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What to Expect from the SHRM-CP Exam?

Posted on November 18, 2018 12:53 pm;

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If you want to progress within HR, an SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP credential will provide you with the knowledge and skills to become a recognized HR leader. The SHRM-CP credential is ideal for HR professionals who are responsible for the implementation of policies and procedures, delivering HR services and acting as a contact for staff and stakeholders. The SHRM-SCP would suit HR professionals who are responsible for developing strategies and who lead the HR function. This is what you should expect from the SHRM-CP exam.


Sitting the exam

You are required to sit the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP at a test center and there are more than 8,000 in 160 countries. You should schedule your exam online Prometric or by phoning the relevant number via the SHRM Certification Handbook at a time to suit when you receive your authorization letter. The exam is delivered via computer.


Exam Breakdown

The exams are a mix of knowledge and competency-based questions and you will have 4 hours to complete 160 questions. The questions are multiple choice and 60% are stand-alone knowledge-based, 40% are scenario-based situational judgment. Each section of the exam has a specific timescale and any extra minutes left over from the previous will not be rolled over to the next section. Candidates have 2 minutes to confirm their details, there are 8 minutes permitted for the introduction and tutorial, 4 hours in total for the exam and 5 minutes for the survey.


Pass Rate

The pass rate of the SHRM-CP exam in 2017/18 is 70% and 53% for the SHRM-SCP. The scores are reported on a scale of 120-200 and you will receive a provisional result when you have completed the test. The official exam results will be sent out after the official scoring process has taken place. The standard pass level will be the expectations of an HR professional at senior level.



No matter what level you are currently at, it is important to prepare well for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP exam. The exam is challenging for most candidates, so you may want to consider attending some courses which prepare you for the exam.


If you want to become a true leader in HR, the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP courses will provide you with the skills and knowledge to help you achieve your goals. There are options available for HR professionals at all levels.

Contact us today to learn more about the program from Morgan's expert program advisors.


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