Project Management Institute

Exam Day Essentials

You’ve made the investment to earn the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification.

Now it’s time to make the commitment to prepare for — and pass — 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.

Pad Your Schedule


Visit the Test Center in advance so you can:

  • Know precisely how to get there.
  • Find the room immediately on test day.

Test-day tip: Arrive 30 minutes early so you have time to relax before you start the exam.

Or, you can take your PMP Exam online.

Know Your Limits


4 Hours – Time Allotted for Exam Completion

  • There are no scheduled breaks.
  • The clock doesn’t stop for personal breaks—they eat into your exam time.

Prove It’s You


Make sure your ID is:

  • Valid
  • Government-issued

And It Includes:

  • Your photo
  • Your signature

Stuff You Don’t Need



  • Built into computer-based tests

Scratch Paper and Pencils or Erasable Boards and Markers

  • Provided by test administrators

Results – Just Like That


Computer-Based Testing

  • You’ll find out if you passed before you leave.