The PMP Topper’s Toolkit
Aspiring Project Management Professionals will need to take the PMP online exam. There will be a preparation method that requires months of preparation using many resources, such as official exam guides, books and blogs. It is important to narrow down the best resources to help you prepare for this difficult test. This blog will help you to avoid the usual headache of selecting the right publications for studying for the test.
The Project Management Body of Knowledge guide fifth edition (for exams after 2013) is a must-have resource. This publication is a standard set of terminology, standards and methods used in project management. PMBOK is a great tool for exam preparation. It is a standard set of practices that can be followed by all project managers, regardless of industry or company. These practices are overseen and monitored by the Project Management Institute (PMI), which is the global membership association for the project management profession. It is a must-read for project managers.
All your blog searches and internet searches will agree on one thing: Rita Mulcahy’s PMP Exam Prep 7th-8th edition is the best book to prepare for the PMP exam. While the PMBOK study guide is important, it does not cover all of the PMP exam questions. Mulcahy’s book is different. It is divided into chapters so that each knowledge area can be studied in its own chapter. The book’s format is practical and each chapter has 30-40 mock exam questions. “Rita’s process diagram” is the highlight of the book. It is a logical way to remember the chronology of processes and helps you absorb the information better. This book is once again a must-have, and should be on your shopping list for exam guides.
Next on the list is the groundbreaking ‘Headfirst PMP’ book by Jennifer Greene & Andrew Stellman. What makes this book unique is its ability make the PMP exam content engaging and not as dull as some other guides make it sound. The book offers a unique perspective that allows the reader to see the larger picture of project management. It not only provides the information necessary to pass the exam but also helps them understand the role they will play in their future projects. Head first PMP uses a variety of cognitive learning methods, including visuals, diagrams and puzzles. This makes studying a more engaging activity than a tedious task.
Kim Heldman’s PMP Project Management Professional Exam study guide is the third most popular. It is a comprehensive guide that covers a variety of concepts and then discusses those concepts. The book includes a CD with questions bank, electronic flashcards, and over two hours worth of audio. Heldman’s book is popular because it is so cheap. You can get a copy on Amazon for as low as INR 600, which is a steal!
Honorable mentions go to ‘The PMP examination: How to pass on the first attempt 5th edition’ by Andy Crowe, & ‘The Q&A for the PMBOK guide’ by Frank T. Anbari, and ‘Successful Project management’ by Jack Gido & James P. Clements. These books are also very useful if you decide on purchasing them. I highly recommend all the books I have mentioned, along with numerou