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Feedback from those who have taken the online PMP exam
One of my colleagues taught a PMP Prep course in early April, and one of the candidates in her class took and passed the online exam.

Here is the un-edited feedback from that individual:

"First of all, I learned that if you have an in-person exam scheduled, you will not see the online option. In order to see it, you need to cancel your exam (Fees are waved for now), and then re-apply and you will see the option.

I will do a quick bullet list of things that are good to know:

• you require a working webcam and microphone
• you can not have your phone near you during the test
• the test is open 30 minutes before to allow you to do the check-in process, which I will detail below
o it performs a systems test to ensure your internet speed is sufficient, and that you have a working microphone and webcam.
o they make you take pictures of your face, your ID (drivers license, etc) and 4 pictures of your desk area (front, back, left, right)
o you sign disclaimers about not sharing details of the test,etc.
• there is a tutorial at the beginning that lets you get used to the provided calculator and whiteboard (YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED A PHYSICAL CALCULATOR OR SCRATCH PAD/PEN)
o the whiteboard has plenty of functionality, and allows you to use text, which would allow the “brain dump”
o here’s an overview of the feature https://home.pearsonvue.com/op/online-proc...eboard-overview
o unfortunately the calculator must be operated with the mouse. It does not interact with your keyboard
• they make you download and install an application (OnVue) which, once the test begins takes over your full screen
• highlight/strike through options are available, but the application makes you highlight the text, and then choose strikeout or highlight (there are keyboard functions, but they are not very intuitive. I think highlight was Alt+J for example)
• There is a chat function at the top. If you click it, it calls a proctor (they won’t be immediate). I did this at the beginning just to see the feature, not realizing how it worked. They just wished me luck, and I proceeded??. This function would be used by the proctor in case of technical issues. If they could not reach you there, they would reach out via phone (this is your only exception to the phone rule)
• just a tidbit, because I was unsure – I had snacks beside me on my desk and ate them along the way, as well as water of course. They did not raise any concerns.
• The 10 minute break allowed me to use the restroom and stretch a bit. I only used around 4 minutes.

Aside from that, the interface is pretty intuitive. Everything I explained above is walked through in the tutorial.

For more information on it, here’s a link. In fact, this is where you need to go to take the test when it’s time!
https://home.pearsonvue.com/pmi/onvue"

It would be great if others who have taken the PMP exam online in the near term could share their experiences!
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I passed my online PMP exam today.
Here's my experience:

1. The check-in process was smooth. You download the onVue software - Perform system test - Take pictures of yourself, ID and the room/desk where you plan to take the exam.

2. Next you confirm that you are ready to begin the exam and wait until the proctor initiates the exam (your laptop is locked at this point & all actions recorded).

3. There is a 10-minute in-built break after 90 questions. You can wish to skip it but I choose to take it. It's important to note that you can't review the first 90 questions afterwards...so make sure to review them before starting the break.

4. I didn't use the whiteboard, so can't say if it is good or bad.

5. The only problem I faced was with the calculator (I couldn't find it on the screen toolbar). I contacted the proctor via chat but she wasn't sure either. So I managed without it since I only had 5-6 questions involving calculations.

Overall, I think it is a very good workable channel to take PMP exam as long as you can have a distraction free environment. Try not to move your hands often or touch your face or move away from the screen.

Thanks,
Mohit
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9 replies by Azid Rana, DESMOND OLUSEGUN OMONIYI, Melissa Cecilia Jasso, Nathan Best, PAWAN BHAGAT, Phil Akinwale, Pierre-Marie FABIN, and Rugpong Grachangpun
Apr 28, 2020 6:40 PM
Phil Akinwale
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Congrats Mohit! Great feedback. Did you have snacks nearby? That's one some students have asked about. It seems some proctors have no hangups with water or light snacks...and the crunching sounds it may produce. Others are more strict it seems. Grey area there.
Apr 28, 2020 6:44 PM
Phil Akinwale
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Mohit,
Re: Your experience, was it a 90 - 110 split in part 1 and part 2?
2 hours for each part?
Did you find one harder/more time consuming than the other?
May 11, 2020 9:07 AM
Pierre-Marie FABIN
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Thx for such information. I have a company laptop only, with webcame and everything needed, do you think it needs to be administrator to install onVue sofware ? this would cause me a problem.
May 24, 2020 10:49 PM
DESMOND OLUSEGUN OMONIYI
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Congratulations Mohit
May 31, 2020 5:54 PM
Nathan Best
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Thank you for this information!
Jun 05, 2020 7:12 PM
Melissa Cecilia Jasso
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Hi Mohit Joshi, congrats on passing your PMP!

Were you able to see, as soon as you completed your exam, that you had passed? Could you let me know what the message said?

I completed my PMP Exam today and the screen said 'Congratulations on receiving your Project Management Certification......' but it did not tell me the actual score. Was it a similar experience for you?

Thanks!
Jul 07, 2020 1:57 PM
Azid Rana
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Real helpful for the thread and community! thanks!
Jul 18, 2020 4:10 PM
Rugpong Grachangpun
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Congratulations,
Calculator is on the top right of the screen.
The problem I experienced is just only W/B
Aug 04, 2020 10:16 AM
PAWAN BHAGAT
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Congrats Mohit, i have my official laptop with Firewall, Skype, Microsoft teams and Cisco Web-X installed, do i need to uninstall them for proctored exam? i don't have any other laptop?
Thanks for sharing this Kiron, very useful feedback.
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2 replies by Donna Heagan
Aug 28, 2020 11:05 PM
Donna Heagan
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Hello,
Thursday I took in-person PMP exam at Pearson Vue and failed. I going to pay for the retake exam and scheduled for a month from now.

At the last exam attempt, I didn't feel comfortable using the sound cancelling headset Pearson Vue provided. It started to hurt after about 1 1/2 hours into the exam, plus I was wearing a mask which I kept opening at the bottom for fresh air.
I finished exam with 2 minutes to spare even though I had to call in the proctor twice with questions about reviewing my flagged questions.
That being said, I didn't have any issue with the online calculator for the in-person exam.

Question 1: Is the ONLINE exam calculator function key's position on the computer screen different than the IN-PERSON calculator function key's position on the screen?
I read the post above where the online exam taker could not find the calculator function key and only used I guess the white board, very time consuming.
I had no issue with the in-person calculator. The key is at the top on the horizontal tool bar.

During my in-person exam:
- My approach for the first half: I didn't flag any questions, that way I didn't have to watch the timer or worry about going back to review questions.
- Second half: Any math questions I flagged. I went back to them toward the end.
A couple of times, I took a mini break to calculate how much time I had left for each question, knowing I had to do flagged questions too. This kept me with a pace I needed. I had about 17 minutes at the end to go back to 5 math questions I had flagged.
Unfortunately, I didn't choose the right answers often enough!

Question 2: I noticed the online individual simulators have 1500 or so questions for about $139 or so. Why so many questions!!! I'd rather have two or three different authors.
I believe using one 3rd party vendor simulator author is a disadvantage because none of these 3rd party PMP vendor authors write the exam questions for PMI's PMP exam. All the 3rd party vendor authors are a disadvantage because of different word pattern usage and word substitution compared to PMI authors.
So do you or other of your colleagues have a couple of suggestions for decent 3rd party vendor authors that are more inline with the word pattern approach that the PMI authors use to present the PMP exam questions?
Thank you for your time. This is my first post on this site! The PMI rep mentioned below directed me to this forum.

While talking to the PMI rep after I failed the exam, he said starting in January, all 3rd party vendors who teach PMP online courses will be reacquired to only use PMI provide material which will eliminate this word pattern or word replacement issue, I'm convince. But for me this will not serve now as a benefit.
So do you have recommendations of TWO 3rd party vendors that are more inline with how PMI authors present PMP exam questions?
I don't think it is an advantage to only use one 3rd party vendor author either because of the described issue, unless he is a PMP Super Hero! :))
Aug 29, 2020 1:42 AM
Donna Heagan
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Hello again,
This is a reply to Kiron Bondale's above post about the exam taker's experience with the online PMP exam.
She gave the link to the Pearson Vue Whiteboard unfortunately it is only a screen shot with instruction.
So I spent about 30 minutes searching on Google and You Tube for something to do with a whiteboard and finally came up with THE video where a 3rd party PMP instructor vendor had a student who found THE SAME WHITEBOARD used by another company for their online exams. This company has freely posted it online to use to get familiar with the whiteboard before their exams. DUH!!!
So I'm passing my research on to all the PMP Aspirants. Use it for a while so it will be second nature to use it during the PMP exam.
https://www.mba.com/exams/gmat-online/prep...line-whiteboard
Here's the You Tube video that started my search. Turns out it's a student that posted HERE on THIS Discussion Board back in May 22ish 2020!!! Look closely at the browser window link at the beginning of the video. :)) The past PMP student works at Genentech in San Diego which I know because the video has this info on the side with his name and the video speaker said Howard Jan said anyone could contact him. I'm a member of LinkedIn so I sent a message to him and a request to Link with him!!! I have a dear friend who also works at Genentech...smallllllllll world!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLl97dJ3r34
This information is amazing! If I were to be a test-taker, the above feedback would be invaluable. Thank you, Kiron and Mohit.

Should this be pinned for a time being?
Just a few additional notes from my online ACP exam:
* You cannot have multiple monitors on your exam-taking computer
* If working from a laptop, plug/pair a mouse
* The pictures around the test area are to show that you don't have close access to prohibited items (phone, calculator, books,...)
* Nobody else is allowed in the exam area while the exam is underway.
* Your cam and mic will be on for the duration of the exam.
* Do not cover your face with your hands.
* Make sure you have layers of clothing. (I was in the basement and started getting cold after an hour.)
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5 replies by Daniel Chaparro, Pierre-Marie FABIN, and Tayyab Hussain
May 10, 2020 5:20 AM
Tayyab Hussain
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One of the members who took the PMP exam reported that he was given a break of 10 minutes in the middle of exam. Is there any such facility for ACP exam as well ??
May 11, 2020 9:10 AM
Pierre-Marie FABIN
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Thx for such information. I have a company laptop only, with webcame and everything needed, do you think it needs to be administrator to install onVue sofware ? this would cause me a problem.
May 18, 2020 9:05 AM
Tayyab Hussain
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Another question regarding online exam for PMI-ACP, is there a facility to mark the questions so that these can be reviewed later ??
May 20, 2020 5:58 AM
Tayyab Hussain
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I appeared in my ACP exam last night and managed to pass it as it showed my congratulations message at the end. It said that I am gonna receive an email in 2-3 days regarding my result and my PMI account is also not updated.

Someone can please share their experience regarding post exam procedure and detailed result announcement.
Jul 07, 2020 10:17 AM
Daniel Chaparro
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It's so important to know that is not allowed the use of additional monitors.

Thanks
Thank you for sharing your experience, everyone! Such an exciting option that PMI has provided. I hope it stays around even after COVID :-)
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1 reply by Austin Wheat
May 11, 2020 11:38 AM
Austin Wheat
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It will be! PMI has indicated that the PMP exam will be available to take at home indefinitely.
Thanks for sharing Kiron. I featured this on my YT and gave you a shout out. Very helpful to calm those nerves!
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1 reply by Kiron Bondale
Apr 29, 2020 7:56 AM
Kiron Bondale
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Thanks Phil!
Apr 27, 2020 7:58 PM
Replying to Mohit Joshi
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I passed my online PMP exam today.
Here's my experience:

1. The check-in process was smooth. You download the onVue software - Perform system test - Take pictures of yourself, ID and the room/desk where you plan to take the exam.

2. Next you confirm that you are ready to begin the exam and wait until the proctor initiates the exam (your laptop is locked at this point & all actions recorded).

3. There is a 10-minute in-built break after 90 questions. You can wish to skip it but I choose to take it. It's important to note that you can't review the first 90 questions afterwards...so make sure to review them before starting the break.

4. I didn't use the whiteboard, so can't say if it is good or bad.

5. The only problem I faced was with the calculator (I couldn't find it on the screen toolbar). I contacted the proctor via chat but she wasn't sure either. So I managed without it since I only had 5-6 questions involving calculations.

Overall, I think it is a very good workable channel to take PMP exam as long as you can have a distraction free environment. Try not to move your hands often or touch your face or move away from the screen.

Thanks,
Mohit
Congrats Mohit! Great feedback. Did you have snacks nearby? That's one some students have asked about. It seems some proctors have no hangups with water or light snacks...and the crunching sounds it may produce. Others are more strict it seems. Grey area there.
Apr 27, 2020 7:58 PM
Replying to Mohit Joshi
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I passed my online PMP exam today.
Here's my experience:

1. The check-in process was smooth. You download the onVue software - Perform system test - Take pictures of yourself, ID and the room/desk where you plan to take the exam.

2. Next you confirm that you are ready to begin the exam and wait until the proctor initiates the exam (your laptop is locked at this point & all actions recorded).

3. There is a 10-minute in-built break after 90 questions. You can wish to skip it but I choose to take it. It's important to note that you can't review the first 90 questions afterwards...so make sure to review them before starting the break.

4. I didn't use the whiteboard, so can't say if it is good or bad.

5. The only problem I faced was with the calculator (I couldn't find it on the screen toolbar). I contacted the proctor via chat but she wasn't sure either. So I managed without it since I only had 5-6 questions involving calculations.

Overall, I think it is a very good workable channel to take PMP exam as long as you can have a distraction free environment. Try not to move your hands often or touch your face or move away from the screen.

Thanks,
Mohit
Mohit,
Re: Your experience, was it a 90 - 110 split in part 1 and part 2?
2 hours for each part?
Did you find one harder/more time consuming than the other?
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1 reply by Mohit Joshi
Apr 28, 2020 9:05 PM
Mohit Joshi
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Yes Phil, it was a 90-110 split between part 1 and part 2. There is a 10 minute break in between that one can opt. Nope, I didn't keep any snack or water with me for the test, thought it was not allowed as per the instructions from Pearson Vue. But maybe from proctors are fine with that.

Regarding the level of difficulty, I didn't find any noteworthy difference between part 1 and 2. I guess the questions are generated randomly, so it can vary from exam to exam...don't think the break make any difference.
Apr 28, 2020 6:44 PM
Replying to Phil Akinwale
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Mohit,
Re: Your experience, was it a 90 - 110 split in part 1 and part 2?
2 hours for each part?
Did you find one harder/more time consuming than the other?
Yes Phil, it was a 90-110 split between part 1 and part 2. There is a 10 minute break in between that one can opt. Nope, I didn't keep any snack or water with me for the test, thought it was not allowed as per the instructions from Pearson Vue. But maybe from proctors are fine with that.

Regarding the level of difficulty, I didn't find any noteworthy difference between part 1 and 2. I guess the questions are generated randomly, so it can vary from exam to exam...don't think the break make any difference.
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1 reply by Phil Akinwale
Apr 28, 2020 9:12 PM
Phil Akinwale
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Thanks Mohit. So a FREE 10 minute break? The time is frozen for test takers? If so, that is very kind of PMI! Cool deal! Best wishes to you now you are a PMP! I'll feature your feedback on my channel and shoot you a congratulatory gift. PMP is a BIG deal!
Apr 28, 2020 9:05 PM
Replying to Mohit Joshi
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Yes Phil, it was a 90-110 split between part 1 and part 2. There is a 10 minute break in between that one can opt. Nope, I didn't keep any snack or water with me for the test, thought it was not allowed as per the instructions from Pearson Vue. But maybe from proctors are fine with that.

Regarding the level of difficulty, I didn't find any noteworthy difference between part 1 and 2. I guess the questions are generated randomly, so it can vary from exam to exam...don't think the break make any difference.
Thanks Mohit. So a FREE 10 minute break? The time is frozen for test takers? If so, that is very kind of PMI! Cool deal! Best wishes to you now you are a PMP! I'll feature your feedback on my channel and shoot you a congratulatory gift. PMP is a BIG deal!
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2 replies by Mohit Joshi and Shady Bassily
Apr 28, 2020 9:26 PM
Mohit Joshi
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Thanks Phil. Yes, the 10-minute break doesn't count towards the exam time. But it is important to get back before the 10 minutes timer runs out, otherwise (I was told, not 100% sure) the exam gets terminated.
May 21, 2020 9:49 AM
Shady Bassily
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Hi Mohit....there is something that i do not get....now when u finish 90 questions what happened ? did the clock stop ? but then how did u go back to review the 90 questions ?
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