Achieve PMP Exam Success – A Book Review

Achieve PMP Exam Success book coverAchieve PMP Exam Success, 5th Edition: A Concise Study Guide for the Busy Project Manager provides project professionals the essential knowledge and concepts together with practice exam questions needed to confidently prepare for the PMP exam. This is aligned with the PMBOK Guide 5th Edition released early 2013. This study guide is geared for helping people pass the examinations with all the accompanying changes to it beginning August 2013.

Book Details

This soft cover or paperback 5th edition came out on July 2, 2013 from J. Ross Publishing. It is about 1.1 inches thick, with 488 pages. The front cover is similar with the previous editions in its two-tone color theme but now comes with a lighter blue and white theme. The title, subtitle, and edition are displayed on the top part while the bottom part displays the name of the authors. The middle part displays text descriptions and a large illustration of a gray key. ISBN-10: 1604270888; ISBN-13: 978-1604270884

Price

$60.98 for the book edition

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Target Audience

Achieve PMP Exam Success will help a hopeful but busy project manager understand, apply and pass the latest PMP certification examinations. Interestingly, many exam coaches and trainers are finding this study guide to be an excellent material in helping both first time and re-takers achieve PMP credential.

What Customers Say

Coach EJ stated that in teaching PMP hopefuls, this is the exam prep book that he uses exclusively. He is happy how the text incorporates the recent PMBOK changes and how it translates those into an easy-to-understand content that helps exam takers get a deeper and clearer insight of the process groups and knowledge areas.

Catherine Pinkas described this concise study guide as a tried and true resource for helping her teach students pass the PMP exam. She also attributes the high success rate of her students to the use of this text.

Dexter Smith simply stated that the material met his needs in preparing for and passing the exam. He also praised the speedy delivery, the great condition and the affordable price.

Content, Approach, Style

Achieve PMP Exam Success has 16 chapters which follows the sections of the PMBOK so readers easily find references. The first chapter discusses study tips and provides an assessment exam. It provides exam specifics, study tips such as memorization tips, formulas and time management. Chapter 2 gives a PM overview and Chapter 3 discusses the processes. Chapters 4 to 13 discuss the ten knowledge areas. Chapter 14 gives a sample final exam and Chapter 15 provides the appendices such as the answers and references. The 16th chapter has the index.

This concise study guide uses easy-to-understand language compared to the PMBOK and is meant to be used together with it. Reviewing the same chapters of both books is recommended by the authors. The paragraphs and sentences are concise and direct to the point. Tables, headings, bullet lists, bold and italicized texts as well as illustrations make it easy on the eyes. Flash cards and additional sample tests do not come with the book but can be accessed through the website.

Why Buy the Book

Even though the PMBOK Guide covers most, if not all, the concepts and information that serve as the basis of the exam questions, many agree that it is not easy to read. A cleverly written and arranged study guide such as Achieve PMP Exam Success unlocks the knowledge within so that it can be deeply understood and easily applied in any situation. More than 1000 additional sample questions available through their website also provide great value towards better preparation and higher success.

Books that Complement

The PMI’s A Guide to the PM Body of Knowledge 5th Edition is meant to be the main reference of this book.

Authors

Diane Altwies, PMP, has over 21 years managing software development projects and more than 14 years experience in the insurance, mortgage lending, financial and healthcare industries. She has a Masters Degree in Finance and Marketing from the University of South Florida. In 2001, she launched her company OuterCore Professional Development, LLC, a training company.

Janice Preston, PMP, has been a project manager for over 20 years in the real estate, financial and PC industries. She has an MBA from the University of Missouri and is a Certified Public Accountant. She has been a lead consultant with Vista Performance Group, a PM training organization, since 1991.

In 2009, OuterCore merged with Vista Performance Group to form Core Performance Concepts, Inc. The new company specializes in providing quality PM, program management, and business analysis training.

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Jose Maria Delos Santos

Jose Maria Delos Santos

Jose is a subject matter expert and member of the writing team for Project-Management.com and Bridge24. He has written hundreds of articles including project management software reviews, books reviews, training site reviews, and general articles related to the project management industry.

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