Free PMP Exam Sample Questions and Answers

Here are nine questions and answers from the PMP Practice Exam (featured in the July 2007 newsletter)


1. Which is the BEST definition of quality?
    A. A product made of very expensive materials.
    B. A product made with a lot of care by the team who built it.
    C. A product that satisfies the requirements of the people who pay for it.
    D. A product that passes all of its tests.
2. A project manager is reporting the final status of the closed contract to the stakeholders. Which form of communication is appropriate?
    A. Informal written
    B. Informal verbal
    C. Formal written
    D. Formal verbal
3. What is a risk owner?
    A. The person who monitors the watchlist that contains the risk.
    B. The person who meets with stakeholders to explain the risk.
    C. The person who makes a risk happen.
    D. The person who is responsible for the response plan for the risk.
4. You are managing a design project. You find that bringing all of your team members into a single room to work increases their communication, and helps build a sense of community. This is referred to as a:
    A. War room
    B. Virtual team
    C. Socially active team
    D. Common area
5. Complete the following sentence: "The later a defect is found, __________ ."
    A. the easier it is to find
    B. the more expensive it is to repair
    C. the less important it is to the product
    D. the faster it is to repair
6. You have just been authorized to manage a new project for your company. Which of the following BEST describes your first action?
    A. Create the work breakdown structure
    B. Develop the project management plan
    C. Develop the project charter
    D. Create the preliminary scope statement
7. Which of the following is NOT one of the triple constraints?
    A. Scope
    B. Time
    C. Quality
    D. Cost
8. Information about the project must be distributed to all stakeholders. Which of the following process outputs is used to report the status and cost of project activities?
    A. Work performance information
    B. Issue logs
    C. Status reports
    D. Project records
9. Which of the following is a defect?
    A. A mistake made by a team member on the job
    B. A change that the team needs to make in how they do the work
    C. A project management plan that does not meet its requirements
    D. A change request thatís been rejected by the change control board


1. C

    Quality management is all about making sure that the product you are building conforms to your customerís requirements. If you have done a good job of gathering and understanding those requirements, all of the measurements you take on your project should help you see if what you are building will make your clients satisfied in the end.

2. C

    All project reports must be communicated as formal written documents. Not only that, but anything that has to do with a contract DEFINITELY needs to be formal written.

3. D

    Every risk should have a risk owner listed in the register. That person is responsible for keeping the response plan up to date and make sure the right actions are taken if the risk does occur.

4. A

    Co-location means that you have all of your team located in the same room. When you do this, you can increase communication and help them build a sense of community. Sometimes the room the co-located team meets in is called a war room.

5. B

    The reason we work to do quality planning up front is that it is most expensive to deal with problems if you find them late in the project. The best case is when you never inject the defects in the first place, then it doesnít cost anything to deal with them. Prevention is always better than inspection.

6. D

    Take a look at the answers to this question. What do you see? A list of processes - "Create WBS", "Develop Project Management Plan", "Develop Project Charter," and "Develop Preliminary Scope Statement." So your job is to figure out which of these processes comes next. So what clues do you have to tell you where you are in the project lifecycle? Well, youíve just been authorized to manage a new project. Since the project charter is what authorizes a project manager to work on a project, it means that the Develop Project Charter process has just been performed. So which process comes next? The first thing you do after the project charter is signed is perform the Develop Preliminary Scope Statement process.

7. C

    Every project, regardless of what is being produced or who is doing the work, is affected by the triple constraint of time, scope, and cost. Any time you make a change to one or more of these constraints, it can also affect the other two - and the change can also affect quality, which is NOT one of the constraints. Thatís why you need to pay attention to all three constraints if you want your project to do well.

8. A

    You create one of the most important outputs of your entire project when the team is doing the project work. Work Performance Information tells you the status of each deliverable in the project, what the teamís accomplished, and all of the information you need to know in order to figure out how your projectís going. But youíre not the only one who needs this - your team members and stakeholders need to know whatís going on, so they can adjust their work and correct problems early on.

9. C

    Itís easy to get change, defects and corrective actions mixed up - theyíre all words that sound suspiciously similar! Just remember: a defect is any deliverable that does not meet its requirements. A defect is NOT always caused by a mistake - defects can come from lots of sources, and team membersí errors only cause some defects. For example, plenty of defects are caused by equipment problems.
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