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We're increasing the PMP Exam Time in Simulator from 230 to 250 mins 7 months 2 weeks ago #26238

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In December of 2020, the Project Management Institute (PMI) changed the structure of the PMP exam by adding two breaks as follows:
- Answer 60 questions
- Optional 10-minute break
- Answer 60 questions
- Optional 10-minute break
- Answer 60 questions
- Exam End

We are currently analyzing this change and will decide on the best course of action for adding this new feature to The PMP Exam Simulator. In the meantime, while we perform this analysis and review, we will implement the following workaround:
(1) On Thursday, February 04 at around 2pm PST, we will increase the time allotted for PMP Exam 1, PMP Exam 2, PMP Exam 3, and PMP Exam 4 from 230 minutes to 250 minutes (*).
(2) Each time you start one of these 4 exams, a message is displayed encouraging you to take a 10-minute break after answering 60 and 120 questions.
(3) Time management of these two breaks is 100% done by the exam taker. The simulator does not provide any automated support.

Here is how this would work when you take an exam:
- You start PMP Exam 1
- A message is displayed reminding you to take a break after 60 and 120 questions
- The exam countdown time begins at 250 minutes (*)
- The rest is up to you. You have to remember yourself to take a 10-minute break after 60 and 120 questions. The simulator will not remind you.

This means that in the simulator (unlike on the real PMP exam) any break time you do not use to actually take a break is available to you to answer the questions. However, we do not recommend this approach. Instead, we recommend that you schedule and take two full 10-minute breaks.

Please let me know if you have any questions by replying to this message in our forum


(*) The total time will actually be 252 minutes and is due to a rounding difference in the simulator software.
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We're increasing the PMP Exam Time in Simulator from 230 to 250 mins 7 months 2 weeks ago #26252

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Thank you but please is the 10min break inclusive of your total duration for exams?

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We're increasing the PMP Exam Time in Simulator from 230 to 250 mins 7 months 2 weeks ago #26280

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On the real PMP exam, you have 230 minutes to answer 180 questions.

The two 10-minute breaks are outside of this and do not count against your exam time.
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We're increasing the PMP Exam Time in Simulator from 230 to 250 mins 7 months 2 weeks ago #26286

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Hello everyone,

The duration of the PMP exams in the Simulator has been updated from 230 to 252 minutes as communicated in this post:
www.project-management-prepcast.com/kune...30-to-250-mins#26238

We hope you find the PMP Exam Simulator an effective and useful tool for your exam preparation. Best of luck, and thank you for being our customers!
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Stan Po, MBA, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM
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We're increasing the PMP Exam Time in Simulator from 230 to 250 mins 6 months 1 week ago #26643

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Thank you , Just can you please advise how i can stop the time during the exam to take the break
Shall i push on the timiig tap

We're increasing the PMP Exam Time in Simulator from 230 to 250 mins 6 months 1 week ago #26648

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Hello Ehab,

You cannot stop the timer. That's the whole idea of having 250 minutes (252 to be exact) for the exam AND the two 10-minute breaks. You should manage your time as if you were taking the real exam. In other words, after you answer 60 questions, take your first 10-min break. Then answer 60 more questions and take your second 10-min break. After that, you answer the remaining 60 questions and finish the exam.

I hope this clarifies.
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We're increasing the PMP Exam Time in Simulator from 230 to 250 mins 6 months 1 week ago #26662

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if we do not take break after 60 questions, break time is added to the exam time or not

We're increasing the PMP Exam Time in Simulator from 230 to 250 mins 6 months 1 week ago #26663

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Hello Murali,

Yes, in the simulator, if you do not take the breaks, you have more time to answer questions. However, we do NOT recommend taking this approach as you may get used to having more time per question on average, and when you take the real exam, you may run out of time.
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We're increasing the PMP Exam Time in Simulator from 230 to 250 mins 6 months 5 days ago #26728

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If I do not take these two scheduled breaks of 10-10 minutes in real PMP exam, will those extra 20 mins be added to my 230 minutes allotted to answer 180 questions (in real PMP exam)?

Are these breaks are mandatory to take?

We're increasing the PMP Exam Time in Simulator from 230 to 250 mins 6 months 4 days ago #26740

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Hello Shikha,

The answers to both of your questions are NO.

For more details, please watch the video from the live Q&A session that Cornelius hosted on Feb 15, 2021. Jump to the timestamp at 47:00, where Cornelius provides a very extensive explanation about the breaks.
The title of the video is: Lessons Learned from the 2021 PMP® Exam
The URL to the video is:


I hope this helps.
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We're increasing the PMP Exam Time in Simulator from 230 to 250 mins 4 months 1 week ago #27400

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We're increasing the PMP Exam Time in Simulator from 230 to 250 mins 3 months 3 weeks ago #27491

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So I am assuming that on the real exam the clock starts at 250 and never stops.
Once we finish replying to the first set of 60 questions, it will advise us to have a 10min break but the clock keeps going down.
If we assign a 75 min period to reply to 60 questions (average 1min and 25sec per question) and stick to that pace, we should reach the first break when the clock marks 175.
We then stop for 10 minutes and resume the exam when the clock shows 165.
Maintaining the pace, we should finish the second set of 60 questions when the clock marks 90.
We then pause for 10 min again and resume the exam for the last set of 60 questions when the clock shows 80.
Given that we cannot have any notes, we should memorize that we need to reach the end of the first set of 60 questions at 175 and the second and 90.
Is this correct?

We're increasing the PMP Exam Time in Simulator from 230 to 250 mins 2 months 3 weeks ago #27704

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Hello,
I have just gotten access to my free 7 day trial but when I click on the PMP 1 Test it shows me only 23 questions? How do I access the full length exam?
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We're increasing the PMP Exam Time in Simulator from 230 to 250 mins 2 months 2 weeks ago #27736

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I took all the breaks allocated and still completed the exam with still 28 minutes left. It all depends on how well one has prepared for the exam and I did not even mark any questions for reviews.

Cheers,

Emmanuel

We're increasing the PMP Exam Time in Simulator from 230 to 250 mins 1 month 3 weeks ago #27966

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Is taking the break time bound? We are here talking about taking break after every 60 questions. What is the ideal time that one should spend on each batch of 60 questions.

We're increasing the PMP Exam Time in Simulator from 230 to 250 mins 2 weeks 5 hours ago #28184

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Hello,
Your explanation is somehow correct, but I think the real PMP exam starts at 230. When the question 60 is answered (it is supposed to take 75 min exactly), the time is stopped at 155 min. whether you take advantage of 10 min or not, when you start the exam again the monitor show you the question 61 and the total remaining time is 155 min.
Again, when the question 120 is answered (it is supposed to take 75 min exactly), the time is stopped at 80 min, in 10 min, the exam starts in question 121 and the total remaining time is 80 min.
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