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Based on PMBOK 4th Edition

Here are 200 objective type sample questions and their answers are given just below to them. This exam is just to give you an idea of type of questions which may be asked in PMP Certification Exams. Even we have taken full care to give correct answers for all the questions but it is recommended to verify these answers.

In examination you will get each question one by one on computer screen



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51 A manager that manages a group of related projects is called a:

  1. Project manager.

  2. Project expediter.

  3. Program coordinator.

  4. Program manager.

Answer D

52 A functional manager needs to communicate the needs of his or her personnel requirements and the utilization of each person as well as the assignments that they have in the future. To best accomplish this, what type of document should be used?

  1. Gantt chart

  2. Network diagram

  3. Staffing plan

  4. Responsibility matrix

Answer C

53 A project manager is faced with making a decision about a risk that the team has identified. The risk involves the design of a bicycle. It has been found that the neck of the bicycle, where the steering bearing is located and the two supporting bars of the frame come together, will corrode in a high salt environment. If this takes place the neck may fail and injure the rider. The project team decides that the design of the bicycle should be modified by using corrosion resistant materials in the design of the neck. This will eliminate the risk from consideration. This technique is called:

  1. Risk avoidance.

  2. Risk acceptance.

  3. Risk rejection.

  4. Risk deflection.

Answer A

54 You are a project manager leading a cross-functional project team in a weak matrix environment. None of your project team members report to you functionally and you do not have the ability to directly reward their performance. The project is difficult, involving tight date constraints and challenging quality standards. Which of the following types of project management power will likely be the most effective in this circumstance?

  1. Referent

  2. Expert

  3. Penalty

  4. Formal

Answer B

55 If project A has a net present value (NPV) of U.S. $30,000 and project B has an NPV of U.S. $50,000, what is the opportunity cost if project B is selected?

  1. $23,000

  2. $30,000

  3. $20,000

  4. $50,000

Answer B

56 The contingency budget will:

  1. Reduce the probability of scope changes.

  2. Reduce the probability of cost overruns.

  3. Increase the probability of a cost overrun.

  4. Increase the probability of scope changes.

Answer B

57 A project manager is quantifying risk for her project. Several of her experts are offsite, but wish to be included. How can this be done?

  1. Use Monte Carlo analysis using the Internet as a tool.

  2. Apply the critical path method.

  3. Determine options for recommended corrective action.

  4. Apply the Delphi Technique.

Answer D

58 What percentage of the total distribution are 3 sigma from the mean equal to?

  1. 68.26%

  2. 99.99%

  3. 95.46%

  4. 99.73%

Answer D

59 A project manager holds the first risk meeting of the project team. The client is present at the meeting. At the meeting several risks are identified and assigned to members of the project team for evaluation and quantification. The result of the meeting is:

  1. Expected value of the risk events.

  2. Strategies for the risk events.

  3. A list of potential risk events.

  4. General statements about risks for the project.

Answer C

60 A project manager is using weighted average duration estimates to perform schedule network analysis. Which type of mathematical analysis is being used?

  1. Critical path method

  2. PERT

  3. Monte Carlo

  4. Resource leveling

Answer B

61 An activity has an early start (ES) of day 3, a late start (LS) of day 13, an early finish (EF) of day g, and a late finish (LF) of day ig. The activity:

  1. is on the critical path.

  2. has a lag.

  3. is progressing well.

  4. is not on the critical path.

Answer D

62 Conflict resolution techniques that may be used on a project include confronting, smoothing, forcing and:

  1. withdrawing.

  2. directing.

  3. organizing.

  4. controlling.

Answer A

63 In the Monte Carlo technique, what is the criticality index?

  1. The number of days the project will be late divided by the project duration

  2. The percent of time a given activity will be on the critical path

  3. The percent of time an activity will be late

  4. The sum of the duration of the critical path activities divided by the project expected value for duration

Answer B

64 Which phase of the project is likely to have the greatest amount of its funding spent?

  1. Initiating

  2. Executing

  3. Planning

  4. Closeout

Answer B

65 A control chart shows seven data points in a row on one side of the mean. What should be done?

  1. Perform a design of experiments.

  2. Adjust the chart to reflect the new mean.

  3. Find an assignable cause.

  4. Nothing. This is the rule of seven and can be ignored.

Answer C

66 The document that is proof of upper management.s commitment to the project and gives the authority to manage the project to the project manager is called:

  1. The project plan.

  2. The project goals and objectives.

  3. The project charter.

  4. The project definition.

Answer C

67 Which of the following represents the estimated value of the work actually accomplished?

  1. Earned value (EV)

  2. Planned value (PV)

  3. Actual cost (AC',

  4. Cost variance (CV)

Answer A

68 A project manager is managing a project. The original scope baseline of the project was budgeted at $100,000. Since work on the project started there have been seventeen authorized and approved changes to the project. The changes have a value of $17,000 and the cost of investigating them prior to their approval was $2,500. What is the current budget for the project?

  1. $100,000

  2. $114,500

  3. $117,000

  4. $119,500

Answer D

69 A project team has completed, and the customer has accepted, the completed project scope. However, the lessons learned required by the project management office have not been completed. What is the status of the project?

  1. The project is incomplete because the project needs to be re-planned.

  2. The project is incomplete until all project and product deliverables are complete and accepted.

  3. The project is complete because the customer has accepted the deliverables.

  4. The project is complete because the project has reached the due date.

Answer B

70 You are the project manager for a project that has high visibility. Your manager wants you to prepare a presentation for him to present at a conference. Most of the material in the presentation will be facts that are the results of your project. Your manager intends to present the material under his own name. Your name will not appear. What should you do?

  1. Refuse to work on the presentation unless you are listed as a coauthor.

  2. Do the work as you were told by your manager.

  3. Present your own presentation.

  4. Meet with your manager's manager and discuss the problem.

Answer B

71 A project manager works in a company favoring the weakest authority for the project manager. The type of organization that holds the project manager to be the weakest is:

  1. Projectized organization.

  2. Strong matrix organization.

  3. Weak matrix organization.

  4. Balanced matrix.

Answer C

72 A system development project is nearing project closing when a previously unidentified risk is discovered. This could potentially affect the project's overall ability to deliver. What should be done next?

  1. Alert the project sponsor of potential impacts to cost, scope or schedule.

  2. Qualify the risk.

  3. Mitigate this risk by developing a risk response plan.

  4. Develop a workaround.

Answer B

73 You just found out that a major subcontractor for your project consistently provides deliverables late. The subcontractor approaches you and asks you to continue accepting late deliverables in exchange for a decrease in project costs. This offer is an example of:

  1. confronting.

  2. compromise.

  3. smoothing.

  4. forcing.

Answer B

74 Which of the following contains Change Management Plan ?

  1. Scope management plan

  2. Communications management plan

  3. Configuration management plan

  4. Quality management plan

Answer A

75 You are managing a project in a just in time environment. This will require more attention, because the amount of inventory in such an environment is generally:

  1. 45 percent.

  2. lo percent.

  3. 12 percent.

  4. o percent.

Answer D

76 Resource leveling will generally:

  1. Reduce the time needed to do the project.

  2. Increase the total time necessary to do all the tasks.

  3. Reduce the overutilization of resources.

  4. Reduce resources to the lowest skill that is possible.

Answer C

77 A task was scheduled to use two persons, full time, and take two weeks to complete. Instead, the project manager was only able to assign one person to this task. At the end of two weeks, the person assigned to the task was 75% complete. What is the cost performance index?

  1. 0.75

  2. 1.50

  3. 0.25

  4. 1.15

Answer B

78 You are a project manager who was just assigned to take over a project from another project manager who is leaving the company. The previous project manager tells you that the project is on schedule, but only because he has constantly pushed the team to perform. What is the FIRST thing you should do as the new project manager?

  1. Check risk status.

  2. Check cost performance.

  3. Determine a management strategy.

  4. Tell the team your objectives.

Answer C

79 Which of the following is considered to be a simulation technique?

  1. PERT analysis

  2. GERT analysis

  3. Monte Carlo analysis

  4. Critical path method

Answer C

80 Extensive use of ----- communication is most likely to aid in solving complex problems.

  1. verbal

  2. written

  3. formal

  4. nonverbal

Answer B

81 When checking the calendar of a team member to schedule a meeting, you see she has scheduled a meeting with a key stakeholder that you were not informed of. The best approach would be to:

  1. avoid mentioning it to the team member but continue to watch her activities.

  2. notify your boss about the problem.

  3. address the concern with the team member's boss.

  4. address the concern with the team member.

Answer D

82Project A has an internal rate of return (IRR) of 21 percent. Project B has an IRR of 7 percent. Project C has an IRR of 31 percent. Project D has an IRR of ig percent. Which of these would be the BEST project?

  1. Project A

  2. Project B

  3. Project C

  4. Project D

Answer C

83 The program evaluation and review technique (PERT) method of scheduling differs from the critical path method (CPM) because the PERT method:

  1. Uses weighted averages of activity durations to calculate project duration.

  2. Uses ..dummy.. activities to represent logic ties.

  3. Uses ..free float.. instead of ..total float.. in the schedule calculations.

  4. Uses bar charts instead of logic diagrams to portray the schedule.

Answer A

84 The key inputs to activity definition are:

  1. Work breakdown structure, the project schedule, and the network diagram.

  2. Project schedule, progress reports, and change requests.

  3. The project network diagram, constraints, and durations.

  4. The work breakdown structure, the scope statement, and historical information that supports the applicable activity

Answer D

85 The customer requests a change to the project that would increase the project risk. Which of the following should you do before all the others?

  1. Include the expected monetary value of the risk in the new cost estimate.

  2. Talk to the customer about the impact of the change.

  3. Analyze the impacts of the change with the team.

  4. Change the risk management plan.

Answer C

86 An Ishikawa diagram helps to:

  1. put information in its order of priority

  2. explore past outcomes.

  3. show team responsibilities.

  4. show functional responsibilities.

Answer 13

87 The lowest level at WBS is one of the following:

  1. The task.

  2. The activity.

  3. The work package.

  4. The element.

Answer C

88 A project manager would like to manage his project in such a way that he will be able to identify specific tasks that should be watched and managed more closely than others. The project manager should use which method?

  1. The PERT method

  2. The critical path method

  3. The GERT method

  4. The PCDM method

Answer B

89 What characteristic best describes the cost baseline?

  1. Total budget for the project

  2. Time phased budget for the project

  3. Total budget for the project including the contingency budget

  4. Total budget for the project including the contingency budget and the management reserve

Answer B

90 In attempting to complete the project faster, the project manager looks at the cost associated with crashing each activity. The best approach to crashing would also include looking at the:

  1. risk impact of crashing each activity.

  2. customer's opinion of which activities to crash.

  3. boss's opinion of which activities to crash and in which order.

  4. project life cycle phase in which the activity is due to occur.

Answer A

91 A project manager has a problem with a team member's performance. What is best form of communication for addressing this problem?

  1. Formal written communication

  2. Formal verbal communication

  3. Informal written communication

  4. Informal verbal communication

Answer D

92 Your employee is three days late with a report. Five minutes before the meeting where the topic of the report is to be discussed, she hands you the report. You notice some serious errors in it. What should you do?

  1. Cancel the meeting and reschedule when the report is fixed.

  2. Go to the meeting and tell the other attendees there are errors in the report.

  3. Force the employee to do the presentation and remain silent as the other attendees find the errors.

  4. Cancel the meeting and rewrite the report yourself.

Answer A

93 The act of doing anything that will help to bring future project performance into line with the project plan is called:

  1. Budget update.

  2. Revised cost estimate.

  3. Corrective action.

  4. Contingency planning.

Answer C

94 A project is engaged in making electronic devices. It is necessary for them to purchase materials to make the printed circuit boards. All of the parts are common parts that are available from several vendors. The most likely contract that should be issued for these parts is:

  1. Unit price contract.

  2. Firm fixed price contract.

  3. Cost reimbursable contract.

  4. Award fee contract.

Answer B

95 You are the project manager for a large project that is completed on time and on budget. The customer and all of the stakeholders are pleased with the results. As a direct result of the successful completion of the project, your manager approves a bonus of $25,000 to you. There are fifteen members of the project team. One of the people on the project team has been a very low contributor to the project; the other fourteen have all been above standard. What should you do with the money?

  1. Keep the money yourself; you deserve it, and the manager gave it to you.

  2. Divide the money equally among all the team members.

  3. Ask the team members how they would divide the money.

  4. Divide the money equally among the team members except for the substandard team member.

Answer C

96 A project manager is using a cause and effect diagram with the team to determine how various factors might be linked to potential problems. In what part of the quality management process is the project manager involved?

  1. Quality analysis

  2. Perform quality assurance

  3. Perform quality control

  4. Quality planning

Answer D

97 During which risk management process is a determination to transfer a risk made?

  1. Risk identification

  2. Quantitative risk analysis

  3. Risk response planning

  4. Risk monitoring and control

Answer C

98 Your cost forecast shows that you will have a cost overrun at the end of the project. Which of the following should you do?

  1. Eliminate risks in estimates and re-estimate.

  2. Meet with the sponsor to find out what work can be done sooner.

  3. Cut quality.

  4. Decrease scope.

Answer A

99 At the request of the project team for a large project, the company.s purchasing department advertises that they intend to let a contract for construction work associated with the project. This is called:

  1. Procurement planning.

  2. Solicitation.

  3. Advertising.

  4. The procurement process.

Answer B

100 A project is considered complete when the :

  1. BAC is equal to the PV.

  2. The EV is equal to the AC.

  3. The PV is equal to the AC.

  4. The BAC is equal to the EV.

Answer D

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