By Nandini
Published on 28 July 2021

PMP(r), a globally recognized certification for Project Management professionals, is set to undergo major changes. We are aware that the announcement by PMI about the PMP exam changes has caused quite a stir. This has sparked a lot of questions and curiosity among candidates who are preparing to take the PMP(r).
This blog post will quickly go over the changes and updates. We’ll answer all your questions and clear up any doubts.
First, you need to be aware of the following important information if you have already begun preparing for the exam, or are planning to begin.
What should you do if the PMI exam is in your plans?
* Set the dates and schedule the exam as soon as possible. It is recommended to schedule the exam at minimum 3 months in advance.
Update: PMI has launched an online proctored test (OPT) option to PMP exam candidates. This allows them to take the PMP exam from their home during COVID-19 lockdown.
* Apply for the exam immediately and pay the fee. PMI gives you 90 days to complete and submit the application once you have started filling it out.
* You have 1 year from the date you submit your application to schedule and take the exam.
* If the first attempt fails, the candidate must retake the exam. The eligibility to retake it expires after one year. It is advisable to plan the exam schedule in accordance with this rule. Consider the possibility of a reexam.
Want to learn more? Continue reading. We have included all the information you need to know about the PMP exam changes.
Important Dates and Exam Updates for PMI COVID-19
* The PMP Certification Exam will be changing on January 2, 2021
* PMI had earlier informed us that the new exam content would reflect the beginning of 1 July 2020. However, PMI issued a COVID-19 update informing that, due to COVID 19, the new PMP exam will be delayed to 2 January 2021. The current PMP exam can be applied for with the existing syllabus. Candidates can take the PMP exam up to 31 December 2020.
* PMI Update – 31 December 2020 is the last day you can take the current version.
* PMI also launched an online proctored test (OPT). Candidates can now take their PMP exam online from the comfort of their own home. You can either schedule the PMP test if you haven’t or reschedule your PMP exam that you have applied for online to take the PMP (current version) and become certified.
Let’s now get to the main topic.
What is the PMP(r), and how is it changing with the new PMI update?
It is a well-known fact, that PMP is the most widely recognized and popular certification in the field. The market is constantly changing, and so are the requirements. Project managers need to be more informed and adapt to this changing market.
This new PMP exam change is intended to ensure that professionals have the necessary knowledge and are able to adapt to current trends. This exam change focuses primarily on three main domains: People, Process, and Business Environment.
This is how you ensure that project managers have the following skills.
* Excellent leadership skills to effectively manage, improve, and lead the team
* Knowledge of technical aspects of project management
* Alignment with project goals and driving desired results
These are the new changes to the exam.
Predictive (approximately half)
Agile/hybrid (approximately 50%)
This is done to ensure that the domains are more in line with real-life project management practices.
Below are the domains and percentage of questions expected from each domain.
Domains and % questions:
1. People – 42%
2. Process – 50%
3. Business Environment – 8.8%
Total = 100%
How do you prepare for the new PMP exam?
The new PMP(r exam change announcement was made by PMI. PMI also released the updated syllabus. Yes, the exam changed. This has also led to a change in our syllabus. It was done to ensure that exam content aligns with the syllabus. The u