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Cornelius Fitchner, PMP

President, OSP International LLC

After eight years as a project management trainer, I have helped more than
20,000 students prepare for their Project Management Professional (PMP)
Exam. In my experience along the way, I've found one thing that unites them all:
They all want to practice with free PMP Exam sample questions.

In an effort to help, I have identified 10 web sites that offer free PMP Exam
sample questions. I recommend each of them for the quality of their questions.
1. Hands down, this web site has the toughest
questions around. If you are able to answer more than 50% correctly, then
hats off to you. Lehmann provides sample questions in a variety of
formats. From the site, you can take a free 75-question simulated, timed
(90 minute) exam. He also includes a link to over 3,000 free sample
questions (4,000 for PMI members) as well as a download option (PDF) for
an additional 175 sample questions, which is also available in German.
What's more, smartphone owners can access another 30 free questions for
their iPhone/iPad and/or Android in the iTunes Store and Android Market,
2. This site offers two different free
"mock exams"the first has 70 questions; the second has 28 questions,
and the answers to the questions are included at the end of each exam.
What I like most about this site, however, is that you can filter the sample
questions by the various knowledge areas covered in the exam (i.e.,
questions on Risk Management, or Quality Management, or Ethics, etc.),
so you can focus your studies on the areas where you think you need the
most help. The site also includes a link to a free, timed 200-question PMP
practice exam (although you do have to register on the site).
3. This PMP Exam
study site includes a huge,sample-question test bankover 1,000 free
practice exam questions. Once you register on the site, you'll be able to
access the vast test bank, as well as an unlimited number of full-length
mock exams, customizable PMP flashcards, and a PMP dictionary. Two nice
features of note on this site: first, once you take a practice exam, you can
re-open it for review; second, the practice exam provides you with visual,
analytical progress reporting, so you know exactly where you stand during
your mock exam.
m. If you're looking for something short and sweet, this excerpt from
Whizlabs' PMP Exam Simulator gives you 20 free PMP sample questions to

test your readiness. There are five questions per page, and the answers-as well as explanations for each question--are available at the bottom of
each page. In addition, the site provides suggested reading, related
articles and resources for each question, giving you additional support in
areas where you may need more help.
5. Offering
200 objective sample questions (and their answers) on each of two mock
exams, this site will give you a good idea of what you'll see on the actual
exam. Unique to this site, you'll be able to see a pattern or progression of
exam questions based on the PMBOK areas of knowledge.
6. Why not turn your PMP exam
studying into a game? PMPHub publishes a new (free) Question of the Day
every day, as well as the Answer and Explanation to yesterday's Question
of the Day. Return to the site tomorrow to see the answer to today's
question. A distinguishing feature of the site is the "Source of Answer"
section after each question, which shows you exactly where to look in the
PMBOK for help or more direction. Also unique, PMHub offers a bilingual
(English/Chinese) test bank!
7. The free, sample exam on the PMP
Question World site is rather like the old Choose Your Own Adventure
books; you decide how many questions you'd like to answer in your mock
exam. Possible questions come from all nine PMBOK knowledge areas, and
you can take the mock exam as many times as you like. The sample exam
does not display correct answers; however, practice questions -- with their
answers--are also available on the site. You can also "share" questions with
your fellow PMP exam-takers.
Hoping to provide training that will "rock your face off," the Passionate
Project Management site offers you three free, timed practice exams -- a
15-question/18-minute option, a 50-question/60-minute option, and a 100question/120-minute option. Once you take the practice exam, you'll see
your score (%) as it relates to the passing score for that mock exam. You
can then Review the Quiz, going back over both your correct and incorrect
9. How would you like to have free
PMP sample questions delivered right to your Inbox? A simple registration
gets you just that -- a series of free sample questions, as well as a Weekly
PMP Exam Tips newsletterdelivered right to you. You'll continue to receive
fresh content, as new questions are always being created and added. Sit
back and let the sample questions come to you. (Disclaimer: This is my
own sample questions web...but I think it's good; otherwise I wouldn't
recommend it -- or produce it :-).

10. The PM Exam Simulator gives you the

opportunity to practice taking the PMP Exam in a way that mimics the
actual exam. The Simulator feeds you questions of the same style and
difficulty that you'll see on the exam and proportionately as far as the
correct process group (i.e., Initiation=11%, Planning =23%, etc.). You'll
experience various types of questions, from formula-based questions to
interpretational questions. Another plus for this site is that you can take
the practice exam in three modes: Real Exam Mode (just like the real PMP
exam experience); Timed Mode (receive hints and answers, but still
adhere to a limited time); or Learning Mode (receive hints and answers
with no time limit). Try the Exam Simulator for three days -- free!
(Disclaimer: This is my own simulator.)
Obviously, exam simulators and sample questions are often a very good
indicator of your readiness to take the exam. Generally speaking, if you are able
to correctly answer at least 85% or more of the sample or practice questions on
your first try, you're probably ready to take your PMP certification exam. Note
that answering a question correctly on your second try doesn't count, since you
will only have one chance in the real exam. So, for example, a simulator with
1,800 questions gives you 1,800 "first tries." This is plenty to build your
confidence and gauge when you are ready to take the exam. Of course, the 85%
rule is just a rule of thumb, but if you want to know how you are doing it is a
useful benchmark against which to assess your abilities.
Sample questions are extremely helpful in preparing for the exam; however,
remember that free questions aren't everything. I recommend you also subscribe
to a commercial exam simulator so that you can practice in a "real" environment
using realistic exam questions. After questions are free and may only
take you so far.
About the author: Cornelius Fichtner, PMP is a noted PMP expert. He has helped
over 16,000 students prepare for the PMP Exam with The Project Management
PrepCast and offers one of the Best PMP Exam Simulators on the market.