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!

5. PrepAway

PMP preparation resources by PrepAway

PMP preparation resources by PrepAway

by PrepAway

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

Cons:

  • no option to try it before you buy
  • you have to download it, which means you will not be able to use it on multiple devices

Lighthouse report:

Lighthouse audit summary for the PrepAway page.

Lighthouse audit summary for the PrepAway page.

4. Master of Project Academy

Online training bundle from Master of Project Academy

Online training bundle from Master of Project Academy

by Master of Project Academy

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.

Price: $83/month

Tech stack: Wordpress, Ruby, jQuery, Angular, Bootstrap

Cons:

  • very slow & poor UX
  • noticed cycled links on the page
  • quite pricy

Lighthouse report:

Lighthouse audit summary for the Master of Project Academy page.

Lighthouse audit summary for the Master of Project Academy page.

by Dmitry Salnikov

3. PM Training

by PMtraining

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

Lighthouse report:

Lighthouse audit summary for the PM Training page.

Lighthouse audit summary for the PM Training page.

by Dmitry Salnikov

2. PMP Exam Simulator

by PM Exam Simulator

The PMP Exam Simulator provides 1600+ questions grouped into 8 exams.

Price: $139 for 3 months

Tech stack: Joomla, PHP, jQuery, MySQL

Cons:

  • cumbersome design
  • was getting the same questions (despite the fact that they have more than a thousand questions)

Lighthouse report:

Lighthouse audit summary for the PMP Exam Simulator page.

Lighthouse audit summary for the PMP Exam Simulator page.

by Dmitry Salnikov

1. ErudiCAT

PMP Exam Simulator by ErudiCAT

PMP Exam Simulator by ErudiCAT

by https://www.erudicat.com/

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

Pros:

  • clean and simple design
  • the website works blazingly fast and has more app-like performance
  • you are able to give it a shot before you pay
  • you have an option to not display the correct answer during the test
The practice screen explains correct and incorrect answers.

The practice screen explains correct and incorrect answers.

by Dmitry Salnikov

Statistics screen displays your chances to pass the real exam, successful answers, and areas where you need improvement.

Statistics screen displays your chances to pass the real exam, successful answers, and areas where you need improvement.

by ErudiCAT

Lighthouse report:

A perfect score from the Lighthouse audit for the ErudiCAT page.

A perfect score from the Lighthouse audit for the ErudiCAT page.

by Dmitry Salnikov

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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.