The PMP certification has been the most popular among all the certifications offered by PMI, and hence there are many questions asked by aspirants. You should better check detail description of eligibility and other requirements of the pmp exam in PMP Certification Requirements. In this blog post, we will look into the pmp exam format. There are a few things related to pmp exam format that you need to know prior of appearing on the pmp exam.

In this blog post, we will look at the pmp exam format i.e: exam questions, duration, result and the knowledge that you will be tested on in the exam.


PMP Exam Format

200 Questions:

There are 200 questions on the exam, but not every question score is counted towards the last result. 25 of the questions are considered as pre test questions. Hence your final score result will be based on the 175 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:

According to the latest exam domain distribution, your score will be judged on the five domain areas. Initiation, Planning, Executing, Monitoring & controlling and Closing. The domain scores are basically your strongest and weakest areas in the shape of Proficient, moderately proficient and below proficient.

If there’s something that is not clear, please feel free to comment or ask in the Discussion Forum.

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