PMP: Project Management Professional Exam Study Guide, 9th Edition – A Book Review

PMP: Project Management Professional Exam Study Guide, 9th Edition is the revised guide that is aligned to the latest version of the PMBOK 6th edition. Companies are in demand of PMPs, a desired skill applicable not only to the IT profession but also to a wide variety of industries. The study guide will help the reader prepare thoroughly and be confident for the full-day exam. The topics include discussions of the objectives of the latest PMP exam, applying PMP concepts, understanding of the comprehensive review questions, and more.

Book Details

The book measures 7.3 in. wide, 1.5 in. thick, and 9.1 in. long, and ships about 2.8 pounds. It has 768 pages divided into 12 chapters. It is available in paperback and Kindle formats. The 9th edition is published by Sybex Publishing in English in February 2018. ISBN-10:1119420903; ISBN-13:978-1119420903


$36.06 for the paperback version and $31.99 for the Kindle version

Target Audience

PMP: Project Management Professional Exam Study Guide 9th Edition is for project professionals preparing to take the latest PMP certification exam based on the PMBOK 6th edition. Those studying for the CAPM can also use the book as reference.

What Customers Say

D. Breezy (Amazon) stated that the book does a good job preparing the reader for the exam with its discussions in the knowledge areas and processes. However, the questions in the book are somewhat different from the actual questions in the exams, which the reader took and passed. Still, the questions in the book are challenging and can prepare the reader well.

Holly H. (Amazon) described the latest PMP Exam Study Guide as a good study guide for anyone studying for the PMP certification exams. Sample exams and summary boxes at every chapter are well-written. She also noticed that some topics are split across chapters instead of being in a single chapter.

David ( stated that although the book is technical, it is also easy to read. It also has a little bit of witty humor in the right places.

Content, Approach, Style

Content: PMP: Project Management Professional Exam Study Guide is divided into an introduction, 12 chapters, and 2 appendices. It introduces PMP certification, how to achieve it, and discussion of the topics that include definition of a project, writing a project charter, developing the project scope, and other objectives based on the knowledge areas and processes.

Approach/Tone: The author presents the discussion in a direct approach. She also places many explanations to help the reader understand the concepts in different scenarios.

Style: The Guide includes lists, tables, figures, review questions, exam essentials, and an assessment test that can help the reader understand and remember important concepts and apply them in various situational questions. The author also mentions several tips to help the reader prepare themselves in the most efficient way.

Why Buy the Book

Becoming PMP certified has many benefits, including a proof of professional achievement, an increase of one’s marketability, greater opportunity for advancement and more. PMP: Project Management Professional Exam Study Guide improves the readers preparedness and increases their confidence. The book is currently in Amazon’s top 10 in PMP Exam, and top 30 in computer and technology certification categories.


Kim Heldman received her MBA from Regis University. She is a certified Project Management Professional who has served the State of Colorado in several positions. She is currently the CIO of the Regional Transportation District in Denver. Kim also has served as CIO at the Colorado Department of Transportation, and CIO at the Governor’s Office of Information Technology. She has over 25 years experience in IT project management, overseeing IT portfolio of projects in a variety of scope, including multi-million dollar, multi-year projects. She is also the author of Project Management Jumpstart, and other PMP exam guides.

$36.06 for the paperback version and $31.99 for the Kindle version

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