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Question Answering Techniques

  • How to answer the each question?
    • Read the question carefully
    • Read all the options available
    • Look at the exhibits (if applicable) for the question
    • If required, use the scratchpad, calculator and pencils provided to work the answer (required more often for questions involving mathematical calculations)
    • For each question, if you know the answer,
      • Tick the correct answer
    • For each question, if you do not know the answer,
      • Try the Process of Elimination Technique : If you do not know the correct answer, try to figure out which of the other options is Definitely Not valid or possible. By eliminating options that are definitely not valid, it will help you improve your chance to get the correct answer.
        Usually, for any question for which you do not know the answer the probability of getting the answer correct is 25% (i.e. 1 out of 4). Any option you eliminate as "not possible" increases your chance to answer the question correctly. For example, if you eliminated 2 options as being "Not correct", then you have to answer 1 out of 2 possible options. Thus, your probability to answer correctly increases to 50% .
      • Choose and tick the best answer after using the process of elimination.
      • Mark the question-in the PMP®/CAPM® Certification Exams, you can mark the questions which you would like to review later. Marking the question will be an indicator for you to go back to the question at a later in the test session to review the answer.
  • Do we answer the questions sequentially, that is, one after the other?
    • Different people have different ways to answer the questions. PMstudy recommends that you answer each question sequentially and mark the questions for which you are not sure what the answer should be. This ensures that
      1. You Answer All the Questions,
      2. You can keep track of how many questions you have answered in a given time. This will help you pace the exam (see below) - so, you can speed up or slow down as desired needed.
  • How do you pace yourself during the test?
    • In the PMP Exam, 200 questions have to be answered within 4 hours. So, you get approximately 30 minutes to answere 25 questions. On your clock, keep 30 minutes as a milestone-check after every 30 minutes to see if you have answered 25 questions if you have answered less than 25 questions, you will need to speed up
    • There are some questions (primarily mathematical questions) which may be very complicated and take longer to answer. If you see that any question is taking up more than 4 minutes, mark that question and move on to the next. That way, you do not miss opportunities to answer the easier questions that may follow. You can answer the marked questions later.
    • Answering pretest Questions: In the PMP Exam, 25 of the 200 questions answered by you will be pretest questions which will not be used for scoring. Similarly, in CAPM Exam, 15 out of 150 questions will be pretest questions. However, since you do not know which questions will not be used for scoring, you should answer all the questions to the best of your ability.Please, see Understanding PMP/CAPM Exam format
  • What to do after you have answered all the questions :
    • First, Go back and review the answers that have been marked
    • If you have additional time remaining, then review all the answers

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