PMP stands for Project Management Professional and it is an internationally recognized professional designation offered by the Project Management Institute. Project management is a highly competitive profession. At some point, project managers realize they have to get the PMP Certificate in order to stand out.
To get a PMP certificate, you have to pass an exam. But this is not an easy task, some folks even call it brutal. Why? The PMP certification applies to any industry that may have a project: construction, software development, insurance, etc. You have to work through a huge amount of comprehensive information. The exam itself has 200 questions and you have 4 hours to answer them. This means, that you have 1 minute 20 seconds per question and the majority of questions are quite wordy. If you don't practice enough to answer those questions fast, you will be shocked and exhausted on the day of the exam. To make it even more difficult, PMI includes approximately 25% of questions that don’t have much sense and don’t reflect on your result.
The interesting fact is that even to be able to apply for the exam you must be a project manager already, with considerable experience managing projects. And, even being a project manager already, it's highly possible that you will not pass it the first time. It also worth mentioning that this exam is quite expensive, you pay $555 to participate in the exam and you have only three attempts (every reexamination will cost you $375) to try within one year.
So the obvious question would be: “why the hell do I need PMP if it’s so hard to get? The answer is money because, by statistics, a PMP-certified project manager earns 10-15% more money. Another important benefit is a more simplified interview process if you want to change the job. Because if a candidate has a PMP certificate it means that he had already proven his advanced expertise in project management.
If you consider getting PMP certification, you should start from the basics. PMI published a special book which is the foundation of the PMP exam - PMBOK. It’s definitely a must-read, but the book is very dry and complex. I’d certainly recommend getting some additional theory that will help to break down the gigantic PMBOK into manageable pieces of information. There is a great choice on the market, but the most popular is PMP® Exam Prep by Rita Mulcahy.
After getting comfortable enough with the theory it’s time to move to practice. And of course, answering sample questions as much as you can – will definitely help you a lot. There are many websites providing sample questions or even providing a possibility to practice in test exams. It’s a good idea to find a web-service that provides both. I’ve done some research and I want to share my thoughts on choosing the best PMP Exam Simulator from the most popular options.
I didn’t get a PMP certificate myself, but I’ll try to assess all the available options on the market from the point of UX, tech perspective and the provided features. In addition I’ll use Google Lighthouse to measure performance, accessibility and best practices. So buckle up, we’re about to start!
PrepAway provides a bundle of resources to prepare for the exam, including 129 Lectures, study guide, questions & answers.
Price: $60 + you have to pay for the updates
Tech stack: PHP, Qjuery, Bootstrap
Master of Project Academy sells a 3-course online training bundle, featuring 60+ Contact Hours, 300+ Lectures, 2100+ PMP questions, sample PMP exams, PMP cheat sheets.
Tech stack: Wordpress, Ruby, jQuery, Angular, Bootstrap
PM Training features access to 1,000+ PMP exam practice questions, 20 PMP mock exams, personalized reports, exam dashboard, PMP exam tips, video tutorials.
Price: $68 for three months
Tech stack: PHP, ASP.NET, Bootstrap, jQuery
Cons: slow, old-fashioned and bulky design
The PMP Exam Simulator provides 1600+ questions grouped into 8 exams.
Price: $139 for 3 months
Tech stack: Joomla, PHP, jQuery, MySQL
ErudiCAT is a relatively new service on the market, and seems like they analyzed well all the pros and cons of the existing competitors to make the best possible solution. It’s the most modern, clean and reliable exam practice service. It works well on mobile devices and is optimized for all screens. It provides clear statistics and has many features you need to prepare for the real test.
Price: starting from $2
Tech stack: Gatsby, React, Redux, Node.js, GraphQL, Firebase
From all the options I tried and tested, ErudiCAT really impressed me. With all the well-written questions, profound answers, convenient design, and the fair price – I rate it as the best PMP Exam Simulator currently available on the market.