Busting the myths surrounding the PMP Certification Exam

  • 27 January, 2016

PMI's infamous PMP certification is every project manager's dream come true. The credential holds immense value in the eyes of potential employers and opens up promising opportunities. If you wish to acquire the PMP certification, making your way past the PMP Exam Prep Course is the toughest challenge. First time test takers may be apprehensive about what to expect in the exam. Even professionals with years of experience in the project management field do not fully understand what it takes to pass the PMP exam. This has given rise to a number of misgivings about the PMP test.

We bring you the top 5 myths surrounding the exam and bust them, so you can bid adieu to your PMP exam woes forever.

Myth 1: You need to score over 61% to pass the exam

No, this is not true. While this was true at one point in time, nowadays, passing the PMP exam is no longer about the percentage of questions with correct answers. The PMP test format follows a psychometric analysis. This means that the questions which are tough contribute to a larger part of the total score than the easy questions. Answering a few hard questions correctly will get you a higher score percentage than answering several easy questions correctly. Therefore, the number of questions you answer does NOT determine whether you've passed or failed the exam.

Myth 2: Only PMI Registered Education Providers must provide PMP exam prep courses

This statement is not valid since there is no specific authorized course to prep for the PMP exam. Anyone from a REP to PMI component organizations to distance learning consultants can provide PMP exam prep courses. However, in order to ensure that the quality of training obtained is standardized, it is highly recommended that PMP training is availed from a REP. EduMind is a PMI REP and availing its courses gives you the highest assurance of quality and standardization.

Myth 3: The audit process uses applicant profiling

Absolutely not! This is one of the most widely circulated myths about the PMP exam. While it is widely stated that the auditing is based on applicant profiling, the claims are absolutely false. The audit process is completely random. If you think that your application will not be called for an audit, then think again. When completing the PMP application process, bear in mind the chances of you being called for an audit. It is better to be safe, than sorry and prepare well in advance.

Myth 4: Memorizing Inputs, Tools & Techniques, and Outputs ( ITTO's)

There are around 500 ITTO's described in the PMBOK guide and memorizing all of them is a huge waste of energy and time. Instead, focus your efforts into understanding the concepts behind them. Questions that are commonly asked during the PMP exam revolve around how or why a specific ITTO is used and does not require memorization.

Myth 5: 35 PDU's are required to take the PMP exam

No. What you actually need are 35 contact hours in order to be eligible for the PMP exam. The PDU's i.e. Professional Developmental Units are required after you've obtained your PMP certification. PMI requires that one must earn at least 60 PDU's every three years to maintain the PMP credential. However, first time test-takers need not worry about PDU's. If you do not have 35 contact hours, then acquire them first before making an application. Participate in any of EduMind's PMP exam prep courses and you will gain the much-needed 35 PMI approved contact hours.

There are countless myths surrounding the PMP exam in addition to the ones we've listed above. Do not let it get in the way of your PMP exam prep. When in doubt contact PMI customer care service or talk to your PMP exam prep course instructor to debunk any unsettling myths you come across.

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