PMP exam simulator is a crucial part of PMP exam prep. A good PMP simulator increases your chances of attaining the certification.
There is an old proverb that says “Practice makes a man perfect”. I don’t want to be gender insensitive, so let me say “Practice makes a human being perfect”. 🙂 My point is that, you need to practice a lot of mock tests to be successful PMP certification exam.
Like with any other thing in life, the PMP certification also requires a lot of practice. You need to do about 2000 questions to pass the exam. A good PMP simulator gives you the right platform to practice these questions.
In this article, I have done review & comparison the most popular PMP exam simulators. There are tons of PMP simulators out there but, in my opinion, it is important to do PMP practice exam questions from a popular source. After reading the current article, you would know the best PMP exam simulator.
Note: You should check if you are ready for the exam or not before attempting the exam. In one of my previous articles, PMP Exam Passing Score, I have explained a strategy to determine the readiness for the exam. A popular simulator is an important ingredient of that strategy.
Review & Comparison Of Simulated PMP Practice Exams
Christopher Scordo vs Cornelius Fichtner vs Rita Mulcahy vs PMStudy vs Andy Crowe
|Christopher Scordo||Cornelius Fichtner||Rita Mulcahy||PMStudy||Andy Crowe|
|(5 / 5)||(5 / 5)||(5 / 5)||(5 / 5)||(5 / 5)|
|(5 / 5)||(5 / 5)||(4 / 5)||(4 / 5)||(4 / 5)|
|No. of Questions / Full Length Exams?||1000+ / Generated||1200 / 6||1500 / Generated||800 / 4||600 / 3|
|(4 / 5)||(5 / 5)||(5 / 5)||(3 / 5)||(2.5 / 5)|
|(5 / 5)||(0 / 5)||(5 / 5)||(0 / 5)||(0 / 5)|
|Answers & Explanations?||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|(5 / 5)||(5 / 5)||(5 / 5)||(5 / 5)||(5 / 5)|
|Reporting Features||Yes. Good graphical reports.||Yes. Good graphical reports.||Yes. Limited.||Yes. Only KA report per test.||Yes. Limited.|
|(5 / 5)||(5 / 5)||(3 / 5)||(2 / 5)||(2 / 5)|
|(4 / 5)||(5 / 5)||(3 / 5)||(0 / 5)||(0 / 5)|
|Overall Rating||(4.7 / 5)||(4.3 / 5)||(4.1 / 5)||(2.7 / 5)||(2.6 / 5)|
|Simulator Demo||Available||Available||Not Available||Available||Not Available|
|Special Features||Questions with answers & explanations can be printed.||90 Day period begins when you start your first test.||None||None||None|
|Support||Through phone, chat & email.||Through email & forums.||No||Through phone & email.||Through phone, chat & email.|
|Access Period||90 days||90 days||Lifetime||12 days||1 week|
|Refund Policy||Within 24 hours of payment. (conditions apply)||Full refund if you have started up to 2 exams. (conditions apply)||Amazon’s refund policy||None||None|
||USD 299.00||USD 60.00||USD 99.45|
|Rate per Q||USD 0.07||USD 0.10||USD 0.20||USD 0.10||USD 0.17|
|Buy At Discount|
- A brief of companies who have developed these simulators is provided later in this article.
- The description of Key Features and rational for choosing these features for comparison is described later in this article.
- Cornelius Fichtner’s company provides an online training course called PM PrepCast. There are 3 variants of PM PrepCast – Basic, Elite & Executive. Out of these PM PrepCast Elite and PM PrepCast Executive are combo products. These combo products include PM Exam Simulator by Cornelius Fichtner at a very good discount. So, if you are planning to take PMP exam preparation course, then you can consider investing in PM PrepCast Elite or Executive.
- Velociteach’s exams are available for a period of 1 week, 1 month or 3 months. I have chosen 1 week for pricing comparison. The prices for 1 month and 3 months access are considerably higher.
- PMStudy essentially offers 3 full length practice exams for USD 60.00. The first exam is free, even if you do not buy their simulator. So, I have taken 600 questions to arrive at ‘Rate per Q’ in the above table
Rational for Rating
While arriving at the following ratings, I have not considered a few things:
- pricing and refund policy – Everyone’s budget is different, so I have compared the simulators on the features & content and not on pricing.
- quality of the content – All the simulators are offered by credible, renowned and well-established companies. The quality of questions & explanations are excellent in all the solutions. So, I have not considered it as a factor in our final rating.
However, you can take these things into account for your final decision.
Best PMP Exam Simulator
A PMP exam simulator is most useful towards the end of your preparation. A good simulator validates your preparation and can boost your confidence. Whereas, an average to a bad simulator would decrease your chances of passing the exam. So, you should carefully choose the simulator.
After doing a test run and thorough evaluation of all the simulators, here is my final recommendation.
Christopher Scordo is a well known personality in the PMP training industry. His book (PMP Exam Prep: Questions Answers & Explanations by Christopher Scordo) is one of the best selling books for PMP preparation. Till January 2016, Christopher Scordo’s tests used to be the de facto standard for the PMP Exam takers. These tests were available free for the PMI members. Unfortunately, PMI has taken away this privilege now. It is the highest rated and cheapest simulator in our comparison.
Cornelius Fichtner’s is renowned educationist and well respected figure in PMP training industry. Every year thousands of aspirants successfully pass the exam by studying from Cornelius’ training material. This simulator would have come out as the highest rated simulator in our comparison, only if it had the exam generator feature. If you want extra questions for the exam preparation, then you should go with Cornelius’ simulator. This simulator offers 1200 questions at a very reasonable price. The number of questions offered by this simulator is much more than any other product. You can buy today but the 90 Day period will begin when you start your first test.
Rita Mulcahy’s Fastrack is considered as the Gold standard for the PMP exam preparation. Overall, it is a good choice – it is sold by the oldest and best known brand in the PMP education industry. You can buy PM Fastrack, if you are not worried about its steep price..
How Did I Find The Best PMP Simulator?
We already know that there are many exam simulators out there. So, how do we review & compare PMP Exam Simulator? What are the key features that make a PMP simulator stand out? How do we decide which one is the best to attain the PMP certification?
I have written another article “13 Reasons to Invest in a Paid PMP Practice Exam” in this blog. I have used the content of the that article as a basis to determine the key features of a good PMP simulator. You can also read that article before you buy a paid simulator. Based on the article, I have compiled a list of 7 key features that are important for a good PMP simulator. I have used these features to critically review the PMP simulators and to do a head-to-head comparison. Let us look at these key features and determine the best PMP exam simulator.
Web Based – It should be web-based. The questions and the content of a web based simulator can be updated seamlessly & easily. You don’t have to worry about the content updates. You don’t have to perform software updates or download new files. With PC based simulators, seamless updates are just not possible. The update feature and the feedback feature (explained later) go together – a PMP simulator with feedback feature provides extra value.
Simulator Features – It should be similar to the Prometric exam software. The user interface of the PMP exam simulator should closely resemble the actual exam interface and it should provide same features.
Full Length Exams – It should provide a few full length 200 questions exams. You should do some full length tests before you appear in the PMP exam. The PMP exam is a long exam. By doing a full length test, you will get to know your concentration level, sitting capacity, speed, and accuracy over 4 long hours.
Exam Generator – It should have a feature to generate multiple-length tests based on a Knowledge Area or a Process Group. This will help you to focus on and improve your weak areas.
Answers & Explanations – It should provide good explanations for the correct as well as incorrect answers. In addition, a good PMP simulator should give PMBOK Guide’s references wherever needed. Many simulators provide inadequate explanations or just answers. This is not enough; the real learning comes by understanding the explanations.
Reporting Features – It should provide a few different types performance reports. These reports should help you in identifying your weak Knowledge Areas and Process Groups. They should also tell you if your scores have improved over a period of time.
Feedback – You should be able to provide feedback for the practice questions. If a PMP simulator has such a feature and it is popular, then many aspirants (before you) would have already given the feedback. You can be pretty sure that wrong and ambiguous questions, if any, have already been corrected.
With the key features in our hand, let us determine the best PMP simulator.
Disclosure: I have not received any compensation (in cash or kind) from the Authors or the Training Companies or anyone else associated with any of the exam simulators. But this article contains affiliate links – it means that, if you click & buy from these links then, I will receive a small commission. This commission helps me in maintaining this blog for free. However, you don’t pay anything extra. I do not actively use any of these products since I am already certified. But, I recommend only those products that I believe will definitely help the certification aspirants.
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