PMP Examination Information & Blueprint

The PMP examination is comprised of 200 multiple-choice questions. Of the 200 questions, 25 are considered pretest questions. Pretest questions do not affect the score and are used in examinations as an effective and legitimate way to test the validity of future examination questions. All questions are randomly placed throughout the examination.


Computer-based testing (CBT) is the standard method of administration for PMI examinations. Paperbased testing (PBT) is available under limited circumstances (refer to the Examination Administration section in this handbook for more details).
The allotted time to complete the computer-based examination is four hours. The examination is preceded by a tutorial and followed by a survey, both of which are optional and both of which can take up to 15 minutes to complete. The time used to complete the tutorial and survey is not included in the examination time of four hours.


Item Development

PMP examination questions:
• Are developed and independently validated by global work groups of PMP credential holders
• Are referenced to at least one current project management source
• Are monitored through psychometric analysis
• Satisfy the test specifications of the Project Management Professional Examination Specification

Examination Blueprint

The PMP examination is developed based on the PMP examination blueprint contained in the Project Management Professional Examination Specification. The examination blueprint details the percentage of questions contained in each project management process group. The following represents the percentage of questions in each domain that are included in the examination.