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  What if I fail the PMP Exam now and retake it on or after June 30, 2009?

Let's consider a scenario where a candidate takes the exam before June 30, 2009 and fails. Now if this candidate wants to go for reexamination on or after June 30, 2009, he/she would have to take the "new" PMP Exam, which would be based on PMBOK Fourth Edition. However, the good news is that the Contact Hours, which were earned to qualify for the first attempt, would still be valid for the "new" Exam. This information has been confirmed by PMI.

The situation is pretty precarious for anybody planning to take the exam from now until June 29, 2009. You need to have your contingency plan ready just in case the "risk event" occurs.

My advice (or proposed strategy) for PMP aspirants would be this:

1. If you have already started your preparation and feel confident, then speed up your preparation and try to take the exam by May 15, 2009. So, just in case you don't clear it, you may still have some time to go for the next attempt before June 30, 2009. If you don't feel confident, then take approach 2 (mentioned below).

2. If you are thinking of starting your preparation now, then I would say, prepare for the "new" PMP Exam, which would be based on PMBOK Fourth Edition, and take the exam on or after June 30, 2009.

I was in the same boat in 2005, when PMBOK Third Edition was introduced. I started my preparation just 6 weeks before the proposed change in the exam. At that time, I took the decision to wait for the new exam to come out and learn from the mistakes of the "early adopters". However, I waited a bit too long and did not take the exam until Nov 2007 :)

Feel free to share your thoughts and opinions on this matter. I'm sure there are better strategies to tackle this situation.

All the best.


  1. Hell Brain,

    I wanted to ask, is there a limitation on the period between two exams? I mean if God forbid i fail on my exam on the 28th of may,can i take the reexamination on the 29th?


  2. Hi there,

    Thanks for your comment. You have a very legitimate concern. I've answered this question on my PMP FAQs page here:

    A few more words on this:

    1. If you are already preparing with PMBOK 3rd ed and more than half way through your preparation, but don't feel prepared by end of May, don't rush to take the exam. You have time till June 29, 2009 to take the exam. Since you are already at a point of no return, keep a positive frame of mind, study harder and don't think about failing the exam now.

    2. I anticipate a huge rush of people who want to take the exam before switch-over date. So, book your slot ASAP !

    Please let me know if you have any further questions on this.

    All the best.


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