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Is PMP much harder than CAPM to pass?
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I passed the CAPM exam (PMI) a few months ago and currently work as a PMO Coordinator. Would you guys say that PMP is much, much harder to pass (I'm aware both are referring to the same book i.e. 6th edition)? I am unsure of whether a year or two are needed before undergoing the PMP exam.
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The PMP exam questions are based on a much broader set of reference materials than just the PMBOK Guide, and the majority of questions are scenario-based rather than foundational/memorization so yes, it is a harder exam, but that's why there are many resources out there (e.g. practice exams, prep courses) to help you prepare.

Kiron
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1 reply by Markus Kopko, PMP
Nov 01, 2018 2:27 PM
Markus Kopko, PMP
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Hi Kiron -

how much Percent of the PMP Exam is based on the PMBoK Guide and how much on other sources, what is your opinion/experience.

Do you think a ration of 80/20 is still valid?

Regards,

Markus
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Yes, sure.
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yes it is
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The PMP exam is more dense and scenario based but I would not say extremely harder. The CAPM is mainly knowledge based so with 2 - 3 Years of experience, you should be good for the PMP.
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Yes as per said colleagues said in the above!!!
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Aug 15, 2018 8:04 AM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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The PMP exam questions are based on a much broader set of reference materials than just the PMBOK Guide, and the majority of questions are scenario-based rather than foundational/memorization so yes, it is a harder exam, but that's why there are many resources out there (e.g. practice exams, prep courses) to help you prepare.

Kiron
Hi Kiron -

how much Percent of the PMP Exam is based on the PMBoK Guide and how much on other sources, what is your opinion/experience.

Do you think a ration of 80/20 is still valid?

Regards,

Markus
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Markus -

If you mean questions which are directly referencing content out of the Guide then it should be in the 20% range based on the feedback I've received from students of mine who've written the exam in the last couple of years. However, many scenario-type questions would have traceability back to content in the Guide (e.g. EVM, decision trees).

Kiron
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It is, more comprehensive and a lot of questions are based on your experience and judgment that comes with practice
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I don't know how hard or easy to pass the CAPM, but I think it is easy to pass the PMP exam. One year is sufficent for the exam preparation. However, I am in China. So JUST fyi.
Most of project management practioners choose to get a PMP certificate directly in China, and as I known the pass ratio of the exam is very high (higher than 90%) in my city Shanghai.
I just passed this exam with 5A performance in Sep. In my opinion, you can pass the exam if you take part in a training course, study the PMBOK seriously, and understand it totally.
Hope it is useful.

Best Regards

Xiaobo
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The pre-requisites for PMP exam are extremely difficult to achieve.
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