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regarding the PMP break time , still a bit confused 6 months 1 week ago #29034

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For the PMP exam, there are now two 10-minute breaks in the exam. The first will appear after you complete questions 1 - 60 and review all of your answers. The second break will appear after you have completed question 120 and confirmed that you have reviewed all of your answers. Please note, once you have reviewed your responses and start your break you will not be able to return to the questions from the previous section of the exam.
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so it that mean after I completed 60 question (e.g. at this moment , I "mark" 10 question to further check) , system will first prompt me to review ?
and after I finished the review, I click another "confirm" button to start the break ?

regarding the PMP break time , still a bit confused 6 months 1 week ago #29035

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sorry, the system keep on show "error" and ask me to post again later , so I thought my post cannot be successfully posted ,so I tried several times , but I just found out actually the post already there .

regarding the PMP break time , still a bit confused 6 months 1 week ago #29036

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Hi, that’s correct. Once you complete question 60, the test will give you an opportunity to review any questions you marked as well as any other questions you may want to look at again. This is the last time that you’ll be able to see these questions. Once you confirm your answers, then the computer goes to a break. The same thing will happen after question 120. My advice: take the breaks. PMP is a grueling test, and the breaks are necessary. When I took the exam, there was only one break, and I had taken enough full-length practice exams to know that questions 100-150 were the toughest part of the test for me mentally. Take the breaks, ensure you have snacks and water in your locker, then get back to the test. Best of luck!
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regarding the PMP break time , still a bit confused 5 months 3 weeks ago #29117

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I’m a bit confused if snacks and water are permitted at breaks and have read conflicting information. Any advice or suggestions for accessing these items from a locker at designated breaks?

regarding the PMP break time , still a bit confused 5 months 1 week ago #29170

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How much time given for review after completion of 60 questions

regarding the PMP break time , still a bit confused 5 months 1 week ago #29174

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I took my exam back in fall of 2020, but break was 10 minutes. This did not include the time to review the first set of questions; any time you spend doing that comes out of your test time. During the 10-minute break, I had a snack and water bottle in my locker, but that policy may have changed with COVID. My advice, take the break! Don’t work through it! Best of luck on the exam!
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regarding the PMP break time , still a bit confused 4 months 2 weeks ago #29228

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Quick TIp: If you are taking the exam virtually (from your home), then during your break, you are not allowed to move from your seat. There is always someone on the other side looking at you. I thought in those 10 mins you can stretch and move around, but that's not allowed. I immediately got a call from the invigilator asking me to not repeat the same again otherwise the exam will be cancelled. But do take those 10 mins break, it helps. Meanwhile, I scored above the target for all three sections in my first attempt.

regarding the PMP break time , still a bit confused 4 months 2 weeks ago #29229

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I strongly disagree with @Kapil Agarwal saying that "during your break, you are not allowed to move from your seat". Being able to get up, stretch, and go to the bathroom is the whole point of the break!

Everyone else I have spoken to has told me that they were allowed to leave the room during the break.

Can someone who has recently taken the exam from home please confirm?
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regarding the PMP break time , still a bit confused 4 months 2 weeks ago #29230

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Hello Cornelius,
I took the PMP exam this morning - and I can confirm that you can leave your computer for each of the two breaks. The clock for the exam time stops when you take your break and there is a separate 10-minute timer for the break (during which time you can do what you like :-)). Also, you can use the full exam time how you like - I had a lot more time to do the last 60 questions, as I didn't use the proportionate time during the first two 60-question periods.
One note of caution - the exam monitor did not like me looking out the window for an extended period of time during the exam - he warned me to keep my eyes on the screen :-(.
Also, I found the registration took longer than I expected - I would follow the Pearson OnVue advice of starting the exam check-in 30 minutes before the scheduled start. My laptop took nearly 5 minutes to display the exam screen after running the system checks, which was a little unnerving (I reported this to Pearson in the feedback).

Finally - Good luck to everyone taking the exam :-). (I found it easier than the PrepCast simulator - just don't panic during the first few questions - it takes time to settle - and there is plenty of time in the exam to complete all the questions).

Best Regards,
Andrew

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Hi there,
During your PMP Exam, you are allowed two 10 minutes breaks. I encourage you to take your break(s). During your break, you can get up, stretch, go to the bathroom, and even eat some light snack food. Just make sure that you are back, seated, and ready to resume your exam before your break timer is up.

All the best,

Jean
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