Project DPro (PMD Pro) Foundation
Sample Exam – English

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Welcome to the Project DPro (PMD Pro) Foundation Sample Exam.

This test is intended to allow you to practice the certification exam and get into contact with its questions. You will be able to assess your knowledge before taking the real exam.

The test is multiple choice with 75 questions. The pass mark is 65% – or 49 correct questions. There is no ‘negative’ marking so an incorrect answer does not lose you marks.

Important notes:

  • This is a practice exam - it is not valid as a Project DPro (PMD Pro) certification and it does not grant you any certificate or other document.
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1 / 75

How does a learning review differ from a final evaluation?

2 / 75

What can be a relative weakness of Project Managers in the international development sector?

3 / 75

Which of the following is in the format of an objective tree statement?

4 / 75

Which best describes the relationship between Project Management and Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability & Learning (MEAL)?

5 / 75

Select the missing words in the following sentence:
The [ ? ] define the horizontal logic of the logical framework matrix, and create an ‘if-then’ logic when combined with the activities, outputs, outcomes and goals.

6 / 75

What is the main purpose of a Gantt Chart?

7 / 75

The [ ? ] management focuses on selecting, initiating and managing the overall collection of projects in a way that addresses the strategic objectives of the organization.

8 / 75

Project proposals in the development sector tend to emphasize which element of the project scope?

9 / 75

Which risk management strategy might include moving a project from one district to another because of concerns over political uncertainty?

10 / 75

What is the purpose of the RACI Chart?

11 / 75

What is the purpose of project evaluation?

12 / 75

Which issue management process is described by the statement: ‘actions intended to ensure issues are resolved in a timely and effective manner?’

13 / 75

What is the purpose of a concept paper?

14 / 75

Which of the following are “hard” skills required to manage people effectively during the Project Implementation Phase?
1.   Conducting performance assessments
2.   Communicating Vision
3.   Creating job descriptions
4.   Acquiring Project Staff

15 / 75

While conducting an analysis exercise, the project team realizes that the engineering components of a proposed project are not feasible. This is an example of a failure to meet which feasibility criteria?

16 / 75

When can the project charter be updated?

17 / 75

Select the missing words in the following sentence:
The [ ? ] competency area includes the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to identify, select and employ the right tools and processes to ensure project management success.

18 / 75

What are responsibilities of a Project Manager?
1.   Ensuring that the project is on time, on scope and on-budget
2.   Assuming personal responsibility for completing the project work
3.   Working with an array of stakeholders to complete the work of the project
4.   Resolving internal conflicts among the project team

19 / 75

What is the main purpose of ensuring the project implementation plan is 'iterative'?

20 / 75

What are some of the ways in which the Work Breakdown Process can be used when planning a project?
1.   Guides the process of activity identification and sequencing
2.   Provides a basis for more accurate estimates of project cost
3.   Graphically illustrates the start and end dates for project activities
4.   Shows the hierarchy of work needed to complete a project

21 / 75

What step in the Project Identification and Definition Phase includes deciding which elements will (and will not) be included in the scope of the project’s intervention?

22 / 75

Which example is a goal-level indicator (assuming a four-level Logical Framework based on the Project DPro Model)?

23 / 75

Select the missing words in the following sentence:
Assuming a four level logical framework based on the Project DPro model, monitoring primarily corresponds to the activity and [ ? ] levels.

24 / 75

Which of the following is an example of an internal control system?
1.  A record-keeping protocol for information management
2.  A vehicle mileage log
3.  A Segregation of Duties policy for financial roles
4.  A Monitoring and Evaluation Plan

25 / 75

What is the correct sequence of project scheduling activities?
1.   Activity duration estimating
2.   Activity resource estimating
3.   Activity sequencing
4.   Activity definition

26 / 75

Who plans the Human Resource needs of a project?

27 / 75

Which statement best describes a project extension scenario?

28 / 75

Which issue management process does this statement describe ‘understanding the issue sufficiently to consider future consequences of action plans made to resolve it.’

29 / 75

What is the purpose of a project charter document?

30 / 75

Which of the following scope management activities is conducted during the Project Closure Phase?

31 / 75

What characteristic is unique to managing projects in the international development sector?

32 / 75

What is the first step to take when completing a problem tree?

33 / 75

Which phrases best describe portfolio management?
1.  It attempts to balance opportunities and risks against demand and supply for resources
2.  It focuses on initiating and managing the overall collection of projects
3.  It is the direct responsibility of the Project Manager
4.  It sometimes raises issues that should be of concern to project teams

34 / 75

According to the RACI matrix, which person has the key role of carrying out the work required to achieve the task?

35 / 75

Select the missing words in the following sentence:
The [ ? ] builds upon the outcomes from a Venn diagram, providing the opportunity to add further narrative and more detailed data.

36 / 75

What need, according to Jonathan Bradshaw’s classification, does the following statement describe?
A physician indicates that maternal mortality rates fail to meet the Ministry of Health’s minimum standards.

37 / 75

Select the missing words in the following sentence:
Project [ ? ] are a key part of being able to work autonomously as a Project Manager and provide a certain amount of flexibility with regard to project constraints.

38 / 75

Which are benefits of participatory approaches in project identification and definition?
1.   Stakeholders take control of their own development process
2.   An accelerated project definition process
3.   A sense of ownership among communities for project results
4.   An improved project definition

39 / 75

Why might an agency choose to complete an ex-post evaluation rather than a final evaluation?
1.   To determine whether the project succeeded in delivering the outputs as detailed in the logical framework
2.   Study the impact of a project at a defined period of time after project completion
3.   Determine which project interventions have been continued by project participants on their own
4.   Collect evidence to advocate an improved development approach to a donor

40 / 75

What step in the project scheduling process allocates the type and quantity of resources required to perform each scheduled activity?

41 / 75

Which statement is true?

42 / 75

How many cells are in a four-level logical framework matrix?

43 / 75

What is the main purpose of a network diagram?

44 / 75

Which statement is the best example of a SMART indicator?

45 / 75

How many phases are there in the Project DPro Project Phase Model for the international development sector?

46 / 75

Select the missing words in the following sentence:
In international development projects the primary purpose of [ ? ] is to measure the progress of the day-to-day operations of the project.

47 / 75

What are the five steps in the full data cycle for managing monitoring data in a project monitoring system?

48 / 75

Which statement related to data collection processes is correct?

49 / 75

What are the three most important factors that determine the skill level a Project Manager requires to effectively manage a project?

50 / 75

What is the most important consideration to keep in mind when identifying the data to collect in the Project MEAL Plan?

51 / 75

What are responsibilities of the Project Manager during the implementation phase?
1.   Defining, documenting and coordinating roles and responsibilities
2.   Directing and managing project implementation
3.   Facilitating development of the project implementation plan
4.   Managing communications

52 / 75

What tool specifically defines and describes the project scope in a decomposed hierarchy?

53 / 75

What is an important characteristic of the learning review process in the Project Closure Phase?

54 / 75

Project evaluation corresponds primarily with what two levels of the logical framework?

55 / 75

Which is an example of a ‘technical’ competency required of Project Managers?

56 / 75

What are some of the objectives of the Project Set Up Phase?
1.   To communicate the project launch to stakeholders
2.   To formally authorizes the project team to mobilize resources for the project
3.   To identify and detail the comprehensive project scope
4.   To establish the project governance structure

57 / 75

Which are purposes of a Venn diagram?
1.   Analyzing the relationships between stakeholders
2.   Establishing roles and responsibilities of project stakeholders
3.   Mapping the influence of project stakeholders
4.   Identifying the stakeholders associated with a project

58 / 75

What is the correct hierarchical order of the Project DPro’s Logical Framework Model (from highest level to lowest level)?
1.   Output
2.   Activities
3.   Goal
4.   Outcomes

59 / 75

What is a project implementation plan called if it identifies the activities and resources required to complete both the direct and indirect work?

60 / 75

What identifies the minimum amount of time required to complete project activities?

61 / 75

What are roles in the composition of a project board?
1.   A Senior User Perspective
2.   An Executive Perspective
3.   A Senior Supplier Perspective
4.   A Project Manager Perspective

62 / 75

Which statement best defines the concept of project tolerances?

63 / 75

What tool helps identify how a project will withdraw resources while ensuring that progress towards goals?

64 / 75

What are responsibilities of the Project Sponsor?
1.   Ensure organizational commitment and accountability for the project
2.   Take personal responsibility for succesful planning and implementation
3.   Ensure the overall success of the project
4.   Ensure that the organization “owns the process and results of the project.

65 / 75

What is the primary purpose of the project implementation plan?

66 / 75

What is the definition of ‘project scope’?

67 / 75

What is an unresolved decision, situation or problem that will significantly impact a project called?

68 / 75

What are justifications for using iterative project planning?
1.   Help ensure that the project plan does not undergo unnecessary or frequent change.
2.   Continually provide insights and learning
3.   Increase and enhance the control that Project Managers have over the project
4.   Ensure that the logic of the project remains accurate and up-to-date

69 / 75

What term defines the amount of time that a task in a project network diagram can be delayed by without causing a delay?

70 / 75

What is the correct sequence for the different phases in the Project DPro Project Phase Model?
1.   Project Implementation
2.   Project Set Up
3.   Project Identification and Definition
4.   Project Planning

71 / 75

What analysis tool is intended to investigate cause and effect relationships?

72 / 75

Which of the following is NOT a key OUTPUT of the Project Set Up Phase?

73 / 75

What iterative process provides increasing levels of detail to the project implementation plan over time?

74 / 75

What tool is used to collect primary quantitative data for a project assessment?

75 / 75

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