PMI-PMP® Exam Changes 2021 Explained in 5 Minutes

PMP® - Project Management professional, a globally recognized certification offered by PMI is expected to undergo a major change. We know that PMI’s announcement about the PMP exam change has created quite a stir and birthed a lot of questions, queries and curiosity in the minds of candidates preparing for the PMP® exam. 

In this blog post, we’ll quickly take you through the updates and changes ensuring all your doubts are cleared and questions are answered.

First things first, if you are someone who has already started preparing for the exam or planning to start, there are certain important things for you to know.

What to do if you have started preparing or currently planning to prepare for the PMI exam?

• Finalize the dates and schedule your exam at the soonest. It is advised to schedule the exam at least 3 months in advance.

Update - PMI has launched the online proctored testing (OPT) option for PMP exam candidates allowing them to take the PMP exam online from their homes during COVID-19 lockdown. 

• Apply for the exam and make the payment immediately. If you start filling out the form, PMI allows you 90 days to complete the application and submit it.

• From the date of application, you are allowed 1 year of time to schedule and take up the exam.

• In the case of the first failed attempt, one has to re-take the exam and the eligibility of the candidate to retake the exam expires within 1 year. It is advised to plan the exam schedule accordingly i.e. considering the possibilities of a re-exam.

Want to know more? Continue reading. We’ve included every detail that there is to know about the PMP exam change.

PMI COVID-19 Exam Update and Important Dates 

• PMP Certification Exam is changing on 2nd January 2021

• Earlier, PMI informed us that the new exam content will reflect starting on 1st July 2020 but PMI released a COVID-19 Update informing that due to COVID 19 situation, the new PMP exam change is postponed to 2nd January 2021. Candidate can apply for the current PMP exam with the existing syllabus and take up the PMP exam until 31st December 2020. 

• New Update from PMI - 31st December 2020 will be the last day to take the current version of the exam.

• In addition to this, PMI launched the online proctored testing (OPT) option. Candidates can now take the PMP exam online from the convenience of their home. You can schedule the PMP exam if you haven't already or reschedule the PMP exam you've applied for to take up the PMP exam online (current version) until 31st January 2020 and get certified.

Now, coming to the main topic, let us see

What is changing in the PMP® exam with the new PMI update and why is it changing?

It’s a well-known fact that PMP is the most popular and widely recognized certification in the field of project management. With the evolving market, the trends are changing and so are the requirements. To combat this situation and to keep up with the latest methods, project management professionals need to adopt new approaches, gain new skills and be more knowledgeable now more than ever.

Hence, this new change in the PMP exam is to ensure professionals gain the required knowledge and be able to adapt to the latest trends. This exam change focuses on three major domains—People, Process and Business Environment.

The idea is to ensure the following skills are imbibed in the project management professionals.

• Great leadership skills to effectively manage, improve and lead the team

• Proficiency in technical aspects of the project management

• Alignment with the project goals and driving expected results

The new changes in the exam will include the below approaches,

Predictive (approximately 50%)

Agile/hybrid (approximately 50%)

This is to ensure the existing domains are more in sync with the real-life practices in project management. 


Below are the various domains and proportion of questions expected from each domain,

Domains and % of questions:

1. People - 42%

2. Process - 50%

3. Business Environment - 8%

Total = 100%

How to prepare for the new PMP exam change?

Along with the announcement made about the new PMP® exam change, PMI has also released the new syllabus update. Yes, the change in the exam has also caused a change in the syllabus. It was to ensure that the exam content is in alignment with the syllabus. The updated exam content outline was released last year i.e. in June 2019. You can download the new updated PMP syllabus using the link below.

Download PMP Exam Content Online

Go through the PDF to understand the framework and know what you can expect in the PMP® Exam.

With the new changes in syllabus and exam, preparing for the exam can be a little difficult. Taking up PMP training from a recognized training provider will really help you pass the exam in just one go. We at Sprintzeal have trained over 100,000+ professionals. With the guidance of our industry expert trainer, you can surely finish learning the syllabus, take up the exam and get certified before the change comes in effect. You can take up the training in three modes – classroom training, live online training, and online training.

If you are looking for PMP® classroom training in your city, check out our schedules and batches to find the one nearest to you. You can choose to get training on weekdays or weekends, based on your convenience.

Should you take up the PMP® certification training?

Yes. To avoid hassle and failing in the exam, it is advised to take up PMP® training. Mind you, it is effective only when you get trained from a recognized training provider. Talking of which, we are a R.E.P of PMI. This means we are a Recognized Education Provider of PMI offering the PMP® certification training to professionals all across the globe.

Now, you must consider taking up PMP® training from Sprintzeal

• If you are a working professional with hectic work-life aiming to get certified at the earliest

• If you have applied for the exam and the application is expiring soon

• If you are taking a re-exam and looking to clear the exam this time

• If you need PDUs. Did you know a candidate must have 35 PDUs to apply for the exam? Get 35 Contact Hours training certificate from Sprintzeal (REP ID - 4719) to apply for PMI Exam.

• If you are aiming for a promotion and need a certification to add efficacy to your proposal

• If you are making a huge career change and want to get certified for better career scope and hike in salary

All in all, if you are really keen on getting PMP® certified regardless of when, how and why, you should go for it and start reaping its benefits. Our training program comes with

Get full details of our instructor-led PMP® training, and you can even request a call from our experts to help you with your concerns and queries.

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This article will be updated whenever new information becomes available. Check back often to stay updated with the upcoming changes in the PMI-PMP® Certification Exam.

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