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Should I wait for the PMBOK 7?
Hi there,


I want to apply for the PMP certification but I'm hesitant as I heard that a new PMBOK guide will be released either this or early next year. And as far as I can tell, there will be substantial changes. Does anyone have more information on when the new version will be released and if the exam will change accordingly?

The reasons for my hesitation are: 1) I don't want to find out mid-way in my studies that the exam has changed; 2) I want to learn with the latest version of the PMBOK guide; 3) I don't want to spend money on both PMBOKs, version 6 and version 7.

My plan is to taking the exam in September 2021. Any recommendations on why I should, or shouldn't, start applying now?

Many thanks in advance!


Cheers,
Carl
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Carl

The exam will change in January 2021 even if the new version of the PMBOK wasn’t released yet.

For the new version of the exam, PMI recommends many resources but it’s still vague how the exam will be and it will be sometimes before there are simulation exams out there.

Good Luck.

RK
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1 reply by Carl Peters
Aug 24, 2020 10:55 AM
Carl Peters
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Thanks, Rami!
Aug 24, 2020 10:51 AM
Replying to Rami Kaibni
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Carl

The exam will change in January 2021 even if the new version of the PMBOK wasn’t released yet.

For the new version of the exam, PMI recommends many resources but it’s still vague how the exam will be and it will be sometimes before there are simulation exams out there.

Good Luck.

RK
Thanks, Rami!
When are you planning to submit your application? Unless things have changed, the application is only open for one year. You can have it reopened, but it's an extra step you might want to avoid just shortly before you apply.

Once you Join PMI, you get a free electronic copy of the guide. Once the new version is released, members will get a free electronic copy of the new version. You only have to buy both if you want hard copy. Currently, members can get hard copy of v6 50% off.

Being familiar with both versions won't hurt your career. But, purely from the perspective of exam prep, given how significantly it is expected to change, I would base my studies on the version I was planning to test against. There is some information out about how the PMBOK Guide is changing. It looks significant. You can expect changes to the exam to be significant.

There is speculation that v7 may not be released until sometime early to mid 2021. Regardless, the test won't change immediately upon release. You're probably safe planning for a v7 exam in September, but I couldn't say how long the v7 guide will be available for you to study it. It could come out in the next few months. Sounds like an opportunity for risk analysis ;-)
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1 reply by Carl Peters
Aug 24, 2020 11:13 AM
Carl Peters
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Hi Aaron,

That's some great advise. Thank you!

Could one expect to be able to choose between an v6 and v7 exam, once the new one is in place?

Cheers,
Carl
Aug 24, 2020 11:06 AM
Replying to Aaron Porter
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When are you planning to submit your application? Unless things have changed, the application is only open for one year. You can have it reopened, but it's an extra step you might want to avoid just shortly before you apply.

Once you Join PMI, you get a free electronic copy of the guide. Once the new version is released, members will get a free electronic copy of the new version. You only have to buy both if you want hard copy. Currently, members can get hard copy of v6 50% off.

Being familiar with both versions won't hurt your career. But, purely from the perspective of exam prep, given how significantly it is expected to change, I would base my studies on the version I was planning to test against. There is some information out about how the PMBOK Guide is changing. It looks significant. You can expect changes to the exam to be significant.

There is speculation that v7 may not be released until sometime early to mid 2021. Regardless, the test won't change immediately upon release. You're probably safe planning for a v7 exam in September, but I couldn't say how long the v7 guide will be available for you to study it. It could come out in the next few months. Sounds like an opportunity for risk analysis ;-)
Hi Aaron,

That's some great advise. Thank you!

Could one expect to be able to choose between an v6 and v7 exam, once the new one is in place?

Cheers,
Carl
Carl -

The feedback on this from PMI has been there are no plans to revamp the new exam once the 7th edition is released. PMI does regularly rotate/refresh questions in the exam pool so they may add some content from the new Guide over time, but this will be incrementally done and not a "big bang" update.

Kiron
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1 reply by Carl Peters
Aug 25, 2020 9:20 AM
Carl Peters
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Thanks, Kiron
Aug 24, 2020 6:37 PM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Carl -

The feedback on this from PMI has been there are no plans to revamp the new exam once the 7th edition is released. PMI does regularly rotate/refresh questions in the exam pool so they may add some content from the new Guide over time, but this will be incrementally done and not a "big bang" update.

Kiron
Thanks, Kiron

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