What are PMP Exam Changes for January 2016?

Do you really want to know about the PMP Exam Changes?

PMP Exam ChangesI am sure your answer to the above question would be a resounding Yes. Otherwise, you will not be reading this post. I will certainly answer the above question. However, a more pertinent question would be:


Why do you want to know about PMP Exam Changes?

You should sincerely ask this question to yourself. If your answer is “because of curiosity” then you should go ahead and read this article. It is always good to know something new. However, this should not deter you to change your decision regarding PMP Certification.

Don’t leave anything to chance.

Do not plan to take the test until after PMP Exam Changes. It is better to pass the test before Exam Changes. You still have lot of time to prepare before that. Please note that there are many tangible and intangible benefits of attaining the PMP certificate early. Nonetheless, let us answer the original question. Let us understand the changes.

PMI has done 2 Changes to the Exam:

  • Breakdown of percentage of question across 2 domains is going to change
  • 8 new tasks have been added to 4 domains


Breakdown of Percentage

Percentage of Questions Executing Closing
Current Version of Exam 30% 8%
Version after January 11, 2016 31% 7%


New Tasks

Initiating Planning Executing Monitoring & Closing Closing
3 tasks added 1 tasks added 2 tasks added 2 tasks added No tasks added
Tasks no. 2, 7 & 8 Task no. 13 Tasks no. 6 & 7 Tasks no. 6 & 7


Details of New Tasks


  • Identify key deliverables based on the business requirements, in order to manage customer expectations and direct the achievement of project goals.
  • Conduct benefit analysis with relevant stakeholders to validate project alignment with organizational strategy and expected business value.
  • Inform stakeholders of the approved project charter to ensure common understanding of the key deliverables, milestones, and their roles and responsibilities.



  • Develop the stakeholder management plan by analyzing needs, interests, and potential impact, in order to effectively manage stakeholders’ expectations and engage them in project decisions.



  • Manage the flow of information by following the communications plan in order to keep stakeholders engaged and informed.
  • Maintain stakeholder relationships by following the stakeholder management plan in order to receive continued support and manage expectations.


Monitoring & Controlling

  • Capture, analyze, and manage lessons learned, using lessons learned management techniques in order to enable continuous improvement.
  • Monitor procurement activities according to procurement plan in order to verify compliance with project objectives.


How PMP Exam Changes affect a PMP aspirant?

The key changes (as per the new tasks) include:

  • Emphasis on Business Strategy and Benefits Realization.
  • Value of Lessons Learned.
  • Project Charter Responsibility.
  • Enhancing Stakeholder Relationships.


I have explained the key changes in this article. I am sure there are still some questions bothering you. You should read my other article about Frequently Asked Questions” on PMP Exam Changes. You can also read Exam Content Outline available of PMI’s website.


Important Note

All the Topics related to the key Changes are already covered in the PMBOK® Guide 5th Edition. After January 11, 2016 there would be direct questions on these topics. The PMP aspirants should also understand that PMBOK® Guide is not a syllabus book. PMP aspirants should study PMBOK® Guide and other reference books to prepare for the exam.

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Good luck for the Exam!


January 12, 2016 Update

Finally the Exam has changed. The Changes as explained in this post have been applied to the new PMP Exam.

How PMP Exam Changes affect a PMP aspirant?

You should not be unduly worried about the changes. PMBOK® Guide has not changed and is not going to change in near future.

You might hear some rumors about PMBOK® Guide. You should ignore these rumors. There is no new edition of PMBOK® Guide. The current edition of PMBOK® Guide is still 5th Edition and not 6th Edition.

If you have just started the preparation or are going to the start the preparation soon, then it is going to be easy for you. You should just concentrate on your study material and not think about the changes. Those changes are not relevant for you.

If you have already done some preparation, but have not taken the Exam, then also you should not worry. I have done extensive comparison between old and new Exam Content Outline. The changes are very minor to bother you. Even you would have noticed that the 8 new tasks are not really new tasks. You would have already studied about them. Just read Exam Content Outline along with your current study material and you would do fine. If you want, you can do a PMP training again. Here are 5 reasons to do PMP training again.

You can either go for an online self-learning training or an online instructor-led training. If you want to pursue an online instructor-led course then you can consider PMP Training form Simplilearn or the PMP course from renowned author Christopher Scordo. For online self-learning course, you can read my article to check the best self-learning online course. As a secondary course, you can consider PMP course from renowned author Joseph Phillips – it is reasonably prized that costs less than a dinner for two in a fine-dining restaurant.

Bottom Line: Do not get unduly worried about PMP Exam Changes.

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