Q. Where can I test?
A. You can test at home or in your office. Wherever you test, you should be in a walled room, with a closed door and without distractions. No one else is permitted in the room with you while you are testing.
Q. How do I schedule my exam?
A. Before you can schedule your exam, PMI will send you an electronic notification requesting payment. Log in to your PMI.org account and follow the steps to submit payment. Following payment, there will be prompts to schedule your online proctored exam through Pearson VUE. Note: online delivery is currently only available for the PMP®, CAPM®, PMI-ACP® and PMI-PBA exams.
Q. How do I know my computer will work with the online proctored software
A. Perform a system test under Step 1 to download the proctoring OnVUE software in advance and ensure your system will work with our software. Please also check our list of minimum system requirements listed under Step 3. Make sure you have administration rights on your computer so that you can download the software. Shut down all non-essential applications.
Q. When can I schedule my PMP®, CAPM®, PMI-ACP®, or PMI-PBA® exam?
Online proctored exams can be scheduled online 24/7, and exam appointments are offered every day of the week.
Q. Where do I go to check in on exam day?
To start your exam, log in to your PMI.org account and navigate to “Review Application Status” under myPMI. Click “Begin Exam” and you will be redirected to the Pearson VUE site. The exam you scheduled will appear under “Open Online Exams (IBT).” Select the exam link, and then select “Begin exam.” The “Begin exam” link will be available 30 minutes before your scheduled exam time.
- Have your acceptable identification available so that your identity can be verified.
- Shut down any non‐essential applications such as email, chat, Facebook, or Skype.
- You will be placed into a queue and will be contacted by the next available Proctor.
- The check-in process takes approximately 15 minutes for candidates who have previously completed a system test.
Q. How do I communicate with a Proctor?
A. Depending on your preference, a Proctor will call you on your phone or through VoIP (microphone/speakers required) using the proctoring software once you are in the check-in process. You will also be able to communicate with a Proctor via chat. All communication with the Proctor is conducted in English.
Q. What type of identification will I be required to present?
You are required to present a current, government-issued form of ID. The name on your ID must match the name in your web account profile and in your appointment confirmation email.
Acceptable forms of identification include: Driver’s license, military ID, identification card (national/state/province identity card), alien registration card (green card, permanent resident, visa), and government-issued local language ID (not in Roman characters) – accepted only if issued from the country in which the candidate is testing.
Q. Is my workspace okay for testing?
A. During the check-in process, you will be asked to take four photos of your work area, which will be checked by a proctor prior to exam launch. Please ensure that your desktop is clean and that you are not within arm’s reach of books, notepads, sticky notes, papers, pens, pencils, and other writing instruments/objects. Additional monitors and computers must be unplugged and turned off. Items on the wall with writing on them, such as whiteboards, will be inspected. If your workspace does not pass a room scan, you will not be permitted to proceed with taking the exam.
Q. What are the exam rules on personal belongings?
A. During the exam, you may not access the following types of personal items: mobile phones, headphones or headsets (wired or bluetooth), handheld computers or other electronic devices, pagers, watches, wallets, purses, briefcases, backpacks, bags, hats (or other head coverings), bags, coats/outerwear, books, notes, notebooks, study guides, pens/pencils, contact lens solution and lip balm, food or tobacco products, weapons of any kind, or any other materials not specifically approved.
You are not allowed to use exam-specific materials or scratch paper, erasable whiteboards, or any other physical writing object, such as a pen, marker, or pencil.
Watches, including smartwatches, must be removed and placed out of sight/reach during the exam.
During your OnVUE exam, you may have the option to use a built-in digital whiteboard feature to do scratch work or take notes. Physical scratch paper or note boards are not allowed when taking an OnVUE exam. Learn more »
Q. Can I eat, drink, or take a break during the exam?
A. Eating, drinking, smoking, and chewing gum are prohibited during the exam.
For PMI-ACP and CAPM exams, breaks are not allowed during the exam for any reason and leaving your desk will invalidate your score.
For PMP and PMI-PBA, there is a built-in 10-minute break that will appear after you complete the first exam section (between 85 – 100 question). Once you finish the section you will be able to review all of your responses prior to entering your break. Please note, once your 10-minute break is over, you will not be able to return to the questions from the first section of the exam. Once your 10-minute break is over, your proctor will check you back in and you will finish the second and final part of your exam. If you do not return to the room at the conclusion of your 10-minute break, your exam session will be terminated. You will not be permitted to take any additional breaks during the exam for any reason and leaving your desk will invalidate your score.
Q. Can I receive any exam assistance during the exam?
- You may not receive any assistance from other individuals while taking the exam and you may not allow the computer screen which presents the exam questions to be seen by other individuals.
- During the exam session, you are not allowed to use exam-specific materials and are not permitted to use scratch paper, erasable whiteboards, or any other physical writing objects such as a pen, marker, or pencil.
- During your OnVUE exam, you will have the option to use a built-in digital whiteboard feature to do scratch work or take notes. Physical scratch paper or note boards are not allowed when taking an OnVUE exam. Learn more »
- If a third party enters the room during the testing process, your exam will be terminated.
- The proctor cannot answer questions related to exam content.
Q. Is technical software assistance available during the exam?
A. If there is a technical software issue during exam delivery, the Proctor will contact you via phone or through chat/VoIP using the OnVUE software. If there is an issue after exam delivery, please contact Pearson VUE and have the Case Report number provided by your Proctor available.
Q. What other important information do I need to know?
- Once the exam begins, you will not be able to leave the room or move out of the view of the Proctor.
- By taking this exam, you acknowledge that the Proctor will continuously monitor you by video and audio while you take your exam, and you acknowledge and consent to audio and video recording of your face, voice, the physical room where you are seated, and the location during exam delivery. You recognize that you have no right to privacy at your current location during exam delivery and that you waive any and all claims asserting a right to privacy. If you do not wish to be recorded (either by video or audio), please notify the proctor immediately of your intent not to proceed with the exam.
- If you do not follow the Online Proctored Policies or are suspected of cheating or tampering with Pearson VUE’s or its subcontractor’s software, or if a third party is detected in the physical room where you are seated during the exam, the exam is immediately terminated and this is reported to Pearson VUE and PMI - Project Management Institute, along with audio and/or video evidence of the infraction. Your exam may be invalidated, and PMI - Project Management Institute may take other action, such as revoking your existing certification and precluding all future participation in the PMI certification program.
Q. What types of prohibited behaviors will the proctors watch for during the exam?
Similar to proctors at a testing center, online proctors ensure testing rules are followed, but they also must ensure candidates follow some additional protocols for an online exam. Examples of prohibited behaviors include, but are not limited to: failing to follow the proctor’s instructions; looking off the screen; mumbling or speaking aloud; covering your mouth or face; using unauthorized materials (e.g. cell phones, headphones, recording equipment, writing materials, etc.); interacting with third parties intentionally or unintentionally; or leaning outside the view of the webcam. If a proctor identifies any prohibited behavior, he or she will instruct you to stop. If the prohibited behavior is not stopped your session will be terminated.
Please note: Unless during a scheduled break that is built into your exam (example: the PMP and PMI-PBA exams have a built-in 10-minute break), leaving the view of the webcam for any reason or duration can result in your exam session being terminated and exam result invalidated, even if you have already completed the exam questions. After completing the exam and answering the optional survey questions, you must fully close the application before leaving the view of the webcam.