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The PMI-ACP Exam: How To Pass On Your First Try (Test Prep series)

3.9 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0982760833
ISBN-10: 0982760833
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  • Series: Test Prep series
  • Paperback: 275 pages
  • Publisher: Velociteach (February 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982760833
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982760833
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #848,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Aditya R on April 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is not enough to pass the exam, infact it is more like a reference guide to make sure you covered all the topics for the exam. I used the following books and resources:

1. "Agile Project Management with Scrum" by Ken Schwaber

2. "Agile Planning and Estimation" by Mike Cohn - Overall the best book for this exam.

3. Kanban by David Anderson [Even though this may be a over kill]

4. Agileexams.com. A lot of questions repeat in these exams, so good to just get a understanding of Exam format. [I never passed any of the full length exams on this site, always ended up getting somewhere between 60-70%, the pass percentage was 81%, very high compared to actual exams pass percentage].

5. Countless other resources on the web to fully understand Lean methodology, XP, Agile Manifesto, Agile artifacts, agile reports, etc.

6. Used the "PMI® Agile Certified Practitioner PMI-ACP Exam Prep Study Group" on Linkedin site for some useful tips from people who passed the exam.

7. Mock exams in this book. There are 2 full length exams at the end and a link to free exams online by the author. I felt those exams had questions that were a close match to atleast 30 % of the questions on the real exam, even though the real exam had very tricky answers.

Hope that helps. BTW, I passed the exam last week.

Cheers.
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I used Andy Crowe material to pass the PMI-PMP exam so naturally I bought Andy's material for the PMI-ACP exam. After reading reviews of a multitude of resources (Training, Books, Practice Exams), I was really apprehensive about taking the PMI-ACP exam. My nagging question was, is this material alone enough to pass the exam? The answer is yes. I passed the exam "Proficient". During the exam I was amazed at how well prepared I was when answering the questions. I completed the exam and review of marked questions in 1.5 hours.

If you really want to practice Agile concepts to prepare for the exam use the Andy Crowe material. Also, the online exam is very beneficial. I do agree with a previous post that there could be additional questions added. However, if you understand why your answers were right / wrong you will be prepared for the exam.

I did review the Mike Griffiths book TOC and reviews. It appears it is also a great resource and probably has more material than this book. If you are not on a shoe string budget, I can see why people may purchase both.

My primary Agile experience is from a product owner perspective and I have very limited experience with software development. If I can pass using the Andy Crowe material, most people should be able to. I read the book twice, took the practice tests five times, and took the online practice exam five times (3 week easy paced prep time).
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I passed the PMP exam at the end of 2012, and studied for several months, using a combination of books, the best of which was the Rita Mulcahy PMP Exam Prep tome.

For the PMI-ACP test, I narrowed down my choices between this Andy Crowe book and the equivalent from the Rita Mulcahy Companies, authored by Mike Griffiths. I landed with this Crowe book based on cost, size and perceived difficulty of the PMI-ACP exam vs. the PMP exam.

This was the only book I used to study for the PMI-ACP exam, and I did great. However, I mostly attribute this to the following:
1. The PMI-ACP exam is MUCH easier than the PMP exam
2. Real-world Agile experience is very helpful in passing the PMI-ACP exam, where it provides very little help in passing the PMP exam
3. The PMI-ACP exam asks many more basic questions that can be reflexively answered by knowing definitions alone, vs. the PMP exam, which has many more long-form, theory-based contextual questions
4. PMI-ACP exam has NO math, NO formulas and NO calculations – the PMP does

This Andy Crowe book did exactly what is promised – it helped me pass on my first try…which should earn it a higher rating. Why can’t I give it more than three stars? Because it has some deficiencies that need to be addressed, which are:

1. Compared to what the Rita Mulcahy book offered me for the PMP exam, this book offers only basic context help understand WHAT the exam is looking for. The Mulcahy PMP book I used was littered with references to traps to avoid, what the exam asks for, how to attack the exam, etc…This book offers only basics scattered throughout, and a basic section at the end for exam strategy

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I used Andy Crowe's PMP prep book back in 2006 to study for the PMP exam and thought it was the best prep book on the market. Once I heard that he was coming out with a PMI-ACP prep book I bought it as soon as it was released. Within a month I took and passed the PMI-ACP exam on my first try, just like the title of the book promises. The book was a great help in summarizing and organizing the world of Agile Software Development/Agile Project Management. The best thing about the book was its emphasis on how the values of the Agile Manifesto and the 12 Principles behind the Manifesto provide the philosophical foundation for the mindset/cultural shift important in adopting this approach...and passing the exam. The book was an easy, enjoyable read with all of the topics presented very clearly and concisely, without a lot of waste. I felt Andy maximized the amount of studying not done, in the true spirit of Lean. The practice test questions covered the majority of the exam topics and the 1 week subscription to the online practice exam was also helpful.

One thing to note, I found the practice test questions in the book much more clearly written than the actual exam questions, which were maddeningly convoluted and poorly written. That's no fault of the book, of course, just a word of warning to would-be-test-takers. Still, if you master the material in this book, you should be able to decipher the live exam questions, despite how poorly they are written.

Bottom line, this book does a great job of summarizing and organizing the exam material and will help you pass the PMI-ACP exam, hopefully on your first try!
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