However, here are the reasons why you will be successful and pass the exam by attending one of our PMP® Prep classes, (whether a traditional class, or a virtual class, or a “blended class.”)
1) Approximately 25% to 30% of the questions are directly or indirectly based on understanding the processes and their ITTO – (Inputs-Tools & Techniques-Outputs) defined in the PMBOK® Guide, Fifth Edition. With our approach and training materials, you will be given real world explanations and examples of the processes and the ITTO, and you will understand their purpose and use. Once you achieve this level of understanding, you will be able to handle these questions very well. Some of these “Process/ITTO” questions will be very straightforward, and after completing our class, you will recognize the correct answer very quickly. However, for others, you will have “think out of the box,” and recognize in the question, that they really are talking about using a specific tool-technique, or an output of a process we discussed in class. Once you make this recognition, the best answer will become apparent. You will get a high percentage of these questions correct.
2) We will also provide very clear explanations for all the math problems on the test. The test changed significantly on January 11, 2016, and it appears one of the changes was to reduce the amount of math problems. However, this is still “low hanging fruit!” No subjectivity! No judgment! One correct answer! Once you come up-to-speed with network diagramming, earned value, and the other math areas (PERT, communications channels, and other), you will get a high percentage of these questions correct, and solve them fairly quickly.
3) Beyond this, almost all of the questions on the exam are situational questions, where “something has gone wrong in the project:” (e.g.- a stakeholder wants additional requirements included at no additional cost, or the project is behind schedule, or it’s over budget, or senior management is imposing a new constraint, … ) and you as the PM must decide what should be done next? – Or, what should you do first? Or, what document should be updated? Or, – what did the previous project manager forget to do? If you understand the Process Matrix, you will have the right framework to attack these questions. For example, even on the most difficult questions, you will usually be able to narrow down things to one of two possible answers, but then you might be really stuck, and unable to decide which of the two answers is best! First, know that every question must belong to one and only one of the five Process Groups. If you can identify which process group, this alone may help you figure out the best answer. (There are key themes for each process group that we will explain and emphasize in class. Once you understand these themes, you will be much better prepared to handle these situational questions.) Next, if you can identify the process in the Process Group, that will often solve your problem. One of the answers probably fits much better with that process, and its ITTO (inputs-tools/techniques-outputs).
4) There are also a number of easier questions that are just “definitional,” and you will do very well on these.
5) Lastly, in class you will learn effective memorization tips and techniques for memorizing the Process Matrix, and also the key ITTOs of the processes. By completing one of our classes, you will given the right framework and structure for succeeding on the PMP® Exam!
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