PMP Exam Result Report is changing. The new PMP result report will provide more insight, guidance, and support to individuals who take the PMP® Certification exam, especially those who fail the exam. PMI does not disclose the PMP Passing Score. People who fail the PMP exam often lament the lack of details in their exam score report, and how it makes it hard for them to identify their areas of weakness and focus their effort. PMI has listened to them and made some changes to address their concerns. Let’s review the changes to the PMP Exam Result Report that are coming into effect from Aug 28, 2017.
Two Changes to the PMP Exam Result Report
Before we get into the changes, let’s understand the content of the PMP exam. Most people think that PMP exam is based on the PMBOK® Guide, but in reality the exam is based on the PMP Exam Content Outline. The Content Outline provides a list of Tasks in each of the 5 Domains (Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling, and Closing), which are tested on the exam.
The exam report changes are both at the Domain Level and at the Task Level. Now let’s understand the changes.
At the Domain level, the current 3-level performance rating scale has been replaced with a 4-level scale. Details are in the section below.
At the Task level, an Exam Analysis Page has been introduced that provides the same 4-level performance rating for individual Tasks in each domain.
4-Level Performance Rating Categories
Going forward, each candidate will be rated on a 4-level performance rating scale for each Domain and Task on the PMP exam. The 4 levels are:
Above Target: Your performance exceeds the minimum requirements for this exam.
Target: Your performance meets the minimum requirements for this exam.
Below Target: Your performance is slightly below target and fails to meet the minimum requirements for this exam. Additional preparation is recommended before re-examination.
Needs Improvement: Your performance is far below target and fails to meet the minimum requirements for this exam. Additional preparation is strongly recommended before re-examination.
NOTE: Similar changes are coming into effect for CAPM Exam Result Report too from Aug 22, 2017.
Comparison with the Current (old) Performance Rating Categories
The new 4-level rating categories are however not a huge change from the current 3-level rating categories, which are:
Proficient seems to map to Above Target, and Moderately Proficient to Target on the new scale. The only significant difference is the Below Proficient, which has been broken down into 2 levels - Below Target and Needs Improvement.
PMP Exam Result Report
Following is a sample of the new PMP Exam Result Report.
PMP Exam Analysis Page
The PMP exam analysis page will be available on PMI CCRS. Following is a sample of the page.
My Assessment of the Change
Ideally, PMI should provide a percentage score - overall and domain-wise - instead of the performance rating. Since that’s not happening, these changes to the PMP exam result report are definitely an improvement to the current report. Those who fail the exam will get a better gauge of the margin by which they missed the ‘target’. In addition, they will also get a detailed analysis report at individual task level that can help them focus their effort on specific weaknesses. Overall, I see this as a positive move with no downside.
Additional Details on the Change
- As mentioned earlier, the change would come into effect from Aug 28, 2017.
- If you take the exam before that date, you’ll still get the report based on the old scale, and your report would “not” be migrated to the new scale later when the new scale comes into effect.
- There’s no change to the exam content or difficulty level.
- There’s no change to the PMP passing score.
Whether you are going to take the PMP exam or you’ve already taken it, let me know what you think of these changes by commenting below.