The PMP test a four hour test. The test requires you to answer 200 multiple choice questions in this time.
Of those 200 questions there are 25 pre-test questions which do not count toward your total score for the test. Pre-test questions are a way that the test creators can ‘try out’ new questions. They are placed throught the exam and you will not know which of the questions are the pre-test questions.
Of the 175 questions which contribute to your score you must answer at least 106 of these correct. This is 61%. The methodology used to develop this pass mark is called a modified Agnoff method. In this modifed Agnoff method a panel of PMPs draft, discuss and determine, through a process of review and iteration to agree upon the final pass mark. This method is quite prevalent in setting standards for multiple choice exams.
The spread of questions is based around the following domains:
11% – Initiating
23% – Planning
27% – Executing
21% – Monitoring and Controlling
9% – Closing
9% – Professional and Social Responsibility
In order to sit the PMP test you must pay a fee and also satisfy requirements related to:
- Level of education
- Experience directing and leading teams
- Project management experience
- Project management specific training
If you have decided to take the PMP test then thre are several tools and resources to help you. Using sample pmp questions, a pmp prep exam and pmp simulation are great ways to increase your familiarity with the types of questions you will be faced with in the exam. There are also many study guides and PMP exam preparation materials that can assist you in passing PMP exam – such as the PM Prepcast, which we have featured on this site before. Here at Project Management Success we will be aiming to bring you more of these great study tools and resources on our website.
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