passing score capm exam

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.

Summary

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.

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  • Hello
    I’m 19 and I’m taking my CAPM exam tomorrow and i won’t lie, I’m kind of nervous
    I feel I’ve not answered enough practice questions and I’ve also not had a simulation exam
    However I’ve read the PMBOK Guide thrice and Rita Mulcay’s guide twice and written a lot of notes
    My major concern is the ITTOs, they’re so many and I really wonder if I’ll remember them and where they are used

  • I took the capm course at PMI.org and at the end of doing all 70 modules, you have to pass a prep-exam of 150 questions at 80%. The questions are based strictly on the PMBok Guide and are what you would expect in the final exam. I’ve written this prep over ten times now and still have not been able to pass it because I have a learning disability that affects my ability to remember information.

    The PMI course had no practical learning at all and the exam is based purely on memorization of the PMBok guide definitions, process and technique lists. I am of the opinion that I will never be able to pass this exam because I cant even pass the prep exam. I also won’t get recognition for taking the course as I cant mark it as complete without passing the prep. I am completely discouraged after spending so much money and so hours of study!

    • Hello Anna, I am sorry to know that you failed the exam.

      The CAPM exam is for beginner of professionals who don’t have project management experience. That is why the exam does not check your experience in managing projects.

    • Hi Anna. I too am taking the CAPM course on PMI.org. Just wanted to make sure I’m understanding your comment here correctly. You are able to take the practice exam as many time as you want?

  • Hi ,
    I am appearing for CAPM exam.I am having 2 years experience as a Project Engineer in logistic company.
    While filling form for a Exam what necessary documents will they need to ensure that I have revelvant experience regarding project engineer so that I can eligible for exam

    • You don’t have to submit any document while filling out the application form. They will ask for your experience certificate if you are selected for an audit.

  • I am currently looking into CAPM- recent graduate and I do qualify for it. I will book the test through PMI. Not sure where to look for study guide/material.

  • Hi,i just read the PMBOK for two weeks , take CAPM today . I pass it. I want to share my experience. I am graduated as a master of engineering project management degree and i did not have too much time in preparing the exam because of work.It is really important to read the Examination Content Outline before you read the PMBOK and just focus on the key points indicated in outline. It will save your time and give you a good result in order to pass the exam. It’s extremely important to understand each part and key points rather than just memories the sentence and the words.

  • Hello Fahad,

    Your blog is really helpful and informative. I have a question though. I recently completed 35 contact hours of PMP training but I feel it’s appropriate to go for CAPM first however if I decide to go for PMP exam immediately (let’s say in 2-2.5 months) after cracking CAPM, will PMI allow that? As I’m not going to mention my projecrt handling experience and will just specify the 35 hours training at the time of filling examination form for CAPM. Can they reject my PMP application later?

    • There is no relation between PMP and the CAPM exam. If you are eligible for the PMP exam, you can apply it regardless of whether you are a CAPM or not.

  • Dear Fahad,

    Today I took my CAPM exam and have passed with “proficient” in all knowledge areas except HR and communications management with moderately proficient. your blogs were very useful. also your 400 questions bank and EVM questions guide that I purchased from pmstudycircle.com helped me through the exam questions easily. I completed the exam in 90 mins although the total allocated time was 3 hrs. the remaining time I spent checking the answers. I had trouble though in around 4-7 questions.

    I want to thank you for all the feedback and guidance you have been giving me over the course of my preparation days. I studied hard for this, almost 12 hrs daily for past month.

    Lastly, keep these knowledgeable and easy-to-understand blogs rolling and keep up the good work.
    Suhail

    • Congratulations Suhail on passing the CAPM and thanks for sharing your lessons learned.

      Now I would suggest you gain some experience and then prepare for the PMP exam.

      • Hello Fahad,

        I am an intern in the PM field for a company and currently looking into taking my CAPM (after I study of course) but would like to ask if there are any free sources of information YOU would suggest to study for the CAPM.

        Thank you,

        • Hello Afrah, don’t take stress, be confident, don’t go for any new resource, revise whatever you have studied, and take enough rest before the exam.

          Good luck with your CAPM exam.

  • I have the Core Performance Concept ” CAPM / PMP ” 4th… test training software. Do I have a chance to pass the CAPM / PMP by taking the Training Test Exams?

    Abbas

  • Also a clarification, there is a feeling that one needs to pass all 5 process areas e.g. PMP grades the exam in those areas e.g. Below Proficient, Moderately Proficient, Proficient. The earlier thought was if you were below in one, you would also be given a fail e.g. Initiation – BP, Planning – P, Monitoring – MP etc.

    This is just a grade to let you know how you did in each area. The pass mark is still determined by the percentage. The pass mark still remains at 61%.

  • Hi Fahad,
    Thanks for always responding quickly!
    Can you please send me the name of the CAPM books I can use in addition to the PMBOK 4th edition?
    and some helpful free test websites.
    Thank you!

    • Although, I never never gone through any CAPM book but I think Rita’s CAPM exam preparation book will be enough for you.

      Regarding the online materials, you can browse all PMP blogs and forums. I don’t see any blog or forum devoted to CAPM only.

  • Hi There,

    I took the PMP 35 course recently, however i feel i dont qualify to do the PMP. Therefore im considering applying for the CAMP.
    Can i still apply even though i took the PMP course? and should i study from the same material the PMBOK edition 4? and rita’s book edition 7? should i prepare the same way and study the same material i took during the course?

    Also regarding the application- is it ok to mention that I took the PMP 35 hours instead the 23 hours mentioned in the application

    Thank you

    Maha

    • Hello Maha,

      I’m 100% sure that you can apply for CAPM exam with your PMP training.

      CAPM exam is more like a theoretical and based on the PMBOK Guide. Therefore, your main emphasize must be on the PMBOK Guide with any other reference book; e.g. Rita.

      Regarding your application, I think it is ok to to mention 35 contact hours for the training.

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