PMP Exam Myth-busters

Cornelius Fichtner, PMP

Cornelius Fichtner, PMP is a noted PMP expert. He has helped over 20,000 students prepare for the PMP Exam with The Project Management PrepCast at http://www.pm-prepcast.com and he guides PMI credential holders on earning PDUs with The PDU Insider at http://www.pdu-insider.com.

You have read A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge from cover to cover, studied other PM-related texts and feel you are preparing well to take and pass the PMP exam. There are, however, a number of myths related to the exam process and the exam itself that you are questioning. In this article, we are going to take a look at six myths related to the PMPexam process and bust them so you can quit worrying and start studying.

Myth 1: You need to score a 61% to pass the PMPexam. No. While this was true at one time, it is no longer the case. Passing the exam is no longer determined by the percentage of questions you answer correctly. It is calculated using a sound psychometric analysis; the harder questions are worth more than the easier questions. This implies a higher score if you answer more of the harder questions correctly and a lower score if you answer more of the easier questions correctly. The minimum score needed to pass is determined by the difficultly of the exam and the passing point as defined by global subject matter experts.

Myth 2: Only PMI-registered education providers are authorized to give exam prep courses. There is no authorized or unauthorized training material for the PMPexam. Several types of training companies can provide training for the exam, which may include courses or programs offered by PMI-registered education providers (REP…

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