PMP® Exam Updates in 2021

The new PMP® Exam had launched on 02 January 2021. Check out this article to discover the differences between the new PMP® Exam and the previous one.

Number of Questions

The new PMP® examination is comprised of 180 questions (the old one was 200 questions), including

  • 175 scored questions, and
  • 5 pretest (unscored) questions.
  • They are all randomly placed throughout the examination.
Exam Durations

PMP® aspirants have 230 minutes to complete 180 questions. For computer-based tests, attendants also have 10-minute breaks between two sections of the PMP® exam. That makes the exam last for 4 hours in total. No scheduled breaks for paper-based exams.

Exam Content Outline

The new PMP® exam focuses on 3 new domains: 

  1. PEOPLE – emphasizing the skills and activities associated with effectively leading a project team. This domain takes 42% of the questions in the PMP® exam.
  2. PROCESS – reinforcing the technical aspects of managing a project. This domain takes 50% of the questions in the PMP® exam.
  3. BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT – highlighting the connection between projects and organization strategy. This domain takes 8% of the questions in the PMP® exam.

Questions related to predictive, agile and hybrid approaches are included across all 3 domains of the PMP® exam. 

Types of Question

The new PMP® exam is a combination of many question types. Some of them are very new to PMP® aspirants.

  • Multiple-choice
  • Multiple responses
  • Drag and drop (new): This could be used in definition and process questions. Attendants drag and drop to match the items listed in 2 columns.
  • Hotspot (new): This could be used in calculation questions. Attendants are provided a digital graphic, then calculating and pointing out the requested data.
  • Limited fill-in-the-blank.

Source: PMP Exam Updates from PMI®

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