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PMP Exam Changes 2021

Changes to the PMP exam will come into effect on 2 January 2021. Please take a look at the frequently asked questions and answers below to see how this may effect you.

Is the PMBOK changing?

No the PMBOK will not change until PMI release the 7th Edition later in 2021

When does the new exam come into effect?

2nd January 2021 is when the PMP exam will reflect the new exam content.

When should I schedule my exam? 

The holiday season preceding this changeover means that students should think about booking exams before mid December. The last day you can sit the existing exam is 31st December 2020.

A few things to keep in mind, depending on how far you are on your path to the PMP:

  • Schedule your exam early. This will allow you to select the date and location that will work best with your schedule.
  • Most people reserve their exam date weeks in advance.
  • Demand for exam slots will be higher than normal in the run up to 31st December 2020.
What is changing?

The skills required by Project Managers are becoming more diverse and the PMP is evolving just like the profession and the new exam will focus on three new domains:

  1. PEOPLE – emphasizing the skills and activities associated with effectively leading a project team
  2. PROCESS – reinforcing the technical aspects of managing a project
  3. BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT – highlighting the connection between projects and organization strategy
Domain I Initiating People
Domain II Planning Process
Domain III Executing Business Environment
Domain IV Monitoring & Controlling
Domain V Closing

Content that spans the value spectrum, including  predictive, agile and hybrid approaches, will be included across the three exam domains. The best way to understand what is included in the exam is to review the updated Exam Content Outline.

Expect to see:

More approaches to delivering outcomes. The exam will cover both predictive (approximately 50%) and agile/hybrid (approximately 50%) approaches to project management.

Domains aligned to real-life practices. The number of domains will be reduced from five to three.

How are the domains distributed in the exam?

We always recommend that you read the Exam Content Outline fully but this is the distribution published by PMI.

Domain Percentage of Items on Test
People 42%
Process 50%
Business Environment 8%
Total 100%
Why is the PMP exam changing?

Every 3 – 5 years, the PMI conduct research to understand how the profession has progressed, the impact of emerging trends, and how the responsibilities of project managers have changed.

Subject Matter Experts from leading organizations from around the world have worked to define the PMP of the future.

When will you have content that reflects the new exam?

New revised training content will be available from the end of October along with a revised Test Prep in November.

Will the changes affect my fees?

There is no additional cos for taking the new exam within your licence period.

Where can I learn more about the exam changes? 

For more information about why the exam is changing please visit:

This will provide more information regarding;

  • Why the exam is changing
  • How the new exam structure has been set-up
  • Suggestions for exam success
  • A list of content changes

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