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How many months does a student has to take the PMP in the current version 6?
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The test changes at the end of June 2020.
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1 reply by George Lewis
Jan 14, 2020 4:55 PM
George Lewis
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Dinah, thanks
I thought mid year the new version was coming out, and then there should be a time span after that.
As @Dinah already mentioned, the current exam format is expected to change after June 30th this year, but I expect PMBOK 6 to be around for a while. The exam is still expected to reference 6th edition among other sources.

PMBOK 6th edition was released in September 2017 which is fairly recent in grand scheme of things.
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1 reply by George Lewis
Jan 14, 2020 4:55 PM
George Lewis
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Murtaza,
Can you expand a bit... Even if the exam changes in June, will it continue to based on PMBOK 6th?
Jan 14, 2020 4:30 PM
Replying to Murtaza Sheikh
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As @Dinah already mentioned, the current exam format is expected to change after June 30th this year, but I expect PMBOK 6 to be around for a while. The exam is still expected to reference 6th edition among other sources.

PMBOK 6th edition was released in September 2017 which is fairly recent in grand scheme of things.
Murtaza,
Can you expand a bit... Even if the exam changes in June, will it continue to based on PMBOK 6th?
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1 reply by Murtaza Sheikh
Jan 14, 2020 5:06 PM
Murtaza Sheikh
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George, As many exam takers will tell you, PMBOK is not the "only" source for the exam. (You can find more details in the exam content outline).

In my very personal opinion, (looking at the previous trends) is that the new exam (post 6/30) will continue to use 6th edition as reference until 7th edition goes through multiple rounds of due diligence over the next 12-18 months.
Jan 14, 2020 4:08 PM
Replying to Dinah Young
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The test changes at the end of June 2020.
Dinah, thanks
Jan 14, 2020 4:55 PM
Replying to George Lewis
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Murtaza,
Can you expand a bit... Even if the exam changes in June, will it continue to based on PMBOK 6th?
George, As many exam takers will tell you, PMBOK is not the "only" source for the exam. (You can find more details in the exam content outline).

In my very personal opinion, (looking at the previous trends) is that the new exam (post 6/30) will continue to use 6th edition as reference until 7th edition goes through multiple rounds of due diligence over the next 12-18 months.
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1 reply by George Lewis
Jan 14, 2020 5:15 PM
George Lewis
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Murtaza,
Thanks for your response, a bit political for those that have already have gone the long road. :) Thanks anyway...

We'll wait to see what formal responses we can give to those new aspirants... It will become clearer as the days go by.
The new exam is still referencing the Sixth Edition (https://www.pmi.org/certifications/types/p...eference-list).

Once the Seventh Edition is launched later on this year (likely Q3 or Q4), I'd expect that there will be some new exam items created based on its content but I'd also expect PMI to announce when will make that shift.

This is not the first time that a PMBOK Guide update was not sync'd with an exam change so I wouldn't see this being any different than the previous times this happened.

Now if the question was about taking the current exam, then my recommendation is to do so no later than late April or early May so that there is sufficient time for a re-take on the current exam...
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1 reply by George Lewis
Jan 14, 2020 6:29 PM
George Lewis
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Kiron, thanks for the detailed explanation.
Jan 14, 2020 5:06 PM
Replying to Murtaza Sheikh
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George, As many exam takers will tell you, PMBOK is not the "only" source for the exam. (You can find more details in the exam content outline).

In my very personal opinion, (looking at the previous trends) is that the new exam (post 6/30) will continue to use 6th edition as reference until 7th edition goes through multiple rounds of due diligence over the next 12-18 months.
Murtaza,
Thanks for your response, a bit political for those that have already have gone the long road. :) Thanks anyway...

We'll wait to see what formal responses we can give to those new aspirants... It will become clearer as the days go by.
Jan 14, 2020 5:10 PM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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The new exam is still referencing the Sixth Edition (https://www.pmi.org/certifications/types/p...eference-list).

Once the Seventh Edition is launched later on this year (likely Q3 or Q4), I'd expect that there will be some new exam items created based on its content but I'd also expect PMI to announce when will make that shift.

This is not the first time that a PMBOK Guide update was not sync'd with an exam change so I wouldn't see this being any different than the previous times this happened.

Now if the question was about taking the current exam, then my recommendation is to do so no later than late April or early May so that there is sufficient time for a re-take on the current exam...
Kiron, thanks for the detailed explanation.
Hopefully when version 7 is released, PMI prints white pages for their text books, just like thousands of other textbooks released every year. So far, the PMBOK is the only book that I have seen with "anti-piracy" gray pages.
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