Morgan International | SHRM Exam Overview

SHRM Exam Overview

To earn the SHRM credential, you need to pass all four sections of the Uniform SHRM Examination. Find out more about each exam section and its key topics.

Exam Format

• SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams consist of 135 multiple-choice questions:
- 80 knowledge-based questions

- 54 situational judgment questions 

• Both exams include “field test” items that do not count toward a candidate’s final score.

Exam Topics

1.  Behavioral Competencies

• Leadership

• Business

• Interpersonal

Item Type:

• Situational Judgment (40%)

• Foundational Knowledge (10%)

2. Technical Knowledge (HR Knowledge Domain)

• People

• Organization

• Workplace

Item Type:  

•  HR-Specific Knowledge (50%)

Exam Requirements

Find out more about the exam and its requirements 


Candidates for the SHRM-CP certification are not required to hold an HR title and do not need a degree or previous HR experience to apply; however, a basic working knowledge of HR practices and principles is recommended.


The SHRM-SCP certification is for individuals who have a work history of at least 3 years performing strategic level HR/HR-related duties; or for SHRM-CP credential holders who have held the credential for at least 3 years and are working in, or are in the process of transitioning to, a strategic level role.

Candidates for the SHRM-SCP certification are not required to hold an HR title and do not need a degree to apply

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