PMP exam is one of the highly respected and recognized professional certifications in the project management industry. Each year, thousands of professionals attempt the PMP exam, yet only a few of them pass the exam in the first attempt. And as this exam is widely accepted and famous in the industry, there are many myths around it, and in this blog, we are going to bust most of them.
Disclaimer: PMI has kept information about the exam scoring criteria in a black box. While I’ve made every effort to provide accurate information, I give no guarantee to be 100% true & reliable. Please use this information at your own discretion.
There have been several changes in the PMP exam passing score over the years. Is the passing score for the PMP exam still 61%?
Well, 61% used to be the passing score until 2006; back then, it was clearly stated in the PMP handbook. In 2005, PMI started publishing a FAQ document in which they clearly mentioned that the passing score is 61% (106 out of 175), but PMI doesn’t publish this document anymore.
Back to the present, 2021, there is no such official document that specifies the passing score to be 61%. And I’ve met a lot of professionals who could not get the PMP certification even after scoring 62%. What does it mean? That obviously, the passing score isn’t 61% anymore.
Sadly, many PMP institutes, trainers, and websites continue to promote 61% as a passing score.
The passing score for the PMP exam is circumscribed by sound psychometric analysis. PMI takes the help of subject matter experts to establish a point at which a candidate should pass.
This psychometric analysis system by PMI doesn’t have a set mark or percentage one must achieve to pass the PMP exam.
There are a lot of factors like exam difficulty and the scores achieved by students globally that determine the passing percentage for each* exam.
It means, if your PMP exam was easy, then your passing percentage will be higher as compared to the candidate who got tough questions in the exam.
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This is probably the craziest myth about the PMP exam. A lot of people (even trainers) believe that there is a specified exact minimum percentage for each proficiency level, i.e.-
Below 61%= Below Proficient
61% or above= Moderately Proficient
80% or above= Proficient
It is nothing but pure speculation. It is not even mentioned in the PMP Handbook; how can you even trust it?
Does it mean that you would not pass the PMP exam even if you got below 61% in any domain? It isn’t true either. PMI looks at the overall score and takes the help of psychometric analysis to determine whether you will pass or not. There have been so many professionals who have scored “below proficient” (below 61%) in one or more domains, and yet they get their certification.
See, the PMP exam is a hard nut to crack, and if you got scrambled in any of such myths, you would definitely fail the exam. Focus only on the right things and the right resources. I hope I was able to help you a little bit in your PMP journey.
Balkrishan is eager and passionate professional with 5+ years of experience in IT, Advertising & Marketing. He is passionate about helping people understand the in & outs of the industry. He is also a Speaker and Trainer in the field of IT & Marketing.
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