10 Expectations to help you prepare for the PMI PMP exam
Expectation 1: Every question on your PMP Exam will be new to you. You have never seen any of them before. No matter how many practice exam questions you have mastered, these new questions will create uncertainty, anxiety and will challenge your confidence. In the extreme, you may even be somewhat shocked.
Expectation 2: Although you are fully prepared with material knowledge, there is no way to prepare for specific Exam questions. Many questions will require you to integrate several facts to derive he correct answer. This will challenge your logical reasoning.
Expectation 3: Many questions will purposely include irrelevant information and distracters. This will be somewhat disorienting.
Expectation 4: Some questions may force you to select correct answers that you fundamentally disagree with. This may generate a bit of resentment.
Expectation 5: Some questions will include alternate terminology to test your deeper understanding of a concept. This will challenge your confidence.
Expectation 6: Many questions present long situational scenarios. These questions take excessive time to read and understand. These questions can disorient your pacing, challenge your focus/concentration, add to anxiety and erode your confidence.
Expectation 7: Some questions will include obscure terms or concepts that you have never seen before. This will challenge your confidence.
Expectation 8: Your Exam may present a consecutive sequence of long difficult questions. This tends to disorient your pacing and challenge your confidence.
Expectation 9: You will face questions that have moral and cultural scenarios interwoven into the project management question. These questions test your understanding of the Project Management Institutes Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. These questions will ask you what the “right” thing to do is, based on a cultural, ethical and project situation.
Expectation 10: Your Exam screen will feature an ever-present four-hour countdown clock, which does not stop when you take a break. This adds to anxiety.