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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). The exam changes in December will be prompted by the recent RDS and 2019 ECO changes.
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 here for more information about the last RDS and ECO change.
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:
The PMP Exam will continue to include 200 questions, but about 100 of those questions will be related to agile or hybrid.
Relax. We’ve got you covered! If you are not able to schedule your exam before the change in December, 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!
To learn more about the 6th Edition updates to A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide,) please click here.