PMP® Exam Change

PMI® Launched New PMP Exam Jan 2, 2021!

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PMP® Exam Change

BREAKING NEWS: PMI has made some new changes to the current PMP Exam.

  • 180 questions (instead of 200), but the same number of questions will be scored (175).
  • 230 minutes (instead of 240).
  • One additional break for a total of two 10-minute breaks for computer-based tests (proctored) or those taken at a Testing Center.
  • Questions format will be a combination of multiple-choice, multiple responses, matching, hotspot and limited fill-in-the-blank. 


I heard the 7th Ed PMBOK® Guide was coming out this year. How will that impact the PMP and CAPM Exams?

The PMP and CAPM Exams will not change when the 7th Edition is released. 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.” 



What impact will the 7th Ed PMBOK® Guide have on the PMP Exam?

Per a May 2021 interview, “Nothing. There is no change. Test is based on the Exam Content Outline. We’ll probably start using it (7th Ed) as a reference, but we’re not changing the exam.”  -Sierra Hampton-Simmons, Director & Portfolio Leader, Certification Products at PMI.


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. 

Press Release from PMI Velociteach’s COVID-19 Response

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

I know the PMP Exam changed on January 2, 2021, but 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.

New Exam Content Outline Old Exam Content Outline  

What changed on the exam?

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:

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

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.

For a more thorough understanding of how the RDS and ECO changes an exam, check out our video from the 2016 change.

Video on 2016 RDS and ECO Change  

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. The old date was Dec 16, 2019, then July 1, 2020, but the actual change date was January 2, 2021.

Press Release from PMI Velociteach’s COVID-19 Response


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Frequently Asked Questions
How does the change to the 7th Ed PMBOK® Guide impact the PMP Exam?
According to PMI, the PMP Exam launched on January 2, 2021, will continue to use the 6th Ed as reference. The new exam had been planned for some time and is not related to the release of the PMBOK® Guide - Seventh Edition.
Has Velociteach updated their materials?
Yes! We have updated all of our study resources to align with the new exam.
What if I didn't pass the PMP exam before it changed?
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What is the new online PMP test like?
The online PMP Exam has the same number of questions and types of questions as the exam offered at a testing center. Important to note that the online exam is proctored, and PMI shares a lot of details with you about how to set up your room and computer to ensure the testing experience goes well. Also, you will be given two 10-minute breaks during the online, proctored exam.
How much time do I have to take the PMP exam?
You are allotted 230 minutes to take the new exam. The good news is PMI reduced the number of questions from 200 to 180, giving you more time per question.
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:
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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