This PMP exam tip is brought to you by our PMP Exam Coach – Dan Ryan, PMP
Be prepared to use the full 4 hours on the PMP Exam
A major part of any good PMP Prep is using a world class PMP exam simulator (I recommend the PM Exam Simulator) where students practice with PMP practice questions similar to the ones that they will experience on the real PMP exam.
Well, working from the comfort of their own homes/offices, with no distractions, their own PC/Laptop and everything ‘just right’ — many students get into a routine of completing practice exams in as little as three hours, only to find themselves shocked that on the day of the real exam they needed the full four hours to complete the real exam.
Well don’t be shocked! These days feedback from PMP test takers continues to describe the test as taking longer and longer, with more Earned Value questions and more of those long scenario based brain teaser type questions. Even some of my best and most dedicated students find the real test taking a lot longer than the 3 hours or so they were used to at home.
So the take away is this; be prepared to use the full four hours on the exam, realizing that this doesn’t mean you are ill prepared or behind. As a strategy you may try to target 70 questions in your first hour, 60 questions in your second hour and 50 questions in your third hour. So, by the fourth hour you have 180 questions done and only 20 questions left for the final hour which also leaves you time to review the ‘marked for review’.
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