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Which interview are you referring to? I did attend a presentation which Sierra had given at the 2019 GC in Philly where she talked about the changes that are coming.
In general, I think the changes will make for a better quality exam - the use of videos and other "richer" Q&A approaches will broaden the scope of the types of questions which can be asked. I also like the stronger emphasis on agile & hybrid approaches compared to the current exam.
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I refer to a conversation between PMI President Sunil Prashara and Sierra Hampton-Simmons about the upcoming changes and what both means for exam-takers
It was circulated by e-mail today to all members. It is an interview with Sunil Prashara and Sierra Hampton-Simmons, Portfolio Leader/Head of Certification about the PMP Exam Changes, its interesting.
I went through the interview, and it is indeed an interesting one. Below are three items that grabbed my attention along with my comments:
Item 1: For Topics, they surveyed 10,000 of which 2,000 only responded and based on those responses, PMI determined they are heading in the right direction.
RK Comment: This is probably a low response rate given the overall size of the community.
Item 2: She mentioned that experienced professionals might decide to apply and go sit for the exam in two days and if they are lucky and have deep experience they will pass.
RK Comment: I do not think success should be dependent on someone being lucky.
Item 3: Application Process - There was no mention for this at all.
RK Comment:The application process should, in my opinion, be more rigorous, maybe as rigorous as the application for PgMP and PfMP.
Overall, I think the change is going to be a great one in so many ways be it the Domain Structure or Exam itself.
Those are my 2 Cents.
Re: application process, I do know that they are looking at vastly simplifying the online application form to make it easier for folks to submit the required information.
BTW, in case folks aren't aware of this, there is a pilot for the new exam being launched in early March 2020. Here's some info about it from the REP micro-site: https://www.pmi.org/update-center/certification-changes/pmp-pilot
BTW, Rami, you & I won't be able to take the pilot new exam just to learn about the changes - it's only for folks who don't already hold the PMP credential.
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In your opinion should we share the links of this conversation here?
What is more important?
Sensitivity or if the number of responses statistically relevant?
On the other hand, it was mentioned that there were many focus groups that allow qualitative answers in relation to the topics addressed.
Wrote: "BTW, Rami, you & I won't be able to take the pilot new exam just to learn about the changes - it's only for folks who don't already hold the PMP credential."
The idea I got is another.
Taken from the site:
"- Dates to sit for the pilot exam are 9 March through 20 March
- The pilot exam is available in English language only.
- PMI Members will receive a rebate of USD $ 81 for the $ 405 exam fee.
- Non-PMI Members will receive a rebate of USD $ 111 for the $ 555 exam fee.
- All pilot participants are eligible for re-take of the exam at no cost.
- 600 participants, with global representation, will be accepted.
- Pilot participants should prepare using the PMP® Exam Content Outline and the list of top used reference books.
- PMP® candidates can choose to participate in the pilot when they pay for their exam.
- Pilot participants will not receive a pass / fail score immediately after taking the exam but will receive their results in May 2020. "
I have not watched that yet.
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I suggest you see the conversations
Then please share your opinion
It was sent through PMI to all member as part of the Straight talk with Sunil Prashara series.
As for the application process, of course not, I never mentioned they are looking to simplify it, on the other hand, I was wondering why there was no mention for this during the interview. I believe for this specific credential to maintain its credibility, the application process should be more strict, and as rigorous as those of PgMP and PfMP to make sure that there is full compliance with the application pre-requisites especially for the working experience part.
I've heard and read about the Pilot for the new exam, its a pretty good initiative. They normally do something similar when they launch new certifications. If I wasn't a PMP, I sure would have participated in this initiative but as you said, we can participate. Sooner or later we will hear about the changes, news travel fast as you know.
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