How to Pass the CAPM Exam


The Certified Associate in Project Management exam is a certification test for project managers seeking to increase credibility and industry knowledge. In order to take the exam, you must have a high school diploma and either 1,500 hours of professional project experience or 23 hours of formal project-management education. The test must be taken at an approved testing center with an allotted exam time of three hours.

CAPM Exam Specifics

  • The CAPM exam consists of 150 multiple-choice questions based on content from all chapters of the "Project Management Institute Body of Knowledge" book. Note, a higher number of questions come from chapters three though six. The Project Management Institute does not state the specific number of correctly answered questions needed for a passing score. They do state that of the 150 questions, only 135 are scored. In 2009, 88 correct of the 135 scored questions resulted in a passing score.

Study Tips for the CAPM Exam

  • There are a variety of ways to prepare for the CAPM exam. Find one that works best for you and your schedule. For a self-paced, online option, the Project Management Institute website provides a course titled "Essentials of Project Management," which provides a concentrated review of each chapter of the book. For a concentrated, fast-moving option, enroll in a CAPM "Boot Camp" course -- available online or in person. This course offers actual classroom instruction, weekly assignments, and extensive practice tests, and you earn PMI contact hours. There is a fee associated with both of these options. For a small-group study method, contact your local PMI chapter to see if they offer a formal study group or even form one yourself.

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