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PMP Exam Update 2020 2 weeks 6 days ago #23204

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Hi Ritu,

no: when I took the exam, the whiteboard content stayed there for the entire time, even after the break.
However, whatever you write down on the whiteboard during the tutorial will disappeared once the exam begins—as the tutorial is supposed only for practice and get familiar with the tools available. So, if you plan to use the whiteboard for a brain dump, I recommend to do so only after the exam has officially started.

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PMP Exam Update 2020 2 weeks 2 days ago #23290

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Dear Cornelius ,
I hope you are doing well.
I want to pass the PMP certification in 2021. So I have started to see how to proceed. I found that there is a planned change on PMI Exam that will be applicable beginning of 2021. Also, I understood that currently there are no training materials that are 100% in line with 2021 content and format. Is my understand correct?
If yes, do you recommend me to wait for 2021, then only purchase adequate training in 2021?
When you will make available a new version of PreCast that is in line with 2021 Exam content ?
What if I buy the current Precast. Will I receive a free and updated PreCast in 2021 that will be in line with the new 2021 Exam ?
Sorry if my questions were already answered. I am new to the PMI certification world :-)
Thank you
OpenV
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PMP Exam Update 2020 1 week 4 days ago #23362

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Hi! Thank you for all of your help in navigating the PMP test change, Cornelius!

I'm just getting started in the process of getting my PMP and am wondering if I'll have time between now (Sept 9th) and when the current test will stop running (Dec 31) to complete my application, complete my 35 contact hours. AND study for the test.

I believe your website suggested that it would take 2-3 months to study for the exam. I'm wondering if this timeframe includes the 35 contact hours?

If I do sign up for PrepCast Elite (which I would like to do), take the test, and fail, what would my next steps be? Would I have to sign up with PMI to take their new "PMI approved prep courses?" Would there be another way I could fill in my gaps of learning without having to re-take course material that was relevant in the previous test.

I really appreciate you help and insight as I scramble to plan my next steps!

PMP Exam Update 2020 1 week 3 days ago #23366

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Is this really an active forum? I have asked my question 5 days ago, with no answer.

PMP Exam Update 2020 1 week 3 days ago #23367

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@Openv

I want to pass the PMP certification in 2021. So I have started to see how to proceed. I found that there is a planned change on PMI Exam that will be applicable beginning of 2021. Also, I understood that currently there are no training materials that are 100% in line with 2021 content and format. Is my understand correct?
If yes, do you recommend me to wait for 2021, then only purchase adequate training in 2021?

Training providers (including the PM PrepCast team) are currently getting ready to teach the new PMI-approved content for the 2021 exams. You won't need to wait until 2021 to purchase training. I'll have to defer to other moderators about the dates the new training will be ready.
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PMP Exam Update 2020 1 week 3 days ago #23378

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Hey everyone,

First of all, apologies for the current long delay in answering all your questions. PMI and our company are undergoing a MAJOR shift in PMP exam preparation, so my focus as the president of the company is completely absorbed with those changes. I'll be responding to the questions separately, but wanted to first give you this text here, which we posted on our website only yesterday:

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Additional PMI and PMP Exam Prep Update

PMI is going through a considerable transformation. They are changing their long-standing Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) program to a new Authorized Training Partner (ATP) arrangement. We have recently been approved as an ATP. This means, that we will be using the new, PMI-developed PMP exam prep training materials to help students prepare for the "new" exam starting. Our first training for this is tentatively scheduled to begin in November 2020. As a PMI ATP we are no longer allowed to offer recorded training. Instead, the format of the new training must be live instruction. In our case we will offer virtual sessions with a live instructor in a 5-day class as required by PMI. When our plans firm up, we will be announcing these details on our website and newsletters. We don't have pricing or other details for November 2020, but given the new format, it will most certainly be at a much higher price point than The PM Prepcast offering (US$229).

If you are interested in the November 2020 live virtual training course details, please join our PMP exam tips newsletter at www.project-management-prepcast.com/free/pmp-exam-newsletter , and you'll be automatically informed when class registration opens up.

Until December 31, 2020, The PM Prepcast offers quality training and good value. The 35 contact hours from the PM Prepcast do not expire. The PMBOK Guide Sixth Edition is still a valid reference to prepare for the exam. As an ATP, we have access to a set of "clone" questions from the REAL PMP exam in Jan 2021. These questions would be very similar to real PMP Jan 2021 exam questions, and these questions still list PMBOK Guide Sixth edition references.

However, as mentioned above, The PM PrepCast only covers approx. 85% of the new exam content. For example, lessons that describe the current exam content outline would be irrelevant. One should instead read & study the latest exam content outline very closely. About half of the new exam will represent predictive project management approaches, and the other half will represent agile or hybrid approaches. So, reading the Agile Practice Guide and other agile resources is very important.

Our current recommendation is this: If you are planning to take your exam in 2021 but want to begin immediately, then The PM PrepCast is still a solid approach. PMI will accept the 35 contact hours earned in 2020 for the 2021 exam. So start now to have adequate time to absorb information and study at a reasonable, less intense pace. Then, once it is available use the new version of The PM Exam Simulator (PMP 6.1) and practice to see if there are gaps in my understanding that you may need to cover using other resources.

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This information was posted here: www.project-management-prepcast.com/pmp-...date-the-pm-prepcast
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PMP Exam Update 2020 1 week 3 days ago #23379

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@Open Vision -- here are my answers for you:

I want to pass the PMP certification in 2021. So I have started to see how to proceed. I found that there is a planned change on PMI Exam that will be applicable beginning of 2021. Also, I understood that currently there are no training materials that are 100% in line with 2021 content and format. Is my understand correct?
>> Correct. As you may have seen from my previous post, going forward we are mandated to use and teach ONLY the official PMI PMP prep course. We were only granted access to this new material a few days ago and are now planning our new (live) courses.

If yes, do you recommend me to wait for 2021, then only purchase adequate training in 2021?
>> You still have enough time to get it done now. This is why we are currently offering 'accellerated' courses that help you get ready in 4 weeks. It's a lot of work but worth considering: www.project-management-prepcast.com/pmp-group-coaching-class - if you act/order today (2020-09-10) then you can join the class tomorrow for Session 2. Otherwise you have to wait for the October course to begin.

When you will make available a new version of PreCast that is in line with 2021 Exam content ?
>> Never. We are no longer permitted by PMI to offer any recorded training whatsoever for the PMP exam. All training must use the official PMI PMP material and it must be taught live.

What if I buy the current Precast. Will I receive a free and updated PreCast in 2021 that will be in line with the new 2021 Exam ?
>> No because there won't be an updated PrepCast. But you have enough time to get it done before 2021.
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PMP Exam Update 2020 1 week 3 days ago #23380

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@Stephanie -- my answers for you:

I'm just getting started in the process of getting my PMP and am wondering if I'll have time between now (Sept 9th) and when the current test will stop running (Dec 31) to complete my application, complete my 35 contact hours. AND study for the test. I believe your website suggested that it would take 2-3 months to study for the exam. I'm wondering if this timeframe includes the 35 contact hours?
>> You can do it if you join one of our accelerated classes www.project-management-prepcast.com/pmp-group-coaching-class

If I do sign up for PrepCast Elite (which I would like to do), take the test, and fail, what would my next steps be? Would I have to sign up with PMI to take their new "PMI approved prep courses?" Would there be another way I could fill in my gaps of learning without having to re-take course material that was relevant in the previous test.
>> My recommendation is always this: Don't ask "what do I do if I fail", but instead ask what you have to do in order to make sure that yo upass. Using the PrepCast, Simulator and the accelerated course will get you there before the end of the year. And -- if it doesn't -- then your training will not be for nothing. PMI still accepts it and you can take the new exam using the old training. (We'll even give you a free upgrade to the new simulator at that time).
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PMP Exam Update 2020 1 week 2 days ago #23396

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Dear Cornelius ,

Thank you for your answers.
To be honest, I was shocked when I read that within the new Exam format, training centers (like yours) are not allowed to provide recorded lessons to the students. It doesn't make any sense from a learning perspective. It sounds more commercial reasoning from PMI! Being in 2020, Digital domination, 2.0 era and hearing that we can't have recorded training materials is just unbelievable!
I am really starting to consider not to pass the PMI due to that.
I don't know if it matters, but you can forward my feedback to PMI.
Please don't get me wrong. This is a critic for PMI institution and not for your company.
For passing exams this year, it will be a huge challenge and dedication especially for people who have other things to do: work, family, ....
Anyway, thank you for all your inputs.
OpenV

PMP Exam Update 2020 6 days 20 hours ago #23442

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Hello Cornelius,

I am currently studying the PrepCast to sit for an exam in 2020. I haven't still gone through all lessons and the final exam.
Once I pass the final exam, am I going to still get the 35 contact hours from PMprepcast recognized by PMI?

My question is provoked by the change that you are undergoing from REP to ATP.
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PMP Exam Update 2020 5 days 3 hours ago #23474

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Hi Yoana,

if you plan to take the PMP exam by the end of this year, you should be fine.
As soon as you pass the final exam of the PMPrepCast course, you will get the 35 contact hours you need to apply for the PMP exam.

You may find additional information about the impact of the change in the exam here: www.project-management-prepcast.com/free...all-this-mean-for-me . There are a number of tips and recommendations that you may find useful.
From this article I get that Contact hours earned for taking the course are still valid, no matter if you use the course before or after this change. However, after 2 Jan 2021, you will need to refer to the new Exam Outline.

Good luck on your exam!

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