For the first time, the PMI has opened up the possibility of taking PMP, CAPM and PMI-ACP exams from home. Here is everything you need to know in order to succeed!
Are test centers opening up again?
Test centers in some areas are booking now. As you can appreciate, the reopening process is slow, and depends on the local responses and rules related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
You may also find that you have an exam date that has been cancelled or delayed. The PMI is not charging any fees if you would like to reschedule, or move from a test center to a home exam.
Is the home exam available everywhere?
Most countries have options for the home except the following:
Cuba, Iran, Sudan, North Korea, Mainland China, Japan, South Korea, and Slovenia.
If you live in one of these countries you may still see the home exam option, however you will notice there are no dates available.
How do I request a home exam?
If you are eligible to write the exam and have submitted your application and exam fee, you will be able to book your home exam.
Log in to your account at www.PMI.org and navigate to “Review Application Status” under myPMI. Click “Schedule Exam”. You will be directed to schedule your online exam via the exam company Pearson VUE.
When you are ready to select your exam date there will be an option for test-center or home exam. If you select the test center and it appears full, that means it is not yet open and you can try a new date, or you can opt for the home exam.
What equipment do I need, and what tools can I use?
The PMI states that you will need a strong and uninterrupted internet connection for your laptop or desktop computer. You will need to have a webcam, microphone and a quiet place where you cannot be disturbed. You are not allowed to have your phone, pens, pencils, paper or anything else near you. You can’t use more than one screen, computer or electronic device.
We highly recommend that you check all of the system requirements on the following page https://home.pearsonvue.com/pmi/onvue
We also recommend that you do a system test while you are on that page, this will give you confidence that you have the equipment you need to write the exam at home.
You will have three tools available when you sign in to do your exam. An online calculator, an electronic white board where you can write your notes and also a chatbox where you can communicate with the exam Proctor.
What is it like to do the home exam?
Getting started– To start your exam, login to your PMI.org account and click on the “Certifications” tab in the purple banner. Click on “Apply Now.” This will bring you to the Certification Program Overview page. Here, you will click “Begin Exam.” The “Begin exam” link will be available 30-minutes before your scheduled exam time. We recommend being there 30-minutes before in order to make sure you have everything ready!
Your personal information– You may need to take pictures of yourself and your surroundings for the check in process (below), and have original (not photocopied) identification with you like a Driver’s license, military ID, national identification card, passport, and alien registration or card (green card, permanent resident, and visa). The documents must have your photo and signature.
Check in– The check-in process takes approximately 15-minutes for candidates who have previously completed a system test (see equipment section above).
Before you begin the exam– You may be required to show the proctor what is in the room with you, the tools you have close by, any wall hangings and desktop. Remember they want to be sure you do not have any information that may help you during the exam.
During the exam- you are not allowed to take a call, have visitors or talk to anyone during your exam. You will have a 10-minute break after completion of the first section, and only one break. When you return from break you will not be able to make changes to the first section of the exam you completed.
Disqualification- If you talk to anyone other than the proctor, leave the room during the exam (10-minute break excepted), or use any notes or non authorized tools you may be disqualified from completing or submitting the exam.
What if I have trouble with my connection or computer?
If you have a problem with your connection, the proctor will attempt to call you. This is the only time you should accept a call during the exam.
We hope that this information has been helpful to you! At ExamsPM we are committed to your success and career development and wish you all the best in your upcoming exam!
For more information about the online exams and exam process you can visit https://www.pmi.org/certifications/types/project-management-pmp/exam-prep/online
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