- Paperback: 622 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 6th Updated edition (October 24, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1492310549
- ISBN-13: 978-1492310549
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.4 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 127 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #809,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I already have CAPM (Certified Associate in Project Management & passed them on 1st try) 4 years ago so instead of renewing for the CAPM, I signed up for the PMP certification. I know project management concepts in and out and use them a lot for my own process improvement projects. When I'm studying project management now, my goal is broader than just passing the exam. I want to update myself with the new knowledge and skills based on the updates in PMBOK 5th edition, understand what and why there are changes and how to apply them to my current work projects. This book satisfy and exceed my expectations. I'm very confident to pass on the first try with just this book.
My personal thought is that CAPM and PMP exams are relatively easy to pass comparing to the difficult and super technical actuarial exams or any engineering exams based on my actual experience. Therefore, don't stress yourself out too much! The PMP is not as hard as you might think. It is merely testing your knowledge of project management and the skills of how to apply these knowledge in various scenarios based on the PMI framework.
The key to pass the exam is then:
1. Knowing all the "WHAT" (terms, concepts, processes, ITTO etc).
2. Understand "WHY" they have these processes set out in a certain sequence.
3. Understand "HOW" various items in ITTO are related.
4. In the exam, always assume you are a project manager, know "HOW" to apply your knowledge to solve problems in various situations. Remember to do what the PMI framework recommends, not necessary the way you actually manage your project.
The PMBOK Guide is very dry and doesn't have many examples, so if you're relatively new to Project Management or not familiar with its many tools & techniques, reading PMBOK Guide will not be enough. You're going to need to supplement it with something else that goes into more details and has more illustrations.
With that said, this book is actually perfect in my opinion. It covers the same exact material as PMBOK Guide + it goes into every topic deeper and the author gives plenty of examples (which PMBOK Guide severely lacks) in forms of graphs, charts etc. It's lot easier to understand the concept of PMP reading this book than the PMBOK Guide.
There are questions throughout each chapter + series of questions at the end of each chapter. Again, PMBOK Guide has no questions whatsoever, so it's hard to validate your knowledge just by reading it.
This book has a final 200 questions exam (you get 200 questions on the real PMP exam as well) and this mock exam was the only thing that I wasn't a huge fan of. It was too easy. I got over 80% on this mock exam, but failed my first PMP exam. I took 2 real PMP exams and the questions on these exams where nowhere as easy as questions on the mock exam in this book.
However, I still highly recommend this book regardless of your knowledge level. Now, I paid $22 for it about 7 months ago and I see that it's actually $90, but I would've paid $90. It's worth it.
With that said, you're probably going to need to read the official PMBOK Guide too since you need to get used to the terminology and lexicon PMI uses.
There are are some great mock exams on the WEB too. I took some free ones and they were a bit easy. Do your research and good luck!
Sohel Akhter's book was by far the most fitting and my number one selection. I used this book as my main study material.
I like the Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification Exam prep, best mainly because of a few key reasons
Format is set up so it flows orderly and set up with many visuals, so to help one better remember the concepts and points. This booked promoted better memorization for me
2. Content :
Content is very complete with detail and outlines areas of key importance. This allows one to understand both the "How-to" details, and operations of project management, while highlighting areas which are especially prone to be tested / asked in the exam...
3. Practice exercises
Exercises are set up very logical, and allow fundamental progression to occur. The explanations are the best and most complete which I have come across, and the practice exam section is questions just like the exam
I strongly recommend this book. It has helped me out tremendously and I believe it is the best material out there for PMP exam prep.
FYI - I also have the Cheat-Sheet,(PMP Quick Reference Guide) by the same author "Sohel Akhter" .... it is fantastic and a must as well. It outlines the most critical parts to know for the PMP exam and it is a great to help memorization.
This is the ONLY source that I studied along with PMBOK 5 and Successfully passed and earned my PMP credential in 1 months time by following it. Don't even think for anything else if you want the exact resource for your PMP study !
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