PMP Exam Prep – A Book Review
PMP Exam Prep: Questions, Answers, & Explanations is the updated 2018 edition of Christoper Scordo’s popular project management certification exam preparation book. The latest edition is aligned with the sixth edition of the PMBOK and updated for the PMP exam that started on March 26, 2018. It contains over 1000 practice questions and detailed solutions. The book aims to prepare the reader for the kind of questions they will encounter in the actual exams, to be aware of areas that are not so clear and require more studying, and to be confident as they start to get an understanding of how to think like a PMP.
This Kindle edition has a file size of 5961 KB, or an equivalent 440 pages in print length. The book has four parts, with the second part containing practice exams and quizzes making up the majority of the content of the book. A paperback format is also available. Text-to-speech, Word Wise, Screen Reader, and Enhanced Typesetting features are enabled. The book was published in the English language on April 11, 2018, published by SSI Logic, sold by Amazon Digital Services. ASIN: B07C5126DJ
PMP Exam Prep is for aspiring project managers studying to take the PMI’s latest PMP certification exam. Trainers are also using the book for teaching purposes.
What Customers Say
Christopher G. (Amazon) stated that when he took the practice exams from PMP Exam Prep and missed getting the correct answers, he was directed to read pages of the PMBOK that allowed him to understand the correct answer, but more importantly, to become aware of which areas he still needs to focus on.
Ken G. (student testimonial) narrated that the practice exams were a major part in his successful completion of passing the PMP exams. By learning to understand what the questions were really asking enabled him to think like a PMP and helped his understanding immensely.
Lech (Goodreads) described the set of example tests as good. He advises PMP aspirants to get the book early on, but after reading the PMBOK at least once. The practice questions will show the reader which areas of knowledge need more work.
Content, Approach, Style
Content: PMP Exam Prep is divided into Introduction, Practice Exams and Quizzes, PMP Formula Cheat Sheet, and Additional Resources. The second part contains 18 Lite Mock Exams and covers all the areas and processes from Project Management Framework to Professional and Social Responsibility. Practice Exams cover the entire scope of the PMP exam and can be completed in 1 hour. Quizzes cover specific Knowledge areas only and can be finished in 15 minutes. The book also has formulas required in calculations, as well as tips for taking the exam.
Approach/Tone: The author is direct in his approach. Test questions resemble the actual PMP exams with enumerated questions, possible answers, required passing score, and allowable time.
Style: The book concentrates on the enumerated sample questions, and is followed by the answer key and explanations. Aside from showing the right answer, it also explains the structure of the question and reference to the PMBOK for further explanations.
Why Buy the Book
PMP Exam Prep is a very useful tool in preparing for the PMP exams. It is updated, covers all the scope of the exams, provides explanation and context of the questions and answers, as well as reference to the PMBOK. However, just like other exam preparation books, it is designed to be used together with the PMBOK and other project management text books.
Christopher Scordo, PMP, ITIL, is the Founder and Managing Director of PMTraining, a PMI Registered Education Provider for aspirants of popular career certifications, including Project Management Professional (PMP). Christopher received his degree in Computer Information Systems, Business and Technology, from James Madison University in Virginia, USA. He is also involved in supporting various government and private sector clients as consultant, advisor, investor and project executor. He has written several books in career certification preparations, such as in Agile development practices, IT service management, and previous versions of PMP Exam Prep aligned with older PMBOK versions.