Answer No.2 (PHR and SHRM-CP)

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CONGRATULATIONS! We've crunched the numbers and you are a fit for the PHR or SHRM-CP exam. Now, it's time to choose. Below are basic information about both of the exams to help you decide which one is right for you. Want to link directly to the resources on the PHR or the SHRM-CP? Click on the HR certification circle you are most interested, below. 

PREPARING FOR THE PHR EXAM WITH HRCI

This is an experienced level HR certification through HRCI. To qualify for the exam, you must have one of the following:

- Have at least one year of experience in a professional-level HR position and a Master’s degree or higher, OR

- Have at least two years of experience in a professional-level HR position and a Bachelor’s degree, OR

- Have at least four years of experience in a professional-level HR position.

 

Workology offers a free HRCI certification prep webinar that reviews many of the exam foundations in more detail. Click the link to sign up below.

Overview of HRCI Exams - Including aPHR, PHR, and SPHR

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aPHR EXAM PASS RATES

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aPHR Pass Rate as of 2022

Testing Windows and Fees for PHR Exam

Exam Fees

 

HRCI Price
Application Fee (aPHR®, aPHRi™, PHR®, PHRca®, PHRi™ SPHR®, SPHRi™, and GPHR®)

(non-refundable)

$100 USD
aPHR®, aPHRi™ $300 USD
Second Chance Insurance (SCI) allows a candidate to pre-purchase the opportunity to retake the same exam type a second time if the candidate is unsuccessful the first attempt. $250 USD

(pre-paid and non-refundable)

Cancellation or exam change fee $150

(nonrefundable)

 

Interested? Visit HRCI and create an account with HRCI. Once complete, you'll be redirected to the aPHR exam application.

 

How Do I Study for the PHR Exam?

With the PHR, you can first assess your strengths and weaknesses by taking a self-assessment. This will help you understand what areas should be your primary focus. We recommend at least 12 weeks of studying 3-7 hours a week. In our signature HR review program, we offer a 12-week study schedule along with a comprehensive self-assessment designed to help you organize and focus your study efforts o the areas where you might be weakest.

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Sample Test for the PHR Exam Test Questions

 

With HRCI exams, including the aPHR, PHR, and SPHR, all test questions are multiple choice and offer a single correct answer with four different options. The exams are weighted, meaning that each question is scored differently. The PHR exam consists of 150 scored questions in addition to 25 pre-test questions that are not included in your final result. For HRCI certification exams, a score of at least 500 is required to pass, and the possible score range is between 100 to 700.

 

 

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The SHRM-CP certification is an entry level certification. You are not required to hold an HR title and do not need a degree or previous HR experience to apply. In order to take the exam, you should have

 

- A basic working knowledge of HR practices and principles OR

- A degree from an academically aligned program

 

Workology offers a free SHRM certification prep webinar that reviews many of the exam foundations in more detail. Click the image to sign up below. 

 

Overview of HRCI Exams - Including SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP

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SHRM-CP EXAM PASS RATES

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SHRM-CP Pass Rate as of Jan. 2022

Testing Windows and Fees for the SHRM Exams

Each exam requires that HR professionals apply for the exam and pay a fee. The application will ask about your work history, including experience working in HR and your educational background.

For SHRM, the testing windows are Spring and Fall.

 

2022 Spring Testing Window: May 1 – July 15, 2022

Applications are accepted beginning January 6, 2022. The early bird application deadline is March 20, 2022 and the standard application deadline is April 10, 2022.

 

2022-2023 Winter Testing Window: Dec. 1, 2022 – Feb. 15, 2023

Applications are accepted beginning May 13, 2022. The early bird application deadline is October 16, 2020 and the standard application deadline is November 6, 2022.

Details about SHRM Exam Fees and Application Process

 

Exam Fees SHRM Member Price Nonmember Price
Exam Fee (SHRM-CP & SHRM-SCP) $300 USD $400 USD
Application Processing Fee (nonrefundable) $50 USD (included in exam fee) $50 USD (included in exam fee)
Late Application Fee (nonrefundable) $75 USD $75 USD
Transfer Fee $100 USD

(subject to additional $53 Prometric exam cancellation fee when applicable)

$100 USD

(subject to additional $53 Prometric exam cancellation fee when applicable)

Retest Fee Full exam fee Full exam fee
Rescore Fee $50 USD $50 USD

 

How Do I Study for the SHRM-CP Exam?

First, assess your strengths and weaknesses by taking a self-assessment. This will help you understand what areas should be your primary focus for study. We recommend at least 12 weeks of studying 3-7 hours a week. In our signature HR review program, we offer a 12-week study schedule along with a self-assessment designed to help you organize and focus your study efforts on the areas where you need to shore up your knowledge. Workology offers a 12 week study guide and schedule for SHRM that can help you get started. 

TOPIC BREAKDOWN FOR THE SHRM-CP EXAM

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Sample Test for SHRM-CP Questions

 

SHRM's test questions are different even between the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams. However, they both use a weighted scoring system and a score of 500 is passing. Keep in mind that with even the SHRM-CP exam, 40% of your exam questions will be situational judgement test questions. Workology's prep programs offer sample situational judgement test questions along with a strategy to help you answer correctly even if you are not completely confident with your best answer. This can increase the chances that you will answer correctly and allow you to score higher and pass your exam.

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Situational Judgement Questions

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