When is the PMP® exam changing?
2nd January 2021
Q. Is the new exam based on the PMBoK Guide 7th Edition?
No. The PMP exam not designed to test PMBoK Guide knowledge. It is designed based on the PMP Exam Outline. Up until the current exam however, there has been a lot of alignment between the PMP Exam Outline and the PMBoK Guide.
This is not the case with the new exam! Why? Because the PMBoK Guide 7th Edition that will be published is just the 'Standard' (check out PART II of the current PMBoK Guide and you will understand what we mean by the 'Standard'). That portion is expected to be focused on 'principles' rather than on 'processes'. Many of us provided feedback on the first draft there will be many revisions to it before publication.
So what about the 'Processes, Plans, Documents, Tools, Techniques' ? Well, they continue to live on -- the difference is that they are not likely be published again in detail as a book but will be available online as part of PMI's new PMIstandards+™ portal that they are working on. The Guide will be structured differently than today and will not be structured by Knowledge Areas.
Q. What are the new domains?
Q. Is PMBoK 7th Edition needed for the PMP exam from 2nd January 2021?
No. The Standard and Guide 7th Edition are not yet published. At some point (likely 2021), they may become inputs to PMP Exam questions, but not yet. This means that for the 'process' questions on the PMP exam, the PMBoK Guide 6th Edition is still applicable.
Q. Is the PMP exam from the 2nd January 2021 harder or easier?
We cannot assess yet on whether it will be harder or easier. In one way it might depend on the nature of your actual project management experience. If you already have well-rounded experience in project management including leadership skills and have been exposed to Agile ways of working as well as more predictive approaches --then the exam should not be any harder.
What makes it appear harder at the present time is that there is limited study material, simulation questions, study resources for the new exam. There are about 8 different large textbooks (including PMBoK) which are inputs to the exam. You may need to read through them to capture the knowledge you need. In the future there will be courses, practice exams, etc.
Q. Should one try to take the exam before it changes?
This is really choice that depends on your own circumstances. We recommend that you take the exam before it changes mostly because we have a great arsenal of experience on the current exam patterns and there are many choices in training courses and simulations. If you are the type of person who enjoys the learning journey and does not mind trying new things, then waiting for the new exams would be the right thing for you.
Q. Is it true that the new exam will test 'Agile' ?
Yes, you will need to clearly understand various delivery approaches including:Adaptive, Iterative, Predictive, Hybrid and the factors that go into your selection of which one to use. BUT ... don't jump to start studying Scrum in detail! You should have a basic understanding of Agile lifecycles, how the role of the PM changes or does not change, concepts like MVP, etc. PMI has indicated that 50% of the exam questions may require this understanding.
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