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PMP vs CAPM exam

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I've already taken the CAPM exam a while ago, and I'm about to take the PMP exam. Now I know that the PMP exam is harder, but I would like to know exactly how hard is it compared to the CAPM exam, and if there are some things that I studied in the CAPM exam that can be useful for the PMP exam.
asked 11 years ago by anonymous

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The aim of the CAPM test is to give you an introduction about project management, so you can understand the basic concepts. That's why the CAPM stands for the Certified Assistant in Project Management.

The aim of the PMP, on the other hand, is to ensure that you know how to manage projects. It doesn't focus on how well you have memorized the project management terms, or how good you're familiar with project management. The PMP tests your abilities of managing projects by focusing on situational questions (An example question would "One of your key team members resigned in the middle of the project, what would you do?"). That's why the PMP stands for Project Management Professional.
answered 11 years ago by MaplePM (46,940 points)
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The two exams are different in one very signficant way.  The CAPM focuses almost entirely on an understanding of definitions.  The PMP, on the other hand, tests both definitions and the ability to apply what you have learned.  So on the CAPM test where you might be asked to define slack in a schedule, on the PMP test, you might have to calculate slack given some information about the project network.
answered 11 years ago by sdcapmp (45,840 points)

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