How to Pass the APM PMQ in 3 hours – The secret hints and tips

In this short course, we look at the hints and tips to help you pass the Association for Project Managements Project Management Qualification (APM PMQ). Based on 20 years of experience guiding many thousands of project managers though the APM PMQ, we share the hints and tips to boost your chances of passing the exam.


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You should have already completed a programme of APM PMQ training. This course is not a replacement for the full APM PMQ course. 

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

1) Demonstrate how to used the command verbs to structure answers to APM PMQ exam questions.

2) Know how to structure an exam answer to maximise your chances of getting the necessary marks, including

  • How to structure your answer using an answer template which makes it easy for the marker to give you the necessary marks. 
  • How much detail to provide in each section to get a pass mark.
  • Hints and tips on how to develop and answer based on the core principles of project management.
  • Sample questions and answers to the sample exam paper. 

3) Understand the new topics introduced as part of the update in the update of the between the APM Project Management qualification based on BoK6 and BoK7

Payment Options

We offer multiple options for payment;

1. Credit / Debit Card

2. Payment via invoice. During checkout for your course, select 'Offline Payment'. You will then receive an invoice from which you can pay. If you wish to add a Purchase Order number to your order, please enter this when prompted at checkout

Topics Covered

How to Interpret and Understand the APM PMQ Questions

In order to structure your answer, you need to be able to interpret the keywords or command verbs used in the APM PMQ. In this section, we run through these key command words and how you might answer these types of questions.

What do the APM mean by:

  • Differentiate: Recognise or determine what makes something different.
  • Describe: Give an account, including all the relevant characteristics, qualities and events
  • Explain: Give an account of the purpose(s) or reason(s).
  • Interpret: Translate information/data into another form to aid understanding, to demonstrate understanding or to inform a future action.
  • Outline: Set out the main points/characteristics.
  • State: Express the details without elaboration.

And how to write answers for each command verb.

Exam Hints and Tips Exam

In this section we cover:

  • How to use and answer template to build an answer with enough detail to get the marks. 
  • The difference between how and why type questions.

Eight Key differences between APM PMQ based on the 6th and 7th edition of the Body of Knowledge.

In this section, we cover the eight new concepts introduced with the BoK7 version of the exam including:

This is an overview of the changes in the BoK6 and BoK7 APM PMQ exams, The main changes are

  1. The introduction of iterative and hybrid lifecycles. 
  2. Additional types of PMO including (PMO), embedded PMO, central PMO, and hub-and-spoke PMO
  3. The introduction of the critical chain as part of planning. 
  4. The addition of virtual teams.
  5. A new product owner role.
  6. The addition of VUCA into context analysis.
  7. The additions of BATNA, ZOPA and win-win in negotiating.
  8. The introduction of a deployment baselining for linear and iterative life cycles. 

Plus several other minor changes. 

Typical Questions and Answers

This section includes sample questions and answers to the sample exam published by the APM. These should give you a good idea how to structure and set out your answers. 

APM PMQ Discussion Forum

A forum to discuss with other people doing this module the APM PMQ exam based on the 7th Editions of the Body of Knowlege.

What is the Course Like?

This is a self-study course that you should be able to complete in several hours. It includes a downloadable note, detailed notes and videos. See the sample below.