PHR Practice Test

The Professional in Human Resources (PHR) is a certification available to professionals who hold a position in Human Resources. The HR Certification Institute (HRCI) offers the PHR to professionals who have experience with program implementation, the human resources organizational structure, and HR practices. The exam covers a variety of human resources topics, like compensation and benefits, testing applicants’ mastery of concepts and foundational knowledge. The PHR is available to HR professionals in the United States. Professional in Human Resources Eligibility


PHR Practice Test


In order to apply for the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification, you must meet one of the following requirements for education and experience.


  • Have a minimum of four years of experience in a professional Human Resources position, as well as a high school diploma.
  • Have a minimum of two years of experience in a professional Human Resources position, as well as a Bachelor’s degree
  • Have at least one year of experience in a professional Human Resources position, as well as a Master’s degree or higher

Professional in Human Resources Costs and Application Process

To apply for the PHR create an account on the HRCI website, submit your application, and after approval, schedule your test at a Pearson VUE testing center. The PHR exam is available year-round.


The Professional in Human Resources (PHR) exam fee is $395. The application fee is $100. Please note that after an application is approved, there are no refunds.


Professional in Human Resources Exam Topics

Designed by HR experts, the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) exam covers a variety of topics that cover HR foundational knowledge, practices, and U.S. laws and regulations. The PHR includes the following areas:


  • Business Management and Strategy (11%). This area tests applicants’ ability to develop and support the organization’s vision and objectives. Applicants must demonstrate an ability to interpret and apply information from internal and external sources, analyze business metrics, and create strategic relationships within the organization and outside of the organization.

  • Workforce Planning and Employment (24%). This area tests applicants’ ability to understand and implement recruitment, orientation, retention, and exit programs. Applicants must demonstrate an ability to review and update job descriptions and functions, properly conduct negotiations and offers, and evaluate on-boarding processes.

  • Human Resource Development (18%). This area tests applicant’s ability to develop and evaluate employee programs for training and performance management. Some of the topics include global issues, career development, promotions, and federal laws related to Human Resource development.

  • Compensation and Benefits (19%). This area tests applicants’ ability to develop, implement, and evaluate company benefits programs. Applicants must demonstrate a knowledge of job pricing and pay structures, compensation and benefits strategies, and applicable laws and regulations.

  • Employee and Labor Relations (20%). This area tests applicants’ ability to develop and implement strategies to maintain employee relationships and working conditions. Applicants must demonstrate an ability to assess organizational climate, resolve employee complaints, and administer termination processes. Applicants must also understand the current labor laws and regulations.

  • Risk Management (8%). This area tests applicants’ ability to develop, implement, and evaluate organizational programs that promote a safe and productive working environment. Applicants must demonstrate an understanding of investigation policies, workplace safety risks, employee substance abuse, disaster recovery plans, and risk management applications.

PHR Certification Exam Questions

Professional in Human Resources Recertification

The PHR certification is valid for three years. Over the course of three years, certified HR professionals must earn 60 recertification credits to maintain certification or retake the exam. Certified HR professionals may earn credits by participating in professional development activities, like seminars or online courses, or through professional achievements, like implementing a new HR program at work.


What to expect on test day

The exam is computer-based, with 150 scored questions and 25 pretest questions that do not count towards your final score. The test is made up of mostly multiple-choice questions. Candidates will have 3 hours to complete the exam. Below you will find additional tips and procedures for test day.


  • Plan to arrive at the testing center at least 15 minutes before the start of your exam. If you arrive more than 15 minutes late, you may forfeit your test and test fee.
  • Bring a non-expired, government-issued form of ID. Examples include a driver’s license and a passport.
  • There will be a calculator provided for you on the computer testing program, so please do not bring your own calculator.
  • Personal items, including cell phones, purses, and backpacks are not allowed in the testing area. There may be storage space available to place your items until the end of the test.

How to study for the Professional in Human Resources Exam

Like many exams, the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) exam has two important components: topics and format. These two components are important to understand for anyone who wants to ace the test. Our expert test-researchers studied the exam and developed the Mometrix PHR Study Guide, which includes all the topics covered and test-taking strategies that will help you take the test more effectively. This comprehensive study guide gives in-depth, yet easy-to-read explanations of important concepts like business metrics and mission statements, as well as strategies like elimination and benchmarking. The Mometrix PHR Study Guide is an excellent tool for test-takers who have a short amount of time to study.


Studies show that another effective test-taking strategy is repetition. So, our test experts carefully designed the Mometrix PHR Flashcards. With these professional-quality cards, test-takers can quiz themselves on the most important topics found on the exam. The Mometrix PHR Flashcards are perfect for studying on the go!


We would like to congratulate you on taking the first test to earning the PHR credential. We look forward to assisting you in your test-taking journey. Good luck!


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Last updated: 06/15/2018
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