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Successful Multiple Choice Exam Strategies


It is important to realize that, as with any multiple choice exams, the PMP® certification Exam is not simply an exercise in recognizing true statements. The successful candidate must be able to distinguish between correct and nearly correct statements. This requires the candidate to analyze the possible answers, narrow the choice as much as possible by recognition of all the wrong answers, and then analyze the remaining choices to determine which answer best fits the question. The 2 exams provided in AceIt© should provide the practice you’ll need to do this. To further reinforce this knowledge, refer to the "crib” sheet provided for the exam to help you differentiate between the nearly correct answer and the correct answer. Analyze why this difference is important.


You may have joined a local chapter of PMI® as part of your preparation for the certification exam; if so, investigate the availability of study groups provided by the chapter. You may be able to join such a study group by paying a small fee. Don’t psych yourself out before sitting the exam. However important the exam is to your career, don’t make the mistake of thinking of it as a life and death issue and losing focus. PMI® will allow you to make subsequent attempts if you’re not successful on your first try.

There are 200 questions on the exam and you’re given 4 hours, or 240 minutes to complete it, this translates into 72 seconds per question; plan your time accordingly. Here are some pointers to help you make effective use of your time:

  • Read the directions for answering each question, as well as the question, carefully. Be sure what those directions require you to do: "choose the best answer”, "choose the most correct answer”, "choose the incorrect answer”, etc.
  • Answer questions that you’re certain of first and mark those that will require more thought to answer, then go back and examine the marked questions, spending more time on analysis.
  • Answering 200 multiple choice questions is very fatiguing! Take short breaks at intervals through the exam. Even closing your eyes and clearing your mind for 30 seconds every 50 questions can be an effective way of
  • refreshing yourself.
  • Finally, go back and examine the questions left unanswered. Eliminate the answers you’re sure aren’t correct and guess at the correct answer. Remember: you’re not penalized for wrong answers!

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