow Knowledge Area Maps

    Mock Exams:
    -Oliver 75Q: 66%
    -Oliver 175Qpdf: 74%
    -Edwel: 85%

    For the mock exams, i used two other resources.
    -PMTraining Mock Exams. 59$ for incredibly good questions. As stated really a bit more tricky than on real exam. Got more than 80% for all process groups and knowledge areas
    -PMBOK Q&As. I think this book is not worth a buy.

    About the preparation:
    I haven’t take a single day of break from work. I have studied for 3 months on average for about 2hours/day with a bit more studying for the weekends. The real breakthrough for me happened after a month of learning when i realized the importance of understanding the process flow. Integration management is so important and when i realized the basics of how processes interact with each other learning became so much less stressful.

    About the exam:
    I have to say good mock exams actually have the right focus on the right topics to learn. Here are some of my observations of what was in the exam.:
    -The EMV questions were really basic.
    -CPM questions were basic as well.
    -A lot of questions were about changes in scope, schedule, costs, procurements and what you do next. Be careful here because this questions are tricky. You might miss best option here. You can easily choose to create a change request, but actually, analyze the impact is the better answer.
    -Few questions about collecting requirements including tehniques to gather them.
    -Few questions also about the risks and risk response strategies.
    -Of course questions also about procurement, how to close procurement and how to close project.

    About the question format:
    Questions were mostly situational but i expected much longer questions. Actually, there was a lot less noise than expected. As you probably already noticed i am not the native speaker but was able to go through all question, taking a break and review few of them in 3h 30 minutes.

    I hope someone will find this post useful.

    Again Edward, thank you very much for your dedication. Your site definitely have had a major role in my journey of passing PMP exam.
    Thank you and all the best in the future to you and all aspirants.

  14. prasad ck says:

    Dear ,

    .I failed In my first attempt , Now I am on the preparation of 2nd Test which scheduled on February 11.Can you Please Help me to give me the Idea of Closing Process, give me correct steps of closing process in correct Order . I studied the steps which Mentioned in Rita chart, But even I go through Mock Exam I didn’t Feel it is in Correct order . Customer feed back and final Assessment is the last step?anybody please help

    • Edward Chung says:

      Hi Prasad,

      Sorry to learn that you did not pass the first try. I am sure you are much closer to passing the PMP Exam now than ever. For the closing order, I personally depend on Rita’s chart. But as the PMBOK Guide does not list the step by step procedures for closing the project, I am sorry I cannot offer the “correct” order for you.

      Thanks and wish you PMP success!

      • prasad says:

        Hi Edward , At last I did it , i passed with with 3 above target and 2 target , I n my first attempt initiating & closing was on ” need Improvement ” it changed to Above target this time, I learned lot of lessons from my failure . my studies based on PMBOK and Rita Book,my second stage of exam preparation I started with Mock exam and evaluated which knowledge area which falls below 60 % , I studied those chapter again and again .then will move on other Mock exam ,Around I had completed 5 Mock exams & exam evaluation . this method is helped a lot for this wonderful achievement , I did not purchase any exam simulator but I used 4 days trial of pmaspire which also part of my success , So I suggest to purchase PmAspire it will help to crack the exam, thank you Mr. Edaward for the wonderful effort

  15. VD says:

    Passed PMP on my first attempt! (3 above target, 2 target overall above target)

    A big and sincere thanks to you – Edward 🙂 I appreciate your initiative towards helping the community. I especially used the 47 confusing terms, EVM sample questions, and chapter wise notes which he has collated from all the sources including mock exams and recommendations on mocks. My big thanks also goes on to PM prepcast exam simulator, Shiv for the concepts, praizion videos for ITTO, izenbridge for procurement video, org structures, useful android apps (to the owners – app names mentioned below)

    Read PMBOK and Rita twice. First time I just brushed it through but second time I studied to actually understand by linking and by trying to relate the ITTOs better and spent time for every new word or concept.

    I know many exam takers have these below questions in your mind! I did have and I think its fair I share my views on the same after the exam. Note: This is just my personal opinion that has worked for me.

    ‌Is PMP exam that difficult? I would say its not very difficult but it needs good preparation and mock exam practice. Definitely it is within our reach to pass the exam. If I can do, you too can. I don’t consider myself super intelligent but I am persistent and hardworking!

    ‌ Will there be any easy questions at all? Ofcourse yes, there will be lot of questions that you will know 🙂 relax! which is why many are able to finish it sooner.

    ‌ Do I have to memorize ITTO? You don’t have to memorize but its good if we know it. I personally feel that it will give you lot of confidence. First understand it and find a way to link it somehow – for instance – all the planning and control processes will have PMP as one of the inputs, all the control + validate processes will have Work performance data as an input and work performance information and change request as output. Everything begins with develop charter so start with that and try to link and recreate the entire thing on your own. For e.g., Direct and manage work gives out deliverable and then this is an input to control quality and this gives out verified deliverable and this becomes an input to validate scope which gives out accepted deliverable and this becomes input to close process/project. I loved praizion videos that gave me confidence on ITTO.

    ‌ Will I get lot of mathematical problems? I did get two critical path question :O yes! And that too one at the very end!. But I was well prepared in mathematical questions and atleast four five questions from EV, PV, SPI, CPI etc. Please read the questions very carefully on EMV. It might say what was the SPI at a point# 3 in a graph. Understand the concept behind critical path how to solve it – i liked Rita’s explanation and the questions. Know how to calculate total and free float. Edward notes has some very good sample questions on EVM.

    ‌ What are the other kind of questions that I can expect and areas to focus on? Questions are not very long just two to three lines. It was very easy to read and understand. Please expect to see tricky questions on closing! During the mocks I was able to rule out two answers easily but in the actual exam, tricky questions had three close choices. There were many many correct answers which were pointing to need for change requests, integration management topic is very important. If the questions are very time consuming and you think it’s tough or tricky you can start from 200. For me last 50 were tough and tricky so don’t get lethargic and slow down I had more than 70 questions marked and I couldn’t review it all. I finished the exam with 35 mins remaining. But make it a point to mark the best answer and then mark the question.

    ‌How long do I have to study the books? I think twice should do but if the scores are low, reading it again will help you improve and connect the dots.

    ‌ When to start giving mocks? After two rounds of reading the books.

    ‌I am getting only in the range of 55-60. Should I postpone my exam? To be very honest here, I started with 56 in my mocks and couldn’t get more than that for a while. That’s when I re studied PMBOK carefully the second time. It did realllllly help. And I got above 70 only in the last week. So I would say not to panic even if you get in your 60s. This is what I did: Re study PMBOK and give your mocks – pick the bottom two weak areas where you didn’t perform well – study that chapters again and review your answers carefully. This is very important. Repeat this for 3-4 tests things will definitely improve even if not, you are going in the right direction. My mock exam% – head first 84%, Oliver 75q – 61%, Edwel – 74%, Simplilearn – 63%, Rita chapter end – 70%, PM Precast exam simulator- 56, 62, 64, 64, after a PMBOK revision – 75, 75, 78, 77. ITTO exam that is given is very good idea to revise in the last two days – 99%.

    ‌ Recommended mocks: Rita chapter end go through the reasoning, Oliver 75q, Edwel, Simpli learn, Head first, PM study free practice test and free chapter questions. Links are already available in Edward site. If you want to try more and you don’t mind spending then go for PM Prepcast.

    ‌ Recommended Android Apps: PMP formula, PMP exam mentor Pranav Sharma, PMP exam prep quiz world, PMP practice test by Coco e-learning, Hyper, PMP ITTO charmit, once you have understood ITTO basics, you can use hyper PMP.

    ‌ Top tips in passing the exam:
    ‌1) Do not take PMBOK lightly every word is important. Rita did help in understanding concepts and for chapters like procurement, risk, cost and time!

    ‌2) Do not miss to take chapter wise practice tests, quiz with the above mentioned android apps. This is very important, this is the key to passing the exam. With the mock tests, sometimes you don’t delve deep into a specific topic where as, you get an opportunity to do this with chapter wise tests or quizzes.

    ‌3) Have your own notes: I didn’t have one till two weeks before the exam and I realized after couple of mocks, I am making the same mistakes. So I would suggest this- During chapter revisions, have the vague words or concepts jotted down, also while reviewing the mock exam answers note down the wrong answers in a few words. This can be used to revise on the last day.

    ‌4) One thing that I missed was the usage for few topics like tornado diagram, data gathering techniques etc – though I knew what it was, I did not know their usage very well. I had a moment of regret during the exam. Your weak area will get exposed in the exam – so leave no stone unturned. Just glossary will not help usage is the key!

    ‌ 5) Practice atleast 5-6 full length exams and more 50 questions tests in your free time (note: take these short quizzes in front of TV it will help you get accustomed to other sounds) As I had a small 7 months old kid and I don’t know when he will start crying I was doing many 50 questions from free android apps – I will just have 25 mins but I would still go for 50 questions short test. This really helped when I had to catch up in the actual test.

    ‌6) Most useful feature in the exam: Highlighting and striking out I would say I passed the exam coz of these else I would have lost more time reviewing the wrong answers in the second pass.

    ‌7) Review: make sure you strike out the wrong ones so it is easier to review when you come again, mark the best answer in the first time itself so you have the 25% probability for it to be right.
    ‌8) Take time to do the 15 mins training on the tests – do not skip this, I was tensed and this helped me to calm down really.
    ‌9) Finally like what everyone tells – practice practice practice and review review review review this is the key to passing the exam!
    Sorry for a very long review but I hope this will be useful. Please feel free to email me at [email protected] in case you have any additional questions.

    • Edward Chung says:

      Hi VD,

      Thanks a lot for your detailed and useful sharing. I am sure fellow PMP Aspirants will benefit a lot from it! Re-studying the PMBOK Guide for a remarkable improvement in your mock exam performance is especially an invaluable lesson learned. Thanks!

  16. Praka says:

    Edward – I passed my PMP exam today (I-Target, P-Above Target, E-Above Target, M&C -Above Target, Closing-Above Target). Your website helped me in my preparation. THANK YOU!

  17. Mahabubur Rahman says:

    Hi Edward,

    I have already booked Prometric for my exam by 1st week of March (approx 40 days from now). Last time I appeared and failed the exam. Actually, I am self studying (Rita & PMBOK). I will appreciate if you help advising me the best approach to be successful. I was planning to buy pm exam simulator (OSP) only, but now thinking whether I should go with pmprepcast to get more elaborate explanation of cross cutting knowledge those described in the pmi exam content.
    Will appreciate your suggestion.



    • Edward Chung says:

      Sorry to learn that you failed the first try. But I am sure you will stand a much much greater chance of passing this time! Actually, I would advise you to buy the PM Exam Simulator first to understand your current status. If you are in the 50-60%, you are advised to focus on doing more exam drills instead of spending the time to watch the PM PrepCast lessons. With more practices, you will see improvements in your mock exam results and you are ready to get PMP certified! Wish you luck!

  18. Frankie says:

    Hi Edward !
    This is Frankie from Hong Kong. I took the PMP exam today (16 Jan 2018) and was surprised that I could pass the exam with “Above Target” in all areas!
    I would like to express my gratitude towards your notes provided and recommendations shared on this website which are very useful during my study journey. Coupled with the study of PMBOK Guide, Rita PMP Exam Prep and Head First PMP, not to mention a huge amount of mock and practice exams, this has made me successful in PMP exam. I will continue my project management journey in my career and highly recommend this website for aspirant!


    • Edward Chung says:

      Congratulations Frankie! Your results are perfect! I am so glad that my sharing is of use to you. Would you be so kind to share your exam lessons learned with us? I am sure your sharing will be very useful. Please drop me an email at edward.chung.designer [at] gmail [dot] com and I will upload it asap. Thanks in advance!

  19. Mayank Khedkar says:

    Hello Edward,
    I am Mayank from India. Yesterday I took the PMP® exam and passed in my 1st attempt with 3 Above Target and 2 Target (Planning and Monitoring & Controlling).
    I studied for this exam over last 2 months with daily 4 hours on an average.
    Your articles, study notes, sample questions, formula guide and List of Free Quality Mock PMP® Exam Questions helped me a lot in my preparation.
    I must thank you for your guidance and support in my preparation. Keep up the Good Work Edward for the PMP community and Best Regards.

  20. Anand Bakhare says:

    Dear Edward,
    I cleared my PMP exam last week (1st Attempt) with “Above Target” in all areas. Learnings from your blog were very helpful.
    I took 4 Mocks of the total 6 listed on your website with following scores.
    Oliver 75Q : 64% , Oliver 175Q : 78%, Edwel : 80%, Exam Simulator : 82%
    Some Inputs from my experience for PMP aspirants :
    Along with PMBOK, Ritas book is a good reference for understanding all concepts. Aspirants need not worry to cram all ITTOs as exam tests your understanding more than memorisation. All Questions are situational.
    Sitting continuously for 4 hours is a challenge and hence practising mocks is useful. Between Mocks consolidating knowledge on weak areas is a must.

    Keep up the Good Work Edward, Many Greetings and Best Regards from India!

    • Edward Chung says:

      Great Anand! You are performing better than mine. Congratulations! I agree totally that PMP Aspirants need not “to cram all ITTOs as exam tests your understanding more than memorisation”. Thanks!

  21. Siddharth Banker says:

    Hi Edward…I wrote the PMP exam on 2nd Jan 2018 and passed it on 1st attempts with around 2 weeks of preparation.!! Would like to thank you for this wonderful site that you have developed, some of the PMP fundamentals explained here are found no where else. Keep doing the great work..!! Many Thanks and love from India.

    • Edward Chung says:

      Congratulations! I am so glad that you find my sharing useful! Would you like to share your PMP Exam lessons learned with the rest of us? That would be very useful. Thanks!

  22. Shiv says:

    Dear Ed – I have been scoring in the range of 70-80 in my mock exam which was provided by Education Provider.
    Apart from that , Here are my scores :
    Oliver Lehman – 175 Q – 65%
    Oliver Lehman – 75 Q – 64%
    Headfirst : 200 -90%

    I have used Headfirst & Rita as reference apart from PMBOK , Do you think Iam on the right path to get my PMP , I have scheduled by exam later this month.

    • Edward Chung says:

      Hi Shiv,

      Seems that you are doing quite good indeed. I would say you stand a very high chance to pass the PMP Exam in first try. I would advise you to keep on practising more. Can’t wait to hear your good news!

      • shiv says:

        Hi Ed – I passed the exam with 5 Above Target today. Thanks for your Motivational Words !

      • Edward Chung says:

        Congratulations Shiv on passing the PMP Exam with such perfect scores. Would you like to share your exam lessons learned behind such achievements? I am sure we will learn something very useful!

  23. Fiori Coziuc says:

    Dear Edward,
    I’d like to thank you for your website.
    It helped me a lot during my preparation.
    Today I pass in the PMP exam. 🙂
    I am really grateful for the effort you made it gather all this information in a very organized and plain manner.
    Warm regards from Canada,
    Fiori Coziuc

  24. R Chaitanya says:


    Thanks Edward your website and its contents were really helpful. I have cleared on 26th DEC with 4 AT’s and a T

    Initiation: Above Target
    Planning: Above Target
    Executing: Target
    Monitoring and Controlling: Above Target
    Closing: Above Target

    I have checked the contents of your site when I have started preparation. Here is my study plan which could help our friends.

    1. I have read PMBok once full and Rita for reference.

    2. Written one full mock test and Oliver 75 as first step to estimate where do I stand. Prepared some notes.

    3. Prepared my own notes from all corrects and wrongs with reference only to PMBok, if anything not clear in understanding concepts referred Rita or online resources.

    4. Everyday after office, I have taken one test(50 questions) from each Knowledge area from and updated my notes from mistakes I did for two weeks(spent 90 minutes every day for 2 weeks).

    5. Last week(7 days) before the exam, read all Knowledge Areas as revision from PMBok and taken almost all PM Training exams(50 Questions each, almost 15 tests approx.) and revision of my notes on day before the exam. Mostly I should say key T&T terms and the differences between close terms should be well known.

    Oliver Lehmann – 75 – 60%
    HeadFirst PMP Mock Exam – 88%
    Free PM Exam Simulator – 72%
    Simplilearn Free PMP – 74%
    Oliver Lehmann (Downloadable PDF) – 70%
    Edwel Mock Exam – 74%
    PMzest – 65% (Most challenging inline with oliver standard)

    Except headfirst in all other I have scored between 60 to 75, where Oliver 75 is my first exam after doing PMbok complete study first time.

    R Chaitanya

  25. Justin says:

    Hi Edward,

    Thank you so much for your resources. I passed my exam today with the following results, 4AT and 1T.

    Initiation: Above Target
    Planning: Above Target
    Executing: Target
    Monitoring and Controlling: Above Target
    Closing: Above Target

    Exam Preparation
    Rita Exam Prep
    PMBOK 5th Edition
    Udemy PMP Prep
    PrepCast Exam Simulators

    Benchmark Exam Results:
    Oliver Lehmann (Online) – 83%
    HeadFirst PMP Mock Exam – 93%
    Free PM Exam Simulator – 76%
    Simplilearn Free PMP – 64%
    Oliver Lehmann (Downloadable PDF) – 70%
    Edwel Mock Exam – 84%


  26. Lara says:

    Edward, thank you so much for helping others get through with their PMP adventure. Your website guided me from the day I decided to apply and until now. Today I passed my PMP with four domains Above Target and one At Target (Closing) – just like you 🙂 Today nothing sounds better then FREEDOM!

    for those who want to know the details of the studies: I had PMBOK (obviously), Andy Crowe, PMP Exam Simplified by Aileen Ellis amended for 2016 exam content, Achieve PMP Success by Diane Altwies (also updated for 2016 exam content). I read each of them once simultaneously (i.e. a chapter from each book at the same time). I found Aileen’s book most useful for everything except her calculations of the critical path =)) for which Andy Crowe is the best. I did not take any online course because I had a formal PM certificate from about 8 years ago which still qualified for education criterion… I did NOT (gasp!) memorize the ITTOs. After taking the exam I can honestly say that the best approach for those beginning their studies is to not memorize stuff in PMBOK word for word but to understand what work is carried out, when and how. And the best help is to practise and practise hundreds and thousands of mock questions. Otherwise one can find exam questions a LOT disconnected from what is written in the book. Edward, your summary notes and 47 pairs were the icing on the cake – I went over them in my last two days before the test.

    thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you do! You helped a lot of people!

  27. Maksym says:

    Dear Edward,

    Yesterday I passed the PMP exam with all Above Target marks. Your recourse was highly valuable during my preparation and I kindly appreciate your effort. For PMP Aspirants I suggest to pay attention to the following materials: – PMchallenge with numbers of questions;
    PMP Exam Prep (Android application) – good tool for using in public transport
    Tests prepared by Oliver Lehman and J. LeRoy Ward are quite challenging but good for checking your level (I had 78% and 75%).
    And finally – this resource as a perfect collection of valuable notes and tips.

    Many thanks!

  28. Bamidele says:

    Thank you for all your effort Edward, your comprehensive resources and guidelines was all I need to tackle the PMP.

    I passed the PMP on 15th Dec,2017 with the following outcome
    Initiation: Target
    Planning: Target
    Execution: Above Target
    Mon & Contro: Above Target
    Close: Target

    Culminative: Above Target

    • Edward Chung says:

      Congratulations on your excellent results. Would you mind sharing your PMP Exam lessons learned with the rest of us? It would surely be very useful to fellow PMP Aspirants!

  29. Kate says:

    Am I the only person who gets annoyed with unaccurate online material? Like Edwell’s mock exam (75Q) says Part of the that “Stakeholder Management Strategy – is an output of identify stakeholders”. According to PMBOK only risk register is the output. Am i missing anything or are some of these sources not 100% accurate?

    • Edward Chung says:

      Hi Kate,

      Indeed really sorry for your feeling. Yes, some of the free (even paid) PMP Exam prep materials may not be 100% accurate. I even had to do a spot check for some of the free PMP Exam prep books and come out with a list of errors that formed part of my study notes.

      The point is we can make use of these materials but we have to keep a careful eye — if in doubt, always refer back to PMBOK Guide.

      Wish you PMP success!

  30. Suchitra Kingston says:

    Hi Edward,
    I wanted to thank you for your website and how useful it has been in my PMP journey ..I passed with “Above Target” in all 5 Process Groups.
    I look forward for your tips and suggestions on how to achieve the 60 PDU’s in the course of next 3 years .
    Thanks once truly are a BIG help to all PMP aspirants.
    Suchi Kingston

    • Edward Chung says:

      Congratulations Suchi! You may refer to this page for FREE resources to earn 60 PDUs for PMP re-certification:

      • Suchitra Kingston says:

        Thanks Edward.. I wanted to share my experience and few tips.. So here goes my 2 cents –
        I first started reading Rita and if any concept was complex and really lengthy I would read Andy Crowe’s book.. his language is simple and an easy read.. Then I read pmbok.. In the meantime I took really short sample tests using the app pmp mentor.. As I’m a busy professional and changing work shifts… It was difficult for me to find time to do full mocks so I downloaded apps to practice.. After studying the pmbok once.. I took Oliver Lehmann ‘s 75Q, I scored 62% time to introspect.. I learnt that understanding the concepts in depth is important.. I now studied Rita and pmbok again.. Then I came across Praizion. com on YouTube which really helped my understanding especially on itto’ ‘s and core concepts and how everything links.. . I also watched Aileen Ellis ‘s sample videos.. Her videos are a treat..she makes you think as to how she arrived at an answer also as most of her videos are interactive with her class you understand better what are common pmp pitfalls while answering questions wherein all the 4 options seem like right answer…I took just 3 full mock exams from the one’s listed by you…. I was scoring in the range 75% to 83%. I read your notes in my last week before exam.
        During the exam I made sure to stay calm as it is a frustrating exam.. I used small motivating words such as I’m so gonna kill /slay this exam.. Easy peasy..i can do it.. .every time I got a difficult question this tactic really helped me stay calm and motivated..I completed the exam with just 5 mins to spare and didn’t take any breaks.
        After the short survey was relieved that I passed that too 5 above targets which was a shocking surprise but definitely a moment that will be treasured!

      • Edward Chung says:

        Thanks a lot for your detailed sharing!

  31. Nargis says:

    Dear Edward,
    Thank you so much for all your work! I was also using the mock test while preparing for the exam and passed it on the first try with Above Target general score. Here is my performance by domains:
    Initiation – Above Target
    Planning – Above Target
    Executing – Above Target
    Monitoring and Controlling – Target
    Closing Moderately – Above Target

    My mock test results (all on the first try):

    1 Rita’s end chapter questions – 406Q- 84%
    2 HeadFirst PMP® Mock Exam – 200Q – 90%
    3 Simplilearn Free PMP® Mock Exam – 200Q- 78%
    4 Oliver Lehmann (Downloadable PDF) 175Q – 75%
    5 Edwel Mock Exam – 90Q – 88%

  32. Bilal Saleem says:

    Hi Edward – Your website is very effective with the kind of information available for any Aspirant. I have been following and studying based on your recommendation. In the first try on above mentioned test mocks i scored following :
    1 Oliver Lehmann (Online) – 75Q -74%
    2 HeadFirst PMP® Mock Exam – 200Q – 84%
    3 Free PM Exam Simulator (Free 7-day Trial) -90Q – 82%
    4 Simplilearn Free PMP® Mock Exam – 200Q- 84%
    5 Oliver Lehmann (Downloadable PDF) 175Q – 68%
    6 Edwel Mock Exam – 90Q – 74

    I gave my PMP test Yesterday and passed my exam with following:

    Initiation – Proficient – Above Target
    Planning – Proficient – Above Target
    Executing – Proficient – Above Target
    Monitoring and Controlling – Proficient – Target
    Closing Moderately – Proficient – Above Target

    I would like to thank you for all the help and will highly recommend every Aspirant to follow your material and way of study as recommended. In order to appear for PMP all your cncepts should be very clear and make sure one do not get out of the PMI terminologies. The most important part is Stakeholders and Communication Management. As mostly all questions were

  33. Wissem Sfar Zaoui says:

    Hi Edward,

    first of all I would like to thank you for your great website, very helpful notes, and hints. I passed my PMP exam on 22.11 on my first try with 5x Above Target. So I wanted to share my experience based on my preparation and your recommendations with the community.
    The preparation took me almost 3 months with several interruptions due to work and family commitments. I really salute your effort as you also have kids, who definitely need much more care than an exam 🙂

    The first thing I did (after taking a PMP course) is reading the PMBOK book to better understand the terminologies and different processes.
    A second read gave me even a deeper understanding of the sections on which I did not focus the first time. I used your notes and other sources (incl. tutorials on Youtube, explanations on other websites and forums, etc.) as an additional support. Even the PMBOK is relatively “dry”, I did not invest in additional books as I am quite used to dry stuff (MSc and PhD in Electrical Engineering).
    Then, I started with the PMP x-am simulator provided by the course (~1200 questions on Whenever I had time, I made 1h sessions with only first-time questions (50x). The questions are of a very high quality and similar to the real PMP exam. I also made some 2h and 3h sessions to get more and more used to longer exams. I scored 73% in average.

    The course instructor recommended the App PM iCoach for ~11 USD. However, the questions were very easy so I did not continue with the questions of the App. I used the PM Flash Cards feature though to memorize certain ITTOs, which was very helpful for the exam.

    Finally I skimmed the PMBOK a third time one week before the PMP exam and I started with your recommended mock exam list. I think you had amazing scores, and here are mines with some additional comments:
    1. Oliver Lehmann (75Q): 72% – good mock exam, however several questions are related to general knowledge and formulas not from PMBOK.
    2. HeadFirst (200Q): 81% – high-quality mock exam. I highly recommend it! Some terms are related to an older PMBOK version though.
    3. PrepCast (90Q): 83.3% – good quality mock exam. Some questions are unnecessary long. Reading these Qs consumes much time.
    4. SimpliLearn (200Q): 73.5% – lower quality than the other mock exams. Many questions are unclear or badly formulated!
    5. Oliver Lehmann (175Q): 76.6% – same as No 1.
    6. Edwel Mock (75Q): 84% – acceptable mock exam.

    In summary, I would recommend the following to the aspirants:
    * Read the PMBOK at leat 3 times and make sure you understand every single sentence of the book.
    * There is no need to memorize all ITTOs. However, understand which document or tool is used when. To have some more confidence, you can still memorize the 30x ITTOs for the iniating and closing process groups and localize the most important tools for the other process groups.
    * Spend the same amount of time analyzing your (wrong) answers as working on a whole mock exam.
    * Do not think about the duration of the exam. When you are concentrated and focused, you will not feel the time at all.
    * In the real exam, the first ~20-30 questions may be quite hard due to the exam stress and due to the partly unclear, partly difficult unscored questions. Do not give up! Once you go through this part, you will find your rythm and find the other questions feasible.
    * Some questions may need 1-2min of time for answering. Some others much less than 1min. So try to keep an eye on the clock not for every question but for a group of questions (e.g. 25). This may decrease the stress for the notion of time.
    * In the exam use the helpful mouse functionalities such as striking out the first obvious wrong answers (right click) and highliting the useful text sections.

    I thank you again, Edward, for your great contribution to the PM body of knowledge and wish all aspirants luck, power, and success!

    • Edward Chung says:

      Thanks a lot for your detailed sharing of your PMP Exam lessons learned!

    • Tomaz says:

      Great summary Wissem, gives good advice and analisys of the tests available. I have a couple of weeks to go till the test and your insight how to deal with the exam preparation and what to expect helps a lot!

  34. Gopinadhan A says:

    Hi Edward,
    Passed on my first try 4 Above Target and Target in M&C.
    Your site is a great source specially for the last few days reference along with my own notes
    Read PMBOK and Headfirst
    Purchased PMPrepcast and Simulator with 35 PDUs (as suggested by you)
    Youtube, Wiki for unclear areas
    Rita , Edwel
    Did all questions(1800 + 200 ITTO) on PM Simulator (later going through the answers and referring back to PMBOK) – Average score 78%
    Oliver 75 + 175 (do not get upset if you score less but do try) , Headfirst 200
    Practical knowledge (using PMI way) will help considerably.
    Do not panic if the first hour of the exam is tough.

    Thanks again Edward, now going for ITIL 🙂
    Gopinadhan A

    • Edward Chung says:

      Congratulations and thanks a lot for your sharing! Yes, I totally agree the very first hour of the PMP Exam is very tough, afterwards, you will feel much better and confident!

  35. Shakank says:

    Hi Edward,
    Today I cleared my PMP exam with 5 ATs. I must thank you for this wonderful website that I came across a month ago upon my first google search about PMP. You have been a source of great inspiration and knowledge in my journey. Thanks again!
    (Oh and I scored between 75% – 85% in all of the above mentioned mock exams)

    • Edward Chung says:

      Congratulations on your excellent results. Would you mind sharing your lessons learned in more details with fellow PMP Aspirants? Your experience will surely be extremely useful. Thanks!

  36. David Gale says:

    Hey Edward, thank you for putting your site together! I just passed the PMP today with 5 of 5 “Above Target” and your site helped me get there. A few comments…

    Your website suggests using part of your prep time to do a brain dump, but that isn’t allowed anymore. You’re not allowed to write on scratch paper until you start the actual test. They also didn’t limit me to two sheets of paper. They gave me a scratch paper booklet that had about 6 pages in it, as well as a calculator.

    The test is straight through, meaning if you need to take a break to get a drink or visit the restroom, your time doesn’t stop. For me, that wasn’t a problem. I finished the test with about an hour to spare even after reviewing all my “marked” questions, but it’s something to keep in mind.

    I started my exam prep in earnest about two weeks ago. Fortunately, I was able to put in about 70-80 hours of exam prep in that time.

    I only took two prep tests because I ran out of time. On the Oliver 75Q I got a 63% right after finishing reading the PMBOK 5th edition. A week later I got 73.4% on the Oliver 175Q two days before I sat for the real exam.

    Along the way, I also took a bunch of very challenging knowledge area-specific tests from an online PMP prep course offered by my university while pursuing an MBA.

    The other thing I did was download a mobile app, “PMP Exam Prep”, which I used whenever I had a few spare minutes. That was super helpful. I was doing mock PMP questions during my commute, at basketball games, and even at my cousin’s wedding.

    Thanks again!

  37. Mack says:

    Hi Edward,

    I passed the exam , thank you for your sincere contribution to PMI aspirants. I got overall Above Target with one of 5 as Target.
    Few things for my friends out here.
    1. Go through the PMBOK sincerely and make every effort to read it line by line. depending on your grasping you can have it twice, thrice, four times
    2. Make a habit of preparing everyday morning, evening anytime that suits you.
    3. Only attempt the mock exams once done , do not make a hurry and yes 75% and above is minimum you should get in mock exams but as I said mock exams are guidelines what works is your judgement in understanding the situation
    4. Practical Project Management does help a lot.
    5. Have a determination to pass the exam. I got 50 seconds of free time without attaining the washroom break :). trust me it tests your mind strength as well

    Best Luck folks


  38. Natalie says:

    Hi Edward,

    Today I passed the PMP exam in my very first try. The result surprised me with 4 Above target and 1 Target (Initiating). I have to say Thank you so much for your website as it is really helpful for my preparation.
    Actually I decided to schedule the PMP exam just 10 days ago. At that time my score for mock test fluctuated about 65%. I started to read PMBOk 2 year ago, but skipped it for a long time and just back to read it a couple months ago. Honestly I am not interested in reading it again, so must of the time I took the test and filled the gap.
    After scheduling for the test, I started again with your Note and I found it extremely helpful which could help me to get to about 70%-75%. Before the test I took several mock tests recommended in your website; but normally I finished in 2/3 or 1/2 time (I did it in the evening so I did not have much time, just scanned and choose). But deep inside myself I believed that my actual test will be much better since I can focus on the test completely and have more time to consider the options.
    Just note down my score for the mock exam:
    HeadFirst (2 weeks before exam): 72%
    Oliver75Q (1.5 week before exam): 67%
    Oliver175Q (3 days before exam): 71%
    PMP simulator 30Q (2 days before exam): 3 test with 77%, 83% and 80% respectively.
    Simplilearn 69%

    Thank you again for your website. Wish you much of energy to do you good work!!!

  39. Daisy Wei says:

    This is great resource for PMP exam applicants! Thank you Edward!

  40. Namrata says:

    Hi Edward,

    Your inputs and resource links were so helpful. I passed by PMP examination today with an Above Target result. Not only taking the mock tests for practice, your explanation and guidance on how to crack the exam was of great help!

    • Edward Chung says:

      Congratulations! Would you like to share your lessons learned with fellow PMP Aspirants, your experience will be very useful indeed. Please drop me an email and I will post asap. Thanks!

  41. Naga says:

    Hi Edward

    Just wanted to thank you for this site and thank you for your efforts – it was the best resource I found while preparing my PMP exam. The insights you provide in your study notes were very helpful and I used lot.

    I just passed the PMP two days back with above target in 3 of 5 areas. Thanks again!


  42. Neil says:

    Hi Edward – Just wanted to compliment you on this site and thank you for your efforts – it was the best resource I found for learning and review of material for the PMP exam. The insights you provide in your study notes were very helpful as well as the list of similar terms. I just passed the PMP yesterday with above target in 4 of 5 areas. Thanks again!

    • Edward Chung says:

      Congratulations on passing the PMP Exam with great results! Please help the growth of this website by spreading / recommending it to your friends (through social media or blog, etc.) who may find it useful. With your help and others, this website can benefit more PMP Aspirants. Thanks in advance!

  43. Sarah says:

    Hi Edward – thanks so much for this list! Just a heads up, it doesn’t look like the Free Pm Exam Simulator (7 day trial) listed above offers a 170Q practice test anymore. It seems they offer three 30-question quizzes. You may want to update your list above accordingly.

  44. Celso says:

    Hi Edward

    I passed my PMP exam on 20/10/2017, thanks for your site it really helped me. I used fellows score as a benchmark and it really helped me measure how good I was prepared. I didn’t score as good as other guys, following are the score I got:

    Oliver Lehman 175 questions – 54% – 02/06/2017
    Oliver Lehman 75 questions – 64% – 08/08/2017
    Rita chapter – 70% – 75%
    Rita PM Fastracks 200 Questions – 64% – 16/07/2017
    Edwel Mock 75 Questions -83% – 15/10/2017
    Oliver lehmann 175 Questions 65% – 17/10/2017
    Simplilearn 200 Questions – 80% – 18/10/2017

    On the exam I scored as follow:
    Initiation – Above target
    Planning – Above target
    Executing – Target
    Monitor and Controlling – Below Target
    Closing – Above Target

    The exam was 90% situational, and as my english is not proficient because of that I had to read the same question more than 4 times, that was tough but thanks to God I Pass. Thanks for your big support for this community.

    Best Regards

  45. Kok Wai says:

    Hello Edward,

    I passed PMP exam on 17th Oct’17 with Above Target Score (first try). Just want to drop a note to thank you for your effort for providing very useful info on this website. I took the Precast Online course as recommended by you. And did more than 1500 mock questions..

    My PMP journey is pretty much the same who posted below, maybe let me post a few notes from a different perspective about PMP exam.

    Note :
    I completed 200 PMP exam questions 3 hours 40 mins, left only 20 mins to check those marked questions. This is the longest time needed to compare to many mock exams I took (usually about 2 hours ++).

    General Observation
    1. I am pretty confident telling you that The real PMP exam questions are 1-2 notch more tricky than most of the available free/paid mock exam. Getting an average of 75% – 85% score on a mock exam might not guarantee you to pass the real exam.

    2. Have a solid understanding of PM process, ITTO etc is a MUST but the exam endurance is becoming much more important. You need to train yourself to keep up the focus to choose the correct answers (200 x 4 = 800 answers) with 1.2 mins per Q answering window. You need to have an answering approach that works for you. You will not have enough time…..remember that.

    3. Help yourself to release some “steam” for not memorizing all ITTO in full details. There isn’t a need to do so, what you need to is to understand the concept and the relationship from one process to another process. This is what is needed to answer those situational questions. The real exam WILL NOT have questions like…..what is the input for Develop Chapter process….?!

    4. I have a strong feeling that the real PMP exam questions carry a lot of element to confuse you, draining your brain power during the exam. Thus, stated in my point # 2, train your endurance and time management is VERY important. When you move into a “panic” mode due to time constraint, you will not be able to answer simple questions correctly.

    Folks, drop me msg while those exam questions still fresh in my mind. I will respond. Hope this help…

    p/s : Edward, are you located in Singapore?

    Rgds….Kok Wai

    • Edward Chung says:

      Hi Kok Wai,

      Congratulations and thanks a lot for your sharing. You did very well. Your sharing will surely be very useful to fellow aspirants. Thanks!

      P.S. I am located in Hong Kong 😛

    • Subani says:

      Thanks for sharing and congrats on doing so well Kok!
      Regarding your comment, “Folks, drop me msg while those exam questions still fresh in my mind. I will respond. Hope this help…”, Are there areas you consider we should focus more on? A lot of questions on formulas? Theories (e.g. Maslow’s)?

      Thanks in advance.

  46. Sadanand Joshi says:

    Hi Edward,
    Thanks a lot for sharing the list of mock exams. I went through all of them with scores around 70%-80% and and appeared for my PMP exam yesterday. Glad to let you know that my total overall score was quite above target (including all areas). I really appreciate your help in putting these exams and your scores which helped me to judge my preparedness.

    • Edward Chung says:

      Wonderful! You scored the perfect score of all Above Targets (with is equivalent to 5 Proficient before the scorecard change). Congratulations!

      Would you mind sharing your secrets of getting all Above Targets? This would surely be very useful to fellow aspirants!

      • Sadanand Joshi says:

        Sure Edward. First I put more emphasis on going through Rita’s book and PMBoK both and created a table with all PGs, KAs, Processes, their inputs, tools and outputs and understood/learnt them. When i felt comfortable with this, i started going through the mock tests listed by you. My opinion is the actual exam doesnt ask many off-the-track questions. So aspirants shouldnt get discouraged if they are not scoring high on these tests. Rather they should focus on understand the explanations of the correct answers and make a list of those lessons learnt to go through on the last day. I believe you should give at least 2 mock tests of 200 questions to prepare yourself for sitting 4 hours at stretch. And lastly, your experience in applying these principles in your daily PM job definitely helps.

      • Edward Chung says:

        Thanks a lot for your insightful sharing!

  47. Prasanna says:

    Hi Edward,

    I have written a post on my linkedin and referred your webisite. Thanks once again.


  48. Varsha says:

    Hi Edward, I took SimpliLearn free Mock test mentioned by you. I’m not convinced with few explanation of the answer .Could you please help me to make understand whether the answer of all the questions are really correct?

    • Edward Chung says:

      Yes, as far as I remember, I also had some questions over the answers of some questions. Please provide more details to see if there is anything we can discuss about. Thanks!

      Wish you PMP success!

      • Ronda says:

        I agree. I just took the Simplilearn free practice exam and also had trouble with some of the explanations. I don’t want to pass along the exact question due to any potential copyright violations, but the gist of one question was:

        You are in a meeting when two people get into an argument. What provides the most insight in their conversation?

        The right answer pertained to body language and voice modulation including pitch and tone.

        I did not select the right answer.

        I know paralingual is an important part of verbal communication, but the fact the word ‘argument’ was used in the question made me think paralingual insight was already surmised I then went to look for answers that would provide the next insight that could be gleamed.

        There were many questions like the above. Some answers, like the above, were not tied to specific PMBOK references and just left me with a feeling whether it was a good question or not.

  49. Prasanna says:

    Hi Edward,

    I am a full time construction Professional and I preapred pmp exam on a self study mode for 2 months and 15 days. Today I took my exam and passed with Above Target on all the 5 knowledge areas.

    During the last week of the exam, I came across your site and I would thank you for your effort on explaining several things very clearly. It helped me to understand few things much better. I took the mock tests and my scores were,

    Oliver 175- 76%
    Simplilearn- 78%
    Headfirst- 82%
    Edwell- 92%

    For future aspirants- I agree with Edward’s benchmark and if you score 75 to 80% consistently on various mock exams then you can sit for the exam and clear it on the first attempt.


    Prasanna PMP

  50. Sumit K says:

    Hi Edward,

    I must thank you for your effort in putting everything related to PMP preparation at one place. This is really very helpful and I will be recommending everyone for your website because I am sure it will help everyone who are preparing for PMP.

    I have cleared PMP today with all Above Target and 1 Target (Closing). I am feeling so much relaxed and happy today. I am hereby putting my Mock test scores so others can use it as bench mark. I must say you have a very accurate assumption i.e. if anyone scoring consistently above 75% has good chance.
    Oliver Lehman 175 – 69% (Its difficult than actual PMP exam)
    Oliver Lehman 75 – 72%
    PM Exam Simulator – 1) 63%, 2) 80%, 3) 80%
    Edwel Mock – 83%
    Headfirst – 88%
    Simplilearn – 77.5%
    PMAspire – 1) 83%, 2) 80%,

    Hope this will help others.


    • Edward Chung says:

      Hi Sumit,

      Congratulations and thanks a lot for your sharing! Thanks for giving another proof that getting above 75% in the mock exams above will almost guarantee a pass in the real PMP Exam!

  51. Anthony says:

    Hello Edward,

    I just passed the PMP today with Above Target on all process groups. To do this I read the PMBOK guide and Rita’s book once, skimmed through them four other times, used Rita’s flashcards, reviewed your study notes, took a PMP prep course, and took PMP practice exams from this site, Rita, and PMP Simulator. I was averaging 70-80 on most of the tests. One test I thought very helpful was Rita’s super PMP. I took it two weeks before the test and got a 73% which motivated me to pick up my studying. I averaged an hour a day studying from May until September. Then picked it up to 3 hours a day. The last week I reviewed all your notes and the PMBOK guide. On the test day I skimmed one final time the PMBOK guide, Rita’s book, and the flashcards.

    Your exam site really helped me pull everything together and I appreciate it!

  52. Gin says:

    Hi Edward, I passed the exam yesterday with 4A1T (4P1M) and can’t wait to share this exciting news with you! Want to thank you for sharing your experience and notes.

  53. Syed Vaqas Masood says:

    Hello Edward,

    I would like to thank you for all guidance & materials for PMP. It has been a great resource for me to learn. I successfully passed my PMP yesterday.
    Again, I would like to appreciate for your study tips, articles, flash cards – all of the material – on your website .

  54. Himadri Das says:

    Hello Edward,

    I thank you for sharing the rich experience that you had and the PMP knowledge . I cleared my PMP test yesterday with 4-Above Target and 1- target. I thank you for your study tips and articles posted on your website. They are of tremendous help to anyone who is preparing for PMP.

    Thanks & Regards,
    Himadri Das

    • Edward Chung says:

      Congratulations! Mind if you would share your experience to fellow aspirants? I am sure your experience would be very useful to them. Thanks in advance!

      • Himadri Das says:

        Once again convey my Thanks to Edward.

        I started my PMP prep from mid May’17 and finally got certified in September’17. I went through almost all the resources Edward had posted in his site, they simply guide you all along till you get certified.

        Anyway as far as my story goes, I took Simplilearn online course mainly for earning PDU’s for applying for applying for PMP. Parallel with the online course, I started with Head First PMP book, it is a great book to start specially the visual treat it gives and a chance to visualize the whole concept. The chapters are clear, lucid and simple in language and a slow reading will do miracles. I advice not to give the full test after completion of the book.

        After completing Head First, I took up Rita’s. This book is advanced in terms of course content and more of dry stuff. To top with it PMBOK (the ultimate heavy stuff one) is to be accompanied with it. However with each chapter in Rita if one is parallel studying PMBOK the concept will be extremely clear. PMP basically does not test the concepts directly, but it tests the usage in real work scenario, so experience does matter a lot. If one does not have, not to worry, he/she just has to visualize the concepts and how it fits with other topics.

        After completing Rita, I gave one full length test in Simplilearn. It gave me great idea about my strength and weaknesses. Solidify your weaknesses so that the exam does not catch you. Re-read Rita at least twice if not thrice. Give at least 1 full length test every 3 days and analyze your mistakes (Tests mentioned by Edwards are more than enough for prep). Keep your scores between 80 – 85% in mock tests to be on safer side. If it is coming between 75 – 80% do not worry much but continue to understand where you are lacking. Lesser than that, needs attention. The tests & resources hosted by Edward are a great place to give and will give you near accurate prediction of actual PMP exam.

        One thing to clarify is that testing center invigilators do not allow you to write down on the scratch sheet in the 15 min tutorial (as they used to previously), hence memorize the important formulas to be on safer side.

        With a dedicated effort PMP is not at all difficult to pass. All the best to all aspirants for their journey.

  55. Kishore Mishra says:

    Hi Edward,

    Thanks a lot for updating and sharing your PMP knowledge . I passed my PMP test today with 3-Above Target and 2- target. I would like to appreciate for your notes ,study tips,and article posted on your website .

    You are a real “Guru”of PMP.

    Thank you again.
    Kishore Mishra

    • Edward Chung says:

      Congratulations on your achievements! Your efforts paid off!

      I am deeply flattered by your comments. I am a nobody indeed, just sharing what I have learned with the hope to be able to offer some help to fellow aspirants.

  56. Ishan Shah says:

    Hello Edward,

    I want to thank you for all materials. It has been a great resource for me to learn and pass PMP. Your study plan, comparison between keywords, tips, and study material was very useful. I can see amount of efforts you’ve invested to maintain this site and it’s content. Thank you again for all help – If I can help you in a way to maintain this website / any other way ( me being a Software Engineer ) . Please let me know!

  57. Josh Yip says:

    Hi Edward, your PMP related posts have helped me much to pass my exam reaching the Above Target range. I appreciate your work very much and thank you for sharing all these valuable materials. I have made your website the must-go source for further information, and will be sharing my experience with my friends. Thank you again. I wish you great success!

  58. Jayanthi rangaswamy says:

    Hi Edward: Thanks for maintaining this web site. Mock exams were really helpful. I passed my PMP test today with above target in all five areas. I was scoring 75 to 85% on various mock tests.

  59. Bennie says:

    Hello Edward,

    I just wanted to write a quick note on here thanking you for all your recommendations and study tips regarding the PMP. I went through many of the practice exams you listed (as well as a couple others) and was scoring between 72-85%. I felt a little unsure if this would suffice, but alas the PMP exam day was days away so I needed to be ready. I read your article about how to prepare a week in advance and what to do the day before which really helped me prepare my mind for the exam. I have to say, while I was taking the exam it felt like it was harder than any practice exam I took, but I passed with flying colors! The new scoring system was implemented last week so instead of the Proficient, Moderately Proficient, etc it ranked each individual process groups like: Above Target, Target, Below Target, Needs Improvement. With months of studying and help from your site I was able to get Above Target in every category! I really appreciate you putting this site together!

    Thanks again,

  60. Arul says:

    I have passed PMP this morning with ‘Above Target’ in all process groups. Thank you very much Mr.Edward as your site helped me a lot for better understanding of all knowledge areas. Learning path – PMBoK- 3 weeks; Rita – 3 weeks; Your site + Practice exams – 2 weeks. My scores in the mock PMP exams were as below.

    *SimpliLearn – 72% (taken before going through your site)
    *Edwel – 76%
    *Free PM Exam simulator –67%(taken before going through your site),71%,80%
    *Oliver lehmann 75 Questions – 76%
    *Oliver lehmann 175 Questions- 75%
    * HeadFirst – 87%

  61. Tracy says:

    Thank you Edward for your valuable resources. I got certified yesterday!! I was so worried, but I used your list of commonly confused terms to clear things up during my studies. I also purchased the Simulator based off of your review and it was invaluable in my success. This site was a godsend. Thank you!

  62. Jaya Palaniyandi says:

    Hi Edward,
    Thank you for putting this page together. I recently came across (last week when I was planning to check on my readiness) your page and it really helped me prepare for the exam. I have to agree with most of others that the real exam is tiresome and difficult. Apart from the above mentioned free exams I did one more in and I felt it was bit close to the exam I took. I have scored 76 to 83% in all the tests including Oliver PDF questions.
    Today I passed the exam with Above Target and your logic of above 75% can pass the exam holds good. I had lots of questions on Change management, Schedule compression technique. 1 or 2 ethics and around 10 questions on EVM/PERT estimation. No question on Critical Path Method.

    As Billy below pointed, none came from outside PMBOK including the HR section.

    I was trying to take PM for last 3 years but after 1 or 2 chapters I will drop my plan, this time I started with Rita’s book and it gave me confidence (ability to complete all 10 areas 🙂 ) and I went back and completed PMBOK 2 times and revised each time after my exams.
    Bottom line be thorough on PMBOK (understand everything and don’t simply remember because the questions are so twisted) and u don’t need to go beyond PMBOK to pass it. for each of the tools/technique if I have doubt, I will browse the web and understand the concept and relate it to the process.

    Again Thank you Edward. There are so many questions had two correct answers and the mock test (first time only) helps you to prepare you to pick the right one.

  63. Mark says:

    Hi Edward,

    Thanks for keeping this site up and updating it with helpful information. I passed the PMP today and it appears they have changed the grading scale.
    It is now:

    Needs Improvement -Failing
    Below Target – Failing
    Target – Passing
    Above Target – Passing

    I passed today with 4 Above Target and 1 Target. My mock test scores were:

    Oliver Online 75Q – 69.40%
    Simplilearn – 68%
    Oliver PDF 200Q – 79%
    Rita Book (All chapter end questions) – 77%

    Thanks again for providing a great resource!

  64. Jessie says:

    Hi Edward,

    Thank you for putting these tests together. I did 3 of them the last 3 days but somehow I did not pass the test. Here are my results:
    * SimpliLearn – 65%
    * Edwel – 76%
    * Oliver Lehmann 75 Q – 68%
    * Rita’s book – 65 – 72%

    I did really well in Initiating and Planning but poorly in other areas. Would really appreciate your suggestions to improve. I think I need to do more sample tests and change my perspective to PMI’s.


    • Edward Chung says:

      Hi Jessie,

      Really sorry to learn that you have failed the test the first try. However, you are now much much closer to achieving PMP success now than ever. Have faith in yourself and try again!

      It is highly recommended that you can achieve at least 75-80% in mock exams before attempting the real test. Try the free mock exams listed above or also purchase this ( ). Do take the time to real the explanations for the questions you have not gotten right. This is one of the most effective way to help you succeed in the next try as told by many PMP aspirants.

      Wish you success this time! Can’t wait to hear your good news!

  65. Billy says:

    Thank you Edward for your notes. It really help me a lot !!! I even printed out your notes, and read everyday on MRT.
    Today I passed my PMP exam August 30, 2017 with 5 above target.
    To share some of my exam experience for other reference, none of the question is outside the knowledge PMBOK, even for HR module. Quite a number of the questions are asking input/output/tools of the processes in different ways. When you read the questions, think first which process it is talking, and then think the question is asking abt input?output? or tools? then you will find the answer easily.

    Just publish some mock exam scores for others reference:

    * SimpliLearn – 69.5% (1 week before)
    * Edwel – 80% (1 week before)
    *Oliver lehmann 75 Questions – 62.6% (1 week before)
    *Oliver lehmann 175 Questions- 71.4% (2 days before)

  66. Goldfish says:

    Hi Edward,

    I was audited earlier this year and just passed my PMP exam last week with 4 Proficient and 1 Moderately Proficient for closing. I really liked your posts on your PMP journey. It really helped me a lot, especially when I was audited. I studied intensively for 2 to 3 months and mainly used Rita Mulcahy as my study guide, I also made sure to review the ITTOs from the PMBOK. Also, I purchased the PMP Exam Simulator which was very helpful to me. I sat for all the 8 mock exams from the simulator (my scores were between 75% to 82%) and the last mock exam purely on ITTOs only I had a score of 95%. I scored similar results raging from 75% to 80% on all the free mock exams listed out above. Although the PM – Exam simulator is more verbose than the actual exam, I felt that the actual exam was slightly more difficult as there was always 2 answers that are very similar to each other and you had to choose the best one which was a bit torturous.

    Many thanks again for all your help. Good luck and my best wishes to all PMP aspirants out there.

  67. VinayKrishnan says:

    Thank you Mr.Edward for your guidance through this website. I passed my PMP exam yesterday August 20, 2017 .I used Rita Mulcahy as the study material. Special thanks for the links you have provided for mock exams, which helped me a lot.
    I am here by publishing my mock exam scores for other students reference:

    * HeadFirst – 80%
    * SimpliLearn – 69%
    * Edwel – 80%
    *Free PM Exam simulator – 67% for the first test, 73 % for the second & 82 % for the third
    *Oliver lehmann 75 Questions – 61%
    *Oliver lehmann 175 Questions- 74% in the second chance, 1st chance 64%

    I passed the exam with 1 proficient and 4 moderately proficient.
    Once again thanking you for your efforts

  68. Tom Farrell, PMP says:

    Hi, Edward,

    I just wanted to thank you for your effort with all of the PMP exam prep materials on this site! They were invaluable to me in my study process. I can also vouch for the accuracy of using practice exams as a metric for exam performance. My scores were consistently 5-8% lower than your posted first-time results and I passed the exam with 1 Proficient and 4 Moderately Proficient. Again, thank you for your help!

  69. Romel says:

    Great tips, thank you

  70. Ricardo says:

    Hey Edward, Thank you for the amazing blog. This is really helpful.I have purchased the PM simulator from the link you posted above.

    I am curious about your scores in the 9 PM simulator mock exams; it would be helpful if you could enlist those scores as well since they would serve as a good benchmark for me in assessing my preparation level.

    • Edward Chung says:

      Sorry at the time of my exam preparation, the PM Exam Simulator was quite different from the current one (it has been improved a lot as it is now version 2.0). I cannot remember my scores clearly, I was getting around 75-85% in various exams.

      And if you can consistently get over 75% in most of the mock exam, it is safe to estimate that you can PASS the real PMP exam.

      Wish you PMP success!

  71. Jeff says:

    Hey Edward, thanks for taking the time to organize and share this out …
    very helpful set of mock exams.

    I started taking these 3 days before my exam after taking Joseph Philips’ PMP Prep course (on Udemy). Was getting no where by reading the PMP PMBOK 5. The course helped tremendously and has been pretty much the sole material i used for preping for the exam over a span of 1 month.

    when i took the mock exams you’ve shared.. i got the below score..

    Oliver Lehmann 68% (3days before) – went back and reviewed certain knowledge area ..
    Simpli 66% (2 days before) – went back and reviewed certain knowledge area ..
    Edwel 86%(night before exam)

    I passed the exam with below assessment.

    * Initiating – Proficient
    * Planning – Moderately Proficient
    * Executing – Proficient
    * Monitoring and Controlling – Proficient
    * Closing – Below Proficient

    As per others’ve identified, most of the exam questions were scenario-based. I found in terms of difficulty, it’s probably closer to Edwel’s mock exam but slightly more difficult. I found that going through the Oliver & Simpli exams really helped me identify the areas that i was fairly weak on and made myself go back and review these knowledge areas. Although these two mock exams kind of freaked me out when i got the result few days prior …

    I think though the scores from the mock exams provide you with a sample data point in terms how proficient you are with the exam material, the most important thing to do after you’ve taken each mock exam is to go back and review each question and make sure you brush up on areas that you’re still weak at.. that’s really helped me up my game just days before the exam. Hope this feedback will be helpful to others..

    Thanks and good luck to others who’s on their journey to get certified..

    Jeff – Taiwan

  72. Ken says:

    I recently sat the exam and I can say not a single mock exam looks like the real one. The questions were more along the line of what would you do as a Project Manager.

    • Edward Chung says:

      Dear Ken,

      Thanks for leaving this tip. Yes, not a single one mock exam would be similar to the real exam. But after you have attempted a number of mock exams, you will come to understand what are required of the real exam. And yes, the exam questions in 2017 and beyond is more geared towards “what you, as a project manager, will do next … ” type.


  73. NourSouri says:

    Dear Edward,

    Thank you very much for such an amazing website. It helped me a lot during my study . I passed my PMP yesterday on 24th July 2017 , and from the first try !!!! My result was moderately proficient in all of the domains. (fair as there were some difficult personal situations I passed through before the exam which limited my final review)

    By the way, my application for the exam was audited, and I failed the first audit, because I didn’t write the experience in the correct way ( I didn’t take it seriously the first time writing few words in the experience only), at that time I was very frustrated because I was more than ready to apply, I was 100% ready to sit for exam.

    So that was a shock and it held me back a bit (few month), once I submitted it again and after making a search of how the experience should be stated, I passed the second round of audit. (so really this was a long way for me, but I never gave up). Then I had to restudy.

    I studied using Rita’s book course, and it was very smooth process. In the exam, I found the exam questions easier than most of the websites questions, and similar to Rita’s Questions.

    I got the following marks for other students reference :

    Oliver 61%
    head first 78%
    PM PrepCast 76.7%
    Simplilearn 68%

    So if any one get the same range, I hope they can be confident that the chances of passing are good.

    Thank you again, and I wish you more success in your life. I will try to follow your lead in other certifications.

    best regards,

    • Edward Chung says:

      Hi Nour,

      Congratulations! Given your situation, you have done very well indeed!

      Thanks for your sharing of failing the PMI audit. It shows that with proper preparation, passing a PMI audit is possible.

  74. Vaibhav says:

    Hi Edward,

    Many Thanks for putting up such excellent place to get drowned fully into PMP Exam prep…

    Your Website notably (Mock Exams- specially Simplilearn, Test Simulator- 7 days trial)were really awesome…

    Happy to Share that I passed my PMP exam today in first attempt & kudos to you as your material specially the 47 commonly confusing terms helped me alot in clarifying lot of things, although loved to explore more wished if i came across this website 5-6 week before as I got this while browsing Google randomly one day(3 weeks before) when I was around 30% prepared(through formal training by ESI followed by some part time reading in bit & pieces).

    My PMP Exam experience was really good as I planned the day well in advance to avoid any physical sickness & found the toughest among all the Mocks I gave till now (scored almost 77%-85% in all Mock Test)

    Few Highlights for future/New Aspirants on what I found pretty significant areas in terms of Questions:

    1. Around 70+ Questions on Change Management/Perform Integrated Change Control toughest among all other questions(with flavor of Scope, Cost, schedule & Procurement)
    2. Risk Management, Quality Management, Stakeholder(Stakeholder Analysis) & Communications Management- 50+ Questions
    3. Lot of Questions(15-20) on ITTO indirect ones asked in twisted Manner.
    4. Around 12+ Maths Questions on EVM, CPM & Communication Channels through graphs or interpretation
    5. 4-5 questions on Pareto charts & how to use or interpret, 3-4 questions on Fast tracking, 3-4 questions on Brainstorming & other group Creativity techniques

    I found the Real PMP exam tougher because the way questions where twisted confuse the actual scenario & on top all options looks pretty sensible/correct(which further add the complexity)

    I read PMBOK 5th Edition twice over last 3-4 weeks & took help from Rita M, ESI & your website to clarify doubts, in short around 30 Days of real dedicated preparation(2-3 hours in the first week + followed by full weekends + last 7 days of hardcore final preparation with no other work/personal distractions)

    Suggestion: If could add a section specifically on how to answer change related questions/scenarios will be of great help for all future aspirants(apologies if it already there as i didn’t went through the website thoroughly)

    Many Thanks & will keep propagating my exp of your websites to all my friends as I found this place of great interest.


  75. Kapil Asrani says:

    Hi Edward, thanks much for putting this page together. This was pretty much my main reference point for practice exams, and I found that the benchmarks you set here were most realistic in ensuring the I was just a little over the line in clearing the exam. I was getting 5-10% lesser than your scores on the first attempts (between 70-75%) and managed to clear my PMP certification exam with 4 moderately proficient and 1 proficient.

    Again, thanks a lot.

  76. SandyK says:

    Thank you Edward for your guidance through this website! I passed my PMP exam on Jul 08, 2017 after almost four weeks of preparation (2-3 hours per day). I used Rita Mulcahy (updated 8th edition) for thorough study, skimmed through PMBOK guide (Fifth edition) and prepared some notes myself.

    I took three free mock exams (listed here) with the following scores during the last week of my preparation:

    * HeadFirst – 79%
    * SimpliLearn – 74%
    * Edwel – 77%

    Here’s my final Prometric PMP exam result:

    * Initiating – Proficient
    * Planning – Proficient
    * Executing – Proficient
    * Monitoring and Controlling – Moderately Proficient
    * Closing – Moderately Proficient

    I didn’t get any single professional responsibility related question. But almost all (97%) the 200 questions were situational. Stakeholder engagement/management/register, risk register and issue log concepts should be clear to people as there were a considerable number of questions around those.

    It was a draining four hours’ exam. I was able to finish all the 200 questions in three hours and utilized the fourth hour in reviewing the questions I marked earlier. I submitted the exam when less than a minute was remaining and I was delighted to see the final result after completing the brief Prometric survey in the end.

    With your heart pounding and your eyes anxiously glued to the screen during the final few moments… you don’t get elated like that every day! As my PMP journey continues on now I can finally say that it was worth the effort for me :).

    All the best to all the aspirants! Just believe in yourself and you’ll be there.

    Thank you!

    • Edward Chung says:

      Congratulations on your great results! I can still vividly remember the kind of stress I felt during the final moments of the PMP Exam.

      Thanks a lot for your useful sharing!

      • Vaibhav says:

        Thanks Edward,

        Would like to know how much PDUs will MSP(Managing Successful Programmes by Axelos) Foundation & Practitioner will be able to fetch me.

        Thanks, Vaibhav

      • Edward Chung says:

        It depends on how much time you spent on studying the material. 1 hour of studying = 1 PDU (however, PMI may recognize only a portion of the time you spend on studying … ).

  77. Arnab Mukhopadhyay says:

    Hi Edward,

    I found your site very helpful and I passed my PMP Exam this week.

    Initiating: Proficient
    Planning: Proficient
    Executing: Moderately Proficient
    Monitoring and controlling: Moderately Proficient
    Closing: Moderately Proficient

    Can you advise, how we can collect PDU’s to maintain the PMP certification. Also how do we register these PDU’s with PMI ?

    Thanks and Regards

  78. Engr.Daniyal says:

    Hi Edward,

    Thanks for your support via this website and Your exam notes/PMI-ism section and Earned value question were very helpful.

    I passed my PMP Exam on first try,this evening .

    Initiating: moderately proficient
    Planning: moderately proficient
    Executing: Proficient
    Monitoring and controlling: Proficient
    Closing: Below proficient

    My mock results were;
    Oliver 75Q – 54% (1 weeks ago)
    Edwel 87% (1 day before exam)
    Headfirst 82% (4 days before exam)
    Oliver 175 Q – 65% ( 2 day before exam)

    Thanks 🙂

  79. Anne says:

    Hi Edward,

    Thank you so much for your effort into putting this website together.

    I started studying till around 8 weeks ago, beside the 35 contact hours in February to fulfill the requirement.
    Due to time constraint, finished my first time reading over head first around 3 weeks ago…and started reading rita after, as of 5 days ago i was in the progress to read through the Rita books and still yet to cover 3 more KAs. Because of change of my schedule in the next half year I rescheuled and that only allowed me 3 days to prep. I rely heavily on Rita, your confusing terms, and the benchmark sections to prep since there wasn’t a lot of time for me to review all material. I think your study note is really useful for a summary review although i did not have time to review all i was so overwhelmed by the mock.

    My mock results weren’t that great;
    Oliver 75Q – 54% (2 weeks ago)
    Simpleline 65% (1 day before exam)
    Headfirst 78% (3 days before exam)
    Oliver 175 Q – 67% ( 1 day before exam)

    Yesterday i passed the pmp with following results:
    Initiating – moderately proficient
    Planning – moderately proficient
    Executing – below proficient
    Monitor and controlling – proficient
    Closing – moderately proficient

    However, the exam was quite draining and i feel that its harder than all mocks i have taken, perhaps, its also because of the time/environment pressure. Almost 95% questions are all scenarios base as as many others have pointed out, the questions usually only give you ‘hints’ into defining the process and status of the projects…

    Nevertheless, i am so glad this is done, in hindsight i’d allow myself a bit more time to prep as the exam does require a thorough understanding of the application of those ITTOs


    I relied on your web

  80. Melanie says:

    Question, are the FREE mock exam as good of quality and realistic as the paid PM Exam Simulator (prepcast)? So far I’ve been doing multiple free exams but I’m really not sure if I should invest in a paid simulation or not. Are my chances equally good to pass the first time, if I only use FREE exams to prepare?

    • Edward Chung says:

      Yes, these mock exams are really excellent in quality. I would like to know how are you doing in the mock exams? If you can already score around 80% or more in these mock exams, I would say it is quite possible that you can pass the real PMP Exam without further practices. But if you are scoring below 75%, you are highly recommended to purchase the PM Exam Simulators to gain more hands on practices for your exam success.

      Wish you PMP success!

  81. Florent says:

    Hi Edward,

    Thanks for your support via this website and your message yesterday.
    I’ve booked my exam 30 days ago and set myself a target of 60 hours minimum of study.
    I passed my PMP Exam this morning .

    Initiating: moderately proficient
    Planning: moderately proficient
    Executing: moderately proficient
    Monitoring and controlling: below proficient
    Closing: moderately proficient

    On Mock exams, I was averaging 62%, I guess the final result is a reflection of that too.

    I did score 73% on some exam but the only time I got 80% or more was on very short samples, or those that I knew the answers already.

    I recommend reading but mostly practice the full 4 hours. I did 4 hours mock exams 4 times before the exam, it helps in preparing the mind to be focus for that length of time.

    I’ve had maybe 6 questions with formulae, the most important part was on ITTOs.

    To whoever wants to sit the exam, know your 47 process knowledge areas and understand interactions between ITTOS.

    Good luck and once more, Thanks Edward.

  82. Hue says:

    Hi Edward,

    Took my exam yesterday after studying for 4 weekends. Thanks for the website links of all the practice exams and the reading material, particularly the HeadFirst. Only had time to go through it once before the exam.

    Initiating: moderately proficient
    Planning: below proficient
    Executing: proficient
    Monitoring and controlling: proficient
    Closing: below proficient

    Didn’t take all the mocked exams in one setting so didn’t really know how long it took. In retrospect, that would of been helpful, because it took me 3.5 hrs to get through all the questions on the first pass. But also, I think, my scores were around 65-75% on the mock exams.

    Thanks again.

  83. Al says:

    I passed my PMP exam on my first try just by following all your tips! Thanks for all your help!

  84. Stephen says:

    Hi Edward,

    I cleared the exam on my first attempt today and your website has been wonderful and everything a PMP candidate will need to know to pass the exam.

    Here are my results:
    Initiating: Proficient
    Planning: Moderately Proficient
    Executing: Proficient
    Monitoring and Controlling: Moderately Proficient
    Closing: Moderately Proficient

    Regarding my mock exam scores:
    Oliver Lehman: 65%
    HeadFirst: 80%
    PM Exam Simulator:
    Exam 1: 65%
    Exam 2: 73%

    In my exam there were a lot of situational questions that are related to change management and risk management. Also, I found that the exam experience is quite intense where I really need to pace myself to keep focus for the entire 4 hours. It’s really important to simulate / practice that kind of endurance in the mock exams.

    Here is what I’ve done to prepare for my exam:
    1. Took an online video training on (Joseph Phillips) to get understanding of the PMP content
    2. Read the PMBOK (having an idea what to read or look for as supposed to just glancing chapters by chapters is important for me)
    3. Then I discovered your website. Thank you
    4. Took the mock exams as recommended on your site and analyzed my weaknesses.
    5. Went over your Commonly Confused Terms section (great great great read). In addition, I also found the very useful in clarifying PMP important PMP concepts and terms. There are also some other youtube sources I found helpful (praizion).

    Lastly, I tried to study hard on the ITTO but I am never very good at memorizing things so I just stick to the basic concepts and basic patterns and try to memorize a couple of exceptional ones. I didn’t get too many ITTO questions on the actual exam.

    Again, your site has been wonderful and now I am clear on the PMP, I am thinking to get an Agile certification (PMI-ACP or SAFE).


  85. Jay says:

    Thanks to this Edward site for well articulated explanation of concepts. Also for providing free exam links.
    I took the test on Jun 17 at Fairlawn center, NJ. Passed the exam in my first attempt .
    Prepared for about 7 weeks . about 3 hours a day roughly. Last one or two weeks I took many sample tests. and a tleast 2 full length tests.
    However I never saw any PMP questions that was exactly matching free exam questions. Even though the underlying concepts are same to answer the question.

    My Feedback from the Real Exam : Hope you find this useful. Enjoy the prep work and Good luck with the exam!

    #Repeated questions around these topics..
    proj charter/issue log/risk register
    issue log vs change log
    issue log vs risk register

    Lotssssss of questions around changes to scope/new requirements during exec.. delay of proj schedule/budget – what would proj mgr do ??
    If this happens or this situation comes up.. which document will PM refer to ??
    Tons of question on raising change request/updating doc/impact analysis CCB etc
    several questions on lessons learned documentation.. during closure + throughout proj phases
    SH mgmt vs Commn mgt plan – overlap/difference – several questions based on that

    #One EV question had to be inferred using the performance data points of each month – using a chart.
    #2 questions using PDM for finding total/free float etc
    #RACI related
    #Resource Histogram vs Staff Management Plan vs HR Mgmt Plan etc.. resource alloc.. resource in/out planning
    #risk (transfer/mitigate related questions)
    #Positive/negative risk based quickies

    #not a single/straigh forward ITTO question that bluntly asked for input of this.. output of that..
    #But some blunt questions on tools and techniques used for certain processes
    Some questions require you to know the ITTO generally that way you can answer accurately.

    #some questions proj termination handling

    #I did not get many questions on WBS/Dictionary etc. Actually none
    #few questions on procurement/contract type (FFP vs Time/Material vs Cost Price Award)
    Very few quickie questions where you dont have to think much. May be 10pct max.
    Most of the questions are about 3 to 5 lines situational.
    Some questions are 8 to 10 lines of context/situation
    very few had just single line questions

    Most of the times you will be able to eliminate quickly 2 choices out of 4. final 2 choices will torture you

    • Edward Chung says:

      Thanks Jay for your detailed sharing of the question domains/types you have got in your PMP Exam. I am sure this information is very useful to fellow PMP Aspirants!

  86. Jerry says:

    Hey Edward,

    I passed the pmp exam today on my first attempt. My scores were as follows:
    Initiating: moderately proficient
    Planning: moderately proficient
    Executing: proficient
    Monitoring and controlling: proficient
    Closing: below proficient

    Your resouces, particularly the practice exams, were very useful. I had been preparing for the exam off and on for the last year, mainly through study of headfirst and pmbok, until I came across your site. My test dates and scores were as follows:

    May 28: Headfirst Online 200Q – 83%
    June 3: Headfirst Book 200Q – 96%
    June 3: Oliver 75Q – 66%
    June 4: Simplilearn 200Q – 68%
    June 5: Edwel 75Q – 87%

    So there was quite a lot of variability in my scores. Note that I found the two headfirst tests to be virtually identical.

    • Edward Chung says:

      Congratulations and thanks a lot for your comment, Jerry. You made it to be a PMP now!

      I am heartened to know that you find my website useful. Please consider sharing it with your friends who may find it useful. Thanks in advance!

  87. Kshitij Vachher says:

    Hi Edward,
    I cleared my PMP exam in first attempt on 3rd June. The link really helped to prepare for the exam.
    The mock exams are good for practice and give an idea of the pattern of exam.
    Thanks a lot!

  88. John says:

    It is a bit expensive!

  89. Robert says:

    The HeadFirstPMP exam has at least 5 errors in it, and has not been updated for the PMBOK v5. I can easily tell because the answer marked correct for Rough Order of Magnitude estimate is +/-50% instead of -25% to +75%. But otherwise it is still useful. Here are my notes:
    Q34 – missing picture so there is no way to answer
    Q58 – the answer description does not match their “correct” answer (I think the description is correct but not their ‘correct’ answer)
    Q81 – the key point below the answer does not even match the question topic
    Q82 – the key point below the answer seems to refer to an older version of the PMBOK guide
    Q187 – ‘correct’ answer is from PMBOK v4, it changed in v5

    • Edward Chung says:

      Thanks for documenting these in details. Yes, HeadFirst PMP has not been updated for PMBOK 5 but it is still very useful to be used as a benchmark mock exam. Plus, it is free of charge!

  90. Rakesh Dharmani says:

    Hi Edward

    I have successfully cleared my PMP certification in the first attempt and a lot of credit goes to your site as well. The 47 commonly confused terms were really helpful as well as the links to the free mocks . The mocks you have suggested are really good ones . Keep up the good work Edward!!

    • Edward Chung says:

      Congratulations on your achievements! Your dedicated efforts paid off! Thanks a lot for letting me know my sharing is indeed useful for PMP Aspirants!

  91. Carlos Correia says:

    Hi Edward,

    Please read my post:

    I hope it can help your blog somehow.

    Thank you very much for sharing your experience with us.

  92. Isiaka says:

    Hi Edward,

    Thanks so much for providing these insightful tips and links.

    I’m due to take the exam tomorrow, I’ve studied the PMBOK 5th edition but I’m scared I might be getting confused

    I take the practice exams, review the comments and go back to study on my gap areas before taking another. However, My score remains in the lower 70 percentile range for most practice exam. What scares me the most is that some practice exams tend to provide conflicting answers to others. Such as who signs a project charter and more so in the area of decision making on contextual situations.

    I will get back to you after taking the exam. Fingers crossed that I get it on this first try!

    • Isiaka says:

      Hi again,

      Promised I’ll get back after taking the exam. I did it today and passed.

      About the contextualised questions I mentioned above, I just stuck with the basic principles of the PMBOK so I guess that did the trick. Your summary notes were very helpful. Just the esssentials.. thanks again!!

  93. Andrew says:

    Edward –

    Your site was a tremendous help for me in preparation for the PMP exam. Happy to say I passed yesterday! Thank-you for all the detail and documents. I agree with the poster AK below…less than 10 true math questions throughout my exam (but having the formulas memorized made them very easy) and nearly all “what should the project manager do” and “what is the next action for the PM” questions. SPI and CPI questions were prominent in my exam as well as “what plan (comms, stakeholder, HR, etc) should you refer to” questions.

    My recommendation for studying would be to read the PMBOK and make your own notes (similar to Edward’s Study Notes). The process of reading and then writing it down helps for recall, in my opinion. Once you have that PMBOK base, read every single word/article on Edward’s website to further cement the info in your brain. Then, take all the practice exams linked on Edward’s site and pay special attention to the explanations for the answers. Exam Central and PreparePM were also good sites for additional practice tests.

    Thank-you again, Edward!

  94. AK says:

    Edward, thank you very miuch for creating and maintaining this site. Found a lot of helpful information here as I prepared for my exam.
    I passed the exam today, so I’m a happy camper. I was surprised that the exam had rather a small percentage of formula-based questions. A large majority of the questions were scenario-based, and ended with “What should the project manager do?”, or “What is the next action for the PM?” etc.
    Thanks again for sharing all the information that you do here.

    • AK says:

      Just wanted to add that it was my first attempt at the exam. 🙂

      • Edward Chung says:

        Congratulations! Yes, the PMP Exam consists of a lot of situational questions asking you what to do next. You can doing a great job for passing the exam the first try!

  95. Eugenia says:

    Hi Edward! I used you site, too, along with other resources (bought the basic version on pm-exam-simulator through your website), and passed the test last months. I wanted to thank you, because you were my inspiration. I have full time job and 2 years old baby boy. You have full time job and 3 kids!!!! I thought “if he could do it, I will make it, too”! And how, 1 month later, I really have no idea how I managed it. Thank you very very much.

    • Edward Chung says:

      Congratulations on your achievements!

      You wouldn’t know how much your message means to me. It is my humble hope to be able to offer some assistance to fellow Aspirants with this website and your sharing allows me to learn that I am doing something right. Thanks!

  96. Lee McRae says:

    Hi, I used your site along with the book by Rita M. and passed the test on 5/5!

    Thanks for making your notes and study tips available to everyone!

  97. nidhi says:

    Hi Edward,

    I cleared my PMP exam today in 1st attempt. I can’t thank you enough Edward for making this wonderful portal which was very helpful during my preparations. I had joined simplilearn classes in January and prepared for almost 3-4 months. I studied PMBOK, Rita and your notes thoroughly. The confusing terms list on your portal helped me clear many of my doubts. I clearly remember mid-way during my preparation I felt a little lost and I was not sure whether I am going in the right direction, I just happened to visit this portal and since then I have been a regular visitor. The short notes that you have provided for each chapter really helped me till the end.

    Also, I want to mention that though my mock scores were not great and were usually in the range of 65%-75%, I did not lose hope. I analyzed each and every question after taking a test and made a small book of such notes. I believe I was able to clear my exam just because I was consistent and studied all the concepts regularly. I would advise not to take too many mock tests and the ones that you take should be from a reliable source. There were questions which were answered differently by different portals which really confused me a lot. So it is best to refer to PMBOK for any clarifications.

    Once again thanks Edward, you are doing a fantastic job by helping PMP aspirants. More power to you and God Bless!

    • Edward Chung says:

      Hi Nidhi,

      Thanks for the detailed sharing of your PMP Exam journey. Your experience will surely help PMP Aspirants who are not so confident during their exam prep. I especially love what you said: “I believe I was able to clear my exam just because I was consistent and studied all the concepts regularly”. Yes, the PMP Exam is hard but doable if you are persistent.

      Your story has confirmed my dream of creating this website: to help fellow PMP Aspirants with my sharing. I am so glad that this little blog is helpful to fellow PMP Aspirants!

      Congratulations and thanks again.

  98. Mary says:

    Hello all,

    I am practicing my mock exam. And interesting thing is that I am turning off exactly o the 70-80 question. It is getting really hard to complete. How is it on real exam. any best practices to overcome?

    • Edward Chung says:

      Hi Mary,

      In case your stamina lasts for around 70-80 questions, I highly suggest you break down your exam into 3 mini sessions of around 70 questions each with breaks of around 20 minutes in-between. During the breaks, you may take some snacks or have a short walk / exercise in order to refresh your mind. This will allow you to finish all the 200 questions a bit easier.

      Or, you need to find the time of the day when you can concentrate for the longest duration (morning? lunch hour? afternoon?) and schedule the exam at around that time.

      Or, does coffee help?

      Sorry that each individual is different and I cannot offer any sure-fire suggestion.

      Wish you PMP success!

  99. NJ says:

    Hello All,

    I cleared my PMP exam on 19 April. I prepared for almost a month.

    Here are my results:

    Initiation: P
    Planning: MP
    Executing: MP
    Monitoring and Controlling: MP
    Closing: MP

    I studied Rita first and then after a good 2nd time reading, started the PMBOK. After 2 readings of PMBOK, I made a small book of 20 pages with my notes for the replacement of all the books. Started the Online test and gave the first as HF and got 80%, SipliLearn is 78%, Edward test 83% and then gave Oliver and got only 65%……. this result shocked me but then I studied my 20 page book again and appeared in all of these again and got:

    Oliver Lehman (75 Q): 78%
    Oliver Lehman (175 Q): 80%
    HeadFirst PMP® Mock Exam : 78%
    Edwel Mock Exam: 89%
    Simplilearn Free PMP® Mock (200Q): 85%
    PM Exam Simulator 30Q exams (free 7-day trial):
    Exam-1: 70%
    Exam-2: 78%

    I then went for a test which again took me to a Dark side and was in very confusing state of mind….. Again studied Rita and PMBOK and gave lot many papers online (Free). Then I realized that this is my fear that is not allowing me to get in the exam and the Mock test is a never ending process …. so My advise is that you do not need to over-study but study till you get the scores as suggested by Edward. I have been getting good scores in other sites and Mock tests and could have done it in 10 days early than 19 April but this was all my over-study which took me to the sites and exam which are not commonly known and made me confused. Faith me, The mock test which are not famous are not good and only for making money by giving you or increasing your fear, so that you join them and pay them money.

    I completed my exam in 3 hrs and took 40 mins to review and changed a few answers.

    There were all most all situational questions. Some were confusing questions where the situation is not at all going with question and you need to read and understand the question.

    Thank you Edward .


  100. Irlu says:

    Hi Edward!! I’m loving your webside… It’s very helpfull! I was a litlle concerned because I got 68% at Oliver Lehmann (Downloadable PDF), then I realized that it was very dificult as I’ve got 88% at Exam Central and 78% at BrainBOK Exam.

  101. NJ says:

    Hi Edward,
    Plz revert to my points with your guidance and suggestions.

  102. NJ says:

    thx Dear!
    2 Points to make:

    1. Oliver was my second attempt as in first I did get only 65% (175 question) and others yes in the first attampt it was around 78-80.
    2. I have not done any other than what you have listed. Also, I did one of the test on CertGear ( a website found on net) and that gave me very depressing results. It was a 24 question test and was very tough (as per me) and got only 55%.

    Need your kind guidance as I have to do it in this April and not sure what shall be my last week study target for surety

    • Edward Chung says:

      Hi NJ,

      Sorry that I was on a vacation recently. According to many PMP Aspirants, the Oliver one is much tougher than the rest, getting around 65% is quite okay indeed (rhaym5 shared his lessons learned below with Lehmann’s questions at 67% and 59% yet he can pass in first attempt!).

      If you can consistently get around 78-80% in your first attempt of the mock exam above, you are ready to go. Here are my advices for psychological preparation:

      Can’t wait to hear your good news!

  103. rhaym5 says:

    First of all, many thanks to Edward for this great site!

    I passed my PMP exam today. Just to share my experience and hope I can contribute to your journey in my simple way:
    27-Feb: Paid and sched my exam
    11-Apr: Took and passed PMP

    Study resource:
    35 contact hours: Training Partners
    Books: PMBOK5, HeadFirst, AndyCrowe, Rita (not enough time due to major projects)

    Mock exams:
    Head First (200Q) – 81.0%
    SimpliLearn (200Q) – 61.5%
    Lehmann (175Q) – 66.9%
    Lehmann (75Q) – 58.6%
    Edwel (100Q) – 55.0%
    (Last 4 was crammed into 2 days…very wrong! Give your brain a break!)

    I am not the usual achiever but I just persevered in this journey (I actually felt dejected when I saw my mock exam results!). What I am trying to impart is to never lose hope and literally learn from your mistakes. Also, give your brain a break (grind hardly but double the rest for it). Lastly, pray a lot (I am a catholic so this is important to me).

    You’ll be fine! 🙂

  104. NJ says:

    Is doing these free mock tests ( given above in Edward’s table) and getting 78-80 is good. Can I now go for the exam?

    • Edward Chung says:

      If you can score around 80% in your first attempt of the mock exams listed above, you stand a very high chance of passing the exam! Can’t wait to hear your good news!

  105. PMP Exam says:

    Does anyone have working code for PMCampus mock exam?

  106. Umesh Patel says:

    Thanks for your valuable guidance. Today I am able to crack exam in my first attempt.

    I got:
    Initiating — Moderately Proficient
    Planning– Proficient
    Monitoring & Controlling – Proficient
    Closing– Moderately proficient.

  107. Arun Narayanan Ajayakumar says:

    Hi Edward,
    I am very happy to tell you that i have passed the PMP exam. Your website had help me to get through the application process and also the PMP mock test links helped me in my preparation. Thanks for your helps and tips.

  108. Ankit says:

    Hello All,

    Today I cleared my PMP exam in first try after preparing for almost a month.

    Here are my results:

    Initiation: Proficient
    Planning: Proficient
    Executing: Moderately Proficient
    Monitoring and Controlling: Proficient
    Closing: Moderately Proficient

    I studied the PMBOK (10 days) first followed by high level reading of RITA (5 days). Then I once agin re-read the PMBOK ( 5 days).

    Started giving mocks in last one week refereing to the mocks given here by Edward. These mock scores are indeed a good benchmark for the real exam.

    Here are my sample test scores:

    Oliver Lehman (75 Q): 71%
    Oliver Lehman (175 Q): 74%
    HeadFirst PMP® Mock Exam : 79%
    Edwel Mock Exam: 84%
    Simplilearn Free PMP® Mock (200Q): 70%
    PM Exam Simulator 30Q exams (free 7-day trial):
    Exam-1: 70%
    Exam-2: 73%

    I completed the first pass of the exam in 2 hours 40 minutes with 67 questions marked for review. After spending around 40 more minutes on reviewing the marked questions, the count went down to 38 questions. So I deceided to call it the end and was delighted to see the results :).

    The PMP exam was similar to the mocks mentioned here. The numerical questions were straigth forward but there were many situational questions (around 70%). The best startegy to solve the situational questions is elimination. You will notice that most of the times 2 of the 4 answer choices can be eliminated easily and the you just need to pick the best of the remaining 2.

    Thank you Edward for this website and to all others who have generously contributed to it.


    • Edward Chung says:

      Congratulations on getting PMP Certified! Your efforts paid off! Thanks especially for your “elimination” tips for situational questions. Yes, situational questions are getting more weight in the PMP Exam lately (and also the PMI-ACP Exam).

      If you think my website is useful for PMP Aspirants, please share it with others who are interested in PMP. Thanks!

  109. sayeenand says:

    Hi all today i cleared my PMP . thanks you for being with us for such a wonderful journey.Its hard to get PMP certificate….hard works only pays at the end… cheers.Its time to celebrate

  110. Suhas says:

    I passed my PMP exam today. Thanks Edward. Your blogs gave me different perspective during studies. I basically studied for 3 weeks – PMBOK, Rita’s, Edwel boot camp notes.
    Passed with below:
    • Initiating: Moderately Proficient
    • Planning: Moderately Proficient
    • Executing: Moderately Proficient
    • M&C: Proficient
    • Closing: Moderately Proficient

    All the best to PMP asipirants…!!

  111. Suntex says:

    Hi guys, I have been following this platform for a while. Thank you so much Edwards, God bless you. I had just 3 weeks to prepare for my PMP exam. I started my reading on the 11th January and eventually wrote the exam today. The only textbook I read was Rita. I read Rita thoroughly and I also read the study notes on this website thoroughly. I didn’t have much time so I was unable to read PMBOK. But used it for ITTO. I spent half of my reading time practicing the mock test and exams and also reviewing my errors.
    In conclusion I passed my PMP exam today.
    Intiation and Closing = Moderately proficient
    Planning and Monitoring and Control = Proficient
    Executing = below proficient

  112. Tina says:

    Hi Edward,

    Here is how I prepared for my PMP:
    1. Rita’s
    2. PMBOK 5th edition
    3. This website for the sample PMP exam’s 🙂

    Rita’s was very helpful. It wasn’t as dry as the PMBOK… [read more]

  113. Krystal says:

    I passed today after cramming for a month!!
    • Initiating: Proficient
    • Planning: Proficient
    • Executing: Moderately Proficient
    • M&C: Moderately Proficient
    • Closing: Moderately Proficient
    My practice test results are as follow:
    Rita’s Exercises – About 70%
    Oliver Lehman (75 Q): 71%
    Oliver Lehman (175 Q): 74%
    HeadFirst PMP® Mock Exam (75%)
    Edwel Mock Exam (70%)
    Simplilearn Free PMP Mock (200Q): 69%

    The exam was really intense and told me the full 4 hours. I read Rita’s twice and studied hard for about 5 hours a day. This website was a blessing. I’ll be taking my credits here!

    • Edward Chung says:

      Hi Krystal,

      Congratulations on passing the PMP Exam! And thanks a lot for your comments. You did really well. Would you like to share your PMP Exam lessons learned with our fellow PMP Aspirants? Your experience would also be a blessing to others who are working towards their Certification success!

      Thanks in advance.


    • Madhu says:

      Congrats. I will be taking up PMP in another 10 days max and in the final stages of preparation. I am taking up mock exams and need to brush Tools & techniques, Inputs and outputs of various process.
      This website is excellent and is helping me a lot. Hoping to share my lessons, post successful completion of PMP!

      Hearty appreciation & special thanks to Edward Chung for this lovely website and info. It helps a lot in assessing ourselves and becoming confident day by day.

  114. Tina says:

    Hi !
    Your website has been very helpful. I have my exam coming up soon.
    Which sample tests did you feel where more similar to the actual PMP exam?
    Thank you!

    • Edward Chung says:

      In my opinion, PM Exam Simulator, Simplilearn and HeadFirst PMP Mock Exam are more close in terms of format and difficulty to the real PMP exam. Oliver Lehmann’s are more difficult.

      Wish you PMP success!

      • Tina says:

        Hi Edward,
        I wrote my PMP exam on Saturday and I passed! Your website was very helpful for me to achieve this. Thank you so much!

      • Edward Chung says:

        Hi Tina,

        Congratulations on passing the PMP Exam in first try! Your efforts paid off!

        You can begin accumulate FREE PDUs for your PMP Certification renewal now:

        During my PMP Exam Prep, I was too fortunate to be able to read the lessons learned of many PMP holders who share selflessly on the internet. After passing my PMP Exam, I started the website with a view to sharing my lessons learned of PMP and other certifications in the hope of helping fellow PMP Aspirants as my way of contributing back to the project management society.

        I am sure your experience and lessons learned from your PMP Exam prep will be very valuable to fellow PMP Aspirants too. Please consider sharing your lessons learned our your PMP success at by sending me through email. I will post your sharing asap.

        Thanks in advance!

        Edward Chung, PMP

  115. Eunice D says:

    OMG This is a gold mine!! Thank you so much for this resource.

  116. Ahsan Afzal says:

    Hi Edward,
    I have passed my PMP exam in first try. Your website (esp. comments) really helped me a lot to evaluate myself and fill my knowledge gaps. I primarily read Rita (twice), practiced number of practice tests and received some help from online presentations especially for stakeholder management (not very well covered in rita as per my opinion). I passed PMP with following score
    • Initiating: Moderately Proficient
    • Planning: Proficient
    • Executing:Proficient
    • M&C: Proficient
    • Closing: Moderately Proficient
    My practice test results are as follow:
    Rita’s Exercises – B/w 72% ~ 85%
    Oliver Lehman (75 Q) : 68% ( this was my first practice test after reading Rita once)
    Oliver Lehman (175 Q): 71% ( this was my second practice test after reading Rita once)
    After Reading Rita twice
    HeadFirst PMP® Mock Exam (79%)
    Edwel Mock Exam (81%)
    Simplilearn Free PMP Mock (200Q): 61% (This online test finished in 2 hours and I could only attempt 165 Q with 122 correct)
    PM Exam Simulator 30Q exams (free 7-day trial): Exam-1: 66%, Exam-2: 70%, Exam-3:83%
    Christopher Scordo: (Ch-1 : 88%, Ch-2 : 88%, Ch-3 : 78%, Ch-17 : 80%)
    Exam Central: 84%
    PM Campus mock exam 200 Q: 74% (I purchased this test for $ 5)
    Once again, your website is a great source for PMP Aspirants to learn from others experience. Thanks for that.

    • Edward Chung says:

      Congratulations! Glad that this post and the comments contributed by fellow PMP Aspirants have helped you in your PMP journey. Your sharing is also invaluable to fellow PMP Aspirants!


  117. Shehr Sikandari says:

    Hi Edward,
    I have cleared my PMP Exam on 12th Jan-2016 in First Attempt!.
    Thank you very much for all the information you have provided. The practice tests really helped me to prepare for my PMP exam. I didn’t need to do any brain dump, due to the mock exams practice.

    I passed the PMP with the below results:

    Initiating: Moderately Proficient
    Planning: Proficient
    Executing: Moderately Proficient
    M&C: Proficient
    Closing: Moderately Proficient

    mock up results:
    – Oliver Lehmann (Online)75Q – 56% then 68%
    – PM Exam Simulator (Free 7-day Trial) 90Q – 76%(Exam1), 93%(Exam2)
    – Simplilearn Free PMP® Mock Exam 200Q – 60%
    – Oliver Lehmann (Downloadable PDF) 175Q – 71%
    – Exam Central Mock Exam 200Q -86%
    – Ritta’s Book Ch Exams – 71%

  118. Ola says:

    Hey Edward,

    Exactly two weeks ago, I failed my first attempt. My wife encouraged me to try again. I had only two weeks before my 1 year window ends so I had to book a space to resit within 2 weeks. Because of time, i paid on a site to use their resources. However, i stumbled on you website which I found very insightful and useful (though I found it late). I re-sat for the exam today exactly 2 weeks after I failed and I passed.

    I am glad to say that I am PMP certified now. Thank you for the good job and keep it up!

    • Edward Chung says:

      Hi Ola,

      Thrilled to learn that you have cleared the PMP Exam in the 2nd attempt. You should be very proud of your achievements! I am sure your experience will be very very useful to fellow PMP Aspirants. Would you be so kind as to share your lessons learned to fellow PMP Aspirants?

      Thanks in advance!

  119. Mike says:

    Hey Edward,

    I am on my way to take 3rd PMP exam tomorrow 12/30 hoping for a last victor cry to end 2016 beautifully.

    Wish I had known about this site sooner or else I wouldn’t have even attempt to take previous two exams to fail.

    Here are my scores

    1.Oliver Lehmann 75Q– 76%
    2.Oliver Lehmann (Downloadable PDF) -75%
    3 Edwel Mock Exam – 89%
    4 HeadFirst PMP® Mock Exam online – 73%
    5 HeadFirst PMP® Mock Exam PDF – 71%
    6. PM Exam Simulator – 79%

  120. Arun Kumar Natarajan says:

    Hi Edward,
    I have cleared my PMP Exam today . Thanks much for all the information you have provided . The benchmark you gave as far as your experience helped me so much for free PMP exam . I got 4 MP and 1 P in today exam ..Below are the my percentage

    1.Oliver Lehmann – 66%
    2.Oliver Lehmann (Downloadable PDF) -71%
    3 Edwel Mock Exam – 75%
    4 HeadFirst PMP® Mock Exam online – 81%
    5 HeadFirst PMP® Mock Exam PDF – 89%

  121. Phillip says:

    Hi Edward,

    Wanted to say thanks for your website and the links to the other practice exams. I completed my PMP test on 14 December with 3 Proficients and 2 Moderately Proficients.

    I ran through the tests for the last two weeks while supplementing my notes from class and the PMBOK guide. Average across all tests on a first run through was around 75% (some higher, some lower). I felt comfortable in the test thanks to the practice.

  122. Kumar says:

    Hi Edward, I cleared my PMP today with grades just like yours. 4Ps and 1MP in closing. The benchmarking you did in this post really helped in assessing where I stood before the actual exam. You are making a great contribution to the people who are PMP aspirants. I would like to contribute to your site with a couple of flow charts that I prepared which might help others. Let me know how to go about it.
    Here is my story –
    My preparation was scattered for past several months (nearly 6),however, the focused preparation was done for the last couple of months. Resources used – Rita (once), PMBOK (twice), Edwel Free guide (only few chapters) some youtube videos. Rita chapter ends – 70-80, Mocks – Simplilearn (did 4 – 77, 80. 82.88). PM Study (82), Oliver 175PDF (78), Christopher Scordo – couldnt complete all, did around 8 Mocks (scored in the range of 75-80). PMExamSimulator -Free 90 Qs (~ 82), Rita Fastrac (went by Process Groups – scored around 80 in all of them except Monitoring and Controlling, in which I only took 100Qs and scored 72), PMZest-57 – (too tough, in depth memorization of PMBOK needed to clear this, which would of course help in clearing PMP).

    Today, i.e. the exam day, I was able to complete all of the Qs in 2 hours (my mocks took around 2.5 hours on an average). However, I marked 46 Qs, so utilized 1 hour in going over the marked, changed answers for few. I had one more hour left, started reviewing all from the beginning, started to realize I misread some Qs in haste, adjusted the answers. I could only review first 25 when I had around 45mins left. I thought I would have made more such mistakes at the end, so started from Q200 and started reviewing backwards (did review until Q150, when my time ran out), I was able to make some changes to my answers though. I was left with 2 mins, when I thought it is time to mark it as complete. Marked it complete, and prayed to God! Saw 4Ps in Initiating, Planning, Executing, M&C and 1 MP in Closing. Thanked God!,

    My exam tested a lot of in depth knowledge of the ITTOs (need to know which I, T, T, O is for what, and the application of it, and how they are different from each other), Quality tools and of course the dreaded scenario based Qs.

    Anyways, I was a silent viewer of your website all along. I thank you for your contribution, which immensely helps in some direction needed for people who are doing self study.

    Thanks again! Ready to contribute.

    • Edward Chung says:

      Hi Kumar,

      Congratulations on your excellent achievements! Your lessons learned help a lot, in particular you are one of the few who have been tested a lot in ITTOs. Thanks a lot for your detailed sharing!

  123. SantaKlaus says:

    Hi, here are lessons learned from PMP exam:

    mock up results:
    – Oliver Lehmann (Online)75Q – 65%
    – PM Exam Simulator (Free 7-day Trial) 170Q – 72%
    – Simplilearn Free PMP® Mock Exam 200Q – 79%
    – Oliver Lehmann (Downloadable PDF) 175Q – 71%
    – Edwel Mock Exam 75Q – 80%
    – PM Campus Mock Exam 200Q -82%

    real exam:
    – Initiation BelowProficient
    – Planning ModerateProficient
    – Executing ModerateProficient
    – Monitoring ModerateProficient
    – Closing ModerateProficient

    Few ideas:
    – Must have Moderate Proficient or higher in three groups: Planning,Executing and Monitoring;
    – Initiation and Closing can be Below Proficient;
    – I guess the thresholds are:
    50%-66% Below Proficient
    67% – 83% Moderate Proficient
    84% – 100% Proficient
    – not sure what happens if to score less than 50%;

  124. LINDA says:

    Hi Edward, I was able to pass my PMP exam last week and got scores that are very high. Your website with its PMP resources and links to PMP preparatory questions and exams were a blessing.

  125. Aditi Kashikar says:

    Hi Edward, I am happy to inform you that I passed my PMP exam this week and got scores that are identical to yours. Your website with its PMP resources and links to PMP preparatory questions and exams were a blessing. I can’t thank you enough for the commendable service you are doing to aspiring PMP aspirants, like myself. Kudos to you, mentor! 🙂

  126. Robert says:

    Hi Edward,

    Thank you so much for providing this website and for your responses. Everyone’s feedback has been extremely beneficial in determining where I stood prior to taking the PMP exam today. The discussions below were extremely helpful to me and I’d like to return the favor by adding to the information pool.

    My experience preparing for the PMP includes light study while working to taking the past two months off to dedicate myself to studying for the exam. During this time I attempted multiple exams and documented my scores. All scores received are listed below.

    September 9 – Oliver Lehmann 75Q 52%
    September 16 – Oliver Lehmann 75Q 59%
    October 6 – Edwel 50Q 64%
    October 18 – multiple exams through MyPM – Exam 1 50Q 90%; Exam 2 25Q 80%; Exam 3 25Q 80%; Exam 4 100Q 88%
    October 19 – MyPM 200Q 91%
    October 20 – Exam Central 200Q 74%; Process Group Scores: Initiating 81%; Planning 75%; Executing 72%; M&C 76%; Closing 58%
    October 21 – Head First 200Q 72%; Process Group Scores: Initiating 67%; Planning 68%; Executing 81%; M&C 67%; Closing 83%; Professional & Social Responsibility 59%
    October 27 – Oliver Lehmann 75Q 79%
    October 31 – Exam Central 200Q 82%; Process Group Scores: Initiating 85%; Planning 88%; Executing 75%; M&C 82%; Closing 83%
    November 3 – Head First 200Q 82%; Process Group Scores: Initiating 75%; Planning 77%; Executing 91%; M&C 77%; Closing 83%; Professional & Social Responsibility 82%

    Today, I passed the PMP with the below results:

    Initiating: Proficient
    Planning: Proficient
    Executing: Moderately Proficient
    M&C: Moderately Proficient
    Closing: Moderately Proficient

    • Edward Chung says:

      Congratulations on passing the PMP Exam in first try. Thanks a lot for your detailed sharing. I am sure PMP Aspirants will benefit a lot from your PMP exam experience!

  127. Srividhya R says:

    Hi Edward, I came across your website to help PMP aspirants just 3 days back :(. Hope i had come across your website earlier.
    Your words of encouragement to PMP aspirants are extraordinary and very motivating.
    I have scheduled my exam on Nov 10th (Thursday).
    As per the suggestions in your page, I am attempting free tests in the specified websites.
    Today I took full lenght test with “PMStudy”. I have scored 70%.
    Scored 70% , 71% in Lehmann 75 Q and 175 Q respectively.
    Scored: 85% in “PM EXam Simulator”
    I am getting really tensed when the clock ticks in the last 10minutes.
    Please let me know if my scores show i am sufficently prepared for the exam. And please suggest your tips to remain stress free in last few minutes of the exam.
    Do we definitely have to “UnMark” the Marked questions before submission or can we submit like that without removing the the “Mark”.
    Your suggestions are highly valuable to me .
    Thanks in advance.
    Srividhya R

    • Edward Chung says:

      Your results are quite okay. Try to relax before the PMP exam and try your best. You stand a high chance to pass the exam in first try! Can’t wait to hear your good news!

      Wish you PMP success!

  128. Shin says:

    Hi Edward, today I passed my PMP exam on first try with 3P’s & 2 MP’s. I’d say you are a big help, especially in building confidence and to be mentally & emotionally prepared for the exam. (It was really nerve-wracking!)

    And so, I also want to share how I prepared for the exam in hopes of helping other PMP aspirants out there.

    I made a study plan since I’m studying part-time and ended reading PMBOK & Rita for 2 months (1-2 hrs each day) with personal notes (this is essential especially for last minute reviews!). I scheduled Tuesday for my exam so I can use the weekend for preparation. For the last 3 days, I spent answering the mock exams you listed here (i updated some info below) and answered Rita’s practice exams (definitely recommended!):

    1. Oliver Online (75Q) – 68%
    2. HeadFirst (200Q) – 82%
    3. PM Exam Simulator (90Q) – 88% >>Update: Free 7-day trial but 90Q only<>Updated to 150Q in total<>Update: Closing down this Nov, requires to pay $5<>Added:<<

    And it's true that the testing center does NOT allow brain dumping during tutorial anymore. No need to worry for there will still be ample time to finish all the questions and review them (not all, for my case). I'd say try to limit your brain dumping to ~8mins max…

    Hope this helps.

    All the best and cheers! ^_^

    • Edward Chung says:

      Glad to learn that you have passed the PMP exam in first try! You are now a PMP, congratulations!

      Thanks for letting us know that PMP Exam brain dump is no longer allowed now. This is very useful for fellow PMP Aspirants.

  129. Sreekanth Pulipati says:

    Hi Edward, I am happy to let you know that i cleared my PMP last week.. I went thru your site right from the day I was ready to apply for the exam, when my application was selected for audit. Your notes and explanations helped a lot in getting ready for the exam. There is a small change now, we can write the brain dump now until the actual exam starts. (unlike earlier where you can do the brain dump during the tutorial). Thanks a lot for all the effort you put in in making the notes…

  130. Austin says:

    Hi Edward,

    Passed the PMP with 5 P’s.
    I must say your notes are really helpful as a starting point.

    I guess I will just wait for PMI to send me the confirmation email in a few days.

    Thank you.

  131. Zaur says:

    Hello Edward,
    On 2 Oct. I passed PMP and I declare that half of my success belongs to you and your web page : )) Your advice on study road help me much, especially with creating own study notes. When person writes he(she) learns it better, I think. I red both Rita-PMP Exam Prep and Andy Crowe’s PMP Exam book and must admit that both books complement each other. And of course PMBOK should be red, at least once. I red twice. Together with lots of practice tests within a month, it took me around 5 months to prepare myself, parallel to my work. So thanks a lot to you and I wish you great success in your career and happiness to your family!

  132. Austin says:

    Hi Edward,

    Thanks for posting reference benchmarks for mock exams.
    I have my PMP exam scheduled for Oct 21.

    Not sure if I am ready or not as my scores vary quite a bit.

    List of my practice exam scores (from most recent):
    1. Oliver Lehman PDF: 77%
    2. Whizlabs Test 3: 78%
    3. PM Campus 200Q: 70%
    4. Whizlabs Test 2: 78%
    5. Edwel: 84%
    6. Whizlabs Test 1: 70%


    • Austin says:

      Forgot to list PM Exam Simulator Free 1 week trial.
      Exam 1, 30Q: 76.7%

      • Edward Chung says:

        According to your PMP mock exam results, I would say you are quite prepared for passing the PMP Exam in first try. Just keep up your work and stay calm during the actual PMP Exam. Can’t wait to hear your good news!

        Wish you PMP success!

      • Austin says:

        Just passed my PMP with Proficient in all domains! (first try)
        I haven’t received any email from PMI and myPMI page doesn’t have my certification status yet.

        What is going to happen next?

  133. Abhishek Bhati says:

    Hi Edward,

    First of all I want to thank you for the notes you have created for the PMP certification exam. I used them to review my concepts and review them before any mocks exam (Even before the real exam :)) I used to frequently refer to your website for any guidance I needed to pass my PMP certification. It is with great joy I passed my PMP exam on 7th October 2016. I would recommend your notes to other friends of mine who want to pursue PMP exam.

    Now I will be visiting your website frequently to earn the 60 PDUs.

    Thanks a lot!

    Abhishek Bhati

  134. Sachin says:

    Hi Edward! ..A big Thanks to you. your PMP practice tests helped as a bench mark for me. I was scoring between 75-82 consistently on all my free practice test. I prepared for the PMP exam for 2 months. I wanted to complete my PMP exam by 6th of September but due to Audit it took me 3 more Weeks to schedule my Exam. Today I passed the Exam with 5 MP’s. Very happy with my PMP journey and I truly enjoyed my exam today. Thanks Again.. Looking forward to get PMI-ACP Certification.


  135. tony says:

    Hi Edward, can you be helpfull by suggesting to me sites that can help me prepare for PMI-SP exams especially practice tests?

  136. Marylise says:

    Hi Edward! Thank you very much for all your helpful material, sample exams, and advice! I passed my PMP from the first time with 5 P’s! Very grateful for everything I learned through your site. Thanks a lot and wish you all the best!

  137. Sania says:

    Hi Edward, My PMP Exam is next week. I have tried the Free mock test you listed above and scores are as below. Can I consider these scores to say that I am ready for the exam . also , what should be the study plan for last 4-5 days. Going through concepts again or go through mock tests ?
    – Christopher scordo ( 18 Mock test) : 74%
    – PMP exam Simulator ( Fre Train ) : 70%
    – head First Mock Test – 84%
    – Oliver lehman ( PDF) – 80%
    – Oliver Lehman ( Online ) : 65%
    – Edwel Practise Exam : 80%

    • Edward Chung says:

      Hi Sania,

      Your performance in PMP mock exams are indeed quite extraordinary. I would suggest you to take a day’s off first to relax your mind and going through all the concepts once before attempting another mock exam. Do have enough rest and sleep for the last few days and you are ready for the PMP title.

      Wish you PMP success!

      • sania says:

        Hello Edward,

        Just wanted to share, today was my PMP exam and I have cleared it in the first attempt. Thanks for you and this forum, I followed it during my preparations, comparing the scores for checking my rediness and also the discussions on this forum helped a lot!!

      • Edward Chung says:

        Congratulations Sania, your efforts paid off! Now you are a PMP!

  138. Sania says:

    Hi Edwad, I am preparing for my PMP exam and its on next week. As of now my mock test scores are as below . Is there any other free mock test available that I can try ? Does this scores says I am ready for real Exam next week ? Pls suggest.

    PMP Exam simulator : 70%
    Oliver lehman ( PDF )n: 77%
    Head First Mock Test : 84%
    Edwel Practise Exam : 80%
    All Rita Mulchay Chapter Practise Exam ( Book ) : 78%

  139. Gary says:

    Can experience is maintenance projects qualifies for PMP. Do you have sample format to fill the PMP application.

    • Edward Chung says:

      The experience is counted if that is from a project as defined by PMI. You will have to check if your “maintenance projects” are really projects according PMI’s understanding (i.e. A project can be defined as a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product or service…).

  140. Rashmita Sahu says:

    Hi Edward,

    Hope your doing great. Your article is too good. Thanks for the info.

    I booked my exam slot 26th of Sept. also i appeared the PM training exam and my average score is 66% as of now, Head fact 70%, Exam central (long test)- 65-70%. Still i scared about the exam.

    Is that above mentioned score is enough to crack the exam.

    Rashmita Sahu

    • Edward Chung says:

      It all depends on your performance on the real PMP exam and whether you are lucky enough. I have heard someone with practice scores of low 60’s can pass the PMP Exam in 1st try while someone with high 60’s cannot.

      I would advise you to try revising the PMP materials harder (perhaps by taking leaves from your work to concentrate on your studies) and aim to get over 70% in the majority of the PMP mock exams in first try. Then you are almost guaranteed a pass!

      Wish you PMP success!

  141. Mayor says:


  142. Derek says:

    Hi Edward,

    I signed up for PM Exam simulator via the link that you provided and I have some queries:

    1) What is the difference between PMP Exam 1 and PMP Exam 2 and PMP Exam 3 etc..
    2) Why does PMP Exam 9 only has ITTO? I thought ITTO is important but it is only covered in Exam 9?
    3) Does it mean that in the actual exam, only one exam between 1 to 9 will be tested? E.g. if the questions are from Exam 2, there will be no questions from Exam 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9?
    4) Ray only studied the first 7 exams. Is there a need to do all the exams and are there repeated questions?


    • Edward Chung says:

      Hi Derek,

      Hope that I can answer your questions:
      1) They are different batches of exam questions, only Exam 9 is primarily concerned about ITTO.
      2) ITTO is actually NOT that important as I only got below 5 questions in ITTO for my real PMP exam. But the mock exams here can help you with your understanding of ITTO.
      3) You mean the “actual mock exam”? Yes, you are right, that’s why there are over 1800 questions included in your subscription of PM Exam Simulator.
      4) There are none identical questions, but some questions will be quite similar. You don’t have to try all but as you have already paid for all the exam sets, why don’t take advantage of that to test your readiness for the real PMP Exam!

      Wish you PMP success!

  143. ray says:

    hi Edward,
    good day.
    I used this website for my PMP preparation, thanks for created this site.
    and, as recommended, I have purchased PM Exam simulator and my scores 76%, 79.50%, 78.50%, 80%, 77.50%, 78% and 82.5% in first 7 exams.
    Do you think this score will be enough for passing my pmp?

    • Edward Chung says:

      Hi Ray,
      Your results for the PMP mock exams are quite good indeed. I am confident that if you are manage the stress of the real PMP exam effectively, you stand a very high chance of passing the PMP Exam in your first try.

      Wish you PMP success!

      • ray says:

        hi Edward,
        good day to you.
        yes, I passed my PMP exam today with 5 MPs. thanks for your materials for my PMP exam preparation.
        next, I will look for the information of how to maintain PMP credential.
        thanks. =)

      • Edward Chung says:

        Congratulations on passing the PMP Exam, your efforts and diligence paid off! To me, the best way to earn PDUs is through the webinars on

        You will only need to pay the annual PMI membership fee and earn unlimited Cat A PDUs for your re-certification. Almost all my PDUs are earned through this way.

  144. ray says:

    hi Edward,
    I used this website for my PMP preparation, thanks for created this site.
    and, as recommended, I have purchased PM Exam simulator and my scores 76%, 79.50%, 78.50%, 80%, 77.50%, and 78% in first 6 exams.
    Do you think this score will be enough for passing my pmp.

  145. Mazzy says:

    Hi Edward,

    I passed my PMP exam yesterday August 26th. I got MP’s in all the knowledge areas. The benchmarks are real good and help in assessing ones preparation. The exam was tough with close to 75+ scenario based lengthy questions.

    Please suggest others aspirants on questions of how to apply PMP concepts on real scenarios based questions by pointing to online mocks. Thank You.

    Oliver Lehmann (Online) 75Q – 60%
    HeadFirst PMP Mock Exam 200Q – 80%
    PM Exam Simulator (Free 3-day Trial) – 83%
    Oliver Lehmann (Downloadable PDF) 175Q 66.8%
    Rita’s Exercises – 72%

  146. Gaurav Joshi says:

    Hey Edward,
    Thanks a lot for the pointers on PMP prep. I passed PMP on my first attempt last week.


  147. Andrew says:

    Hi Edward,
    Is there a chance to get PM Exam Simulator discount in August?

  148. Sue says:

    Hello Edward, I can not describe PM Campus for free?

    • Edward Chung says:

      Hello Sue,

      You just need to:
      1) copy the coupon code “PMCAMPUSFREEMOCK”
      2) go to the landing page through the link “”
      3) click the green “Take this course” button
      4) paste it in the Coupon Code field of the check out page

      … and the PMP mock exam will be free for you. Wish you PMP success!

  149. Jorge Monsivais says:

    Hello Edward ! Yesterday I passed my exam, thanks to your tips and websites recommended !!

    Thanks again !!

    • Edward Chung says:

      Congratulations! Would you like to share your success story to fellow PMP Aspirants? I am sure your sharing would offer tremendous help to them. Thanks!

      • Jorge Monsivais says:

        Hello PMP aspirants ! I am Jorge Monsivais, from Mexico, and my tips and methodology was as follow :

        1. I did a training in Mexico, 6 saturdays , 5 hrs each, based in Rita’s Book
        2. Study the sample questions from links recommended by Edward (which helped a lot )
        3. Download a PM app in my mobile, and every 2-3 hrs instead of waste time in facebook, or any social media, I did between 5-10 questions of practice
        4. Understand the flow, connection and the diagrams if the ITOs ( input / outputs and tecniques) for every process
        4. Study at least 1 month in advanced, every day/every other day, study from 30 min to 1 hr using the Rita’s book, the mobile app or links from Edward

        Seems a lot, but it really works. Hope you can use any of these tips. And you can have success as well !


      • Edward Chung says:

        Thanks a lot Jorge! PMP Aspirants would find your sharing very useful!

  150. Henry Law says:

    Hi Edward,

    I also come from Hong Kong and would take the exam on 23 August 2016 in SAN PO KONG exam centre.

    Could you kindly tell if i should spend money to buy Rita exam (it is about US 299PM FASTrack® Software)?

    I have done Head First, Rita book exam and the score is about 70% or above.

    • Edward Chung says:

      Hi Henry,

      I have not tried the Rita Exam before and so I cannot give you the first-hand opinion. I have just the PM Exam Simulator by Cornelius at US$129:

      The unique feature of PM Exam Simulator is the “Live Feedback” which would allow you to ask questions about the answers of the practice questions and to be answered by a PMP. Considering that many PMP Aspirants (including me) have tried the PM PrepCast and found it very useful for the real PMP Exam. I would highly recommend it (it is way cheaper than Rita’s exam too).

  151. Sam says:

    Hi Edward,

    Thanks for the free test sites and score information. It helped me as well and I passed the exam last weekend. I will recommend your site to everyone who are PMP aspirants. Your notes on each topic was very helpful.

  152. Sridhar says:

    Hi Edward,

    I passed PMP today with 3 P, 2 MP. Your material was definitely useful in preparation, and I had great guidance from your site.

    Although I scored only 70+ percentages in the practice exams, I did not have any issues passing the main exam. Thank you again.


  153. Srinivas Nalla says:

    Hi Edward,

    I have scheduled my PMP exam on 6/27/2016 and currently taking PM Exam Simulator’s mock tests. I have scored 74.5, 88, 81 and 81.5 in the first 4 exams. Am I reasonably well prepared to take the exam? And, how many ITTO questions typically come in the exam?

    Your website is great resource for PMP preparation and appreciate all you do to help people like me.


    • Edward Chung says:

      Hi Srinivas,
      Your scores on the PM Exam Simulator are quite well and I am quite sure you stand a very high chance to pass the PMP Exam in first try. There are typically less than 10 questions on ITTO, mine got 6 only (in which only 1-2 asking directly about which ITTO).

      Can’t wait to hear your good news!

      • Srinivas Nalla says:

        Hi Edward,

        I have taken the test today and passed with 4P and 1MP (Monitoring & Control). Your site was of great help in preparation and PM Exam Simulator score is a good indication if we are ready for the real exam or not. I have completed the exam in 3 and half hours and not really seen many ITTO questions (which is a good thing). There were quite a few direct questions too.

        Best Regards,

      • Edward Chung says:

        Congratulations on your great achievements! Thanks a lot for your sharing on your PMP Exam experience.

  154. Sue says:

    I have been trying to get all this PMP stuff into my head and well, it is just not going in very fast. I am taking the test this Thursday. I have not gotten any better than a 60 % on the practice test but I need to pass. Any quick suggestions on how to get everything to stick!? Thanks….

    • Edward Chung says:

      Hi Sue,

      Just my thoughts: if I were you, I would postpone the PMP Exam as it seems that you still need to work on improving the score to stand a better chance to pass the PMP Exam in first try. Taking mock exams and read the explanations for the answers is definitely the best action to take now. Have you tried the questions listed above? Another great way to remember the facts for the PMP Exam is to write your own study notes. Though I have shared mine here, it is more beneficial to you if you write your own ones as every one has different “knowledge gaps” which would need to work on.

      Wish you PMP Exam success!

  155. Park says:

    Hi Edward,

    I passed PMP exam today with 4Ps and 1MP. Benchmarks provided here worked for me because I took these to see my readiness for the exam and found reliable. I got 80%, 86%, 82% and 89% from Oliver Lehman’s 175 Qs, Head first 200Qs, PM simulator 170Qs and Edwel 75Qs respectiveely.

    Thank you Edward and good luck everyone.

    • Edward Chung says:

      Congratulations on your great results for the PMP Exam! And thanks to let me and fellow PMP Aspirants know that the “benchmarks” here are still valid for the new PMP Exam!

  156. Hariff Davies says:

    Thank you for creating this awesome site and providing a central location to access different affordable resources that can be used for test preparation! I recently passed the exam this weekend and can honestly say that your site was extremely helpful, in conjunction with reading Rita Mulcahy exam prep book (once) and the PMBOK (once). The practice exams you listed here are good indicators of exam readiness.

    • Edward Chung says:

      Congratulations! Your hard work deserves you the PMP Title! It is my humble hope that my sharing of PMP Exam journey can help fellow PMP Aspirants a bit in their quest for the PMP Certification. Thanks a lot for your compliments!

  157. bi_planet says:

    Hi Edward,

    I purchase PM Exam simulator and my scores between 76% to 81% in 5 exams. Do you think this score will be enough for passing my pmp. In Oliver 175q i got 74%. also, please advise what to revise in last 5 days before exam.


    • Edward Chung says:

      Hi bi_planet,

      Your results are quite good indeed. I would say you are very likely to pass the PMP Exam with several “Proficient” provided that you are keep your standards during the PMP Exam (i.e. don’t let stress freak you out!).

      Can’t wait to hear your good news and lessons learned!

  158. Ujjwal Dahal says:

    Hi Edward:

    I used this site for my PMP preparation and would like to mention that it was very helpful. Thank you for maintaining this site and it is really helping a lot of PMP aspirants. I got PMP certified on the 11th of April 2016. Thanks again.

  159. PMPStudent says:

    Hi Edward,

    Thank you for all your efforts.

    I tried yesterday Oliver 75Q and I got only 66.6% :(.

    I already scheduled my exam after 40 days from now.

    should i postpone my exam and do more study or keep practisong questions will enhance the score.

    Please advice

    • Edward Chung says:

      Hi PMPStudent,

      Thanks for your comment.

      Sorry to hear that you got 66.6%. But really don’t be discouraged! Many PMP Aspirants consider Oliver’s questions are more difficult than the real PMP Exam. The fact that you can get 66.6% is quite an encouraging achievement!

      Since you still have 40 more days, I recommend you to try out all others mentioned here so that you can assess your exam readiness in a more holistic manner. If you can get an average of 70%+ in all the sample exams, you are ready to try the real PMP Exam!

      Wish you PMP success!

  160. Rhyce says:

    Hi Edward,

    I would like to thank you for your Blog and the list of the Free PMP Exams, along with your scores. When I did not pass the exam, a friend recommended me to your site. I took all of the practice exams that were on your list, and practiced more so on how to dissect the questions, in other words figuring out EXACTLY what the questions was asking!
    By reading your blog , along with reading Rita and Andy’s PMP books, I passed the exam on 3/11/2016!!!! Reading your comments along with the community’s comments were motivational!
    Thanks again!


  161. Brandon says:

    I’ve noticed several mistakes in some of the PMP practice test answer banks. For instance, the Crosswinds PMP simulation test has an answer stating that probability distribution is a tool/technique for qualitative risk analysis (it’s quantitative, per PMBOK section The Headfirst PMP practice exam you have mentioned above states that T&M contracts are riskier than CPFF (they’re not). I’ve seen dozens of other mistakes scattered across the 30 or so practice tests I’ve taken. Point is, be vigilant about answers that conflict directly with the PMBOK. Text books are, after all, prepared by humans.*

    *Somewhat ironic given the overwhelming volume of text dedicated to quality control, but I digress.

    • Edward Chung says:

      Hi Brandon,

      Thanks for your comment which is especially useful to fellow PMP Aspirants. To err is human, and especially for the free simulation exams. That’s why choosing a quality PMP mock exam is very important and there are so many people purchasing paid PMP mock exams when there are tons of free available.

      And one of my recommendation is the PM Exam Simulator by Cornelius Fitcher, PMP, CSM ( ). I am not saying this paid PMP mock exam software is free from errors but from the experience of thousands of PMP Aspirants, this is one of the best and trusted PMP mock exam currently available.

      Thanks and wish you PMP success!

  162. Mike Stevens says:

    ** Watch Out:
    when someone says its 100% Money back Guaranteed, then its a trap, its NOT. Had terrible experienced in California with: There are Sooo many other resources where you don’t have to spend $1900.00 Unless, your Company pays then, who cares!! Otherwise, WATCH OUT.!

    • Edward Chung says:

      HI Mike,

      Really sorry for your experience and thanks for sharing. Yes, there are some companies who operate on dubious tactics and we need to watch out. Thanks a lot for alerting other PMP Aspirants on PMStudy.

      That’s why I would only recommend PMP Exam prep resources that I have personally tried. Both PM PrepCast and PM Exam Simulator offer authentic 100% Money back Guarantee provided that you have not taken the final exam within 90 days of purchase (in PM PrepCast) or have taken a maximum of 2 full exams within 15 days of purchase (in PM Simulator). I have personally been in touch with some PMP Aspirants who can successfully receive refund on these products.

      After all, we all study with different preferences and one product will not suit all, that’s why authentic 100% Money back Guarantee is very important.

      Wish you PMP success!

  163. Sohani says:

    I passed my PMP on 16th Feb 2016 with 4Ps and 1MP in first attempt! Thanks a lot for these notes! They helped me a lot. I appreciate your effort in preparing this information.
    Please find my PMP expereince at the link below,

  164. ramakrishna says:

    Thanks a ton! Your blog is great. I passed my PMP exam with guidance from your blogs in the first attempt. Looking forward to PMI-ACP related blogs now…:Wonderful help from you Edward, Thanks again!

  165. Vishal P says:

    Hello Edward..

    I have been following your notes/comments since the time I decided to go for the PMP certification.All the information that you have provided has helped me termendously . I followed all the free exam links, reference books that you had mentioned .

    And I was able to achieve my PMP certification last week in my first attempt

    Thanks for sharing the information and continue the good work

    Vishal P

  166. Tati says:

    Hello Brigth, Hello Poornima,
    You have done a great thing, which is the decision to get certified. Now, it just remains to get prepared and challenge the exam.
    I used Rita book for my preparation; And Rita does not only help on preparing the exam, but it also increases you project management knowledge in real life project. (I don’t know of other providers, and I’m not advertising on Rita, but i’m just sharing my experience). Make sure you answer all questions during and after each chapter in Rita Book before looking at the answer.
    After I’ve completed Rita book, I would have loved to continue with Rita flashcard and simulator, but it is too expensive (I will even say: It is over expensive). So, I bought one month PM Study simulator, which is very efficient because it has all what you need as course in summarized videos (Chapter by chapter) with exercises at the end of each chapter, which is very efficient to assess your knowledge at the end of each chapter; It is fast and efficient. It cost $90 for 30 days. The only problem is that it has only 4 mock Exams. I think we need more than 4 simulated exams to feel confident before the real exam. (This is my Opinion, May be some people do not need mock at all).
    This is why PM Exam Simulator comes up. (You will see the link to PM Exam Simulator in Edward website, if you are interested. Please kindly use the link) . Nine mock exams, including one exam dedicated only for ITTOs. It cost only $100 for three months access (which matches with the preparation duration).
    I was challenging One Mock exam every 4 days, then going to correction, trying to understand what went wrong, why this and not that.
    And especially getting used to be seating and facing the exam stress for 4 hours. If you do this kind of mock exam 9 times before the exam, you will certainly feel the confidence to go and challenge this Prestigious Certification.

    Feel free to post your question if any, It will be my pleasure to give back to the community. Good luck to you all.

    • Bright says:

      Thanks Tati

    • Poornima says:

      Hi Edward , thanks a lot for all the good materials which you have posted in this blog. It helped me lot for my preparation. I passed the PMP exam after second attempt today. I can say it was more harder than the first exam but I could get through because of better understanding of concepts. I can tell the questions are getting harder and tough from the ones available in the market. I bought PMP simulator for 100$. It helped me prepare well for the exam nevertheless, the logical application and thorough understanding of new added tasks are very much essential to pass the exam. I can tell this since I took my first attempt before Jan 11th and today was my second attempt. I got 3 P and 2 MP.

      Hi Tati,
      Thank you so much for replying back. I made a pass on the rita updated version and concentrated on the new added skills from PMBOK alone. It helped me a lot. Such a relief after you see the results after preparation of 6 months.


  167. Tati says:

    Hi Edward,
    I passed my PMP on January 21, at first try. Thank you for all.
    I started my preparation in October, Rita book 8th Edition was like the Bible for me, so I read it cover to cover. Then, in November I registered and fixed an exam date (January 4, 2016). In November I got Rita Book 8th edition updated(No difference with the previous), then I purchase one month PMStudy(very helpfull), but only 4 mock exams, so I quickly exhausted the 4 exams, and was in the need of more mock exams to assess my pedigree. I had to buy PMP Exam Simulator, guest what???? Waoooh!!!! I have practiced, practiced and Practiced many mock exams.
    I noticed I was only getting 75-80%, and I was having gaps in Quality Management and HR. And my Executing process group was not showing good enough. I postponed the exam to Jan 21.
    My advise to Fellow aspirants is to divide the preparation into 3 parts:

    Tati has kindly offered more PMP Exam tips and experience sharing at:

    • Edward Chung says:

      Hi Tati,

      Congratulations on passing the PMP Certification Exam in first try and thanks a lot for your sharing!

      For your reference, you can begin earning free PDUs for your PMP re-certification, the following are some articles you may find useful: [6 PDU]

    • Bright says:

      Hello Tati,

      Congrats! Which Exam Simulator did you use please?

    • Poornima says:

      Hi Tati, congratulations!!! I am planning to take my re-exam in 2nd week of Feb as I could not get through the first time. I did not do much preparation for the first time. This time I want to nail this one. Since you were studying from Oct, I want your inputs on the following:

      I am studying Rita and I am finding it very helpful. But I would want to know the questions on the newly added tasks. Do you think Rita covers all of this. I have purchased Rita 8th updated version.

      And also, any particular PMP simulation which will help me focus on newly added tasks? Since I have exceeded my budget on the Rita book, any advice which is cost effective on simulations will help me.

  168. Jonathan says:

    I just passed the PMP exam with 4 P and 1 MP (M&C) on 20 Jan 2016band it’s time for me to share my exam preparation, lessons learned and comments on the new exam to give back to the community that helped me for the past 3 months…

    [A great lessons learned for the NEW PMP EXAM 2016 by Jonathan, please read more at: ]

  169. Prez says:

    Hi Edward,
    The comments are very valuable. Thanks everyone! I am in the process of doing my exam on end Feb 2016, could you please share your view on which one you recommend from your experience? option A or B?
    Thanks for your help

  170. sam says:

    Hi Edward,

    I would like to say thank you for this website. The information here was very helpful in passing my PMP on my first try on Jan 8th 2016.
    I have passed my PMP with a score of 5 MPs

    I want to pass on to my fellow PMPs on some of my tips for passing this exam:
    My strategy involved reading Rita’s book twice and the speed read the PMBOK once.

    Due to the economic situation, I went with the most cost effective approach:

    Rita Practice Question from (PMP Exam Prep 8th edition) – 75% (1st attempt on each chapter)
    Oliver Lehmann (PDF) – 66.29%
    Oliver Lehmann (Online) – 74%
    Exam Central – 85%

    PM Simulator (3 day free trial)
    Exam 1 – 69%
    Exam 2 – 70%
    Exam 3 – 72%
    Exam 4 -80%

    I would say I did about 1000+ practice questions in a span of 2 weeks before my exam.
    It was hard to study over the holidays, but now I’m done.

    Good luck to everyone


  171. Sanat says:

    hi Edward,
    would you have any idea on how the results are after the new exam .
    I would be giving mine on the 18th of this month .
    any tips would be appreciated.

    • Edward Chung says:

      Hi Sanat,

      Just like the PMI-ACP Exam which saw a “major” change in 2015 according to PMI, most candidates would agree that the changes are indeed “minor” and they could rely on the exam prep resources based on the previous edition of the exam to pass the new PMI-ACP Exam.

      Since the changes are indeed not drastic this time (the exam is still based on PMBOK Guide 5th edition), I would suppose the level of difficulties and contents of the questions remain quite similar to that before 12 Jan 2016.

      So, if you have already read through the PMBOK Guide and an exam prep book and are able to get around 75% or above in mock exams, you stand a very high chance to pass the PMP Exam in first try.

      I have learned that the PM Exam Simulator ( mentioned in the post above has just updated the set of PMP mock exam questions to align with the new PMP Exam. So if you haven’t tried it before, do sign up for the 3-day free trial to get a feel of the “new” exam questions.

      Wish you PMP success!

      • Sanat says:

        hi Edward,
        thanks for the reply. i couldn’t reply earlier as was preparing for the exam.
        I had my exam yesterday and i have cleared it .
        I studied Rita 3 times
        PMBOK 2 times

        for practice test i used

        1) Oliver Lehmann (67 %)
        2) Rita’s question bank in her book(75 %)
        3) PM Study (75%)
        4) Christopher Scordo (75 %), this is the best source of questions as per , very relevant thought the grammar seems to be a bit off, i found these very close to the exam.

        the different thing i found in the exam was the questions approx 10-12 were a bit practical in nature which i did not find in any practical test .

        thanks for sharing your information and others in this comment thread as i used that as a benchmark for myself.


  172. Femi says:

    Hi Edward,

    Thanks for the information you put up here. I practiced the mock exams (Headfirst, Oilver Lehman 75Q and Edwel) in addition to the Rita simulator. I read the Rita PMP prep book and the PMBOK. I passed the PMP on my first try yesterday Jan 11th.

  173. Tricia says:

    Hie Edward,
    I am planning to re-sit for my PMP exam probably somewhere July, this will be my 2nd attempt. As this time I want to make sure that I pass the exam given ample time to prepare.
    I find the exam’s super tough, and from the testimony, it seems that you strongly recommending the PM Exam Simulator (90-day Access). What is your advice in purchasing the PM Exam Simulator (90-day Access) ? Should I do it a month later (February) if there is any update to the any changes, in case any, or, 3 months before the exam scheduled to purchase it?

    • Edward Chung says:

      Hi Tricia,

      Sorry to hear that you did not make it the first time. But you are much closer to PMP success in your 2nd attempt!

      For the PM Exam Simulator, the questions have already been updated for the new PMP Exam syllabus from 12 Jan 2016. I would suggest you to purchase it anytime now and try several full length PMP mock exams in order to find out your weak areas so that you can concentrate your study efforts on those. This would be much more effective than if you just begin your PMP Exam preparation anew.

      Just my two cents. Wish you PMP success!

      • Cecil says:

        Hi Edward

        I use the Prepcast Simulator and although t has been updated, I still see numerous ITTO questions. I am not interested in ITTO questions as they are not found on the Exam. Can you suggest any other simulator that deals mostly with SITUATIONAL QUESTIONS like Rita’s Prepcast?.

      • Edward Chung says:

        Hi Cecil,

        Yes, ITTO questions are seldom seen in the real PMP Exam, I suppose they are there to help you consolidate your PMBOK Guide knowledge.

        If you want an alternative, I would highly suggest you to purchase PM FASTrack® PMP® Exam Simulation Software which receives a lot of praise from PMP Aspirants. It is way more expensive though.

  174. Geet says:

    Hi Edward,

    I am happy to inform you that I have passed the PMP exam on 8 Jan. Your notes are very helpful for PMP aspirants.
    I studied from Rita and PMBOK and attempted below mocks

    Head First (Free)
    Knowledge Woods Test 1-4
    Scordo 12 tests – (Best)
    PM Study
    Edureka one mock test
    Oliver Lehman (75 Q) – (Best)
    Oliver Lehman (175 Q) – (Best)


  175. khaled says:

    Thank you so much for your notes Edward, they were extremely helpful. I read the PMBOK 5th ed., head first, and Rita all once, and answered Rita’s FastTrack questions after every chapter, and i found the pmbok and Rita to be the most helpful. From there it was only practice exams and your study notes, and i can confidently say that the notes contained 90% plus of the questions i faced in the mock exams. For the above mentioned exams i got 80% in Oliver 175, 82% in PM study (free), and 86% in Head first. Today i passed the real exam with 4Ps and MP in Initiating. I can tell your above scores are a reliable benchmark for one’s level and whether or not he is ready for the real exam.
    Again a BIG thanks for your study notes, they were perfect. Keep up the good work.


  176. Leo says:

    Hi Edward,

    Just would like to say thank for the information you’ve shared here. They are very helpful during my study for my PMP, especially the notes.

    I have also bought the PM simulator 90 day access (of coz via the link you have provided).

    and today, I have passed my PMP today and scored 3 P and 2 MP (excusing and closing). I am here to share my practice test result for those who are planning for their PMP to benchmark.

    Rita Practice Question from (PMP Exam Prep 8th edition) – 74.14%
    Oliver Lehmann (PDF) – 66.29%
    Oliver Lehmann (Online) – 76%
    PMP Head First – 78%
    PM Simulator
    Exam 1 – 82%
    Exam 2 – 77%
    Exam 3 – 81%
    Exam 5 -84%

    Good luck to who those preparing for exam



    • Edward Chung says:

      Congratulations! Thanks for sharing your real PMP Exam results as well as your mock exam results. This proves that the mock exams listed above are still quite a good indicator of whether one will be able to pass the PMP Exam.

  177. M.Majid says:

    Hi Edward,

    I have been preparing to take the PMP exam for last couple months, but I found that the current exam format will expire on Jan. 16th, 2016.
    I’m very confused now, can you please help me understand how different the new exam format would be. Shall I still take the following or do you recommend something else:
    Oliver Lehmann (Online) 75Q
    HeadFirst PMP Mock Exam 200Q
    PM Exam Simulator (Free 3-day Trial) 170Q
    Oliver Lehmann (Downloadable PDF) 175Q
    Edwel Mock Exam 75Q

    Please advise.

    Thank you in advance.

    Best Regards and Happy New Year!

    • Edward Chung says:

      Hi Majid,

      Thanks for your comment. Actually, it is only the PMP exam syllabus will be changed on 16, Jan 2016, the format will stay the same. And judging from what has been announced, the changes to the PMP exam syllabus this time is just minimal and all the PMP Exam resources and mock exams will mostly be relevant. After all, the exam is still based on PMBOK Guide 5th edition.

      I would advise you to prepare for your PMP Exam as usual and practice the mock exams indicated above.

      Wish you PMP success!

      • M.Majid says:

        Hi Edward,

        Thank you so much for your response. I really appreciate your guidance.

        Best Regards

  178. Shravs says:

    Hi Edward, i passed my pmp test today. thank you so much for ur info on free tests.

  179. Moe says:

    Hi Edward,

    I passed the exam on December 28 and just wanted to thank you for all the great work that your doing. your notes helped me a lot especially during my review period.
    Keep up the good work and happy new year 🙂

  180. Mark Chropufka says:

    In response to Bright,

    I would suggest the following exam simulators:
    1) – Edward has a link to it on his site and this will help you identify your weak areas.
    2) –
    3) – ExamCentral

    I would do full length practice exam and then review the incorrect and the questions you marked and got correct. Additionally, I took screen shots of the incorrect questions from the simulator using Alt-Print Screen and pasted them into a Word document and then made notes on each of them. I even did this for questions where I was unsure of the answer, but got them correct.

    Another technique as you study is to “Say It, Write It and Read It’ simultaneously; this will help you remember information and can be applied to anything you need to study, including the PMP.


  181. Mark Chropufka says:


    Your website is an excellent resource and I actually found some additional free exams from Izenbridge and SimpleLearn; I can provide links if you are interested.

    Your EDWEL free exam link is outdated and leads to a site under construction. New link to access exam and a free E-Book by Richard Perrin of EDWEL is below:

    All the best, Mark Chropufka, PMP

  182. Mark says:


    Thank you so much for sharing your notes and experience. Your site is an excellent resource and I feel it was instrumental in my passing the exam today.

    I would love to share my lessons learned and offer some additional sites for free questions.

    Please email me and I will provide.


  183. Geet says:

    Hi Edward,
    I have exam in 5 days. Below are my scores in mocks in sequence of attempt. Please let me know if I am ready for the exam or postpone it:

    Head First (Free) – 74%
    Knowledge Woods Test 1 – 60%
    Knowledge Woods Test 2 – 69.5%
    Scordo 8 tests = Average 75%
    PM Study = 64%

    I am really nervous and need your guidance.


    • Edward Chung says:

      Hi Geet,

      Thanks for your comment. It seems that you are doing OK and stand a chance to pass the PMP Exam (I did not attempt Knowledge Woods tests so I have ignored these 2 mock PMP exams). I would advise you to focus more on your mistakes in these mock exams during these days, trying to find out if there is a pattern for your mistakes, etc. so that you can avoid these in the real PMP Exam.

      Be confident and relax your mind!

      Wish you PMP success!

    • Bright says:

      Hi Geet,
      I commend your effort and wish you the best in your Exam. How do I get Knowledge wood test please?

  184. Dhaval Mehta says:

    Hi, i have given below test and my results mentioned.

    I am really not sure if i am ready for the exam or not since the scores varied quite a lot. Any suggestions or help is highly appreciated.

    I have gone through all the wrong answers and clarified that particular concept.

    Oliver Lehmann (Online) 75Q 65.3%
    HeadFirst PMP Mock Exam 200Q 84.5%
    PM Exam Simulator (Free 3-day Trial) 170Q 73.64%
    Oliver Lehmann (Downloadable PDF) 175Q 74.8%
    Edwel Mock Exam 75Q 94.66%


    Dhaval Mehta

    • Edward Chung says:

      Hi Dhaval,

      You are doing pretty well. If you can manage your stress during the PMP Exam well, you stand a high chance of passing the PMP Exam.

      Wish you PMP success!

      • Dhaval Mehta says:

        HI Edward,

        Thank you very much for your reply and your judgement seems to be correct. It really motivated me and boosted my confidence.

        I have successfully passed PMP exam yesterday with 4 Ps and 1 MP(in closing Process group).

        Thank you very much for all the study material and inspiring all.

        Thank you,

        Dhaval Mehta

  185. Bright says:

    Hi Edward, I failed my Exam today, however, what I need is your advice as I earlier wrote you and followed your suggestion by getting a Paid Exam Simulator I got only 1MP and 4Below proficient. Kindly refer to my comment above “Bright”.
    Lastly, At what length of time can I re-schedule another PMP Exam.

    Thank you

    • Edward Chung says:

      Hi Bright,

      I am so sorry to hear that you failed the first time. But you will be much better positioned to pass the PMP Exam in your next attempt! Try attempting the exam simulator over and over and discover your weak areas. Read the PMBOK Guide and PMP reference books on those areas and try the exam simulator again.

      Once you can get over 80% in the exam simulator, you are ready to go! You can schedule your next PMP Exam anytime within your 1-year validity period.

      Wish you PMP success!

  186. Andrea says:

    Hi Edward,

    I passed my PMP exam this week and got exactly the same proficiency levels you got in 2013! Thanks for your good input that helped me be 100% prepared for the exam.

  187. Tobi says:

    Hi Edward,
    I just passed the exam and I wanted to thank you for the information you provide on your blog. Keep up the good work! I can indeed confirm that the scores within the test exams give you a good indication of how you will score on the exam. I found myself around 65-80% in the tests listed above and passed the exam with 5MP.

  188. Rameshwar Khenat says:

    Hey Edward,

    I passed my PMP on 30th November 2015 with 3 P & 2 MP.

    I would like to thank you for sharing your experience and notes. It helped me a lot in last week revision.

    I have shared the details at

  189. Sheesh says:

    Hey Edward,
    I wish you could help me, I’m preparing my PMP and want to take it next week! I read Rita’s book twice and just skimmed through the ITTO from the PMBOK, I took Rita’s PMP exam and scored 75.5%, the PMStudy exam and scored 73% and Oliver’s 75q online test and I scored 64% :(, the problem is am terrified of the exam to the point am very exhausted, I read some people found it easy, other were faced by lengthy questions, my question is, are All PMP test similar? or is it a matter of luck? are there direct questions? I feel that I understand the material, am going through your notes, but still am very terrified, was it like this with you?

    • Edward Chung says:

      Hi Sheesh,

      Thanks for sharing your worries with me. Actually, from your testing scores, I am quite you can pass the real PMP Exam. Yes, the level of difficulties vary across different sets of PMP Exams, but PMI would adjust the passing scores based on the level of difficulty of the set of questions you have.

      My recommendation for you now is to take some rest (probably one day) without thinking of the PMP Exam. Then come back to the notes and mock exam questions again. You will surely feel refreshed then.

      Wish you PMP success!

  190. Amit says:

    The link for Edwel mock exam is broken. Correct link is

  191. Albert Allotey says:

    Hi Edward, i think you are God sent. I used the information on your website just last night and it helped a lot. I passed my PMP exams today.
    Thanks and God bless you more for what you are doing.

  192. Bright says:

    Hello Edward Chung, thanks for the wonderful of your experience. I need your opinion please.

    I have been reading for a while and already schedule my Exam to be last week of Dec. I scored 69% inn both Oliver Test (75 and 175 Questions) and 76% in Headfirst, while I was doing the test I thought I would get more. Till date I couldn’t figure out my week point. My concern is that I want Proficients in my Exam. Please advice how I could be better.

    Thank you.


    • Edward Chung says:

      I would highly advise you to purchase a paid exam simulator and attempt as many questions as possible and make use of the performance reports in the exam simulators to understand which topics are your weakest areas and focus on studying them. From experience, getting around 70+% in mock exams stands a high chance of passing the PMP exam, however, getting all proficient maybe quite marginal.

      Wish you PMP success!

  193. Kanchana says:

    Took my PMP exam today and passed in my first attempt with 3P and 2MP. Thank God! I took approximately 3 months to prepare. Read through the entire PMBOK once then skim through Rita’s PMP Exam Prep book. Tried questions at the end of each chapter. Then did 100q for each knowledge area (except those with less than 100q) using Rita’s PM Fastrack. On average I got 77%. Then I did Rita’s PMP mock exam (85%) and Super PMP (82%). My score was high maybe because there were repetitive questions from the knowledge area questions. One week before my exam, I discovered this website. Tried Oliver online (62.6%), HeadFirst (81%) and finally Oliver PDF (71%). The benchmark set in this website helps me to evaluate how ready I am for the exam. All the comments in this page also were helpful for my preparation. Will recommend PMP aspirants to try questions from multiple resources but always cross check the answers with PMBOK. I did find today’s exam difficult as a whole. But there were some straight forward questions as well. I was lucky I din’t encounter many lengthy questions. Many questions are situation questions. Thank you 🙂

  194. Tayyab says:

    Dear Edward,
    I have cleared PMP with Proficient in all grades except closing in which I got below professional.

    Thanks! You are doing a very good job.

    A tip for test takers is to read the processes vertically before the exam at least once to get the clarity.

  195. Tayyab says:

    Hi Edward,
    Your website is really great and very informative. You are doing a wonderfully good job.
    I am appearing for the test on November 29, 2015. Just got 84% on my first try on Head First . I also have an account at IIL and got 85%. I need your advise for the last eight days preparation.


    • Edward Chung says:

      Hi Tayyab,

      According to your PMP practice exam results, you stand a high change of passing the PMP Exam! Just relax and try your best. If I were you, I would try more PMP practice exams these days and do nothing about PMP exam prep on the day before the exam. Just relax on that day to clear your stress. You will perform better with less stress.

      Wish you PMP success!

  196. Deepak says:


    Your site has being very helpful in the preparation, i gave my exam to day and got mod prof in all, except Planning which was Prof. I gave most of the mock test suggested by you, never scored more than 70 in any. Infact i bought the PM Study Mock test 3 and got 65% yesterday night. I felt the real test was more easier. There were NO ITTO Questions, so no need of mugging the entire list. In general i had referred the PMBOK5 and Rita, did mug up the Rita Process chart.


  197. AnneMarie Martel says:

    Thanks so much for all your notes and advice. I passed today with Proficient in all categories except Closing, which I got Moderately Proficient. I used a lot of your suggestions for free sites, but I did use the paid PM Study for the simulation. I took three of their exams and averaged around 76%, and then just refined with smaller exams in knowledge areas I needed to boost. I took a total of 5 weeks to study. So, it’s possible, and I wish I hadn’t stressed as much!

  198. Sin P says:


    Thank you for this site. I used the links to the practise exams from this website to practise for my PMP exam. Thanks to you, I passed! I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for all your effort in helping others get their PMP certification. You’re doing such an amazing job. Keep up the good work!

  199. Edward Chung says:

    Dear Funks,

    Yes, you can make use of the materials listed above for CAPM though they are a bit more difficult than that would be required for CAPM.

  200. Balu Wagle says:

    Hi Edward.

    Passed my PMP today with MP in Initiating and Proficient in all other areas. Your website was very useful for me on 2 things

    1) Tips on filling out the PMP application
    2) I needed something that would summarize everything as a quick revision on the last day before taking the exam. Your study notes greatly helped with that.

    For anyone that this might help. My study process was as follows

    1) Read the PMBOK guide and Rita’s PMP course in detail once.
    2) Take the Rita’s test (from the book), Oliver Lehmann and Cornelius Fitcher free PM simulation.
    3) Note down what % you got but do not look at the answers yet for anything you got wrong
    4) Read PMBOK and Rita’s PMP again (this time paying more attention to the areas you got wrong the first time and skimming over the rest)
    5) Take the tests in step 2 again and see how much your performance has improved
    6) I got 80% in Rita’s, 75% in Oliver and 70% in Cornelius’ tests the first time and the second time they went upto 90%, 85% and 75% respectively.
    7) Look up any answers you missed this time and make sure you do a quick study on those areas.
    8) On the day before the test read Ed Chung’s study notes (!!!)
    9) Try to get a 1 pm slot for the exam rather than the 8 am slot (I’m not a morning person so maybe Im biased !!)
    10) All the questions I got on the exam were from PMBOK but reading Rita’s definitely helps improve your knowledge.



  201. funks says:

    I am writing the CAPM exam in under 2 week(I know the PMP is different), but will answering the questions you’ve suggested and skipping the situational questions help?

    Or are you aware of any CAPM materials I can use?

  202. RR says:

    Hi Edward

    I passed the PMP yesterday – first attempt. I used Andy Crowe, Sohail Akhter, PMstudy tests, Oliver Lehmann tests. I must say that I found the real exam tougher than PMstudy and a bit easier than Oliver. I scored between high 70s to mid 80s in PMstudy tests and 70% on Oliver’s tests. I have 2 jobs, 2 kids, major home remodel going on and finding time to study and space has been a big challenge. I think the important thing is to study smart, as it is easy to get lost in the large volumes of data you get exposed to and also take as many practice tests as you can from multiple sources.

    Your site is helpful! I am now investigation other certifications that will enhance my skillset as a TPM and am strongly inclined towards the MTA. I know this is dev certification but I feel it may help me be more effective as a technical PM. Thoughts?


    • Edward Chung says:

      Hi RR,

      Congratulations and thanks for your invaluable input! You have achieved a lot during your PMP exam prep!

      Sorry that I have no knowledge of MTA but I support you to enhance your skills through Certifications! Wish you good luck!

  203. Pradeep says:

    Hi Edward,
    I passed the PMP with 4MP and 1BP, since I was getting around the 72% range on the Oliver and PMZEST exams, I think they are the true benchmark for the real test. Also in my exam I had a NOT long questions but very similar answers. Here are the LL:
    – Best benchmark of if you are ready or not is the Oliver 175 and 70Q and also PMZEST, Cornelius is good but I think if you have the guys get more than 75% on the ones I mentioned they are good to pass
    – Questions are not wordy but very similar answers
    – few ITTO direct questions
    – I used my revision by studying by Domain, focusing on Initiating (23 questions), Closing (14), and so on…this gave me a focus on the domains
    – Last 1 week before the exam….just studied the key notes I prepared
    – Have the easy questions done first and then the lengthy ones (to save time for review)
    – Finally few CPM questions except one…complicated network diagram but the answer was easy (read the question carefully)
    – Lots of EVM questions but easy calcs

    • Edward Chung says:

      HI Pradeep,

      Congratulate on getting PMP certified! Your PMP Exam experience sharing is very valuable to fellow PMP aspirants. Thanks a lot for your efforts!

      Best Regards,
      Edward Chung

  204. Pradeep says:

    Thanks Edward for the site….I am taking the exam on Oct 23, 2015…..I have studied for more than 4 months and finally now doing exam mock questions in the last 3 weeks….I am getting around 83% on PMstudy, and chapter questions. On Oliver (175Q) I can only get 71%, also on Saket site I am getting 75-78%….on your experience do you think I will pass?

    Please help

    • Edward Chung says:

      Hi Pradeep,

      I would say you stand a high chance to pass the PMP Exam. The Oliver is often considered to be more difficult than the real PMP Exam. Since you can constantly score around 75% or more, you should perform relatively well in the real PMP Exam. Just relax and enjoy the fruit of your hard work!

  205. Mustafa says:

    Dear Edward, I would like to thank you for sharing such valueable notes with us. I just passes my PMP exam few hrs. back. 🙂
    I used your benchmarking , free resources link and of course, EVM notes and excercise- (these are some of the best way to prepare for exam). Highly recommended for PMP aspirants.

    Thank you. Good bless!

    • Edward Chung says:

      Thanks a lot Mustafa. Congratulates on passing the PMP exam!

      Please help the growth of this website by sharing it among your acquaintances. Also, please share with us your PMP Exam lessons learned. I am sure your experience will benefit other PMP aspirants!

  206. Sohail Khan says:

    Hi, Every one.
    I am doing preparation of PMP exam. Any one tell me guide me for Exam dumps. Please sent me latest dumps of PMP . [email protected]
    Thank you

  207. abhijeet says:

    Hi Edward, i cleared my PMP on friday 25.09.15. I scored 4P and 1 MP (Closing) on actual exams.
    I would like to thank you for providing right direction for preparation and sharing links for most relevant exams
    About my preparation, I read PMBOK once completely .
    Then I took following exams and scored as follows.
    Oliver 175 – 75%
    Head First – 87%
    I have gone through each questions and analyzed it thoroughly by referring multiple time to PMBOK.
    This has helped me strengthen my basics and concepts.
    I found Oliver PDF and online exam to be true indicator of difficulty of PMP exam and it much relavent compared to other exam.
    All questions were very logical and it need not call for memorizing ITTO and mathematical formulas.
    I finished my exams in 03:30 hours with 2 breaks each of 6 mins.
    Spent last 30 mins checking answers marked with review. I corrected 4-5 answers in last review.
    Abhijeet Pokharkar, India

  208. Max says:

    Hello Edward,

    I heard that if the you fail the “ethics and responsibilities” portion of the exam, you will not be awarded your pmp. Even if you get proficient in all the subject areas. is this true or is it a myth, id love to know what your thoughts on in preparing for these types of questions as I there isn’t anything in the pmbok that outlines these types of practices. many thanks


  209. Marissa F. says:

    Hi! I tried to post earlier, but I am not seeing my post (using my phone). I apologize if this is a duplicate. I wish I would have seen your site sooner. I take the exam on friday and have been using Rita’s exam prep. I tried some of these free exams and they are quite different and I am not scoring as well. Rita’s book contains the formulas for EAD and SD but nowhere does she mention squaring a number or using the square root of a number. When would I use these? What is the difference between and 95% confidence and 95% probability? Thank you for the help!!

  210. Marissa F. says:

    The above should have said “answer took SDx2”.

    • Edward Chung says:

      Hi Marissa,

      Thanks a lot for your comment. This is why every PMP aspirants are advised to take mock exams from different vendors as the wording and design of the questions are different. But since Rita’s is quite difficult and if you can score well, you will be able to do well in the actual PMP exam.

      For EAD and SD, it seems that most PMP aspirants would not be tested on the actual calculation but the concept behind. You may try to reference resources online to learn a bit more about them. For your reference, I did not encounter any questions on these topics in my real PMP Exam paper.

      Wish you PMP success!

      • Marissa F. says:

        Thank you! Maybe I won’t worry about square root very much then and focus on other items. Thanks again!

  211. Darren Wietz says:


    If I took both Oliver Lehmann exams and scored an 88% on the 75 question test and 86% on the 175 question test, would that be sufficient to pass the PMP or should I practice the ‘Head First’ exam as well? I’m just curious how these 3 exams provide enough resource to complete the exam successfully. Can you elaborate further?

    • Edward Chung says:

      You certainly stand a high chance of passing the PMP Exam. However, I would highly recommend you to try an online full 4-hour PMP exam just to understand your stamina. The ‘Head First’ provides an excellent FREE opportunity. If you get 80%+, then I can almost certainly say that you will pass with many ‘proficient’.

      Try questions from different sources will enable you to discover some areas that you are not familiar with so that you can prevent losing marks in the real PMP Exam at those areas. That’s why you are recommended to not only try Oliver Lehmann but one or two other PMP exams.

      Wish you PMP success!

  212. Joe says:

    HI Edward,

    You and your notes are amazing. They are detailed and to the point. I just found your note few weeks before exam, and cleared out some of my blind spots. Just got the exam tackled today, with 2P and 3MP.
    Great thanks.

  213. Mansour says:

    Hey Edward,
    I’m getting 72 % score in Headfirst 200 questions and my exam after two weeks,
    can you please advice me if this score is accebtable or i will failed in the PMP exam !!
    Thank you

  214. PD says:

    Hi Edward,

    Thanks for your help in sharing the knowledge and helping PMP aspirants get there. I passed my exam on Aug15th with flying colors. Your website is one of the best and it definitely helped me understanding many things from beginning to end. Thank You.

    Praveen, PMP

  215. fady says:

    Hey Guys,, I have PMP exam after two weeks.. and I have read the PMBOK only one time. and practice many questions on Rita`s PM Fastrack.. IS it enough !!!! and how is the similarity between the real PM exam and Rita`s Fastrack ??
    Anyone can help !!!

  216. SS says:

    Hi Edward,

    Thank you answering my questions. I passed PMP today (4Ps, 1MP). The MP was Executing which was surprising because that was my strongest in the sample tests. My sample test scores were similar to yours (may be slightly less).

    Oliver 175 – 82%
    Head First – 80%
    SimpliLearn – 80% (Oliver rates this hard)
    PM Prep Simulator (Free) – 76%
    PM Study (Free) – 86%

    4 weeks studying + test/studying past 2 weeks: I read PMBOK (most of the chapters) once, Rita once.

    About my exam:
    The question level was very simple. It was nothing compared to Oliver or Simplilearn. I have read people mention PMP exam is similar to PMStudy. This was easier than PMStudy. I found even repetitive or same answer questions (literally answer was Project Charter for 5 questions – got a bit annoying seriously). One thing I was glad was I had only one ITTO question – glad I put no effort to memorize them.

    The other thing I noticed was most of the questions had 3 unrelated choices and it was very easy to spot the right one.

    Well, at the end of the day – one thing off my checklist.


  217. Thomas Ho says:

    Thanks Edward. I made use of your resources and study notes to prepare the exam. I have tried those mock exam with following results: Head First: 77%, Oliver in PDF: 66%
    I wrote the Exam yesterday and passed with 3P, 1MP, 1BP

    Thanks again~~~~~

    • Edward Chung says:

      Congratulations! Thanks for your comment which will be very useful to fellow PMP aspirants. Though many have said that getting over 80% in mock exams is important before attempting the real PMP Exam, your experience has proved that getting around 70% is enough to pass the PMP Exam! Thanks!

  218. SS says:

    May be I am asking a lot of questions – Sorry :(. I came across the following question in one of the online tests (Simplilearn). Quality of test was very good. Doubts on only one question.

    10. Which of the following is NOT a tool used in the perform qualitative risk analysis process?

    1. Probability and Impact Matrix
    2. SWOT (Strength, Weakness, Opportunities and Threat)
    3. Monte Carlo Simulation
    4. Root cause identification

    I should have read choices correctly and selected 3 immediately since it is for Quant and not Qual analysis. I stopped and (2) and thought it is done for only Identify risks and selected that. Is (2) done in Qual analysis also or do you feel it is a wrong choice?


  219. Romit Nath says:

    Hi Edward. I really can’t thank you enough for your contribution to help aspirants like me to pass this exam. By far one of the most helpful sites I have come across. I went thru your notes many times during my preparation and it helped me a lot. I took all the free exams which you mentioned and scored between 70 to 75 (after reading PMBOK and Rita 1 time each). After that I revised PMBOK and Rita and took the PM Exam simulator exams( 5 exams and ITTO exam) and started scoring 80+. The more I revised the PMBOK and Rita my scores improved. The key is understanding and revising as many times as possible. I passed with 5Ps on 08/07/2015 and I am elated!! I did not get any questions on Corporate and Social Resp. The 1st 100 questions were lengthy and took 2.5 hours. The 2nd 100 was over in 1.5 hours. I did not find time to review. I made sure I answer correctly the first time. Thanks again and good luck to everyone pursuing this exam. I have to say this – The feeling of passing the exam after months of handwork is awesome and definitely worth the trouble. Thanks Romit

  220. SS says:

    The answers to these two questions confuse me:

    ====, Question 24 =====

    Greg is a Project Manager of a construction project. The customer has requested that an additional room needs to be constructed at an extra cost? How should Greg respond to this request
    1. Document the request and present it to Change Control Board. (This is the right answer and I concur too).
    2. Refuse the request as this was not part of the original scope.
    3. Accept the request as the customer is willing to pay for it.
    4. Consult the project sponsor.


    ======, Question 47 ===============
    You are the Project Manager for XYZ project. The scope of the project has been completed. You receive a request for a new module to be developed as part of this project. What should you do next?
    1. You should approach the Project sponsor and ask her for a new module to be developed as part of this project.
    2. You should approach the Senior Management and ask them for a new module to be developed as part of this project.
    3. You should send the request to Change Control Board for approval.
    4. Since the project scope is completed you should inform the customer that this change cannot be done as part of the project. (This is right answer and not the third one)

    Does scope of the project being completed mean the implementation is done? Or does it mean we are in planning phase where scope has been just defined. I feel the second question a bit confusing. What will be your reasoning?


    • Edward Chung says:

      Yes, I echo with you. “The scope has been completed” does not necessarily mean that all the deliverable have been approved and accepted. If it was said that the project is in the “closing phase”, then the answer 3 is the most appropriate one.

    • nav says:

      As, I have seen in RMC questions and some mock exams, one word can change the whole meaning of the question. Such ambiguous questions confuse you a lot and are frustrating at times. But, I think here the catch is the word ‘complete’. In planning the scope is defined or you can say scope ‘definition’ is completed. When it says scope is completed, I think it is better to assume that the work has been completed or you can say deliverable has been completed (approved, accepted). I am going to give my pmp exam next week and I am hoping that my assumptions are in right direction 😉

  221. Arunkumar S says:

    I’m getting around 64-69% in practice test. I have 15 more days for my PMP Exam. I can bring the score up to 70% in next 15 days. Dumb Question but still – will 70% be good enough to clear PMP?

    • Edward Chung says:

      Frankly speaking, 70% is good enough to pass the PMP Exam provided that you can perform as good as you are taking the practice PMP Exam. However, you may get nervous or excited while attending the real PMP Exam which may impede your performance and it is likely to make a few careless mistakes when one is nervous.

      My advice is to do more mini-exams of around 50 questions each to get at least 75% for each of these to help you boost your confidence. Wish you PMP success!

  222. Cyndi says:

    Edward, I encountered some questions while studying for the exam. Is there an email address where I can reach you for help?

  223. SS says:

    Edwel mock exam seem to be not working anymore. Are the mock tests given by pXXXXXXpm website good quality?

    Any thoughts?


    • Edward Chung says:

      I have not tried that before and therefore I did not include it here. It seems that Edwel mock exam is currently experiencing some technical errors which should be fixed soon. Finger crossed.

  224. Kiran Kowshik says:

    Hi Edward..thank you so much for the comprehensively laid out study notes and benchmark questions..I passed my PMP exam today with moderately proficient in planning and proficient in the rest 4. The last one week spent with your study notes helped me solve many questions pretty well and especially the trend was more than one correct answer on the exam. Thanks for all that you are doing to help us for this exam.

  225. Bala says:

    Hello Edward,

    I am having Difficulty in Execution and monitoring & control. any suggestions …specially asnwering the questions..

  226. Mercedes says:

    Hello Edward,
    I am considering the course and exam for the PMI Fundamentals of PM, rather than the full PMI. I have looked for info on the exam- sample questions, etc and so far have not found it. Any suggestions? My goal is to improve my PM skills but I do not need the PMI certification per se. Thank you.

    • Edward Chung says:

      Hi Mercedes,

      Perhaps you can take a look at the CAPM course materials which examine fundamental knowledge of project management. The CAPM is also created by PMI and based on the PMBOK Guide which will give you enough coverage of project management skills.

      However, as a friendly reminder, you will benefit most if the organization you are working in practises the PMI / PMBOK Guide project management framework. If not, you may better search for general knowledge about project management instead of PMI ones.

      Hope this helps.


  227. Tom B. says:

    Hi Edward,

    I was wondering if you could tell me a few things about the exam:
    Is a calculator provided or must you perform calculations manually?
    Does the exam use many acronyms or are terms usually spelled out?


    • Edward Chung says:

      Hi Tom,

      Thanks for your queries.
      I) Yes, usually an on-screen calculator will be provided if you are taking the computer-based test. PMP is not a test about your calculation ability so you will not need to perform calculations manually.
      2) Yes, the PMP exam makes use of common acronyms, sometimes with the full term spelt out, and sometimes just the acronyms themselves.

      Wish you PMP success!


  228. Jinal Patel says:

    Hi Edward,

    A big thank you for this website. I used your study notes before PMP exam and they were quite useful to me. I also used your mock exam scores as a benchmark for my study exams. I cleared PMP yesterday with 5Ps.

    Thank you again!


  229. Uma maheswari says:

    Hi Edward,

    I am preparing for PMP exam and spents nearly 3 hrs a day..Right now I am reading PMBOK 4 th edition and do I need to read the whole book of 5th edition or just the changes made in 5 th edition..
    Also when I planned to apply for PMP will I get an exam slot immediately or shld I wait for long time..I heard exam pattern is going to change from Nov 15,and I would like to take this exam before Nov..


    • Edward Chung says:

      Hi Uma,

      You can just read what have been changed in PMBOK 5th. I advise you to apply for the PMP immediately as you can later decide the date of taking the PMP Exam. If you are requested an audit, that would take around 1 month for completing the application.

      Wish you PMP success!

  230. Sita Tangirala says:


    Thank you for this website. I did not follow your notes but used you as my benchmark.
    I tried my best to get your scores during my mock exams (bought pm 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 was just thinking Comparing to your scores I got around 5 to 10% less and 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. Based on my experience, your mock scores are really a very good benchmark to analyze our individual performance. Thank you very much again!

  231. Eric Jue says:

    Hi Edward, Thanks for your website. I have a few questions. 1 / What study sheets can you make available to me (i.e. r these the language aids on the right hand side)? 2 / May I ask if u used the PM Prep Cast Exam Simulator questions? 3/ Where do I click if want to register for the $179 Pre Cast or $229 Pre Cast Elite, incl exam simulator, on your website so that u receive credit? I am still trying to figure out if a) The extra $50 for the PM Prep Cast exam simulator is worth it and b) I will hv the time to go through these questns, since I plan to start with the free questns. I plan to take the PMP exam before 11/1/2015. Your thoughts?

    • Edward Chung says:

      Hi Eric,

      Thanks for your comment. Here are my answers:

      1) Sorry that I cannot get it. You can asking about language aids?

      2) I did not use the paid PM Exam Simulator (just the free trial) as I did not have enough time for taking the 9 exams included). But judging from the free trial, the questions are of good quality. Why not try it yourself first?

      3) Thanks a lot for your support! Please click on the following link: (note the PM PrepCast Bundle is on sale for US$206.99 for June 2015:

      4) It depends on how much time you plan to spend on the exam prep. If you spare 2-3hours every day, you definitely have the time to try all exam questions. Also, if you can achieve over 80% in the free questions listed above, there is no need to purchase the exam simulator.

      Hope these help!


  232. Ricky says:

    I passed the pmp exam today, may I take this opportunity to thanks for provided info on this web site, its really helpful, especially for the mindmap which provide a clear pic on ITTO’s

  233. Dia says:

    Thank you so much for sharing 🙂 I’m just getting started!

  234. Andreea says:

    congrats on the excellente job you did with this site!

  235. Deema says:

    I have passed it yesterday.

  236. Max says:

    hi Edward – can you tell me what your preferred PAID question database would be? I appreciate the free the questions on various sites, but I’d like a product that is robust and as similar in type to the actual exam. many thanks!

  237. Veeranarayan Kulkarni says:

    Hi Edward,
    Hurray!!! I passed my PMP exam yesterday. Thank you for all the relevant inputs/tips that were very useful.

    Veeranarayan Kulkarni, B.E., MBA, PMP, PRINCE2, Six Sigma Black Belt.
    CEO – Mahishi Trust,
    Dharwad, Karnataka, India

  238. Rhonda says:

    Edward, I just wanted to thank you for the excellent materials you have put together. Your study sheets are PERFECT and helped me answer many questions. I wish I had started at your site when I started my studying for my PMP. Thanks again. I recognize the effort you have put into sharing your learnings and helping other be successful. Hats off!

  239. Abijit Ganguli says:

    Hello Edward, I used the information provided in your website for PMP preparation and I passed the exam today. I thank you so much for your useful tips and information. It was a great help for me to achieve the success. It took me two months. I appreciate all of your efforts to help PMP certification aspirants. Thanks a lot again.
    Abijit Ganguli, P. Eng., PMP

June 9, 2014