PMP Exam Pass Fail Survey 2014 Results

There was a buzz in Project Management community about the drop in passing ratio in PMP exam, and so I thought to conduct a survey and seek the facts.
I am very thankful to all the folks who participated in the survey and congratulations to those who pass and best wishes for those who fail (It’s not the end of the world, collect your failure lesson learned and attempt again).
Whether you failed or pass, I would encourage you to compile your PMP lesson learned and share it in the forum.

The survey was run for a couple of months and I have eliminate quite a few entries and select some 78 entries. So the data below is from 78 participants who attempt exam in 2014.

On the PMP Exam, you are judge by Five Process Groups i.e: (Initiation, Planning, Executing, Monitoring & Controlling and Closing) and the result is either PASS or FAIL based on the criteria (Proficient, Moderately Proficient and Below Proficient).





Monitoring & Controlling:




Final Result: Showing green bar large is intentional 🙂


Demographic Map:

PMP Survey results by countries

Over to you.


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10 Responses to PMP Exam Pass Fail Survey 2014 Results

  1. John December 21, 2014 at 1:19 am #

    Thanks Amir for publishing the survey results.

    One question: in the demographics map what do you mean by platforms?

    So, the pass fail rate is 50 -50 for the sample size you had. I really hope that it is much more than that. I wish PMI publish these results officially every fiscal year.

    P.S: Sorry for bugging you to publish the survey results. You did an amazing job

    • Amir Abbas December 21, 2014 at 1:06 pm #

      Hello John,

      Thanks for encouraging me to publish the results 🙂 ..

      The platforms are basically the machines or Operating System that has been used by folks while filling the survey.

      From the survey it seems 50-50 but the real results may totally be different.
      Couldn’t agree more with you on publishing the results. To be honest, I don’t like PMI approach of not displaying the stats, they should make all results public …

  2. Dave S. December 28, 2014 at 1:43 am #

    Lol! What platform has to do with this PMP survey. You’re pretty much confused here I guess.

    • Amir Abbas December 29, 2014 at 2:04 pm #

      Hello Dave,
      You can totally ignore the platform, it has nothing to do with survey I agree.

  3. Vish January 1, 2015 at 12:58 pm #

    Hello Aamir.Thanks for publishin the results.
    Is it required to complete a training course(to gain PDUs) from a PMI recognized institute before you appear for the exam?
    Can you suggest some institutes in Bangalore?

    • Amir Abbas January 2, 2015 at 9:04 pm #

      Hello Vish,
      Thanks, You are welcome.
      It’s debatable but when you submit your application for PMP, PMI does ask about it, so it’s kind of important in the application process..
      Although, it’s not necessary to get training from any PMI authorized Institute Only. You can get and claim the 35 PDU training from other sources as well.

      I am afraid, I am in Pakistan and don’t know much about Indian institutes. But you can Google or check with local PMI chapter.
      Hope it helps.

  4. Paul March 20, 2015 at 4:13 pm #

    This survey is a very good starting point considering PMI doesn’t put out their stats. It would be nice to know the total number of test takers for the 2014 year to know if your sampling size was adequate to arrive at a meaningful conclusion. Nevertheless this was good work Amir.

    • Amir Abbas March 21, 2015 at 4:51 pm #

      Thanks Paul,
      This test shouldn’t be taken seriously, to be honest.
      Reason is as you said, PMI keeps the whole process very secretive and hardly anyone knows whats going on.
      So, we can just make assumptions about the whole process..
      Thanks again..

  5. mohammed April 24, 2015 at 11:58 am #

    Hello amir
    first of all I would like to thank you for all the information you provide in the blog.
    I would like to ask you .is there a way I can get the 35 pdu (contact hours )? If so.can you suggest a trusted website?

    Best regards

    Mohammed Al Ahmed

    • Amir Abbas April 26, 2015 at 7:48 pm #

      Hello Mohammed,
      Thanks, glad the info on the blog is helpful.
      You can get 35 PDU’s in many ways. local Trainer, Books, Workshops, Education etc etc. (I am afraid, I can’t recommend any online source at the moment)
      Hope that helps.

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