The PMP Exam is available as either an online exam via a remote proctor or an in-centre exam at PearsonVue Testing Centre. Whether you do the exam in a centre or online, the following are aspects that are the same for both. Then below we provide how they differ.
- 200 Situational Questions
- Multiple Choice
- 4 hours to complete the exam
- Exam is divided into 2 parts: First part has 89-90 questions and the second part has 110-111 questions.
- You must submit your exam after part 1 and then you may take a max 10-minute break.
- Once you have submitted part 1 of the exam, you cannot go back to change any answers
- You can start part 2 of the exam after the break or you can choose to skip the break
- You must track your own time. You don't want to use up most of your exam time on the first part and discover you don't have enough time for part 2
- You receive your results immediately when you finish the exam
PearsonVue Testing Center
Once your application is approved, you can search for availability for your city and schedule an exam. Once exam day comes, you will need to appear in person at the testing center with your government issued ID. The exam will be computer based and your results will be available immediately when you finish.
There is a security check-in process that will require the center staff to check your glasses, check your pockets, and even your arms (to check you have not written notes or have cameras hidden). There will also be a metal detector wand used to check for hidden electronics.
Testing centers will give you paper (laminated) and a marker to use for notes during the exam if you want to use. The exam interface itself has a built-in calculator and a whiteboard.
Remote Proctored Exam
This was introduced in April 2020. You can select an online exam for the PMP if you prefer to do the exam from home or your office.
If you choose this method, make sure that you have carefully reviewed the system compatibility requirements and done a systems test.
You will need a camera and sound because a proctor (invigilator) is supervising you during your entire exam. They also use proctoring software that detects possible cheating or misconduct.
You will need to take photos of your walls, show the proctor around your room with your computer camera, show your id -- and you will need to keep focused on the actual exam screen.
If the software detects that you are not looking at the screen where the questions are -they will ping you and possibly cancel the exam (in case you were thinking of taping notes around your monitor! --don't do it)
You cannot go to the restroom or move out of the camera view during the exam, except for during the 10-minute break between part 1 and part 2 of the exam.
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