Why PMP Exam Changes Of 2018 Aren’t As Bad As You Think?

The PMP exam changes of 2018 are not as bad as it was earlier perceived.

PMI updated the PMP certification exam on March 26, 2018 in accordance with the new PMBOK Guide 6th edition.

The 6th edition is the main study reference material for the certification test. It will remain so till the 7th edition is published. Generally, new edition of the PMBOK Guide is published after 4 years. So, changes related to a new edition are still a few years away.

You would know that there are many differences between the PMBOK Guide 6th edition and 5th edition. Specifically, the new edition comes bundled with the Agile Practice Guide.

You may be somewhat worried about the changes related to the Agile Guide. You may be wondering if the PMP exam will test you on Agile practices.

Well! You should not worry. PMI has not yet updated the PMP exam content outline. The exam structure and pattern should remain same as it was before the introduction of the Agile Practice Guide.

I have written this article for those students who were following PMBOK Guide fifth edition before the new edition was released. But for some reason, they are yet to attain PMP certification. They either failed the 5th edition exam or did not attempt the test.

After reading this article, you should enroll yourself into a new PMP training and re-start your preparation.

You can buy a good PMP book, enroll into the best training and do a lot of practice tests from a top simulator.

Let me throw some light on what has changed, what remains same and how do the changes affect you.

Note: You can ignore this article if you have just started your exam prep. You should buy the sixth edition exam study material for your preparation.

Top 7 Facts About PMP Exam Changes Of 2018

Let us first deal with the bad news.

1. PMI has bundled PMBOK Guide with Agile Practice Guide. This has caused immense confusion among the test taking community. Th aspirants are not if they should read the Agile Practice Guide or not. More on this later.

2. There are new sections and new terminology in the PMBOK Guide. There is a completely new chapter on the role of PM. Agile terminology and approach has been added to each knowledge area. You will have to study extra things.

3. The ITTOs have been overhauled. There are a lot more Inputs, Tools & Techniques, and Outputs (ITTO) than the previous edition. The Commonly used tools have been grouped together because of their usage and intent. They are likely to make the exam more difficult.

4. Those who took a test based on 5th edition and failed will have to now appear for 6th edition based test.

The bad news stops here. Period. So, you will have to study extra but that is not too bad. Let’s look at some positive things.

5. The PMP exam is not based on the PMBOK Guide. It is based on the Exam Content Outline (ECO). It is changed only after PMI commissions a Role Delineation Study (RDS). The ECO has not been updated.

6. There is no change in the structure of the exam. The number of questions, percentage split across the domains, and scoring methodology are still same.

7. The exam application process, mechanism for conducting the exam, and fee structure has not changing.

Final Thoughts – Agile Practice Guide And PMP Exam Changes

The Agile Practice Guide is definitely relevant for the PMI-ACP exam. But PMP aspirants can take it easy. PMI has confirmed that the content of the new PMP exam will be determined by the current ECO. Recent test takers have also not seen anything untoward.

However, things can change in future. It is better to schedule your exam now before PMI announces more changes.

You can download my free exam prep guide to kick-start your preparation. It will help you to pass the exam in your first try.

Over To You

What was your experience with the exam based on the PMBOK Guide 6th edition? Do you think the exam has become tougher? When are you planning to take the exam?

I welcome your comments below.


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3 thoughts on “Why PMP Exam Changes Of 2018 Aren’t As Bad As You Think?”

  1. Hi Praveen,

    Planning to take the PMP exam in Jan 2019. Are there are plans that the next edition guide is coming anytime soon ?



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