After successfully filling out an application and having it approved, the certification hopeful may then sit for the PMP exam. The PMP certification exam is made up of 200 multiple choice questions that must be completed within a four hour period. The questions cover a variety of topics that are designed to challenge the test taker’s knowledge and experience with project management and common industry concepts. A good portion of the exam is directly related to the material found in the PMP Credential Handbook, found on the PMI website.
There are six sections, or domains, of project management that are tested in the exam:
- Professional Responsibility
Each domain has various tasks associated with it, and each task is addressed through specific questions. The number of questions pertaining to each section is not equal, and most of the weight is placed on the planning, executing, and controlling domains.
In order to pass the exam, the test taker must answer at least 106 questions (60%) correct. An applicant may attempt the exam up to three times for up to a full year after their application has been approved. Those who seek certification do not need to be current members of the PMI to sit for the exam or qualify for a PMP credential, however the exam is considerably more expensive for non-members ($555) than for members ($405).