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Is the PMP exam changing?

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I'm hearing rumors that the PMP exam will be changing very soon. Is this true? And if yes, then how will it change? Will the number of questions increase/decrease? Will it become more difficult? Will they add/remove domain areas? Will the whole style of the exam change (for example, it won't be a multiple choice test anymore)?
asked 10 years ago by anonymous

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Yes, it is true. Those who will take the PMP exam as of September 1st, 2011, will take a different version than those who have taken it prior to that date. According to the PMI, about 30% of the test will change, mainly when it comes to the style/type of questions and the number of questions per domain area.

Here's all what you need to know about this change:

- Percentage allocated to each domain area:

    - Initiating: 13% (previously 11% - see: http://www.projectmanagementquestions.com/1439/people-pass-pmp-even-with-below-proficiency-some-domain-areas )
    - Planning: 24% (previously 23%)
    - Executing: 30% (previously 27%)
    - Monitoring and Controlling: 25% (previously 21%)
    - Closing: 8% (previously 9%)
    - Professional & Social Responsibility: 0% (previously 9% - this domain area has been removed altogether. Questions that used to belong to this domain will be spread across all the other domains)

- Total number of questions will remain the same, 200 questions, with 25 non-scored pretest questions.

- Eligibility requirements will NOT change.

- There'll probably be at least 2 questions related to the PMI code of ethics in each domain area (this is to make up for dropping the Professional & Social Responsibility domain area).

- (This is a personal opinion, so you may ignore it) It does seem that whoever studied for the old PMP exam using the old books will not have a problem with the new PMP test.

You can read the announcement of this change on PMI's website: http://www.pmi.org/Certification/Project-Management-Professional-PMP/~/media/PDF/Certifications/PMI_Today_Dec_2010_article_for_PMIorg_RDS_page.ashx
answered 10 years ago by MaplePM (46,940 points)

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