The SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams contain two types of multiple choice questions: stand-alone knowledge-based items that assess a candidate’s knowledge and understanding of factual information, and scenario-based situational judgment items that assess a candidate’s judgment, application and decision-making skills.
Both exams will contain Knowledge- and Competency-based questions.
The exams are delivered by computer, and candidates for both exams have 4 hours to answer a total of 160 multiple choice questions, of which approximately 60 percent are stand-alone knowledge-based questions and approximately 40 percent are scenario-based situational judgment items.
Breakdown of Testing-Time:
- Confidentiality Reminder – 2 minutes
- Introduction and Tutorial – 8 minutes
- Exam Section 1 – Up to 2 hours
- Break (optional) – Up to 15 minutes
- Exam Section 2 – Up to 2 hours
- Survey – 5 minutes
Each section shows a countdown timer on the screen, and each section is separate and time-independent. Minutes do not roll over. For instance, if a candidate spends less time in the introduction, extra minutes are not rolled-over to the exam portion.