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PMP Certification Exam Pass Rate

Instructor: Jessica Munk
Even though the Project Management Institute does not publish the PMP exam pass rates, you can still get valuable PMP exam information below. Learn about test scoring and format, find out when you'll receive your exam results and discover available study resources.

PMP Scoring Determinations

The Project Management Institute (PMI) does not currently publish pass rates, passing exam scores or the number of examinees sitting for the Project Management Professional (PMP) Exam. Thus, there is no accurate way to determine the PMP exam pass rate.

So how do you know what score you need to succeed on this exam? The test makers use project management experts to determine the minimum passing score and ensure that the exam difficulty is appropriate. This relies, in part, on the performances of test takers from around the world.

As a result, your score report will outline your proficiency level in each of the domains tested on the exam. These levels are below proficient, moderately proficient and proficient. A moderately proficient performance, for example, means you correctly answered as many questions as the average test taker.

Score Reporting

The PMP exam is computer-based and administered by Prometric at facilities across the country. As soon as you finish the test, you will receive a report that contains two components. The first component reports whether you passed or failed the exam. The second component details your proficiency level in each of the domains. If you passed the exam, these proficiency levels can be used to guide you in your professional development. If you did not pass the exam, they can be used to help identify your strengths and weaknesses in preparing to retake the exam.

A paper test is available in some cases. If you are approved to take a paper exam, you will have to wait up to eight weeks to receive your score report. With either the paper or computer-based exam, there is an appeals process if you want to challenge your score.

Exam Content

The PMP exam contains 200 multiple-choice questions to be completed during a four hour time limit. Out of the 200 questions, 175 of them are scored. The other 25 questions are not scored and are used to test the types of questions that might appear on future versions of the exam. The domains tested on the exam are:

  • Project initiation
  • Project planning
  • Project execution
  • Monitoring and controlling the project
  • Closing the project

Study Resources

To prepare for the exam, the PMI recommends that you review its PMP handbook and outline of the exam content. The PMI also offers sample questions and a complete outline of its Project Management Body of Knowledge. Additionally, local PMI chapters may offer study courses.

You also can find test-prep courses at colleges and universities. Some of these schools publish the exam pass rates of their students, which can be as high as 99%. Earning a graduate certificate in project management, on-campus or online, can help you prepare for the exam as well. Further, Study.com offers courses in Project Management Training and Business Project Management that can provide you with training in each of the domains covered on the exam.

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