PMP Certification Exam Passing Score

Instructor: Shelby Golden
While not always required, PMP Certification is a useful way to show potential employers that you are highly capable and knowledgeable about project management. Keep reading to learn what it takes to earn a passing score on the PMP Certification Exam and get information on how to study.

What Score Do I Need to Pass the PMP Certification Exam?

The Project Management Institute (PMI) has recently changed the passing score requirement for the PMP Certification Exam. You now need to earn a score of at least 106 in order to pass. This passing score is based on average scores of other PMP Certification Exam test takers from around the world.

How Is My Score Determined?

Your score on the PMP Certification Exam will be determined by how well you answer 200 multiple-choice questions related to five different project management process groups: Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring, and Controlling and Closing.

In addition to generating an overall pass or fail test score, PMI will look at your responses to the questions in each of the process groups and determine whether you are below proficient, moderately proficient, or proficient in each one.

What Can I Do to Prepare for the Exam?

You can get ready for the PMP Certification Exam by studying the processes involved in project management. These lessons on project management basics are a good place to start. They cover different project management methodologies as well as project management skills and best practices.

More in-depth information about this subject can be found in's Business 311: Project Management course. You'll find lessons dealing with the five process groups in addition to other topics. This course includes short, engaging video lessons and quizzes that can help you track your progress. You'll also be able to contact project management experts with any questions you have.

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