Know how to answer MCQ on the PMP exam
- Once you feel confident that you understand what the MCQ is asking you to identify (correct, best, least, most, exception), review the answer options.
- Read all answer options carefully.
- If the answer doesn’t come quickly, look for more clues in the question. For example; if the question indicates the answer is plural, then it may be possible to eliminate answers that are singular. Some MCQ’s purposely contain awkward grammar, but most are straightforward.
- If the answer is still elusive, begin eliminating options. Use scratch paper to cross-off options that you know are wrong.
- If you are still unsure, mark the question for later review. Do not attempt an answer at this time. The general rule of thumb is to labor no more than two-minutes over a difficult question. Mark it and save it for later. (Questions can be marked with an answer, marked with an answer and marked for review, marked for review or simply skipped).
- When your first pass through the questions is complete, revisit unanswered questions, as well as any low-confidence questions. It is possible to encounter clues to some correct answers in other questions.
- Changing answers on an MCQ exam is neither good nor bad. If you have a sensible reason to change one or more of your answers, go ahead and make the change.
- Do not leave blanks on your completed Exam. Provide an answer for all of the questions. There is no added penalty for answering questions incorrectly on your PMP Exam. Correctly answered questions are tallied as one. Incorrect and unanswered questions are tallied as zero. On impossible questions, a wild guess is better than no answer at all. If you can’t eliminate even one of the options, a wild guess will still give you a theoretical 25% probability of being correct. Formal examination confrontations almost always generate significant test taking anxiety and stress. This creates a special challenge. When under extreme stress, many people do not perform well in mental recall and logical reasoning. Mastering the learning material does help to reduce test taking anxiety, but specific stress reducing techniques are needed to maintain relative calm during the exam.MCQ exams tend to create added stress through their extensive use of distracters. These distracters force test takers to read and re-read many questions to fully understand what is being said. The level of focus and concentration needed throughout a long MCQ exam can be very draining.
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