What has changed in the PMP exam 2021

PMP New Exam Changes

PMP new exam will be effective from 02nd January 2021.

Major changes to the exam are:

 Domain  Percentage of Items on Test 
 I. People  42% 
 II. Process  50%
 III. Business   Environment  08%
 Total  100%

  • Exam is based on three domains instead of five
  • Exam will consists of  50%  of Agile/ Hybrid related questions and 50%  on predictive life cycle related questions
  • Still the PMBOK Guide 6th  edition is the standard to follow(till the 7th edition is released)

Exam format and types of Questions

 New exam format comprised of:

    • 180 questions (no test questions)
    • 230 minutes to complete the exam
    • One additional breaks for a total of two 10-minute breaks
    • Questions will be a combination of multiple-choice, multiple responses, matching, hotspot and limited fill-in-the-blank

How to prepare for the new exam

If you have already completed the PMP preparation program, 50% of what you have learned will support the new exam launched on 02nd January 2021. There is no necessity to do a course again. If you have done the course sometime back and wish to refresh your knowledge, please contact us for guidance.

PMI USA is organizing a transition program to bridge your knowledge between current and new versions of the PMP. The course is self-paced and offered online for FREE from 22 January to 18 April 2021. Visit PMI website and register immediately using this link;    

Coming Soon: Free Online Course for New PMP Exam Candidates 

If you don’t do well on the exam, PMI will offer eligible candidates 65% off any re-examination fees.

All candidates planning to take the new PMP by 18 April will be eligible for the free course. 


For any clarification please call on 0772511711 or write to [email protected]


PMI recommended reference list for new exam:

Agile Practice Guide

Author: Project Management Institute

Publisher: Project Management Institute


A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – 6th Edition

Author: Project Management Institute

Publisher: Project Management Institute


Project Management: A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling, and Controlling

Author: Harold Kerzner

Publisher: Wiley


Effective Project Management: Traditional, Agile, Extreme, Hybrid

Author: Robert K. Wysocki

Publisher: Wiley


Fundamentals of Technology Project Management, 2nd Edition

Author: Colleen Garton with Erika McCulloch

Publisher: MC Press


Project Manager's Portable Handbook, 3rd Edition

Author: David Cleland and Lewis Ireland

Publisher: McGraw-Hill

Information Technology Project Management, 7th Edition

Author: Kathy Schwalbe

Publisher: Cengage Learning


Essential Scrum: A Practical Guide to the Most Popular Agile Process

Author: Kenneth S. Rubin

Publisher: Addison-Wesley


Project Management: The Managerial Process

Author: Erik Larson

Publisher: McGraw-Hill


The Project Management Tool Kit: 100 Tips and Techniques for Getting the Job Done Right

Author: Tom Kendrick



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Dr. Duminda Weeraratne