The CAPM stands for a Certified Associate in Project Management. This certification is awarded by the Project Management Institute (PMI), USA.
This is the most popular certification in project management. Professionals with little or no experience in projects can apply for it.
You have to go through a process to earn this certification that ends with an online computer-based test.
Once you pass this test, you are a CAPM and you can use this title with your name and signature.
Now, you might be wondering, what is the passing score for the CAPM exam?
This is a common question that every CAPM aspirant has. I will be answering this in today’s blog post.
What is the Passing Score for the CAPM Exam?
Every CAPM aspirant wants to know the CAPM exam passing score.
However, only the PMI knows the answer to this question.
The PMI does not publicize the passing score for the CAPM certification exam. I have gone through the CAPM Handbook, but I did not find the answer.
According to the PMI,
“The passing score for all PMI exams is determined by sound psychometric analysis. PMI uses subject matter experts—project professionals from around the world and many different disciplines—to determine how many questions you must answer correctly to pass the exam. Each scored question on the exam is worth one point and your final score is calculated by totaling the points you have earned on the exam. The number of questions you answer correctly places you within one of the performance rating categories you see on this report.”
(Updated as of April 2019)
It is a common perception that you may pass the exam if you score above 61%. However, no one can guarantee the accuracy of this.
Therefore, I suggest you aim for over 70% on your CAPM certification exam.
This is a safe target and many experts suggest aiming for this score.
Please note that the exam comprises 15 pretest questions. The marks for these questions will not be added to your score. These are placed randomly among the other questions, so it is not possible to identify them in the exam. Therefore, assume that all questions are scorable and you must get them all right. Consider all 150 questions to be real.
A Few FAQs About the CAPM Exam Passing Score
Let’s clear up a few more doubts regarding the passing score
The CAPM Passing Score is the Same for All Aspirants.
For the PMP exam, a passing score is different for each aspirant and depends on the difficulty level of the questions they receive.
For the CAPM exam, it is also a mystery.
Every Question Carries the Same Weight.
The CAPM handbook says “Each scored question on the exam is worth one point.”
For the PMP exam, every question carries a different weight as per its level of difficulty. However, for the CAPM exam, every question is weighted the same.
The CAPM passing score is a secret, and the PMI does not reveal it. It is also not clear if this is the same for all aspirants. Therefore, I suggest that you not overthink it; instead, focus on your preparation. As there is no clarity, aim for over 70% on your exam. You should answer more than 105 questions correctly on the exam.
Have passed your CAPM exam? How many questions did you answer correctly and what was your score? Please share your experiences in the comments section.