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) 170Q 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 My Results
 Initiation  Proficient
 Planning  Proficient
 Executing  Proficient
 Monitoring and Controlling  Proficient
 Closing  Moderately Proficient

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. 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 .


  2. 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.

  3. NJ says:

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

  4. 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!

  5. 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! 🙂

  6. 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!

  7. PMP Exam says:

    Does anyone have working code for PMCampus mock exam?

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. 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

  12. 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…!!

  13. 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

  14. 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]

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. Eunice D says:

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

  18. 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!


  19. 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%

  20. 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!

  21. 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%

  22. 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%

  23. 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.

  24. 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!

  25. 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%;

  26. 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.

  27. 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! 🙂

  28. 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!

  29. 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!

  30. 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.

  31. 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…

  32. 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.

  33. 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!

  34. 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?

  35. 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

  36. 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.


  37. 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?

  38. 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!

  39. 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!

  40. 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%

  41. 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…).

  42. 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!

  43. Mayor says:


  44. 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!

  45. 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.

  46. 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.

  47. 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%

  48. Gaurav Joshi says:

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


  49. Andrew says:

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

  50. 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!

  51. 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!

  52. 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).

  53. 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.

  54. 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.


  55. 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.

  56. 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!

  57. 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!

  58. 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!

  59. 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!

  60. 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.

  61. 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!

  62. 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!


  63. 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!

  64. 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!

  65. 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,

  66. 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!

  67. 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

  68. 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.


  69. 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.

  70. 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: ]

  71. 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

  72. 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


  73. 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.


  74. 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.

  75. 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.

  76. 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)


  77. 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.


  78. 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.

  79. 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

  80. Shravs says:

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

  81. 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 🙂

  82. 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.


  83. 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

  84. 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.


  85. 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?

  86. 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

  87. 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!

  88. 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.

  89. 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.

  90. 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

  91. 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!

  92. Amit says:

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

  93. 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.

  94. 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!

  95. 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 🙂

  96. 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.

  97. 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!

  98. 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.


  99. 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!

  100. 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!

  101. 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.

  102. 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.



  103. 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?

  104. 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!

  105. 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

  106. 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!

  107. 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!

  108. 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

  109. 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


  110. 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!!

  111. 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!

  112. 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!

  113. 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.

  114. 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

  115. 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

  116. 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 !!!

  117. 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.


  118. 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!

  119. 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?


  120. 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

  121. 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 😉

  122. 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!

  123. Cyndi says:

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

  124. 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.

  125. 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.

  126. Bala says:

    Hello Edward,

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

  127. 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.


  128. 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!


  129. 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!


  130. 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!

  131. 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!

  132. 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!


  133. 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

  134. Dia says:

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

  135. Andreea says:

    congrats on the excellente job you did with this site!

  136. Deema says:

    I have passed it yesterday.

  137. 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!

  138. 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

  139. 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!

  140. 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

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