Global Project Management League

Scheduling the PMP Exam

How do I schedule my PMP Exam?

PMP Exams are conducted by Pearson Vue testing centers. Schedule the PMP exam by selecting a testing center and choosing a testing date through Pearson Vue’s website. Note that not all PMI exams are administered in every testing center so make sure to plan ahead. You can also take the exam from the comfort of your home or office while being monitored by an online proctor.

Scheduling the PMP Exam can be a daunting task. After all, you are putting a deadline on your studies. How do you know when you’re ready? Should you schedule your exam appointment and work hard to be ready by that date? Or should you wait until you feel you’re ready before scheduling the exam? 

But what if the test date you’ve chosen is not available by the time you are ready to take the exam?

These are just some of the questions candidates typically ask as they get closer to taking the PMP exam.

Sit tight. We’ll walk you through how to schedule your PM exam and give you some tips and strategies on selecting your testing center and exam date.

Everything You Need to Know to Schedule the PMP Exam

After the long process of organizing your documents and information needed to apply for the PMP Exam, you’re now ready to schedule your exam appointment.

How to choose a testing date

When scheduling your PMP exam, you’re free to select a date that best fits your schedule. However, keep in mind that you must take the exam within one year of your eligibility date.

There are two options in choosing a testing date for the PMP exam:

1. work towards your goal.

You can schedule your exam immediately after receiving an email confirmation from PMI. This option may likely get you more motivated to study since you’re putting a “due date” to your study process by having an actual exam date penciled in. You are also more likely to get your preferred exam date, time, and testing location (if taking the test at one of the testing centers).

This option requires that you have a good, solid study plan to follow based on your test date. 

If you underestimate your study time, or something comes up that gets you off track, you may have to reschedule your exam and pay for the rescheduling fees.

If you overestimate your study time, you may need to spend some time refreshing on topics you’ve forgotten during your studies as the testing date gets closer.

Study efficiently by tracking your progress and optimizing your study plan.

If you plan on taking a structured PMP Exam prep course to help you prepare for the PMP exam, choose a provider that offers an interactive study planner that will make allocating your  time much easier.

2. schedule once you're prepared.

You can also prepare for the exam first and wait until you’re completely confident before scheduling your exam appointment.

With this tactic, you won’t be distracted by the deadline while studying and you know you’ll be prepared for the exam day.  By studying first, you can avoid paying for rescheduling fees.

However, with this option, you may procrastinate because you don’t have a deadline. But remember, you are only eligible to take the exam for one year. Otherwise, you have to start your application process all over again.

It is important that you create a study plan. You can choose a moderate or aggressive study plan to pass the exam within a year.

Once you’ve paid your exam fee and you received your eligibility number, you are eligible to take the exam for one year. You may take the exam up to three times during that year.

What is the best way to choose your exam day?

We suggest you study first and schedule once you feel prepared. It also depends on where you are in the application process.

  • If you’re taking a PMP training course and you still need the 35 contact hours to complete your PMP application, wait until you complete the course and PMI approves your application. This could be anywhere from 5 to 90 days depending on the completeness and thoroughness of your application.
  • While you're waiting for your PMI eligibility ID, take a ‘full’ practice exam - 200 questions with a time limit of 4 hours. Take the results of this practice exam and study to strengthen your weak areas. Keep taking practice exams and understand the questions you’ve missed until you feel comfortable and confident taking them.
  • We recommend you score above 85% on a full practice exam before sitting on the actual exam. Once you get your PMI eligibility ID and score above 85% on the practice exam, schedule your exam two weeks out. During these two weeks, take another full practice exam to validate the previous score and get more practice. You want to take it lightly during these two weeks and make sure you get plenty of rest leading up to your exam day.

Make sure you’ve completed your PMP preparation and try to practice as many full practice exams as possible before sitting in on a real exam.

Scheduling your PMP exam with Pearson VUE

Only when your payment has been placed and approved can you schedule your examination. PMI will send you an approval email with PMI Eligibility ID, which allows you to schedule your PMP exam.

You will need your PMI Eligibility ID number to schedule your appointment.

The sooner you schedule your PMP exam, the higher the chance you’ll get your ideal date and time. You know you’re confident enough to sit for the exam if you answer at least 85% of the practice questions correctly. 

PMP exams are conducted by Pearson VUE testing centers. You can find the PMP exam centers here. Depending on the location and business of the testing centers, you might not find an early available spot for your PMP exam.

Scheduling your PMP exam online

You can schedule your PMP exam through your Pearson VUE account. Follow these steps to start with the scheduling process.

  1. Login to PMI.org.
  2. Navigate through the Review Application Status under myPMI.
  3. Click Schedule Exam.
  4. You will be redirected to the Pearson VUE website.
  5. Your exam will be under “Pre-approved Exams.” Click the link of the exam you’ll take.
  6. Select the exam type you prefer, either center-based or online proctored.

You can check Pearson VUE’s website for the instructions and guidelines for scheduling your exam appointment.

Scheduling your PMP exam through Pearson VUE's contact center

You can also schedule your PMP exam via telephone. When calling the Pearson VUE’s contact center, you will be asked for your:

  • Testing program
  • Name of examination
  • PMI ID
  • Verification of your first name, last name, email address, address and phone number

Note that by scheduling via telephone, you will still receive a confirmation email for your PMP exam appointment.

What is the best day to take the PMP Exam?

We recommend you either take the PMP Exam on a non-workday or take the day off from work. This keeps you from carrying work-related stress with you into the testing center.

What time should I take the PMP Exam?

Take the exam when you’re going to be most alert. If you’re a morning person, schedule for the morning. If you’re an afternoon person, take the exam in the afternoon but make sure you’re not distracted by fatigue. 

No matter what time of the day you take it, stay in a controlled environment leading up to the exam, and free your mind up from distractions.

Rescheduling your PMP exam

You can reschedule or cancel your exam appointment as long as you do so more than two full calendar days before your original schedule. 

Late rescheduling and cancellation will result in a fee because of limited seating capacity in testing centers.

Assess everything early to make sure you can take the PMP exam on your scheduled appointment. Here are the policies for rescheduling your exam.

Within 30 days before your scheduled appointment

You will be charged US$70 if you reschedule or cancel your exam within 30 days before your original exam schedule. This is to help ensure greater seating capacity in testing centers since the candidates who wait for the last minute before rescheduling or cancelling their appointments take a slot which could be used by others instead.

Within 2 days before your scheduled appointment

You need to reschedule or cancel your exam BEFORE you’re within 2 full calendar days of your original exam schedule. Within 2 days before your appointment, your exam schedule will be cancelled but you can no longer reschedule it. You can’t also refund your exam fee and you’ll have to pay associated reexamination fees to schedule a new exam again. Reschedule your appointment as far ahead as possible if you have another conflicting commitment.

How to reschedule or cancel your exam

Login to the PMP certification system and click the links to reschedule or cancel your exam. 

Again, keep in mind that you can no longer reschedule your exam if you’re already within 2 full calendar days before your appointment and the only option is to cancel it without getting a refund.

Emails to Pearson VUE and PMI aren’t acceptable forms of communication to reschedule your exam. If you’re having connectivity issues, you can call Pearson VUE directly to reschedule or cancel your appointment. You can see their contact numbers in your Examination Scheduling Instructions.

Most importantly, all candidates are instructed to refrain from calling the testing site to reschedule or cancel your exam appointment.

Should you take the PMP exam before the outline changes?

It depends on when you want to get PMP Certified. If you can’t wait until next year’s updated exam, you can take the PMP exam this year before the outline changes. Before scheduling your exam, make sure you’ve decided whether you’ll take the current PMP exam outline, or take the new one next year instead.

PMI made some changes with the PMP exam outline. If you want to take the current version of the PMP exam, you’ll need to schedule your appointment on or before December 31, 2020.

If you scheduled your exam on January 2, 2021 and onwards, the new outline will reflect on the PMP exam.

Confidence and enough preparation are all you need before scheduling your exam appointment. Make sure you’re prepared and ready to pass the PMP Certification. This will massively benefit your project management career. Study smarter with GPML – the only PMP review course with everything you need for success.