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PHR Exam Prep: Professional in Human Resources (2nd Edition) 2nd Edition

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About the Author

Cathy Lee Gibson (SPHR) is the Director of Human Resource Management Programs at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations in New York City. Cathy has more than 20 years of progressively responsible generalist, specialist, and management experience in the field of human resources and has worked at small and large organizations, in educational settings, in for-profit, and in not-for-profit sectors. Cathy leads professional development programs for managers and human resources professionals on interviewing and performance management–and how to ensure that those functions have a more strategic impact on organizations. In that spirit, in 2004 Cathy wrote Performance Appraisals, for Silver Lining Publications, a division of Barnes & Noble. In 2006, Cathy also wrote Mission Driven Interviewing: Moving Beyond Behavior Based Questions for PTI Publishing. She has also co-authored online workshops titled “Effective Interviewing,” “Performance Management and Appraisal,” “Managing Performance,” and “Fundamentals of Compensation.” Cathy also spoke at the SHRM National Conference and Exposition in 2006 and 2007 and is slated to speak again in 2008. You can reach Cathy at Cathy@CathyLeeGibson.com

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson IT Certification; 2 edition (December 16, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789736772
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789736772
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.3 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I just took the PHR exam (and passed) last week and wanted to review the books I used. I found this Pearson guide to be the least helpful of all the books. It was not organized well, went into too much detail on some things and left out other points and was just way too cumbersome for test prep. It's a big book with a lot of text and has much too much in it to make anyone feel confident in their preparation. While I absolutely believe you should use more than one source (3-4 is optimal), I would say this one didn't add anything for me. Skip it!

General PHR Prep Advice: Use the Ann Bogardus PHR/SPHR book as your primary PHR test prep book. The Kaplan test prep book is light on the content but drills down to the big things very simply. I recommend reading the sections in Kaplan along with Bogardus. Kaplan has a few practice tests that are helpful. I also recommend getting a straight forward HR text book-- something that explains HR terms/concepts/legislation, etc with out the slant of the exam itself. Finally, take practice tests to familiarize yourself with questioning and to drill down to things you need to keep learning. It's a ton of content and I think there is little chance of knowing it all, but by using a variety of sources, you can cover your bases better.
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I bought this book and the SHRM Learning System to help me prepare for the test, which I passed. The Learning System came with six individual books for each module, and I was surprised how well this one book compared to the whole SHRM set. I was a little disappointed, however, with the practice test in the back and the CD software. I suppose it might be a nit-picky complaint, but some of the given answers did not match up with the question. For example, there is a question that asks for you to compute the average of a set of numbers. There is one answer given in the answer key that is wrong, and then the written explanation has yet a different answer. Then, when reading through the explanation they are explaining why a certain answer is the mode, not the mean that the question asked for. This also happened with the questions on the software. I couldn't understand why "two" was an incorrect answer to the question of how many full time or equivalent employees an executive exemption was responsible for when I realized that the question referred to "executive" but the answer referred to "administrative" exemptions. It could be awfully confusing to someone who isn't all that familiar with some of the topics. I know I was devistated for a few minutes that I apparently couldn't calculate a simple average until I caught the problem.

Long story short, it's a good investment for what, less than $40? It makes a great complement to other resources (as mentioned earlier, no one resource has it all) but just check and double-check yourself when taking the tests to make sure you're not learning something incorrectly.
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This study guide was a good economical choice compared to the SHRM Certification Test Course, which retails for about $500.00. Since the exam cost me about $200.00, I took my chances and ordered this book and another that focused on both PHR and SPHR. I primarily used this book and I passed!
I am a Business Administration Major with an emphasis in Human Resources. This book was extremely useful as a review. I gave myself one month to prepare for the exam... I strongly recommend at least two. There is a lot of useful information contained in this book. The author suggests researching key terms and other subjects not explained in the book. I strongly recommend listening to her. I dug out my text books and utilized the internt.
My advice is to buy the book, give yourelf plenty of time to study, and focus on the employment laws mentioned in the book.
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I self-studed and relied primarily on PHR Exam Prep by Cathy Lee Gibson and then reviewed my weaker areas by reading specific chapters of PHR/SPHR Professional in Human Resources Certification Study Guide by Anne M. Bogardus.

This book was a great primary source for PHR exam preparation. It is written in a very friendly manner and organized nicely. The only draw back is that it lists quite a few further "exam tips" in each chapter of items that are NOT covered in the book and therefore require further research. But I do think it is unrealistic to expect one book to provide it all. This book gets as close as possible, I believe.

The book also comes with a great CD that has practice exam questions. I found that this book made my studying more pleasurable versus Bogardus' book.

Good luck! I studied a solid 4 months.... they recommend at least 3 months of prep work.

I forgot to mention, I passed my PHR exam in January 2010 first try! Thank the Lord!
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This book is not an exam prep. It surprises me that the publisher even gets away as describing it as an exam prep. The problem is that the book contains entirely too much "fluff" and not enough specific instruction on exactly what is needed for the exam. For example, in chapter 7 under "Exam Alert" it gives a list of terms and names needed for the exam, but DOES NOT GIVE YOU THE DEFINITIONS! This book may be somewhat useful as a reference guide for HR generalists to use on the job, but it is by no means a useful study guide for the PHR exam.
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