SHRM-CP Practice Test

If you need help studying for the SHRM-CP exam or just want some more information about what the test is like, you’ve come to the right place.

Click below to take a free SHRM-CP practice test!

What’s on the Exam?

Questions: 43
Time limit: 2 hours and 15 minutes

First, let’s talk about the questions on the exam. There are 134 multiple-choice questions total, but only 110 of the questions will count toward your score. Why is that?

Unscored Questions
The 24 unscored questions on the SHRM-CP exam are called “field-test” questions. These are added to the exam to determine if they’re good enough questions to add to future versions of the test.

The trick is that you won’t have any way of knowing which questions are scored and which ones are field-test questions. They will appear just like the scored questions throughout the test.

There are two different types of multiple-choice questions to look out for: knowledge and situational judgment.

There are two types of knowledge-based questions: HR-specific and foundational. The HR-specific questions are related to topics found in 14 HR functional areas, while the foundational questions involve concepts from 9 behavioral competencies.

Situational Judgment
Situational judgment questions are designed to assess your decision-making abilities. You’ll be given a work-related scenario and asked to select the most effective strategy from several options to resolve any conflicts and address the issues presented.

SHRM-CP Outline

The questions are grouped into two types of competencies: behavioral and technical.

Let’s take a closer look at how the questions are categorized.

9 competencies

Leadership Cluster

Competency 1: Leadership and Navigation
Competency 2: Ethical Practice
Competency 3: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Interpersonal Cluster

Competency 1: Relationship Management
Competency 2: Communication
Competency 3: Global Mindset

Business Cluster

Competency 1: Business Acumen
Competency 2: Consultation
Competency 3: Analytical Aptitude

14 functional areas

Domain 1: People Knowledge

Functional Area 1: HR Strategy
Functional Area 2: Talent Acquisition
Functional Area 3: Employee Engagement and Retention
Functional Area 4: Learning and Development
Functional Area 5: Total Rewards

Domain 2: Organizational Knowledge

Functional Area 1: Structure of the HR Function
Functional Area 2: Organizational Effectiveness and Development
Functional Area 3: Workforce Management
Functional Area 4: Employee and Labor Relations
Functional Area 5: Technology Management

Domain 3: Workplace Knowledge

Functional Area 1: Managing a Global Workforce
Functional Area 2: Risk Management
Functional Area 3: Corporate Social Responsibility
Functional Area 4: US Employment Law and Regulations

How to Register

To get started, you’ll need to submit an application on SHRM’s website.

When you submit the application, you’ll also need to submit the testing fee, which is $475. If you’re an SHRM member, you will only have to pay $375.

SHRM-CP Scores

The SHRM-CP test is scored using a scaled scoring method. Here’s how it works:

For every question you answer correctly, you get one point added to your raw score. At the end of the test, your final raw score will be converted to a scaled score. This scaled score will range somewhere between 120 and 200.

You need a score of 200 to pass the test.

The reason your raw score is converted to a scaled score is because everyone who takes the SHRM-CP test is given a slightly different set of questions. Since everyone has a different arrangement of questions, and because some questions are harder than others, converting your raw score to a scaled score ensures a more even playing field.

SHRM-CP Study Guide and Flashcards

Get practice questions, detailed study lessons, and complex subjects broken down into easily understandable concepts.

SHRMCPStudy Guide

Retaking the Exam

If you didn’t get a passing score on your first try, that’s okay! You can retake the test during the next available testing window.

Keep in mind that you will have to pay the full testing fee every time you retake the test.

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What does SHRM-CP stand for?


SHRM-CP stands for Society for Human Resource Management – Certified Professional.


How long is the SHRM-CP exam?


The test is timed at 3 hours and 40 minutes.


How many questions are on the SHRM-CP exam?


The exam contains 134 multiple-choice questions.


What is the passing score for the SHRM-CP exam?


The minimum score you need to pass is 200.