PMP Exam Change Updated March 18th, 2020
That was the original date for the exam change, but PMI announced the decision on March 18th, 2020 to delay the PMP Exam change 6 additional months. The old date was Dec 16, 2019, then July 1, 2020, and the new date is Jan 2, 2021.
PMI’s Crisis Task Force has been monitoring the situation arising from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and has decided to extend access to the current PMP until the end of the year.
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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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.
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 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:
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.
Yes! PMI has released an Exam Content Crossover Map that you can view here.