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Get Ready – PMP Exam Will Change On July 2020

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Get Ready – PMP Exam Will Change On July 2020

What is Changing?

The exam will focus on three new domains instead of 5 domains

  1. People (42%) – involve the skills and activities required to lead a project team effectively. 
  2. Process (50%) – focuses on the technical aspects of managing a project.
  3. Business environment (8%) – specifies the connection between projects and organization strategy. 

Based on the PMI website the exam will make a better assessment using three functions named domain, tasks, and enablers. A domain is a high-level knowledge that is essential to the practice of PMP. The exam assesses the knowledge level and experience of each PMP candidate based on tasks under each domain. Enablers show what work needs to be completed based on the given task. An illustration is shown below to help users understand the format of the exam. 

New PMP Updates

About half of the examination will represent predictive project management approaches and the other half will represent agile or hybrid approaches. Predictive, agile, and hybrid approaches will be found throughout the three-domain areas listed above and are not isolated to any particular domain or task.

What leads to the changes in 2020?

In the last 3-5 years, the project manager role has changed. The last round of research conducted in 2015 was compared with and resulted in current changes. PMP training is evolving and new measures need to be taken into consideration to test student’s knowledge and understanding. 

When will the exam change take in effect?

So, there are 2 important dates to remember at this moment:

30 June 2020 – The last day to take the current PMP exam

31 July 2020 – The first day to take the new PMP exam

How to prepare for the changes?

The new PMP exam will be harder according to experts because the new topics and methods that have been added contain twice as much content. You should continue to study without changing anything if you are taking the exam before July 30th, 2020. 

You should study using updated material provided by your instructor if you are taking the exam on July 31st, 2020 or after. Study an agile practice guide because half the questions would be concerning this topic. Download the new PMP Exam Content Outline and read it cover to cover so you understand the topics you will be asked about on the new exam.


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