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When preparing for the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam, understanding and mastering the essential formulas is crucial. In this article, we will dive into the 15 PMP exam formulas you need to know for success. Whether you are new to project management or looking for a refresher, this comprehensive guide will provide you with the knowledge and tools to confidently tackle calculation-based questions in the PMP exam.

## The 15 PMP Exam Formulas You Need To Know

Knowing these formulas will prove a great boon when it comes to answering the math questions on the PMP exam. However, itâ€™s important to note first that these formulas fall under two classification categories:

• Critical Path Method (CPM)
• Earned Value Management (EVM)

So letâ€™s break down the formulas within those two categories so you can get the full context.

## 1. Earned Value Management (EVM) Formulas

Learn the formulas for calculating key earned value management metrics such as Schedule Variance (SV), Cost Variance (CV), Schedule Performance Index (SPI), and Cost Performance Index (CPI).

## 2. Critical Path Method (CPM) Formulas

Understand the critical path method formulas, including Early Start (ES), Early Finish (EF), Late Start (LS), and Late Finish (LF), to effectively analyze project schedules and identify critical activities.

## 3. Probability and Impact Matrix Formulas

Explore the formulas used to calculate Risk Impact and Probability, and how to determine Risk Exposure and Risk Priority based on these values.

## 4. Communication Channels Formula

Understand the formula for calculating the number of communication channels in a project, which helps in estimating communication overhead and managing stakeholder interactions.

## 5. Three-Point Estimating Formulas

Discover the formulas for Three-Point Estimating, including the Expected Value (EV), Pessimistic Value (PV), Optimistic Value (OV), and Standard Deviation (SD), to improve accuracy in project duration and cost estimation.

## 6. Cost and Schedule Performance Formulas

Learn the formulas to calculate Cost Performance Index (CPI), Schedule Performance Index (SPI), Estimate at Completion (EAC), and Estimate to Complete (ETC) to monitor project performance and predict future outcomes.

## 7. Present Value (PV) and Future Value (FV) Formulas

Explore the formulas for calculating Present Value (PV) and Future Value (FV) of cash flows, which are essential in financial analysis and decision-making.

## 8. Return on Investment (ROI) Formula

Understand the formula to calculate Return on Investment (ROI), a key financial metric used to evaluate the profitability and value of a project or investment.

## 9. Depreciation Formulas

Gain knowledge of the formulas used to calculate various depreciation methods such as Straight-Line Depreciation, Double Declining Balance, and Sum-of-the-Years’-Digits.

## 10. Expected Monetary Value (EMV) Formula

Learn the formula for calculating Expected Monetary Value (EMV), which combines the probability and impact of risks to assess the overall risk exposure in a project.

## 11. Cost of Quality (COQ) Formula

Understand the formula to calculate the Cost of Quality (COQ), which helps in evaluating the cost of ensuring quality and identifying opportunities for improvement.

## 12. Payback Period Formula

Explore the formula for calculating the Payback Period, a financial metric used to assess the time required to recover the initial investment in a project or investment.

## 13. Variance and Standard Deviation Formulas

Understand the formulas for calculating Variance and Standard Deviation, which are important statistical measures used to assess project performance and determine the spread of data.

## 14. Expected Rate of Return (ERR) Formula

Learn the formula to calculate the Expected Rate of Return (ERR), which is used to evaluate the attractiveness and potential profitability of an investment or project.

## 15. Float and Slack Formulas

Explore the formulas for calculating Float and Slack, which help in understanding the flexibility and scheduling buffers available in a project.

## PMP Cheat Sheet: Knowing the Most Frequent PMP Concepts

As we said above, itâ€™s time to go over PMP concepts, as well. These concepts are frequently used in the PMP exam and the world of project management in general.

• Enterprise Environmental Factors (EEF)
• Organizational Process Assets (OPA)
• Project Management Plans

## Understanding PMP Exam Formulas and PMP Concepts

These PMP formulas arenâ€™t just relevant to the exam itself. They can help you in your day to day routine as a project manager. These formulas are designed to help you hack resource management, cost management, schedule estimation, and risk estimation. Consider, for instance, earned value management (EVM), which is used to help ensure that your earnings stay on track.

PMP concepts are slightly different. These concepts help you get into the mindset behind the PMP exam, drawing on theories that PMI frequently brings into the PMP exam. PMP concepts are made to ensure that you understand the basic project management vocabulary, such as EEF, OPA, and more. Itâ€™s important to cover these as well while prepping for the PMP exam.

## Why Are PMP Exam Formulas Important?

PMP exam formula questions make up a relatively small portion of the PMP exam â€” usually about 5-10%. However, these questions can be a significant help when it comes to passing the exam. Formula based questions vary in difficulty: some are rather straightforward, while others are quite complex.

This means they will vary in points awarded. If you have the PMP exam formulas memorized, you can easily ace those questions, which will give you a big boost towards passing the exam as a whole. Itâ€™s a good idea to research the PMP exam pass rate before you take the exam to learn more.

So without further ado, letâ€™s discuss the PMP exam formulas.

## Subsidiary Management Plans

A project manager should have a plan for everything. These are the management plans within your management plan, including:

• Scope Management
• Requirements Management
• Schedule Management
• Cost Management
• Quality Management
• Resources Management
• Communications Management
• Risk Management
• Stakeholder Engagement
• Baselines

Your baselines include your approved cost, scope, and schedule management plans. These will be used as a basis for the performance of the project. To break this down further, that means:

• Scope Baseline: The approved scope statement and work breakdown structure (WBS) as well as terminology
• Cost Baseline: The approved budget for the project within a certain time
• Schedule Baseline: The approved schedule for the project

So whatâ€™s left over?

• Change Management. Â This settles how change requests will be handled throughout the project.
• Configuration Management:Â This determines how the project will be itemized and indexed to make sure itâ€™s still going strong.
• Performance Measurement Baseline:Â This combines scope, schedule, and cost and compares it to the actual process of the project.
• Project Lifecycle:Â This measures the length of time the project will take, including each phase.
• Development Approach:Â This determines what sort of model will be used, such as agile, iterative, predictive, and so on.
• Management Reviews:Â Finally, the project manager reviews the project with stakeholders to get a clear sense of performance and make any changes.

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## Conclusion

By understanding and mastering the 15 PMP exam formulas covered in this guide, you will be well-prepared to tackle calculation-based questions in the PMP exam. Additionally, we provide you with a comprehensive PMP cheat sheet that consolidates these formulas for quick reference. With the right knowledge, practice, and resources, you can confidently navigate the formula-related questions in the PMP exam and increase your chances of success.

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At first, I was attracted to Brain Sensei training for their original learning program using a Samurai's story. And indeed it made the whole learning experience funnier - so easier. I felt like the Samurai. Then, I was amazed by The Brain Sensei Team's reactivity and help when I reached out through contact@brainsensei.com Their support was constantly reliable and efficient. I appreciated their professionalism and didn't feel on my own. At last, the course and the practice exams proved to be efficient since I passed the PMP exam - with 'Above Targe't in all Domains. So thank you so much Brain Sensei Team !! Charlene

#### - Charlene LU

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Overall very good. Got stuck a few times trying to find resources which I should have downloaded the before starting the program. Customer service has been great.

#### - Jonathan Williams

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SO far I am thoroughly enjoying the Brain Sensei PMP prep course. I have taken a Project management class as a part of my degree which I recently completed and project management has always interested me. I find the course to be educational and easy to follow. I am grateful that this course has been designed in such a way that is simple to understand all of the complexities in project management and that allows me to study at my own pace.

#### - Eric Browne

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The content is good and easy to understand

#### - Glenn

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This review is based on completing all course work through module 102. The story and interactive nature of the course are helpful for learning and relating the material. It would be nice to have the page numbers to the PMBOK guide where references are made to it. Other information that will be helpful, are the explanations to the practice questions at the end of each module. These are provided only after immediately answering the questions. Having these available in the score summary from the 'history' tab will be helpful to refresh why the answer is correct and other options are not.

#### - Rohan Punit

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Overall I would rate this course an 8/10. I liked how there were exams towards the end of every module and I felt that it was very useful having it laid out in different scenarios. I rate it only an 8/10 as I had some glitch/software issues and lost my progress resulting in me having to re-do modules/exams multiple times. All in all, that was maybe useful in the end as it was a way for me study or 're-learn' the course material. Thank you!

#### - Nikki Cordy

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Clear and precise explanations of how things work. I was never lost navigating the course.

#### - Gary Nicol

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A smart approach to present the information which makes it fun and engaging while at the same time preparing for the PMP exam. Brain Sensei differentiates itself from other PMP exam preps in that it delivers the knowledge through the use of storytelling technique. I recommend this course because it will help you pass your PMP exam on the first try.

#### - Jamal

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Loved the story telling and the practice exams. I felt very prepared when the actual exam came around.

#### - Josh

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One of a kind training that was truly engaging!

#### - Claire

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Excellent course for preparing for the PMP exam in a fun and engaging way! The practice questions resemble the actual questions on the exam making it a completely worthwhile experience.

#### - Rossetta

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I passed the PMP exam after taking Brain Sensei's Online PMP Certification Exam Prep. The practice exam questions were so similar to the questions that appeared on the exam. On exam day, when I sat down to take the test and started running through the questions I felt so relieved! The practice exams are also timed so you get more comfortable with the exam experience and feel better prepared when you sit down to take the test. The other differentiator was the video content throughout the modules. The concepts are taught through a story of a young samurai defending her kingdom. This will probably be the only PMP prep course where you can learn all the knowledge areas and feudal Japan at the same time. I'd recommend this course not just because of the videos but because it helped me pass my exam on the first try.

#### - Jackie

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Good course, but a few grammatical errors with how some questions were worded.

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It was good!

#### - Sergei

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Loved the unique approach and it still had all the info I'd expect from a full PMP exam prep course. Very responsive on questions too.