The PMP Exam Has Changed

By Vinai Prakash

The Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential examination has been revised in Jan 2016. This is based on updates to the professional role of a PMP® credential holder recently found by PMI’s Role Delineation Study (RDS).

The PMP Exam changes again on March 26, 2018. From this date onwards, it will be based on the PMBOK Guide, Sixth Edition.

When: The new examination has been released already. This means that the new PMP Exam Format is now active, and you need to be aware about it.

The PMP exam will still be based on PMBOK Guide Version 5 (until March 25, 2018). However, PMI has advised that about 30% of the PMP Exam questions will get changed to reflect the project manager’s role as defined by the recent Role Delineation Study.

Education and experience eligibility requirements for the PMP credential will not change, however.

What has changed in the PMP Exam?
Certain areas of the PMP exam will be tested in a different way because an existing domain was seen to be common across all content areas of the exam. Specifically, the Professional and Social Responsibility content area will now be tested in every domain rather than as a separate domain on the exam.

This means that questions from the Professional and Social Responsibility area will now be spread out in each knowledge area and process group.

Check out the detailed feedback of students who have just passed the New PMP Exam.

PMI’s Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct should therefore be viewed as now integrated into the day-to-day role of a project manager, emphasizing its importance in each phase of the project lifecycle.

From now onwards, the PMP Exam Question Distribution will now be revised as a result of this change.  The new exam distribution is given below:

Domain % of Questions
Initiating 13%
Planning 24%
Executing 30%
Monitoring & Control 25%
Closing 8%
Total Scored Questions: 175
Total Unscored Questions (Pre Test Questions): 25
Total Questions: 200

Time Allocated: 4 Hours

Change to the PMP Passing Score?
There has been no notification from PMI regarding the PMP Passing score. So as far as I know, use this guideline on the Passing Score of PMP Exam in 2016 and beyond.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Changed PMP Exam
PMI has also released a FAQ, which details the changes in the PMP exam. I suggest that you download it and read it carefully.

Study for 35 PDUs
It is best that you study well for your PMP Exam, with this changed format.  You can check out the PMCHAMP’s Online PMP Exam Prep Coaching workshop.

How to Study for this Changed PMP Exam
See PMP Sample Questions released by PMI. And also do as many Mock PMP Exam Questions as possible. Now you can also get 20 Free Questions on Quality Management just by subscribing to the PMP Newsletter.

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Let me know if you have any other questions regarding the change to the PMP Exam.

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