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What Happens If I Fail the PMP Exam?

What Happens If I Fail The PMP Exam

Learn what to do if you fail the PMP Exam

What Happens If I Fail the PMP Exam?

What does happen if I fail the PMP exam? The PMP® is a tough exam and you need to do your due diligence to pass it on your first attempt. See Top PMP Exam prep tips here.  Even doing this, you may not pass the exam, and it can be for many reasons.

If you are unfortunate on test day and don’t pass the exam, you are able to retake it during a one-year period. During this one-year eligibility period, you may take the exam up to three times. PMI understands and knows that candidates may not pass the PMP® exam the first time around, so you have up to three tries.


If I Fail the PMP Exam, Do I Need to Pay Again?

Yes, unfortunately you must pay a reexamination fee. There are two different fees to take the test again: one for members; and one for nonmembers. Having PMI membership offers you discounts on reexamination.

  • Reexamination fee for members – $USD 275 – Euros 230
  • Reexamination fee for nonmembers – $USD 375 – Euros 315

These fees are applied to your second and third attempts.

More on fees in the PMP Handbook page 33.


What Happens if I Do Not Pass After Three Times?

If you do not pass the exam within your one-year period, you must wait one whole year to take the exam again. You will have to reapply for your certification; in other words, fill out the application and prove your experience again along with the fees. You will also be subject to PMI’s audit.


My Experience

When I first took my PMP® exam back in 2015, I had already read the PMBOK and taken some practice questions in Rita’s book. I thought I was prepared. Having already studied these two sources and gotten a master’s degree, I figured that would be enough. On test day, it was another reality. The test is exhausting, and I was brain drained after getting through three quarters of it. I also felt that I didn’t understand enough of the processes, which were popping up all over the place on the test. To make a long story short, I failed my first attempt at the PMP® exam.

The rebound strategy was the most important for me. How was I going to bounce back after failing this test? I bought a video course that came with a simulator. The video course helped solidify my knowledge of what I had learned in reading the PMBOK. The simulator added tremendous value to my learning. Daily, I would wake up three hours earlier and take one test per day before work. Yes, it was exhausting, but I managed to do the practice exams in roughly two hours and twenty minutes and get more than 80% correct. I felt much more confident and prepared for exam day. Since the simulator was very similar to the exam, I scored very well and felt that I understood the content. I treated the simulator just like the real exam, I would start the clock and create my brain dump. It would only take me five minutes, but would prove to be immensely effective.


Wrap up

I used the same strategy for taking the PMI-ACP exam and passed the first time around. This worked well for me!

If you have any questions, comments, or anything I should add to the article, please feel free to let me know. For more information on getting a PM certification, check out the Get Certified Articles section.

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