PMP: Project Management Professional Exam Study Guide – A Book Review

PMP Exam Study Guide 7th Edition book coverPMP: Project Management Professional Exam Study Guide, Seventh Edition is the latest exam prep book from Kim Heldman that aligns with the PM Body of Knowledge 5th Edition. This edition covers new content that includes discussions on Project Stakeholder Management. Also covered are additional processes and new inputs and outputs, formulas, and tools and techniques. Also included are new questions and additional downloadable content on the Sybex website that includes practice exams, audio instruction and electronic flashcards.

Book Details

The paperback edition is about 1.7” thick, with 696 pages. The seventh edition was published on July 1, 2013 by Sybex. The front cover displays the author’s name on the top and then the title, subtitle and edition on the middle part. Below it is a photo of a landscape that includes a lighthouse on white background common to all Sybex certification series. The back cover gives more information about the content and the author. ISBN-10: 1118531825; ISBN-13: 978-1118531822


$37.98 for the paperback edition and $36.49 for the Kindle edition


Target Audience

PMP: Project Management Professional Exam Study Guide is for project professionals preparing to take the latest PMP certification exam that was updated last August 31, 2013.

What Customers Say

Miguel Aguilera reported that since he used this book as the base for a local PMI chapter study group, the number of people who got certifications increased. This was better compared to when only the PMBOK or other books were used.

Leonel Zapien described PMP Exam Study Guide as pretty clear, with excellent content and helpful complementary material to obtain the certification.

Alejandro Salazar expected that the book will arrive later, but arrived just two days after ordering. So he was able to start studying earlier for the exam.

Content, Approach, Style

PMP: Project Management Professional Exam Study Guide contains an introduction, 72 multiple-choice assessment test, 12 chapters and three appendices. The chapters discuss the five process groups and the knowledge areas covered by the PMBOK. For instance Chapter 1 discusses what a project is. Chapter 2 is about Creating the Project Charter and Chapter 3 is Developing the Project Scope Statement, and so on. At the end of every chapter is an Exam Essentials section, key terms and review questions. The appendices contain the answers to the review questions, process inputs and outputs, and about the CD.

Each topic in this exam study guide is labeled with a heading and followed by paragraphs of text explanations. There are highlighted terms and examples in special boxes. Lists are presented in bullet form when appropriate, and figures of charts are clearly labeled. The author refers to the PMBOK Guide regularly and elaborates on areas that appear on the test. Some readers who bought the book early on the first print run found some errors, but the Sybex website posted an errata section where they gave the corrections for these errors. The text is easy to read and understand, but some readers commented that it can still be better with additional tables and diagrams.

Why Buy the Book

PMP: Project Management Professional Exam Study Guide will help professionals pass the PMP or even the CAPM test. The reader is walked through the processes from project start to finish. Real-life scenarios are provided together with processes and techniques so that people have an idea how to handle common problems and issues. It has more than 600 questions to test one’s knowledge and be more confident as a professional before and after the exam. The book continues to be in Amazon’s top 40 Best Sellers in PMP Exam category.

Books that Complement

A Guide to the PM Body of Knowledge 5th Edition contains the complete PM best practices and standards.

Kim Heldman’s own Project Management JumpStart is a good introduction of the basic concepts of the process groups and knowledge areas.


Kim Heldman received her Masters degree from Regis University in Denver, CO. She is a certified PMP and has more than 20 years experience as an IT project manager. She holds several senior IT and PM positions for the state of Colorado. She has written several books which include Project Management JumpStart, Excel 2007 for Project Managers, and CompTIA Project+ Guide. She is also a keynote speaker of topics such as PM, leadership and business subjects.

$37.98 for the paperback edition and $36.49 for the Kindle edition


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