About the PMP Exam

 Fast facts about the Exam:

​Fast facts about the PMP Exam:

  • The Exam has 200 multiple-choice questions.

  • Each question has four choices, out of which only one is correct.

  • There is no negative marking for wrong answers.

  • The allocated time is four hours. 

  • You can take as many breaks as you want, but the time for breaks count towards the four hours.

  • Out of 200 questions, 25 are experiential (or pretest questions)

  • Answers you provide for these 25 do not count towards your score. They are used by PMI to assess whether those should be included in future exams or not. 

  • Experiential questions that are too easy or too difficult are discarded.

  • Most of the questions are scenario-based or short case studies.

  • The 200 questions and the choices are decided the moment you start the Exam.

  • The questions do not t change or adapt to the way that you are answering  the questions.

  • Think of it as receiving a printed set of multiple-choice questions. 

  • Here is a distribution of the 200 questions amongst the five Process Groups.


Out of the 10 Knowledge Areas, test-takers usually  find questions from the following four Knowledge Areas to be the most difficult. 

Those four Knowledge Areas are listed  below, in the order of difficulty, with the first one being the most challenging:

  • Risk Management, Chapter 11 (in this Guide Book)

  • Procurement Management, Chapter 12

  • Integration Management, Chapter 4

  • Quality Management, Chapter 8

The  Process Groups are listed below in the order of most-difficult to most-easy:

  • Executing

  • Monitoring and Controlling

  • Initiating

  • Planning

  • Closing

There is a full-length exam with 200 questions at the end of this book, available from Amazon or from the publisher, Outskirts Press Inc..