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!
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.
List of Free Quality Mock PMP® Exam Questions
|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
|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:
|Domain Name||“Proficiency” Performance Level||“Target” Performance Level (Estimated)|
|Monitoring and Controlling||Proficient||Above Target|
PMI has recently updated the results presentation of the PMP® and CAPM® exams. Proficient / Moderately Proficient / Below Proficient are replaced by Above Target / Target / Below Target / Needs Improvement where (roughly) Above Target = Proficient & Target = Moderately Proficient. Below Target / Needs Improvement mean NOT passing.
I hope that the information above may serve as a benchmark for your estimation of your exam results. These exams are absolutely free (though some requires registration) and are more than enough for your mock exam needs if you can score anywhere above 80% in first attempt.
All the questions are of very high qualities and the explanations to the answers are very detailed. A point to note is that the fourth one (HeadFirst PMP® Mock Exam) is still based on the 4th edition of PMBOK® Guide at the moment but nearly all questions are relevant to the 5th edition exam.
If you are tight on exam budget, just exploit the above free PMP® exam questions for your exam success!
Other free resources on this website:
- PMP® Glossary Flashcard – important terms with explanations in an interactive format
- Commonly Confused Terms – these 47 pairs of terms are those that are found to be quite confusing by many Aspirants, can you differentiate between them?
- PMP® Formulas / Maths Question Guide (with mock exam questions) – in-depth explanation is offered for especially the Earned Value Management formulas
How to know if you are ready for 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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