PMP Exam Are Changing. All You Need To Know

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09/09/2020  145 Views

PMP Exams are changing

“Nothing is Permanent”. So how can PMP exam not change? With the changing times, organizations globally expect new set of skills which are not only dynamic but also diverse so that the outcomes are tremendous. New changes have been introduced into the PMP exam, the following are the changes which you will witness in the new PMP exam starting 2021.

Now a caveat is also that due to the Pandemic situation the exam changes may further be extended as well. But it will be wise to consider that the new PMP exam changes will be implemented starting 2021 and prepare accordingly.


New PMP Exam Content Outline:


New Exam Content for PMP

In a nutshell following are changes that would be implemented for the PMP exam:

  • Focus will be more on delivering outcomes: The exam will consist of two sections i.e. Predictive approach & Agile/Hybrid approach. Both the sections will be given equal importance. The idea would be that any participant who appears for the exam should orient themselves in both sections. Each section constitutes of approach strategies unique in their own manner and mode. The methodology of achieving the outcome would be dynamic.
  • More focus on real time practices: Domains will be reduced. There will be three domains i.e. People, Process and Business Environment. Revised domains are the result of the research which is conducted by the Project Management Professionals who are working in different project environments and utilize various approaches for the project. 50% of the examination will have predictive project management approach and the other half will be Agile or Hybrid approach. PMI has already begun preparing the new content which will help the candidates to get success in the new PMP exam. They have revised Exam Content Outline (ECO). PMI keeps aligning the best practices with the upcoming trends in Project Management on a continuous basis.

New PMP exam content will also include tasks under each domain. “Enablers” is the new term which has been introduced in the new PMP exam content. Let’s understand what is Domain, Task & Enablers. PMI simplifies the format of PMP Examination Content Outline for better understanding and interprets by the following Role Delineation Study.

  • Domain: High Level knowledge area which is essential to the practice of project management. Currently there are five domains in PMP exam (Initiating, Planning, executing, monitoring, controlling & closing). But in new PMP exam content, there will be three (People, Process & Business Environment). Domain itself is defined as the high-level knowledge area that is essential to the practice of project management.
  • Task: Underlying responsibilities of the project manager within each domain. The understanding is that each project manager has a very pivotal role to play and therefore the project manager should be aware of the project dynamics, challenges within and in outside peripheries, should be extremely good in resource requisition and allocation, and should work within the time boundaries. All of the above fall under the responsibility purview of the Project Manager.
  • Enablers: These are the illustrative examples of the work which are associated with each task.So in simple words Give examples of how you would execute the task. As an exam example, for Task 1 (Leading a team) under the “People” domain, we would have the following enablers:
    • Enabler 1: Set a clear goal for your team.
    • Enabler 2: Objectively write down a vision and mission statement.
    • Enabler 3: Support diversity and inclusion.
    • Enabler 4: Role and responsibility allocation of every team member.
    • Enabler 5: Define escalation matrix.
    • Enabler 6: Determine success and failure parameters of each aspect within the project.

New PMP Exam Changes (Incorporation Process):


Experts from all the corners of the world, who are practicing project management over the years, have suggested the new improved ways and the current best practices. Post going through all the collated data, the governing body has approved the recommended changes. The result is New PMP exam content which will be published by the end of 2020. By Jan 2021, the new outline will become an updated PMP exam.


Is The Current Edition Of PMBOK Guide Relevant?


Yes it is. The exam will be based on the current edition of PMBOK. However, PMI will keep us posted whether there will be any change in the structure or the exam content. Hence, till the time we receive any further intimation the current edition of PMBOK remains relevant. The important thing is that, PMP exam change does not mean that, PMBOK reference book is also going to change. Exam will be still based on PMBOK Guide 6th Edition which was released In September 2017.

Any Plans to appear for PMP exam on or after Jan 2021, then check out the below pointers as this is what we all need to know:

  • Look out for the new exam content, possibly it should get published by Dec 2020. PMI or Pro Thoughts can release it.
  • Once you get the new exam content, have a thorough understanding of it.
  • For any concerns, connect with the representatives to understand how can you appear for the exam and also if there is any need for additional preparation.
  • Make sure you have the new study material which will be aligned to the new exam content, post which you can accordingly plan for the exam.
  • Before the exam, attend the training.

Having difficulty in digesting the new PMP exam changes? Do you still have a second thought? Confused whether to appear for the exam before Dec 2020 or after? Well let me help you……

We would suggest the soon you appear the better it would be. As we are very well-versed with the current exam pattern and we know what it will take to pass out with flying colors. Also the new PMP exam changes will take time as they are still in the analyzing stage by the project management experts.

I would summarize by saying that new changes are part and parcel of our life. The fear of change shouldn’t stop us rather we should welcome it to transform things in a better way. Hence, the new change in PMP exam will surely bring some best & unexpected results in the future.


Welcome the change and be prepared. All the very best!!


“Nothing is Permanent”. So how can PMP exam not change? With the changing times, organizations globally expect new set of skills which are not only dynamic but also diverse so that the outcomes are tremendous. New changes have been introduced into the PMP exam, the following are the changes which you will witness in the new PMP exam starting 2021.

Now a caveat is also that due to the Pandemic situation the exam changes may further be extended as well. But it will be wise to consider that the new PMP exam changes will be implemented starting 2021 and prepare accordingly.


New PMP Exam Content Outline:


New Exam Content for PMP

In a nutshell following are changes that would be implemented for the PMP exam:

  • Focus will be more on delivering outcomes: The exam will consist of two sections i.e. Predictive approach & Agile/Hybrid approach. Both the sections will be given equal importance. The idea would be that any participant who appears for the exam should orient themselves in both sections. Each section constitutes of approach strategies unique in their own manner and mode. The methodology of achieving the outcome would be dynamic.
  • More focus on real time practices: Domains will be reduced. There will be three domains i.e. People, Process and Business Environment. Revised domains are the result of the research which is conducted by the Project Management Professionals who are working in different project environments and utilize various approaches for the project. 50% of the examination will have predictive project management approach and the other half will be Agile or Hybrid approach. PMI has already begun preparing the new content which will help the candidates to get success in the new PMP exam. They have revised Exam Content Outline (ECO). PMI keeps aligning the best practices with the upcoming trends in Project Management on a continuous basis.

New PMP exam content will also include tasks under each domain. “Enablers” is the new term which has been introduced in the new PMP exam content. Let’s understand what is Domain, Task & Enablers. PMI simplifies the format of PMP Examination Content Outline for better understanding and interprets by the following Role Delineation Study.

  • Domain: High Level knowledge area which is essential to the practice of project management. Currently there are five domains in PMP exam (Initiating, Planning, executing, monitoring, controlling & closing). But in new PMP exam content, there will be three (People, Process & Business Environment). Domain itself is defined as the high-level knowledge area that is essential to the practice of project management.
  • Task: Underlying responsibilities of the project manager within each domain. The understanding is that each project manager has a very pivotal role to play and therefore the project manager should be aware of the project dynamics, challenges within and in outside peripheries, should be extremely good in resource requisition and allocation, and should work within the time boundaries. All of the above fall under the responsibility purview of the Project Manager.
  • Enablers: These are the illustrative examples of the work which are associated with each task.So in simple words Give examples of how you would execute the task. As an exam example, for Task 1 (Leading a team) under the “People” domain, we would have the following enablers:
    • Enabler 1: Set a clear goal for your team.
    • Enabler 2: Objectively write down a vision and mission statement.
    • Enabler 3: Support diversity and inclusion.
    • Enabler 4: Role and responsibility allocation of every team member.
    • Enabler 5: Define escalation matrix.
    • Enabler 6: Determine success and failure parameters of each aspect within the project.

New PMP Exam Changes (Incorporation Process):


Experts from all the corners of the world, who are practicing project management over the years, have suggested the new improved ways and the current best practices. Post going through all the collated data, the governing body has approved the recommended changes. The result is New PMP exam content which will be published by the end of 2020. By Jan 2021, the new outline will become an updated PMP exam.


Is The Current Edition Of PMBOK Guide Relevant?


Yes it is. The exam will be based on the current edition of PMBOK. However, PMI will keep us posted whether there will be any change in the structure or the exam content. Hence, till the time we receive any further intimation the current edition of PMBOK remains relevant. The important thing is that, PMP exam change does not mean that, PMBOK reference book is also going to change. Exam will be still based on PMBOK Guide 6th Edition which was released In September 2017.

Any Plans to appear for PMP exam on or after Jan 2021, then check out the below pointers as this is what we all need to know:

  • Look out for the new exam content, possibly it should get published by Dec 2020. PMI or Pro Thoughts can release it.
  • Once you get the new exam content, have a thorough understanding of it.
  • For any concerns, connect with the representatives to understand how can you appear for the exam and also if there is any need for additional preparation.
  • Make sure you have the new study material which will be aligned to the new exam content, post which you can accordingly plan for the exam.
  • Before the exam, attend the training.

Having difficulty in digesting the new PMP exam changes? Do you still have a second thought? Confused whether to appear for the exam before Dec 2020 or after? Well let me help you……

We would suggest the soon you appear the better it would be. As we are very well-versed with the current exam pattern and we know what it will take to pass out with flying colors. Also the new PMP exam changes will take time as they are still in the analyzing stage by the project management experts.

I would summarize by saying that new changes are part and parcel of our life. The fear of change shouldn’t stop us rather we should welcome it to transform things in a better way. Hence, the new change in PMP exam will surely bring some best & unexpected results in the future.


Welcome the change and be prepared. All the very best!!



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