Project Management Institute

PMP Exam Preparation

The PMP® Certification Exam is Changing on 2 January 2021

You have until 31 December 2020 to take the current Project Management Professional (PMP) certification exam. Find out what’s changing.

No matter when you take the PMP exam you can complete it online – it’s available 24/7 in your home or office. Over 50,000 in 2020 have successfully taken their PMP certification exam online. 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 200-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.

The PMP Exam is changing:

  • If you have already begun studying, you can take the current exam online through 31 December 2020.
  • Our new exam will be available after 2 January 2021.

Resources and Tips to Prepare for the Exam

Available for the Current PMP Exam

If you have already paid for your PMP application, spent time studying the current exam content and are able to schedule your exam, you can take the current exam online before 31 December 2020. Here are some tips to prepare:

Available for the New PMP Exam

Not quite ready or just learning about the PMP? You may want to wait to take the new exam on or after 2 January 2021. Here are some ways to help you prepare for the new exam: 

Other PMP Certification Resources

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. 



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."