Breaking News: New PMP Exam 2019 Postponed to July 2020! What to do in 2019?

New PMP Exam in July 2020



PMI has just announced that the new PMP Exam to be put forward from December 2019 will be postponed to July 2020 following feedback received from the project management community, below is the announcement:

In June, PMI announced a significant change to the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification exam. Stakeholders began sharing feedback immediately and the consensus has been they feel they need more time to prepare. We are responding to this feedback with a decision to delay the PMP exam change.

The last day for candidates to take the current version of the PMP exam is now 30 June, 2020. Starting 1 July, 2020, the PMP exam will reflect the new exam content. If you have any questions about how this date change may affect you, please contact Customer Care.

The PMP Exam Outline on PMI website has also been updated accordingly for the July 2020 PMP Exam. This essentially means that PMP aspirants are given half a year more to prepare for the current PMP Exam which is a great news!

Read here if you want to know more about the background of the original 2019 December PMP Exam change.

What to Do during the Transition Period before the PMP Exam 2020 is Launched on 1 July 2020?

For those taking the PMP exam on or before 30 June 2020

  • which is highly recommended and do-able as it normally takes around 2 months to be fully prepared for the PMP Exam, you still have plenty of time to begin and finish your PMP Exam preparation and ace the exam before the change
  • You will NOT be affected by this PMP Exam update, just go ahed with your revision and doing practice questions
  • Risks are involved in every change and therefore in order to avoid the risks, it is advisable to prepare for the current PMP Exam!
  • Just need to read the PMP Exam Content Outline published in 2015 (not the new outline) which has been well understood by many PMP instructors and candidates
  • Study for the exam based on the PMBOK® Guide 6th edition and all current study resources (all of the resources published on this website are valid for the current PMP Exam and you can safely make good use of those)
  • Better if you can take the exam by early June 2020 to avoid unexpected glitches
  • Read my PMP Exam plan and lessons learned

[Not recommended] For those planning to take the PMP exam after 30 June 2020

  • Study for the exam based on the PMBOK® Guide 6th edition and all current study resources
  • but keep an eye on the addendums to be released in response to the new PMP Exam Content Outline (last time, many major PMP Exam reference books and courses publisher made available the additional materials for FREE on their websites)
  • (If you have previously purchased the PM PrepCast™ / PMP Exam Simulator), ask the publisher for the FREE update to the PM PrepCast™ and PMP Exam Simulator once available – in fact the PMP Exam Simulator will automatically updated at the end of March/April 2020 as it is a subscription based service.
  • Read on the PMP Exam Content Outline once published for the July 2020 exam which is available now on the PMI website

I will be watching out the latter two of above for fellow Aspirants and make announcements on this website to let you know the most updated news on the new versions of PMP exam prep courses and books! Please stay tuned.

Wish you PMP success!

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Edward Chung

Edward Chung aspires to become a full-stack web developer and project manager. In the quest to become a more competent professional, Edward studied for and passed the PMP Certification, ITIL v3 Foundation Certification, PMI-ACP Certification and Zend PHP Certification. Edward shares his certification experience and resources here in the hope of helping others who are pursuing these certification exams to achieve exam success.

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