PMP® Test Retake Policy

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In this article, you can learn about the PMP exam's reexamination policy, as well as some ways in which you can prepare for the examination to be more successful during your retake.

Retaking the PMP Examination

If you have pursued the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification and failed to pass the accompanying examination on your initial attempt, you can retake the exam according to the policy set by the Project Management Institute (PMI), the organization that administers the exam.

When you initially apply for certification, you are granted a one-year period during which you are eligible to take the PMP examination up to three times. If you do need to retake the exam, you will be required to pay the reexamination fee for both the second and third attempt, if necessary. For members of PMI, this fee is $275, and for non-members, it is $375.

If after both the second and third attempt, you still have not passed the PMP exam, you are required to wait a period of one year from the date of the third test attempt before being able to reapply for the certification exam. You are then granted three additional test attempts over the span of the next year.

However, if you fail the test three times, you may want to keep in mind that during the year-long waiting period when you can't attempt the PMP exam, you can apply for other certifications through PMI.

Preparing for the PMP Examination

While it is possible to retake the PMP exam, there are ways in which you can prepare for the initial attempt at the exam to decrease the chances of needing to retake it. This will prove to be both more time and cost-effective.

It is important that you are aware of both the content and structure of the PMP exam if you hope to pass it on the first try. This test consists of a total of 200 multiple-choice questions and may be administered in either a paper or computer format.

The exam tests five different domain areas: initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing. Each of these domain areas makes up a different proportion of the exam. For example, 24% of the exam questions fall within the planning domain, while 7% fall within the closing domain. It may be helpful for you to familiarize yourself with each domain and its corresponding percentage in order to determine how much time to study for each area.

Studying for the PMP Examination

The PMI website has a number of study resources that you might be interested in using while you prepare for the PMP exam. Additionally, outside study materials are also available, like this PMP Exam Study Guide offered by This study guide consists of five chapters, each of which corresponds to the five domain areas of the PMP exam. Each chapter is further broken down into lessons that focus on specific concepts and ideas. You can track your progress by taking lesson quizzes and chapter tests, as well as a 50-question comprehensive practice test. The lessons are offered in text and video formats, and you have access to detailed explanations for all correct and incorrect responses on quizzes and tests. also offers a 23-chapter Project Management Help & Review course that can give you a refresher of key project management concepts. This course has over 160 lessons and also includes quizzes and practice tests.

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