PMP EXAM Simplified – A Book Review

PMP EXAM Simplified book coverPMP EXAM Simplified-5th Edition – Aligned to PMBOK Guide 5th Edition is a spiral-bound exam prep book that aims to provide knowledge and confidence to PM professionals through hundreds of sample questions. Aside from the practice questions, it also provides a summary of important ideas from the latest PMBOK and hundreds of exam tips. In each sample question, it gives detailed solutions that show why the best answer is the best.

Book Details

This fifth edition comes in spiral-bound format. It was published on August 17, 2013 by the AME Group. It has 450 pages, which is about 0.7” thick. The front cover shows a small photo of the author on the upper left and the title at the center. Also shown are some descriptions on the lower part on a background of a picturesque photo of a landscape with a lighthouse. ISBN-10: 0977438155; ISBN-13: 978-0977438150

Price

$51.41 for the spiral-bound book edition

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Target Audience

PMP EXAM Simplified is a study guide and review material for project professionals preparing to take the PMI’s latest Project Management Professional certification examinations.

What Customers Say

Cat Hilger describes how the study guide complements perfectly the PMBOK Guide. Also, the tips and sample questions are extremely valuable to anyone preparing for the exam.

Mischelle Gottsch stated that the study guide’s focus in helping the reader understand the PM processes and their interactions with limited memorization is top notch.

B. Petersen compared it with other PMP study material and found this book as superior. It discusses the concept behind the PMI thought process and provides important information not found in the PMBOK book.

Content, Approach, Style

PMP EXAM Simplified is organized by section of the PMBOK Guide, so it is like a commentary guide of the PMBOK. It has summary tests spread out all over the book and these tests cover all process groups and knowledge areas. It has one complete, 200-question sample exam at the end. It also has a list of exam tips, key names to recognize in the exam and a table of equations.

What readers agree to be uniquely valuable in this study guide is how detailed solutions are given for each sample question. It provides the reference regarding the topic and explains why the best answer satisfies the question completely. Furthermore, it also explains why wrong answers are wrong, giving readers the idea of what to avoid.

Why Buy the Book

PMP EXAM Simplified is written by a PMP coach that has helped thousands of professionals pass their certification exam. It provides more than one way to understand and solve a question, through logic as well as with the use of equations. It explains the PMBOK sections that are crucial in passing the test and it provides hundreds of practice questions with a detailed explanation of the best answer. Another resource found valuable by readers is the online database that offers more sample questions that can improve knowledge and confidence of the test taker.

Books that Complement

A Guide to the PM Body of Knowledge 5th Edition works with this study guide hand-in-hand.

Christopher Scordo’s PMP Exam Prep Questions, Answers, & Explanations also offer more than 1000 questions and solutions.

Author

Aileen Ellis is a PMI-certified PMP and Program Management Professional (PgMP). She has been helping project professionals for more than 16 years become more knowledgeable, confident and pass certifications, whether PMP or CAPM. She is an electrical engineering graduate from Union College and received her Masters degree from John Hopkins University. She has spent years as a project manager, instructor and course developer. She has been called the PMP Expert and is the President and Lead Instructor of the AME Group. It is a Registered Education Provider of the PMI with the aim of providing a repeatable method of maximizing skills and abilities of project managers.

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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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