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TOPIC: PMP Exam. Test Center Vs Online.

PMP Exam. Test Center Vs Online. 3 weeks 2 days ago #23167

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Hi,

My PMP application got approved today and I am planning to schedule the exam soon.

I would like to know your opinion regarding the advantages and drawbacks of taking the exam in test center vs online. I hear some people telling to choose test center while others say it is better to take exam in the calmness of your home.

Please let me know. Thank you.
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PMP Exam. Test Center Vs Online. 3 weeks 2 days ago #23169

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Hi Rahul,

glad to hear your PMP application has been approved: you're now one step closer to getting certified!

Regarding your question, it is really hard to tell—as I believe there's no general rule and it is highly subjective. I passed my PMP exam in May, after getting my exam at a test center rescheduled and then canceled twice in the previous months. So, while I was getting ready to take the exam at a test center, I then had to adapt my preparation for the online proctored mode. In the first case, I only had to focus on my preparation, besides I was planning to go to the testing center the day before the exam, just to have a better estimate of the travel time and get familiar with the area. When taking the exam from home, I was also worried about the workplace and the internet connection—which is usually stable and high-speed, but... you never know! This made me a bit anxious, but in the end it all went smooth, which now makes me a bit more favourable to this exam mode.

However, this was my experience, and I bet there will be others will came to a different conclusion. Also, I didn't have the test center experience to compare to, so who know? I may even change my mind if I tried it.
My main recommendation is to go for what you feel more comfortable with, based on the opinions and experiences on both shared in this forum and other resources. As you said, each has its own pros and cons, but they are not absolute good/bad: it all depends on how you feel about them.
Give yourself some time to think about both solutions, and then go on and schedule the exam.

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PMP Exam. Test Center Vs Online. 3 weeks 2 days ago #23176

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Thank you, Gabriella. I went to the test center today! The staff told me that I will have to wear the facemask throughout the exam. That is the only issue I have since the mask makes it hard to breathe and Oxygen flow to the brain will be affected by this, especially since I have to sit like that for 4 hours. PMI told me that due to COVID -19, I can reschedule the exam up to 2 days prior to the exam for no charge. I need to think more about this.

PMP Exam. Test Center Vs Online. 2 weeks 3 days ago #23281

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Rahul,

I had initially scheduled my exam at the test center during the worst of COVID-19 then decided to change it to online for the reason you mentioned about the facemask. The nice part is you get to use your own computer and have your own room to yourself to make it as comfortable as you need. The only disadvantage was you are limited to one 10-min break for the entire exam (on question 89). I drank too much water during the break and it hurt my concentration in the second half because I really had to use the bathroom but the moderator would not let me go even for a minute. You will have to decide if you will be ok sitting still for a long time before and after your 10-min break.
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PMP Exam. Test Center Vs Online. 2 weeks 2 days ago #23293

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Hi Kenan,

Thank you for the information. One doubt about the 10 minutes break. The test center also allows only a 10 minutes break, right ? Do they give another break ? I canceled my test center exam. I will schedule my online exam when I am ready.

Rahul

PMP Exam. Test Center Vs Online. 2 weeks 1 day ago #23311

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I'd read that in the last day about the requirement to wear a face mask the whole time. I need to practice that at home to see if I can even do it. That requirement alone may make my decision to instead take it at home vs. center. Additionally, in my area the very soonest I can schedule an exam in person is Oct 1 and it's not at the closest center. There are a few in the next week or so, but I'm not ready for it yet.
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