How Much Time is Allotted for the PMP Certification Exam

The total time allotted for the PMP certification exam is four hours.

You will have to follow a tutorial to familiarize yourself with the exam environment before it starts. This session will explain what the question screen will look like, how to select the answer and submit it, how to use the calculator on the computer, how to review answers, and other exam mechanics.

The time allotted for this familiarization session is fifteen minutes.

The duration of this tutorial session is not included in the exam time limit. You can start the exam right away if you complete this session in less than fifteen minutes and your exam clock will start counting down.

When I was taking my exam, I completed the awareness session in less than five minutes and used the remaining time to note down some formulas and concepts on the paper provided by the Prometric staff (now the exams are conducted at Pearson VUE centers).

However, you are no longer allowed to write notes during this familiarization session, since October 23, 2016. You can write them down once you end the familiarization session and start the exam.

I took one minute to relax, and then I ended the session and started my exam.

I completed my exam within two-and-a-half hours. After that, I took a break, then I started revising the questions patiently. It took me more than one hour to revise all of them.

If you complete the exam in less than four hours, invest the remaining time in revising the questions. You will never get another chance to do so. In some cases, you may know the right answer but you accidentally clicked on the wrong one, so try to find these errors.

This happened to me; it may happen to you as well.

You will be taken to a short survey once you complete the exam and submit your answers. After completing this survey, the screen will turn white for a few moments and then you will be able to see your result.

Summary

The allotted time for the exam is four hours, which is sufficient to complete all 200 questions. A fifteen-minute awareness session precedes the exam; use this time to calm yourself, understand the interface, and prepare for the exam. Also, if you complete the exam early, use the remaining time to check your answers.

Have you attempted the exam? How long did it take for you to complete the test and how did you utilize the remaining time? Please share your thoughts in the comments section.

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  • Apologies if I appeared as if I was criticizing you – that was not the case.

    I just wanted to make sure that you were providing the correct info, in order to make certain that both you and the candidates did not violate PMI rules.

    Good luck to you.

  • The truth is that if Mr. Phillips is correct – and I think he would not be stating this so definitively in his review course if he had not received very clear instruction on this from the PMI – I would think that you as a PMP could get in trouble with the PMI if you are recommending something that the PMP has ruled is unethical behavior.

    Obviously, you are not intentionally recommending unethical behavior…the rules have changed. But you should post my comment that this does not appear to be allowed anymore in order to protect yourself.

    • I did not update this post after the rule is changed. Now I updated it with correct information.

      Thanks for your visit and leaving comment.

  • Fahad, I’m surprised that you did not post my comment about this (apparently) new rule that you cannot write down notes such as formulas during the opening 15 minute tutorial.

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