The PgMP (Program Management Professional) certification can be considered abit top-notch among the pmi certifications, although the PgMP Exam Format is like the rest of the certifications but in general and overall PgMP certification is abit different in the procedure and other format. We will look into that difference in a separate post but in this blog post, we will look at the PgMP Exam Format i.e: exam questions, duration, result and the knowledge that you will be tested on in the exam.


PgMP Exam Format

170 Questions:

There are 170 questions on the exam, but not every question score is counted towards the last result. 20 of the questions are considered as pre test questions. Hence your final score result will be based on the 150 correct answers.

4 Hours:

There are 4 hours to complete the exam, but before the clock ticking starts, there are 15 minutes prior of the 4 hours given to you and I stress that those 15 minutes, which are not counted in the 4 hours should be very well utilized.


The result will be either pass or fail, and you will not be notified of the actual answers that you score either right or wrong. Rather you will be given a printed sheet but in this sheet besides pass/fail, you will be given a domain score that you have achieved in each of the domains.

Domains and Score:

As I said above the PgMP Exam is abit different then the rest of the certification. There are six program areas that you will be tested i.e: You should know the definition of the program, initiation, planning, executing, monitoring & controlling and closing. These five process areas are not related to project, they are related to program.


Once you pass the exam, you will be taken to the last step for getting the certificate, There will be twelve peers who will review your evaluation and accordingly grant you with the proficiency that you have achieved in each domain.

I hope the PgMP Exam Format would have clear to you by now. If there’s something that is not clear, please feel free to comment or ask in the Discussion Forum.

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