Featured PMP® Exam Lessons Learned from Marie Ange Haas, PMP

Featured PMP® Exam Lessons Learned from Marie Ange Haas, PMPLessons learned towards becoming a Project Management Professional (PMP)® shared with us by PM PrepCast student Marie Ange Haas, PMP.

"I passed the exam on 12/31/2018. What a great way to start my new year!
Basically, I created a 6-month study plan. I am a new mom, with 2 children, working full time, and trying to balance and juggle it all.
I used the below materials to get different perspectives:

  • Rita Mulcahy PMP® exam prep 9th edition (read once)
  • Andy Crowe PMP exam how to pass on your first try (read once)
  • A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Sixth Edition (read once)
  • Cornelius Fichtner 's PM PrepCast lessons. (listened to each lesson once).."

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Free PMP® Exam Sample Question

Following is an illustration of a project network activity node that includes some information about activity D. Given the information provided, what is the total float of activity D?

illustration A

A. 2
B. 14
C. 16
D. 18

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HINT: What output of the Acquire Resources process describes the physical resources reserved for the project?
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Answer and Explanation:
The correct answer is C.

To answer this question, the first step is to understand the meaning of the values displayed on the network activity node. The accepted convention is shown below, where:

  • ES = early start
  • EF = early finish
  • LS = late start
  • LF = late finish

illustration B

The total float can be calculated using either one of the following two formulas:

  • Total Float = LF - EF
  • Total Float = LS - ES

To illustrate, we will use the first formula:
Total Float = LF - EF = 39 - 23 = 16
Here is the project schedule network activity node filled in with the correct answer for total float, 16:

illustration C

Details for each option:

A. 2
Incorrect. You might have gotten this answer if you merely subtracted 39 - 37 across the bottom or 23 - 21 across the top, but neither LF - LS nor EF - ES is the correct formula for float.

B. 14
Incorrect. You might have gotten this answer if you subtracted diagonally 37 - 23, but LS - EF is not the correct formula for float.

C. 16
Correct. There are two formulas for total float. One goes up the left (start) side: Total Float = LS - ES. The other goes up the right (finish) side: Total Float = LF - EF. Both get the same correct result of 16.

D. 18
Incorrect. You might have gotten this answer if you subtracted diagonally 39 - 21, but LF - ES is not the correct formula for float.

Reference: A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Sixth Edition, Project Management Institute Inc., 2017, Page(s) 210-211; see also PMI® Practice Standard for Scheduling – Second Edition

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How to Fill in the PMP® Application

How to Fill in the PMP® ApplicationAre you struggling to fill in your application for the Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam, and you are looking for guidance on how to submit a successful application? You have come to the right place! This article shows you step-by-step how to fill in your PMP® exam application, and it even includes real-life examples from actual, accepted applications provided by our students.

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