What is the PMP exam?
PMP stands for Project Management Professional certification. This is an exam offered by PMI (Project Management Institute) for practising Project Managers. PMP is a globally recognized certification exam and is well respected in the industry. The exam is extremely popular. There are about 300,000 certified PMPs all over the globe. 61,485 professionals sat for the exam just in two months of August and September, 2005
What kind of organization is PMI?
Project Management Institute was founded in 1969. The goal of PMI is continuous growth and development of the discipline of Project Management. PMI started the PMP exam in 1984. PMI has chapters all across the globe. These chapters provide extensive help in preparing for the exam. PMI offers four types of services/products. These are Project Management certification, Project Management Research and Standards, Project Management Professional Development programs, and Project Management publications.
What all certification exams are offered by PMI?
What is the procedure to get PMP certified?
The certificate requires that you have at least 4500 hours of experience in Project Management. Also the candidate should have attended at least 35 hours of class room training on Project Management. PMI explains the eligibility criteria in detail in the PMP certification handbook.
If you meet these criteria, then you can file the application from
PMIs site Certification section . You also have
to submit the application fees when you submit the application.
After you have submitted the application, PMI will review your application. If everything goes smoothly,
in a few days you will receive an acceptance letter/e-mail from PMI. After this you can schedule the exam by visiting www.2test.com or by calling
the Prometric Center.
The PMP exam is a computer based exam conducted in the Prometric centers. The exam has 200 multiple choice questions. Each question has exactly one correct answer. You will get four hours to answer these questions. Most people find four hours to be more than sufficient for the exam. Out of these 200 questions, 25 questions are pretest questions. These are randomly places through out the exam and are used for research purposes. These questions are not evaluated while computing exam results. You will only be evaluated on the basis of 175 questions.
To pass the PMP examination, you must answer a minimum of 106 of the 175 scored questions correctly.
After you finish and submit the exam, in the Prometric center you will immediately receive the overall mark-sheet for the exam in the Prometric center.
Is there any negative marking in the exam?
There is no negative marking in the exam. Unanswered questions are treated as wrong questions. Exam is preceded by 15-minute computer tutorial on the format of the exam.
After clearing the exam, you will receive the PMP certificate by mail after 2 months. Examination scores are confidential. About 80% candidates clear the exam.
What is the new format of the exam?
With effect from July 1st 2009, the PMP exam is based on PMBOK IVth edition. The PMBOK IVth edition was launched on Dec 31st, 2008. Exam results are divided in six areas. There are no minimum marks in separate areas.
Can I view my exam results at the PMI site?
PMP is an expensive exam. This ensures that only serious candidates pursue it. It also ensures
that the certificate remains prestigious. The exam costs $405 for PMI members and $555 for non-members.
Since the annual fees for PMI membership is $119, it makes sense to become a member and then apply for the exam.
The program is mainly based on the PMBOK. PMBOK stands for Project Management Book of Knowledge. When you become a member of PMI, you get the PMBOK on a CD. PMBOK is very short and concise. Most people find it a bit difficult to read. The current exam is based on the fourth edition of PMBOK. The approach that I will suggest is this -
Do you have any other tips for the exam?
The two important tips that I suggest are -
How much time does it take to prepare for the PMP certification exam?
The amount of time it will take you to prepare for the PMP certification exam will depend
on how much experience you have as a project manager, how familiar are you with PMI's
terminology, which book you use to prepare etc. Because the exam is expensive, you should spend enough time so that
you feel comfortable. I think you should plan to spend four to eight weeks spending one to
two hours per day before you take the exam.
Opinions vary on this one. The most important thing is to understand the meaning and concepts related to
all the inputs, tools and techniques, and outputs. You do not have to memorize the inputs, tools and techniques, and outputs
for all the processes to clear the exam. You may get few questions that directly ask the inputs, tools and
techniques, and outputs for a process. So if you can memorize a few key ones that will be helpful too.
More and more Project Management related jobs in today's world require PMP certification. Getting
PMP certification is not a guarantee for a successful job search. But it can help you get those
elusive interview calls. In today's competitive job market if you are looking for a Project Managers
position, then getting PMP certified can significantly increase your chances of getting a job.
Also many organizations have started using the terminologies
and tools that you will learn as part of PMP certification. The certification will help you
do your job better.
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Please refer to the PMP books section of this site.
You are not allowed to take anything except your IDs in the exam. Inside the examination center
you will be provided with rough sheets, pencils, a calculator and an ear plug.