Overview of PMP Exam | PMP Exam Prep

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The process of applying for the PMP exam has four necessary steps. The first step involves checking eligibility requirements and completion of online application. The second step consists of the payment of fees. In the third step, the PMP audit process needs to be completed, followed by scheduling the exam. 

Overview of PMP Exam

A brief look at PMP exam format, the application process and preparation strategy.

PMP Exam Application 

The eligibility criteria of PMP certification can be checked from the website and the certification handbooks. Once the form is filled and accepted, PMI sends an email confirming acceptance of the form. The study material provided offers guidelines and instruction. Once the application is opened, it will remain active for 90 days. Gather all the documents and information before logging in to avoid multiple sessions for completion of the application. PMP application guidelines are available in many languages, such as:

  • Arabic
  • Hebrew
  • Brazilian Portuguese
  • Italian
  • Chinese (Simplified)
  • Chinese (Traditional)
  • English
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • French
  • Russian
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Turkish

 PMP Exam Pattern

The PMP Exam Questions are in the multiple-choice question (MCQ) format. Time allotted for the exam will be 4 hours. Candidates will be asked to attempt 200 questions out of which they will be scored for 175 questions; rest 25 will be pre-test questions. 

Percentage-wise breakdown of the PMP Exam as per PMI guidelines is given below:

DomainPercentage of Questions(%)
Monitoring and Controlling25

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The candidate will be given a combination of theoretical, logical, situational and calculative questions. PMP Exam Prep involves thorough reading using both online and offline sources. These mock test papers help to develop an understanding of PMP Exam Questions and the format of exam in a better way.

Here is the list of study materials useful in PMP Exam Prep:

  • PMP Handbook
  • PMP Sample Questions
  • Current PMP Exam Content Outline
  • The latest edition of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)

In case of failure in the  PMP exam on the first attempt, candidates get two more chances to re-take the exam within the eligibility period of one year. Extra fees would be charged for the re-exam. However, the candidate has to re-apply once one year eligibility period expires. 

PMP Certification Exam

Given below is the structure of PMP exam fees for members and non-members of PMI (given in USD): 

PMP certification fees with PMI Membership$405
PMP certification fees without PMI Membership        $555
PMI membership fee 

Re-Examination Fee:

Given below is the structure of PMP exam retake fees for members and non-members of PMI (given in USD)

Re-examination fee for PMI members$275
Re-examination fee for non-PMI members$375

PMP Certificate Renewal Fee

The PMP renewal fee is $129 per year after earning 60 Professional Development Units (PDUs) in a three-year cycle.



1. What financial benefits will a PMI member get?

After enrolling as a PMI member, the candidate can save $150 on PMP exam fee, and if he appears for a re-exam, then he saves $100 on re-exam fees.

2. Are the mock exam papers free for PMI members?

PMI membership entitles its candidate access to many study centres and study material on project management. A PMI candidate does not need to pay for PMP mock exam as the member has lifetime access to the resources.

3. Are there any hidden costs in the PMP Exam fee?

There are no hidden costs when it comes to the PMP Exam fees. 

4. Will I get a refund if I fail to meet the audit requirements for the PMP exam?

If anyone fails to meet PMI’s audit requirements for the PMP certification, the institute will refund the money after deducting $100 processing fees. 

5. How can the fee be paid for the course?

- The PMP exam fee can be paid through Credit card, Debit card, and Net Banking.

6.What to do if my application expires and I have not taken the PMP exam?

The application is valid for one year from the date of approval. If your application expires, you need to go through the entire process again.

7. How much time does it take to prepare for the PMP exam?

PMP exam is difficult and requires a lot of hard work. It is advisable to study every day for a few hours for 8-10 weeks before the exam.

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