Taking the PMP® Exam? A Sample Question


Your company has just been awarded the contract for a research project. The CEO of your company has asked you, as the project manager, to create the project charter and send it to her so that she can review and approve it. To create the project charter, you need the project’s statement of work (SOW). What should you do?

A.) Create the SOW yourself since you are the project manager

B.) Look for the SOW in your organizational process assets (OPAs)

C.) Ask your customer to provide you with the SOW

D.) Ask your CEO to provide you with the SOW


Hint: Part of a project manager’s role is to collaborate with the customer and understand the details of the project.


Answer and Explanation

The correct answer is C, Ask your customer to provide you with the SOW.

As the project manager, you should request the project’s procurement SOW directly from the buyer (i.e., your customer) to ensure you have the agreed upon SOW. Also, requesting the SOW from your customer demonstrates that you are proactive and encourages collaboration.


Reference: A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge – Sixth Edition, Project Management Institute Inc., 2017, Page(s) 77, 477

This sample question was provided by The PM Exam Simulator. All questions are updated to the latest A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) standard.



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Written by Cornelius Fichtner
Cornelius Fichtner, PMP is a noted PMP expert. He has helped over 47,000 students prepare for the PMP Exam with The Project Management PrepCast and The PM Exam Simulator.
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  1. PMP exam questions would be a great recurring feature in the weekly newsletter. (It’s a good review for those of us that already have our PMP.)

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