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PMP Exam Passing Score

By | 2016-08-16T22:19:41+00:00 October 29th, 2015|Readable Blog|

PMP Exam Passing Score is very important to understand for PMP Exam takers. This article emphasizes on the same aspect. Please go on to read more about it.

What is the PMP Exam Passing Score?

Many aspirants going for the PMP (Project Management Professional) Exam often ask this question in my batches and often ask my sales team also during enrollments.

PMI (Project Management Institute) itself has not disclosed any passing score for the PMP exam. PMI had stopped to disclose what is the PMP passing score after 2007 for all PMI Credential exam takers. The overall pass is still based on a score which PMI has in their backdrop.

PMP exam takers get to see an overall pass/fail in the exam results. Along with grading of their performance in 5 PMP Process Group areas, such as Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring & Controlling, Closing and 1 Special area Professional & Social Responsibility.

Grading in these 6 areas results in PMP Exam Passing Score and is depcited as:

  • Proficient – means performance is beyond the average level of knowledge
  • Moderately Proficient – means performance is at the average level of knowledge
  • Below Proficient – means performance is below the average level of knowledge

Is it required that I score all Proficient in all areas to pass exam?

Not required. The way you are graded in either of those areas, does not impact your pass/fail. The pass/fail depends on the overall passing score alone.

PMI in the PMP Handbook has this mentioned on: “how the PMP credential is awarded”:

“The passing score for all PMI exams is determined by sound psychometric analysis. PMI uses subject matter experts from across the globe to help establish a point at which each candidate should pass the exam(s) and the exam point of difficulty. Data that show how candidates actually performed are cross referenced with the subject matter experts to ensure that the point of difficulty on each exam is healthy.”

What strategy must I adopt to beat PMP Exam Passing Score and marks ambiguity and achieve PMP in first attempt?

At GlobalSkillup.com, being Project Management SME’s; we observe our workshop participants ace PMP exams in their first attempt in 2 to 3 weeks after the training completion.

Actions we recommend to upcoming PMP participants & PMP exam takers:

  1. Establish a pre-study plan before joining the training itself, so that you are prepared well enough to challenge the trainer.
  2. Participate with full focus on training (in person participation recommended compared to on-line sessions) emphasizing on understanding the PMP exam perspective with relevant required Project management knowledge. PMBOK is often considered to be the best for such knowledge.
  3. Upon completion of the training, perform a detailed revision study to feel confident of all topics.
  4. Take the high quality mock exams such as the one’s given by GlobalSkillup.com. How many? Typically 5 very high quality mock exams are good if one starts scoring 85% or more. Few participants go up to 10 mock exams to gain their confidence levels.
  5. Identify any gaps in your conceptual understanding based on the Mock exam feedback. Engage with your Trainer to sort out any difference in understanding. Retake mock exams to score definitely 85% or more.
  6. Book your actual PMP Exam.

For any further questions/opinions, please feel free to drop a note or engage with us.

Passed PMP in first Attempt!

By | 2017-05-17T17:45:20+00:00 November 25th, 2013|Articles, Free Resources, Readable Blog|

This is the excited reaction; we see when someone passes their PMI PMP(Project Management InstituteProject Management Professional) certification exam in their first attempt. We know that is a great deal.

Why would someone be so excited and caring about passing the PMP exam in first attempt?

As if they just reached the Mount Everest, the top of the world.

The reasons are obvious; PMP is not so simple to get through as it looks to be on the outlook. Should you have heard, “it is that easy”, think again and do your research well before you embark. The foremost word, the PMBoK guide has changed from 4th edition to 5th edition in 2012 and the exam has adopted change in 2013.

1.  Each PMP exam version has changed over period drastically than ever based on new editions of PMBoK. Recently, we happen to come across the blog “How to Pass PMP Exam on First Try” by Dick Billows.  It was quite interesting to note the exams are changing at a pace almost 5% as indicated. The tougher it gets to pass, the better the quality of passing professionals who feel and share the pride of their passing the PMP exam in first attempt. Paying close attention to the preparations is the key essential. Imagine 1 passing out of 20 participants will make the 1 single participant a rock star to brag PMP success.

2. PMP involves spending one’s valuable time to up skill and prove their knowledge, application of knowledge in practical real-ideal scenarios. Professionals love to show that they have the highest grade of practical knowledge and know-how and they have proved it with achievement of PMP in first attempt. Feels Google-like with all the abundant knowledge. Imagine your peers and boss asking you on, how you passed your PMP in the first attempt. Certainly that builds your network with much more confidence and on your credentials.

3. PMI PMP Credential is not only time consuming, it involves good amount of money at stake. Consider the training cost involved for formal training education, charged heavily by training vendors. Also, consider the PMI exam fee spent for exam itself, re-exam fee is quite a money as well. In overall, it is a big money altogether.

Proving oneself valuable to employers, who often pay the training and certification reimbursement bills, builds rapport across own team, management and of course the non-business teams like HR and Training team. Imagine, you may be considered to help other colleagues to be trained by you – just because of one may be reason – Passed PMP in First attempt. Makes one feel the state of Guru.

4. The most important reason of all what I like to hear from PMP’s – It tremendously boosts self-confidence on the job and also to find job. With attestation of understanding the project management concepts applied in practice and bench marked with the best in the Industry on knowledge. Guess what you may perform on the job starts getting better results as you apply the tools & techniques at work. Imagine the career propulsion this will achieve for you over a period.

And of course, there are may be other simple reasons, why one would see such a level of excitement among the Passed PMP in First attempt folks.

At Armadillo Consultants, we have consistently worked for our participants with customized road maps, pre-evaluation, PMP formal education and post-evaluation techniques to tackle the PMP exams with ease and right preparation. These nature of individual special care and services drastically improve the PMP success rate of folks, who may/might have not had much success in the first attempt too.

We wish you all the best to avail your complete package with such special care either from Armadillo Consultants or equivalent. Not just the standard; learn your-self e-packages or standard classroom packages which do not pay attention to your level of knowledge to customize and explain the concepts.

Keep us posted on your interest to join PMP/current progress on PMP/drop us your “Passed PMP in first Attempt!” line.

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