Taking the PMI-RMP Exam
Once your application is officially approved, PMI will send you an authorization-to-test letter via email. This email will contain all of the information to contact Prometric Testing to schedule the actual exam. This email will also include a code that you’ll provide to Prometric. The code links you, PMI, and Prometric Testing. Without that code there’s not much you can do.
These Prometric Testing centers are busy; don’t plan on scheduling your exam the day after you receive your authorization-to-test letter from PMI. You might be able to schedule an exam right away, but count on at least a couple weeks out. Should you need to reschedule your scheduled exam, you must do so outside of 48 hours or you’ll be out of your exam fee. So plan all emergencies and unseen incidents after you pass the exam.
The exam has 170 questions, 150 of which actually count towards your passing score. The mysterious 20 questions are considered seeded questions and you’re trying them out for future test-takers. You won’t know if you’re answering a real-live test question or a seeded question, so answer them all with the same effort.
You’ll have three and a half hours to complete the exam. Once you’re in the actual testing center, the exam proctor will help you get situated at a computer and get you logged in to your exam. Before the exam starts, you can complete a 15-minute tutorial on how to use the exam software; it’s pretty easy. You’ll also receive a couple of pencils and some scrap paper. If you need a calculator during the exam, there’s one built into the exam software.