PMP® Exam Change
The PMP and CAPM Exams will not change when the 7th Edition is released. That may change later, but PMI has not announced any plans for the exams to change. Per PMI, The new PMP Exam that launched on January 2, 2021 will continue to use the 6th Edition as a reference. This exam had been planned for some time and is not related to the release of the PMBOK® Guide – Seventh Edition.
PMI now offers the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam online. It is administered on a secure platform and is exactly the same as the in-person exam. (For more information on online testing, check out our FAQ section below.)
Students can reschedule their exam through their online Pearson VUE account. They can choose the online proctor testing option or if the testing centers in the area have been restored, students will be able to select a location and an available seat. Please note, even if the testing centers in your area have not been reopened, you will still see the center-based testing option, but it will say there are not any seats available.
The Project Management Institute has announced that a simpler, redesigned PMP® exam application is now available. Check out our PMP application video or read more about this important change in our blog.
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.
The new PMP Exam Content Outline includes two changes that have significantly impacted the PMP Exam. First, the ECO shows that half the questions represent predictive project management approaches and the other half 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:
Yes! PMI has released an Exam Content Crossover Map that you can view here.
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.
For a more thorough understanding of how the RDS and ECO changes an exam, check out our video from the 2016 change.
That was the original date for the exam change, but PMI® announced the decision on March 18th, 2020 to delay the PMP Exam change. The old date was Dec 16, 2019, then July 1, 2020, but the actual change date was January 2, 2021.