Breaking News: New PMP Exam 2020 Postponed AGAIN to Jan 2021! What to do in 2020?


New PMP Exam in July 2020

PMI has just announced that the new PMP® Exam has yet again to postpone from July 2020 to January 2021 in view of the outbreak of the COVID-19! Below is PMI’s announcement:

For all PMP® candidates, we are extending access to the current PMP® exam until 31 December 2020 and postponing the launch of the new PMP® exam until 2 January 2021.

This essentially means that PMP® aspirants are given half a year more to prepare for the current PMP® Exam which is a piece of great news admist the current situation!

If you have already applied or scheduled your PMP® Exam, you will also be given the choice to either postpone their exam or request a full refund:

For candidates who already scheduled the exam but are unable to take it due to health restrictions or delayed with training, PMI will offer you to reschedule your exam and will automatically extend your exam eligibility until 18 January 2021. All paid fees will be eligible for a refund and you will be able to reschedule without accruing penalty fees.

Read here if you want to know more about the background of the original 2020 July PMP® Exam change.

What to Do during the Transition Period before the PMP® Exam 2020 is Launched on 2 Jan 2021?

For those taking the PMP® exam on or before 31 December 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 ahead 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 December 2020 to avoid unexpected glitches
  • Read my PMP® Exam plan and lessons learned

For those planning to take the PMP® exam after 1 Jan 2021

  • 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.
  • 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.

Here is the news on the latest PMP® Exam change on the PMI website.

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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