PMP® Test Cost

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This article covers details relating to the cost of sitting for the PMP examination, as well as an overview of how you can apply to take the test and ways in which you may prepare.

Cost of Taking the PMP Test

If you would like to earn the Project Management Professional (PMP) credential, you'll have to submit an application to the Project Management Institute (PMI) in order to be considered, after which you may then be approved to take the PMP certifying examination. When initially applying, you must pay a fee of $405 if you are a member of PMI or a fee of $555 if you aren't a member. This fee covers both the cost of the application and the examination.

It is important to keep in mind that not everyone passes the PMP exam on their first try. If this is the case, you are eligible to retest two additional times after the initial attempt within the span of one year. For each time that you wish to retake the test, you must pay a reexamination fee. This fee is $275 for PMI members and $375 for nonmembers.

The only other fee associated with the PMP test is the cost of recertification, which must be done every three years. This costs $60 for PMI members and $150 for nonmembers.

There are a number of different methods by which you can pay the cost of the application and examination. You can either pay via credit card when logged into the online certification system when you apply for your certification exam or via check or money order by postal mail. Additionally, it is possible to pay by wire transfer.

Applying for the PMP Exam

In order to be able to take the PMP examination, you must apply by following the process detailed by the Project Management Institute. You have the option of either submitting your application online or by mail. The submission method chosen determines how test-takers will submit their payment, as those who submit via the mail are expected to include a form of payment with their application. Those who submit their application online can pay in the online system or by sending their payment in the mail.

When applying, you have 90 days from the time you begin your application to complete it. In the application, you must provide details about your education and work experience. In order to be eligible for certification, you must possess a four-year degree, have at least three years of professional project management experience, and 35 contact hours of project management education. Alternatively, if you possess a high school diploma or associate's degree, you can also apply if you have at least five years of work experience and 35 contact hours of project management education. If you submit your application online, you can expect it to be processed within five days. Once approved, you can schedule your PMP examination.

Details About the PMP Exam

The PMP examination is offered in two different delivery types - either a paper-based or computer-based exam. It is comprised of 200 multiple-choice questions and covers five different domain areas: initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing. Each of these areas makes up a different proportion of the exam questions according to a specific predetermined percentage.

Studying for the PMP

When preparing for the exam, you may be interested in consulting various outside study resources, like this Project Management Study Guide offered by Study.com. In this course, which is organized into five chapters that align with the five domain areas of the test, you can receive a comprehensive overview of all the content that appears on the test. In order to learn the material, you have access to video lessons within each chapter and quizzes and tests that assess your progress. Additionally, you can take a 50-question practice test to help you determine how well you might perform on the actual PMP examination.

Study.com also offers a Project Management Training course that could also be helpful. This course includes 10 chapters and covers areas of project management such as pre-planning, planning, and the basics of project management. Each chapter in this course includes multiple quizzes along with a practice test.

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