PMP® Exam Change

PMI® ANNOUNCED THAT THE PMP Exam Will Change On Jan 2, 2021.

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PMP® Exam Change Updated March 18th, 2020

I heard the PMP Exam was changing on July 1, 2020… what happened?

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.

Press Release from PMI Velociteach’s COVID-19 Response

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.

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.

Interested in self-study options? Check out our online PMP Exam Prep courses through InSite.

BREAKING NEWS: The PMP Exam Application has Changed!

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.

PMP Exam Application Assistance Video Application Change Blog

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

The testing facility is closed in my area. Now what?

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.)

My PMP exam was cancelled/postponed due to the closing of the testing centers. How do I adjust my test date?

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. 

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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 January, 2021. 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?
December 31st, 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 January?
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 January 2, 2021 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!
What is the new online PMP test like?
The exam is now divided into 2 parts. You will answer the first 100 questions, review, and submit the first part of the exam. Once you’ve submitted the first part, you will not be able to go back and review or change answers to those first 100 questions.
Do I still have the same amount of time to take the PMP exam?
Yes! The test still has 200 questions and you are allotted 4 hours to complete the exam. In addition, PMI has added a 10-minute break to the 4-hour exam. When you finish the first 100 questions, the 10-minute break starts.
Is the time split between the two sections evenly? What if I finish the first section early?
When you finish and submit the first 100 questions, the 10-minute break starts. After the break, the clock starts ticking again. PMI has indicated that the time remaining when the break begins is what will be available after the break for the second set of 100 questions.
Do I still have the same benefits as I would if I took the exam at a physical location?
If you take the exam at a testing center, the proctor will provide scratch paper and pencils. For the online exam, you’ll use an online whiteboard instead. You can use the whiteboard feature to enter text and draw shapes and lines. You can see an example and explanation of the whiteboard here: https://home.pearsonvue.com/op/online-proctored-whiteboard-overview
Does the whiteboard erase after I complete the first section?
No, once you complete the first half of the exam, your whiteboard remains as is – nothing is deleted from it.
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