Free PMP Exam Sample Question



Which of the following statements regarding the Close Project or Phase process is correct?

A. The Close Project or Phase process is used only for successful projects
B. The Close Project or Phase process is always the last process that is performed during the project
C. The Close Project or Phase process is performed prior to the administrative closure
D. The Close Project or Phase process completes all procurements


Hint: Close Project or Phase is the process of finalizing all activities across all of the project management process groups to formally complete the project or phase.


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Answer and Explanation:

The Correct Answer is B.

The PMBOK Guide defines this process as follows: "Close Project or Phase is the process of finalizing all activities across all of the Project Management Process Groups to formally complete the project or phase." The Close Project or Phase process is used for both the successful and failed projects. Saying that this process completes prior to the administrative closure is incorrect. And the process is definitely not responsible for dealing with closing the procurements. The only statement that is correct in all possible cases is that the Close Project or Phase process will be the final project process.


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Learn how social media fits into project management

Where does social media fit into project managementI am speaking at PMI-4C on November 1st!

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PMP Exam Tip: Crashing & Fast Tracking explained...

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Schedule compression is used when the desired result is to create output faster than indicated in the original project, without having to change the project scope.  Schedule compression is particularly beneficial if a competitor is working on the same type of project and you need to finish ahead of your competitor. It may also be a company decision to complete a project more quickly than originally scheduled based on various factors.

Two examples of techniques used for Schedule Compression are crashing or fast tracking. You should be familiar with these two techniques for the  PMP exam.

Crashing: When the crashing approach is used, any additional costs associated with rushing the project are reviewed against the possible benefits of completing the project on a shorter timeline.  Additional items to consider when using the crashing approach include adding more resources for the project, allowing additional overtime, paying extra to receive delivery of critical components more quickly, etc. Crashing only works, when adding more resources will lead to a faster completion of a project. For instance crashing will not work by adding more resources to "the concrete in the foundation has to dry for 3 days".

Fast Tracking: Fast tracking is applied by re-scheduling various activities within the project to be worked on simultaneously instead of waiting for each piece to be completed separately.  This method is best used when activities can be overlapped. The risk involved is that problems can occur if parallel aspects of the project include dependencies. So if you work on design and production at the same time your risk is that you need to rework production if the design is change half way through the process.

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Featured PMP Exam Lessons Learned from Afiq Islam, PMP



This week's featured lessons learned comes to us courtesy of Afiq Islam, PMP.

Learn tips from this success story and on how he treat the PMP exam like a Project. Take a peek...

It was definitely a journey! I think more than the materials, what helps is the plan on how you are going to study. Meaning, treat it like a project!

Depending your schedule, the total preparation can take anywhere from 6 weeks to as much as a full year. In my case, I took the 40 hour bootcamp class in last week of January 2014. After the class, I took the Final Exam from the classroom textbook and scored around 60%. I then took some free mock exam and scored about the same. That was an indication that I am not ready for this exam at all. I continued to study, but it was hard to stay focus when I had planned vacation and business conferences in place: I went to Las Vegas, Cancun, Phoenix, North Carolina, Georgia, and Philadelphia. Pretty much within March-June, it was like living off suitcase. As a result, the study was not focused even though I carried my study materials everywhere I went.

I remember the last time (since today, Monday, Sept 22, 2014), I went out was on July 4th weekend. After that, yes I had some family/friends pressure, but I tried to refrain from it as much as I could and studied about 4 hours a day after work and 20 hours between the weekends. Family/friends cooperation is highly important to allow complete focus. This was my strategy! You can label it as having no life...

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