Project Management Institute

PMP Exam Preparation

The PMP Exam is Now Online

Take your PMP Certification Exam from your home or office, 24/7.

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 — 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.

Take the Exam

To earn your Project Management Professional (PMP) credential, 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.

Tips to Prepare for the Exam

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. 



Leverage Your Skills

Anna Thornton, PMP

How project pro Anna Thornton managed time and exam prep.

Plan to Succeed

5 Ways to Prepare


Tried-and-true ways to get ready for the exam. 

Take a Look

Exam Day Essentials


What to expect on the day of the big test.

See the tips

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."