Project Management Institute

PMP Exam Preparation

The PMP® Certification Exam Has Changed

The new version of the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification exam launched on 2 January 2021. Find out what changed and how to prepare for the updated version.

The PMP® certification exam can be completed in your home or office. Learn more about the online proctored exam.

Online Proctored Testing

What It Takes to Pass the PMP

You’ve made the investment to earn the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification. Now it’s time to make the commitment to prepare for the exam. Carving out time and securing the proper materials to study requires discipline and focus. As a project professional, you’ve got what it takes.

Take the Exam

To earn your PMP® certification, you need to meet the experience and education requirements, and pass the PMP examination, a 180-question, multiple-choice exam.

Regardless of how advanced your project management experience or education might be, you should still prepare vigorously for the exam. Successful PMP candidates typically use multiple study aids, including courses, self-study and study groups.

On average, successful PMP candidates will spend 35 hours or more to prepare, so make sure you leave yourself plenty of preparation time before you take the exam.

Resources and Tips to Prepare for the Updated Exam

2021 PMP Exam Content Outlines

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One Year

Window of Opportunity

You have a year from the date your PMP application is approved to take the exam. You can take it up to three times during this eligibility period. 



Other PMP Certification Resources

Practice Makes Perfect

A PMP explains what it takes to prepare.

PMP Exam: Be Determined

Aisleigh McGann, PMP, says that anyone studying for the exam must carve out time—and "practice, practice, practice."