The PMP® certification stands for Project Manager Professional and is administered by the Project Management Institute.
The difference between having a degree in project management and having the PMP designation is the fact that the PMP is global. It is recognized around the world and typically commands a higher salary.
While the prerequisites differ depending on the student’s qualifications, both educational and work experience, the certification does require a minimum number of hours in the field, specifically in a project management capacity, along with a minimum amount of project management education, and then general courses to complete the overall requirements to take the exam.
Following, you will find five questions about the PMP® certification online examination.
#1 What Makes Up The PMP Test?
The contents of the PMP Certification Online are quite simple in that there are two-hundred multiple choice questions and there are four hours allotted in which to finish. As of 2018, the cost of the exam was around four-hundred US dollars for members of the PMI, and just under six hundred for non-members.
Further to the actual examination, once certified, individuals will have to complete certain criteria every three years, which includes sixty hours of project management training, known as PDUs.
#2 What Is The Passing Grade?
Apparently, the exact PMP Certification Online passing mark is not published and there does not seem to be an easy public answer to this question. Prior graduates have indicated that the grade required was around seventy percent. Others, in more recent years, said it was closer to sixty. Regardless of what it was in the past, this is no longer the case.
Basically, it would seem that you need to get as high a grade as possible, since you don’t really know what mark you are striving for. Possibly, they look at the exams with the most correct answers, and then choose a certain number of the best. And to be honest, no-one should really expect to just “make it” on any exam if this is their field of study and subsequent career.
#3 What To Study For the PMP Exam
As mentioned earlier, the test is made up of two-hundred questions, some of which are pre-exam and done beforehand, while others are part of the final mark toward the PMP designation. Since the PMI courses are based upon the PMBOK® Guide, it would follow that an in-depth understanding of the guide will help a candidate to pass the exam.
Additionally, it would be wise to review the PMP® certification handbook, a forty page document, which outlines the requisites, costs and instructions for the exam, as well as the details of the online application.
An actual exam is always available, so potential students should complete it to prepare, and they should go through any and all sample questions, not only to see how the questions are asked, but also to understand whether or not they are proficient in the course material.
#4 Benefits To Employers
Many studies have been conducted on the effectiveness of the PMP certification online. Likewise, employers have been interviewed and statistics compiled. It would obviously be in the best interest of the PMI to understand how their designations impact companies and organizations in the real world.
The good news is that employers are quite pleased with employees with the credentials, stating that their important projects have remained on deadline, been complete within budgetary estimates, produced positive outcomes in development and launch, and had a team that was motivated and committed to the plan at hand.
#5 What Happens After The Exam?
Immediately following the exam, test applicants are given the opportunity to complete a survey. Once that is done, then you wait for your passing or failing grade.
Some applicants will be provided this information on the day of the exam, while others, that complete a paper based test, will wait about eight weeks. Test scores will also be available online for a short period of time.
The Project Management Institute gives us an overview of the certification program.