Major Changes to New PMP Exam in Jan 2021 Explained
PMI has published the new PMP® Exam Content Outline 2021 for the new PMP® Exam and the PMP® Exam will be changed from 2 January 2021 onwards. This article will briefly describe what the major changes to the PMP® Exam 2021 are.
What Actually are the Changes?
The new PMP® Exam 2021 will be categorized according to 3 major domains of content:
- People (interpersonal) – 42% of all PMP® exam questions
- Process (technical) – 50% of all PMP® exam questions
- Business Environment (interacting with the organization) – 8% of all PMP® exam questions
The new PMP® Exam attempts to organize project management knowledge into much simpler and easy-to-understand skillsets categorized by People, Process and Business Environment. Another change is Agile Project Management will gain much weight:
- predictive project management (traditional, waterfall) – 50% of all PMP® exam questions
- agile or hybrid approaches – 50% of all PMP® exam questions
For the “CORE” preparation for your PMP® Exam, the PMBOK® Guide 6th edition will still be the one. But the accompanying Agile Practice Guide will also be a must for the new PMP® Exam!
The other major changes will be about the PMP® Exam format:
- 180 questions (was 200 questions in previous PMP® Exams) but the same number of questions will be scored
- 230 minutes exam time (was 240 minutes)
- two 10-minute breaks during the exam (was one break only)
- in addition to the multiple-choice questions, there will also be multiple responses, matching, hotspot and fill-in-the-blank questions:
- multiple responses — more than 1 correct answers from a number of choices
- matching — drag the text boxes to the correct places
- hotspot — click on the correct spots of the charts/graphics
- fill-in-the-blank questions — to type the answers in the blank
The exam change to PMP® Certification is beneficial to Aspirants, though changes always bring about uncertainties and stresses.
Wish you PMP® success in the new PMP® Exam!