How to Know if You Are Ready for the PMP Exam ? Hint: Free PMP Mock Exam Questions w/w Benchmark
PMP Exam Tips and Free Study Resources: here is a list of quality PMP mock exams I have taken which are very similar to the real PMP Exam!
Hi fellow Aspirants, if you have just begun your PMP journey and would like to learn more about the PMP Certification Exam, exam prep and cost-saving tips, please visit my PMP Exam guidance page here. Most of the materials and info given out on my website are free of cost (excluding the recommended courses/books/mock exams to be purchased from 3rd-party publishers which I have made use of during my PMP Exam journey).
How Useful Are PMP Mock Exams in the Estimation of Your Exam Readiness for the Real PMP Exam?
Every Aspirants would like to pass the PMP Exam in the first try, won’t they? That’s why being fully prepared for the actual exam is one of the top priorities any PMP students would like to achieve before actually taking the exam (who would like to go through the whole 4-hour exam ordeal once again?!).
That’s why one of the most frequent questions Aspirants will ask is: am I exam-ready (i.e. can I write the exam now or later)? It is NOT ONLY a waste of time and money if you take the actual exam when you are still not ready yet, think of the enormous pressure you have to endure sitting 4 hours before the screen and 15 seconds of the blank screen for the result to appear at the end of the exam. ALL Aspirants would like to pass the exam in the first attempt without having to go through it again!
But, how to tell if you are actually ready for the PMP exam (i.e. how to know if you can pass the real PMP Exam on the first attempt)?
According to the experience of many exam takers, quality mock exams (simulators/exam banks) help a lot, especially if the mock exams are to be carried out in a simulated environment with a timer similar to the real exam! This is one of the top tips I would offer to fellow aspirants!
I searched the internet a lot for my exam prep in the hope of finding the best mock exams. Below is the list of suggested free PMP sample exam questions for aspirants to test their exam readiness. And I find the results are a pretty good indicator for the actual exam performance. From the feedback I received, many Aspirants share the same experience too! Best of all, they are FREE!
How Useful Are these PMP Mock Exams for the new PMP Exam in 2021?
Many free PMP mock exam providers have already updated/will soon update the questions to align with the latest update in PMP Exam in 2021. From the experience of past PMP Exam updates, the list of free PMP mock exams below is still very accurate in predicting the actual PMP Exam results even if the questions have not been updated as the PMP Exam is, after all, about project management has not seen dramatic changes over the years. If you have studied the latest version of the PMBOK® Guide well, and can get over 75% – 80% in the mock exams below, you stand a very high chance to pass the PMP Exam!
List of Free Quality Mock PMP Exam Questions for 2021
Note: the following list has been / will be updated for the NEW PMP Exam (based on PMBOK® Guide 6th edition)
|No.||Question Banks||Question No.||My First-time Results|
|1||Oliver Lehmann (Online)||100Q||80%|
|2||Free PM Exam Simulator (Free 7-day Trial)||20Q||85%|
|3||Simplilearn Free PMP Mock Exam||200Q||80%|
|4||Oliver Lehmann (Downloadable PDF)||200Q||82.8%|
|5||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).
As a benchmark, I passed the PMP Exam on the first try with the following results:
|Domain Name||“Proficiency” Performance Level||“Target” Performance Level (Estimated)|
|Monitoring and Controlling||Proficient||Above Target|
I hope that the information provided above may serve as a benchmark for your estimation of your exam results. These exams are absolutely free (though some require registration) and are more than enough for your mock exam needs if you can score anywhere above 80% in the first attempt. All the questions are of very high qualities and the explanations to the answers are very detailed. If you are tight on exam budget, just exploit the above free PMP exam questions for your exam success!
And from the feedback of many Aspirants (you may read some of those from the comments below), it is proved that the list and the benchmarks from the PMP mock exams listed above are still relevant to aspirants nowadays. And best of all, they are mostly free, why not try them before the actual exam?
Other free resources on this website:
- PMP Glossary Flashcard – important terms with explanations in an interactive format
- Commonly Confused Terms – these 47 pairs of terms are those that are found to be quite confusing by many Aspirants, can you differentiate between them?
- PMP Formulas / Maths Question Guide (with mock exam questions) – in-depth explanation is offered for especially the Earned Value Management formulas
How to know if you are ready for taking the real PMP exam? – by looking at your mock exam results!
As a rule of thumb proposed by many prep books and materials, if you can consistently score above 75% for all mock exam questions you have tackled for the first time, it is safe to say that you stand a very high chance of passing the PMP exam.
This has been tested with numerous Aspirants and this is true most of the time. If you can score over 75% on quality mock exams, you are ready to sit for the exam now!
Yes, a pass is a pass in the exam as the certificate will not disclose whether you score all moderately proficient or proficient. At the time of my preparation, I would like to dig deeper in order to understand how my mock exam results correlate with the actual “proficiency level” of the exam.
That’s why I wrote this post for fellow Aspirants. Above is the list of free/cheap exam questions I have tackled during my preparation for the PMP Exam and my first-time results for those sample exams. Trying the same exam 2 or 3 times is often good for practice, but if you would like to assess whether you are exam ready, remember to evaluate only with your first-time results.
Though the practice exams listed above are free, the quality is superb. If you are already well prepared for the exam, you can just rely on the free resources below to help you pass the certification exam without difficulties.
All these practice questions / simulators come with answers and detailed explanations for each mock exam question. It is highly advisable for Aspirants to read all the answer explanations for every mock exam questions (no 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 answer and explanation for mock exams / simulators is just like giving you another chance to go over the PMBOK® Guide or other exam prep guides. I know this would take longer but this exam prep strategy has helped me a lot for my passing the PMP exam in the first attempt.
Below are the remarks of a visitor of this website, Sita Tangirala, who made use of the benchmark results to “forecast” the real exam results:
I tried my best to get your scores during my mock exams, bought PM Exam Simulator but only wrote 3 tests got 76-80% in them, then Head First got 76%, then Oliver’s 175 I got 64%. Yesterday I compared my results to your scores (which I got around 5 to 10% less) and I though I might be getting moderately proficient in all the areas. Today I wrote the exam. I passed with 4 MPs and a below proficient in planning (yes, one can pass the PMP Exam with 1 or 2 below proficient rating). Based on my experience, your mock scores are really a very good benchmark to analyse the individual performance in the real exam.
If you still have any queries on the exam, do feel free to ask me by leaving your comments below and I will attend to your questions as soon as possible.
Need More PMP Practice / Sample Questions / Test Banks beyond the Free PMP Mock Exams?
However, if you are still not sure and would like to get more hands-on experience to be better prepared for the real PMP exam (just like me!), you might like to check out the PM Exam Simulator with 5 FULL PMP sample exams and many practice questions (2100 questions in total). The PMP Exam Simulator has been fully updated to align with the latest changes in the PMP Exam in 2021!
The unique feature of the PMP Exam Simulator allowing you to discuss with a qualified Trainer on any questions from within the simulator alone justifies the cost (my review of the PMP Exam Simulator 3.0 here).
The PM Exam Simulator is created by the publisher of the PM PrepCast™ (which I used to prepare my exam successfully). The quality of the sample exam question bank is very good and has been thoroughly updated for the latest PMBOK® Guide. The user interface looks much like that of the real exam and the level of difficulties is somewhat on par with real exam questions (some said it is a bit more difficult). So, after tackling these 5 full sample exams in addition to the free PMP practice exam questions provided above, you will be more confident in taking the real exam!
Wish you PMP success!
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