CIPM Exam Details

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The CIPM Program includes two exams which must be taken sequentially: Level I and Level II.

Both exams are:

  • Offered during the month of March and the month of September at many Pearson VUE test centers around the world.
  • Scheduled by you, at your preferred test center. Find a CIPM exam location near you.
  • Available in English only.

CIPM Level I (formerly Principles) Exam

The Level I exam emphasizes the conceptual foundations of performance measurement, attribution, and appraisal.

  • Level I exam study session outlines (PDF)
  • Exam format: 100 multiple choice questions (each question has three answer options)
  • Time to complete the exam: Three hours (180 minutes)
  • Formulas: You need to know and be able to apply all formulas that are contained in the Level I curriculum. (No formulas will be provided during the exam.)

CIPM Level II (formerly Expert) Exam

The Level II exam emphasizes performance evaluation and presentation, including application of the appropriate tools and inputs in more complex situations.

  • Level II exam study session outlines (PDF)
  • Exam format: 80 item set questions (20 scenarios; each one followed by four multiple choice questions (each question has three answer options)
  • Time to complete the exam: Three hours (180 minutes)
  • Formulas: You need to know and be able to apply all formulas that are contained in the Level II curriculum. (No formulas will be provided during the exam.)

2018 Topic Area Weights

Major Topic Area Level I Level II
Performance Measurement
30% 10%
Performance Attribution 25% 15%
Performance Appraisal and Manager Selection
20% 40%
Ethical Standards
15% 15%
Performance Presentation and GIPS Standards 10% 20%
Total 100% 100%

Note: These weights serve as a high level guide for the curriculum and exam development processes. Actual exam weights may vary slightly from year to year. Please note that some topics are combined for testing purposes.

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Post-Exam Feedback Opportunity

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How to reschedule your exam

With 24 hours notice, Pearson VUE allows you to reschedule your exam to another available time and place, within the same exam window.** If you do not receive a new exam appointment confirmation email, contact Pearson VUE.

Effective 1 January 2018, if you cancel and/or reschedule your appointment within 7 days of your original appointment, you will be charged a non-refundable US$ 25 fee.

**If you miss your exam appointment, rescheduling is not permitted.