PMP® Exam Change

PMI® ANNOUNCED THAT THE PMP EXAM WILL CHANGE ON JULY 1, 2020.

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I heard the PMP Exam was changing on Dec 16, 2019… what happened?

That was the original date for the exam change, but PMI made the decision in late August to delay the PMP Exam change 6 additional months. The old date was Dec 16, 2019, and the new date is July 1, 2020.

Press Release from PMI

I plan to take the PMP Exam. What should I do?

We suggest you prepare to sit for the exam now. This announcement gives you plenty of time to get your application submitted to PMI and prepare to take the PMP Exam before the exam changes.

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Did the PMBOK® Guide change?

No, this exam is still based on the PMBOK® Guide Sixth Edition. Two factors lead to changes in the PMP Exam: (1) updates to the PMBOK® Guide, and (2) changes in the PMP Examination Content Outline. The PMP Examination Content Outline (ECO) only changes when PMI commissions a Role Delineation Study (RDS). These exam changes are the result of the recent RDS and 2019 ECO changes.

Current Exam Content Outline New Exam Content Outline

What is changing on the exam?

The new PMP Exam Content Outline includes two changes that will have a significant impact on the PMP Exam. First, the ECO states that half the questions will represent predictive project management approaches and the other half will represent agile or hybrid approaches. Second, the domains and their related tasks have changed. The 2015 ECO organizes the questions by the 5, familiar domains (Process Groups). The 2019 ECO groups the questions by 3 domains. Those domains and the question allocation are below:

What is a RDS?

Every 3 to 5 years, PMI conducts a Role Delineation Study (RDS) of current project managers. Other industries follow a similar approach – the organization that produces a standard (a body of knowledge) uses a RDS or Practice Analysis to ensure that the standard is aligned with day-to-day practice. In this case, PMI used a global practice analysis to focus on the roles of novice project manager, more experienced project manager, agile practitioner, and business analyst. Based on this research, PMI made changes to the PMP Examination Content Outline (ECO). At the end of June 2019, PMI released those changes to the ECO.

Check out our video to the right for more information about the last RDS and ECO change.

Is there something that maps out these changes?

Yes! PMI has released an Exam Content Crossover Map that you can view here.

Exam Content Crossover Map

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Frequently Asked Questions
Do I still have time to prepare for the exam?
Yes! We suggest you prepare to sit for the exam now. You have plenty of time to get your application submitted to PMI and prepare to take the PMP Exam before the exam changes in July. Invest your time wisely. Prepare for the PMP Exam with reliable, high-quality study resources. Take one of our award-winning PMP Exam Prep Boot Camps based on Andy Crowe’s popular book, The PMP Exam: How to Pass on Your First Try, 6th Edition.
What is the last day that I can take the current exam?
June 30th, 2020
Why is the PMBOK® Guide not changing?
The PMBOK Guide is updated about every four years, and the 6th Edition was released in September 2017. So, we don’t anticipate an update to the PMBOK Guide until 2021 or 2022.
Will Velociteach update their materials?
Yes! We are currently perfecting the new resources now. When the updated materials are ready, we will let you know!
Should I take the current PMP exam or the new one in July?
Yes, we recommend you sit for the current exam. The change to the PMP Exam introduces uncertainty, so we encourage you to sit for the exam before the July 1 2020 change, if possible.
What if I don’t pass the current PMP exam and it changes?
If you take our PMP Exam Prep Bootcamp, we’ve got you covered. We have policies and guarantees in place to fully support you. If you do not pass on the first try, we analyze your results and create a customized Study Plan to help boost your confidence in weaker areas. All of the assistance we provide you after class is free to you. On top of that, we guarantee your success. If you don’t pass the exam after 3 tries within 1 year of your original class date, we’ll refund 100% of your tuition. No fine print. No stipulations. Get certified, or get your money back. Period.
How do I find updated materials to study for the new exam?
Relax. We’ve got your back! If you are not able to schedule your exam before the change, don’t worry. Our team is analyzing the new Examination Content Outline. We’ll ensure our materials are perfectly aligned to the new exam and make any changes necessary before the exam date change. We’ll update this page along the way, so bookmark it and stay tuned!
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