I have written this post to explain everything about Exam Content Outline, Role Delineation Study, and PMP exam changes in 2019.
You might have heard that the PMP exam will change on December 16, 2019. You might know that PMI will introduce a new Exam Content Outline (ECO) in June 2019 and update the exam based on the new ECO.
So, what is ECO and how does it impact you?
The PMP exam is based on ECO. It is akin to the syllabus of PMP exam.
PMI conducts a Role Delineation Study (RDS) of project managers every 3-5 years. The ECO is updated based on the findings of the study.
You may find this cryptic. So, let me answer a few frequently asked questions about PMP exam changes, ECO and RDS.
PMP Exam Content Outline In 2019
Role and Responsibilities
Key competency areas
Domains of Practice
Tasks to be performed
Required Knowledge & skills
The RDS is validated by Project Management Practitioners and Subject Matter Experts from various different Countries/Industries. The research results are compiled in the Exam Content Outline.
The previous RDS was done in the year 2015. Subsequently, the ECO was revised to reflect updated role of project managers.
However, the breakdown of the percentage of questions from each Domain has changed. The weight of Executing has increased by 1%, while that of Closing has decreased by 1%. Executing and Closing have a coverage of 31% and 7% respectively. This has changed from from 30% and 8% earlier.
A few new tasks have also been added in 4 of the 5 domains.
3 tasks have been added to Initiating
1 task has been added to Planning
2 Tasks have been added to Executing
2 Tasks have been added to Monitoring & Controlling
There are minor changes in some other tasks. The modified tasks have the same essence as the previous tasks, but there are some changes to the terminology and the language.
Some tasks have also been removed from the ECO.
You should also refer to my other article for complete details of new tasks.
35 contact hours of formal project management education.
Each question will have 4 options and 1 correct answer.
The exam will change this year. But, the extent of changes in the exam are still unknown.
PMI has not yet released the new ECO yet. It will be released in June 2019. But, there is no point in waiting around and understanding how the exam will change.
PMP is a hard exam to crack. The difficulty increases whenever a new version is introduced. New version brings in a lot of uncertainty. It is better to take the exam before the change.
Moreover, the sooner you take the exam, the better it is for your career. You can potentially get 20% more salary with PMP credential.
You can download my free exam prep guide to kick-start your preparation. It will help you to pass the exam in first try.
Over To You
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