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TOPIC: Did I pass the PMP exam or not?

Did I pass the PMP exam or not? 7 months 4 weeks ago #30849

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I recently took an online Pearson exam for PMP, and after the exam, they informed me that the decision would be available after 5 working days. However, a few minutes later, I received an email with a score report indicating that I had passed. My PMI account hasn't been updated.

Should I wait for the full 5 days for the official decision, or should I let everyone know that I have passed?

Did I pass the PMP exam or not? 7 months 4 weeks ago #30850

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Hassan,

If you were notified that you passed, then you passed. I have not ever heard of an incident where a "Passed" notification went out and the candidate did not pass.

The time it takes for PMI to update is quite variable. For me (2019) it was hours. I've heard it take the full 5 business days as well. Just keep checking back from time to time to find the update.

Congratulations. The PMP exam is not an easy one.

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Did I pass the PMP exam or not? 7 months 4 weeks ago #30851

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Hassan,

Well - it looks like things have changed. See this video note from Cornelius:

www.project-management-podcast.com/podca...ed-security-measures

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Did I pass the PMP exam or not? 7 months 4 weeks ago #30852

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When I saw the OP's message I was thinking of that, too, Harry. But unless Hassan took his exam in the last fourteen hours, the security enhancements likely don't apply.

In PMI's document on the subject
www.pmi.org/-/media/pmi/documents/public...4f09b0e6b90afe3b157f
they state only that implementation was starting "on Monday, 25 September 2023 (EST)", so we don't know what time it went live.

It's an interesting change, nonetheless. Even before this, I would have avoided taking a Pearson VUE exam online, due to the all the stories we read in these Forums of candidates having sessions closed by proctors for no apparent reason. While some will not have been innocent -- and therefore deserve everything they get in punishment IMO -- there are bound to be false accusations generated by an automated system. Now, if such innocent candidates are forced to retake entirely at their own expense... that's unjust. Yet another reason to take an exam in a testing centre if at all possible.
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Did I pass the PMP exam or not? 7 months 4 weeks ago #30853

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Dominic,

I too have counseled against using the "online" version. There are just too many things that can go wrong - from a wonky net connection to an over-zealous camera watcher that sees shadows and cancels the exam. Just gut it out and do it in in person at a testing center where there less chance of ambiguity.

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Did I pass the PMP exam or not? 7 months 4 weeks ago #30855

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I agree with Harry and Dominic... taking the exam at a testing center is always your safest option.
Until Next Time,
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Did I pass the PMP exam or not? 7 months 3 weeks ago #30859

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Hi Dominic,

Am I missing something?

Having scanned through the press release from the PMI I couldn't find a specific reference that this new policy applies only to the exam taken via the Online Proctored Testing (OBT) format and not to the exam taken via the Centre Base Testing (CBT) format.

Does anyone know if this applies to the OBT format only or to both the OBT and CBT format?

Regards,

Alan

Did I pass the PMP exam or not? 7 months 3 weeks ago #30860

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Alan,

Watch Cornelius' video. He does a good job of explaining what's what.

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