CAPM vs. PMP: The Exam
There are some pretty marked differences between the exams for the CAPM and the PMP.
For one, the PMP exam is much larger. It contains 50 more questions than those that appear on the CAPM.
Here’s the test breakdown for the PMP exam:
- A total of 200 questions
- Number of scored questions: 175
- Number of pretest (unscored) questions: 25
- Allotted time: 4 hours
The exam covers different portions of the project management process. The percentage breakdown of questions on the test according to the PMP Exam Content Outline is:
- Initiating 13%
- Planning 24%
- Executing 31%
- Monitoring/ Controlling 25%
- Closing 7%
Even the most experienced project management professionals are encouraged to study for the exam at length, as well as brush up on the most recent edition of the Project Management Body of Knowledge Guide, or PMBOK®.
Because re-examination fees are so costly, is it highly recommended that you look into some test taking tips. You can start by studying at length, using refresher courses, and enrolling in training sessions offered by Registered Education Providers (R.E.Ps) in your area.
In contrast, the CAPM exam is used to prove knowledge of skills and terminology. Instead of testing on the various phases of project management, this examination has a more general breakdown of topics.
According to the CAPM Exam Content Outline, the percentage breakdown of the 150 exam questions is as follows:
- Introduction to Project Management 6%
- Project Environment 6%
- Role of the Project Manager 7%
- Project Integration 9%
- Project Scope 9%
- Project Schedule 9%
- Project Cost 8%
- Project Quality 7%
- Project Resource 8%
- Project Communication 10%
- Project Risk 8%
- Project Procurement 4%
- Project Stakeholder 9%
The main difference between the two exams is that the CAPM displays a general understanding of the terminology and practices found in the PMBOK, while the PMP exam demonstrates a precise working knowledge of project management in each of its phases.