What You Need to Know About PMI-ACP® Online Proctoring

Online proctoring is a great way to take your PMI-ACP exam in the comfort of your home or office at a time that is convenient for you. However, there are some procedures that need to be followed as well as system requirements for it to work. Take a look at the information on this page to understand what you need to know before you decide if online proctoring is right for you.

The Online Proctored Exam Experience

Online proctored exams allow you to conveniently and easily take an exam in the comfort of your home or office while being monitored by an offsite proctor. Watch to learn more about PMI’s online proctored candidate experience.

General Information


Start by ensuring your computer meets our requirements by completing the required system test. We also strongly recommend you review the Online Proctoring video above before you decide to take the online proctored exam. If you have any doubts or reservations, we recommend that you schedule your exam at a Pearson VUE testing center.

PMI-ACP® and Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® are the only PMI certifications that offer online proctored exams.

The PMI-ACP exam is translated into multiple languages. Please consult the PMI-ACP handbook for the specific languages available. Please note that although the exam itself is available in multiple languages, the proctoring software, greeter support, and proctor support are only available in English.

You can schedule your online proctored exam online any day of the week at any time.

If you require special accommodations in order to take your exam, you must apply for these and receive approval from PMI before scheduling your exam. You will also need to take your exam in a test center. Visit the Special Accommodations page for more information.

Before you can schedule your exam, you must submit your application payment. Once payment is received, you will then be eligible to schedule your online proctored exam. Log in to PMI.org and navigate to “Review Application Status” under myPMI. Click "Schedule Exam". You will be directed to schedule your online proctored exam through Pearson VUE.

No, all of the versions are designed with items based on the same Exam Content Outline (ECO). Additionally, all forms of the exam are calibrated to ensure that the level of difficulty is equivalent.

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Technical Considerations


Most recent Windows and mac OS computers (excluding tablets) are supported. Review the system requirements and run the exam simulation before you pay and schedule your exam. You'll have the opportunity to download a small test app to verify that your computer, microphone, webcam and internet connection are ready for you to take your exam.

No. You should not choose online proctored delivery if your system does not pass the system test, including ensuring that you can take a clear photo of your identification.

Exam Day Requirements


To start your exam, log in to PMI.org and navigate to “Review Application Status” under myPMI. The “Begin Exam” link will be available 30 minutes before your scheduled exam time. You will be redirected to a Pearson VUE page where you will see the exam you scheduled under Open Online Exams. Select PMI-ACP to proceed.

You can begin the exam process promptly at your scheduled appointment time. You will be able to begin your testing session up to 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time. You will not be permitted to begin the exam process more than 15 minutes after your appointment time.

The launch and check-in process should take approximately 5-10 minutes.

  • Make sure that your browser pop-up blockers are turned off.
  • Be sure that you have administrative rights on your computer so that you can download the software.
  • You will be asked to run the system test again, including a webcam, microphone and internet connection check.
  • Please note, you may wait up to five minutes before connecting with a greeter.

After connecting with your greeter:

  • Have your driver’s license, passport, or other acceptable identification available so that your identity can be verified.
  • Testing behavior/conduct, testing environment (work-area scan), and communication process during exam delivery are reviewed. All communication with the greeter and proctor is conducted in English.
  • You will be asked to shut down any non‐essential applications (such as email or chat).

After this process is complete, the exam begins. Your proctor will not contact you during the exam unless there is an issue. If there is a technical issue during exam delivery, the proctor will first attempt to contact you via chat. If it does not work, the proctor will contact you by phone. If there is an issue after exam delivery, contact Pearson VUE. Please have the Incident Report number provided by your proctor available.

You will be required to present a current, government-issued form of ID. The name on your ID must match the name in your PMI-ACP Application. Acceptable forms of identification include: Driver’s license, military ID, national identification card, passport, and alien registration card (green card, permanent resident, and visa). The form must collectively contain both a photo and signature of the test candidate. For more information reference the PMI-ACP handbook.

If you are currently in the process of updating or renewing your identification, please note that legal name change forms, including ID renewal forms, cannot be accepted for online proctored delivery.

During the check-in, the proctor will ask to see your environment to ensure you have a clean desktop and you are not within arm’s reach of books, notepads, post-it notes, papers, pens, pencils or other writing instruments. To complete the required work-area scan, the proctor will ask you to take a step back and use your webcam to slowly scan your work area, including walls, floor space and the desktop. Additional monitors must be unplugged and computers must be turned off. Items on the wall such as wall art, posters and whiteboards will be inspected. If you are unable to complete a room scan, you are not permitted to proceed to take the exam.

Your computer will be locked down once you start your exam. You will not be able to access the internet or use other software applications while taking an exam.

No. Mobile phones and other electronic devices must be turned off or muted and stored with your other personal items out of reach.

Depending on your preference, the proctor will call you on your phone or through your microphone and speakers (required) on your computer using the PVProctor software once you are in the check-in process. You will also be able to communicate with the proctor via chat. All communication with the proctor will be conducted in English.

No. Breaks are not allowed during the exam for any reason and leaving your desk will invalidate your score. Eating, drinking, smoking, and chewing gum are prohibited during the exam.

No, you may not receive any assistance from other individuals while taking the exam. If a third party enters the room during the testing process, your exam will be terminated. The proctor cannot answer questions related to exam content.

If there is a technical software issue during exam delivery, the proctor will contact you via phone or through your microphone and speakers (required) on your computer using the PVProctor software. If there is an issue after exam delivery, please contact Pearson VUE and have the incident report number provided by your proctor available.

The rules related to personal belongings while taking the exam are as follows:

  • During the exam, you may not access the following types of personal items: hand-held computers or other electronic devices, pagers, watches, wallets, purses, hats (or other head coverings), bags, coats, books, notes, or any other materials not specifically approved.
  • If you are wearing long sleeves, you will be asked to roll up your sleeves to show that there is no writing on your arms.
  • Watches must be removed and placed out of sight and out of reach during the exam.
  • If you are wearing a tie, you will be asked to lift the tie to show the proctor that nothing is hidden under it
  • If you have long hair that covers your ears, you will be asked to pull your hair back to show the proctor that there is nothing attached to them.

Please take note of this additional information about taking your exam:

  • Once you begin testing, you will not be able to leave the room or move out of the view of the proctor once the exam begins.
  • By taking this exam, you acknowledge that the proctor will continuously monitor you by video and audio while you take your exam, and you acknowledge and consent to audio and video recording of your face, voice, the physical room where you are seated, and the location during exam delivery. You recognize that you have no right to privacy at your current location during exam delivery and that you waive any and all claims asserting a right to privacy. If you do not wish to be recorded (either by video or audio), please notify the proctor immediately of your intent not to proceed with the exam.
  • If you do not follow the online proctored policies, are suspected of cheating or tampering with Pearson VUE’s or its subcontractor’s software, or if a third party is detected in the physical room where you are seated during the exam, the exam will be immediately terminated. The incident will then be reported to Pearson VUE and PMI, along with audio and/or video evidence of the infraction. Your exam may be invalidated, and PMI may take other action, such as revoking your existing certification and precluding all future participation in the PMI certification program.