PMP Project Management Professional Study Guide – A Book

PMP Study Guide 4th Edition book coverPMP Project Management Professional Study Guide, Fourth Edition is an update to the 2009 exam prep book. This edition covers the latest PM Body of Knowledge scope and PMP exam. It also has an Exam Readiness Checklist, sections that highlight key exam topics in every chapter and quick, two-minute drills at the end of the chapters to help prepare the reader for the exam. The book provides additional resources including a way to get a free one-hour video training from the author.

Book Details

The fourth edition comes in paperback and Kindle editions. Published on June 25, 2013 by McGraw-Hill belonging to the Certification Series, it has 784 pages, about 0.7-inch thick. The paperback front cover has the letters “PMP” in big, dark blue font with an illustration of a sculpture beside it. The rest of the cover is in red and white theme with the title, the author’s name, and description of the contents.


$33.40 for the book edition and $29.50 for the Kindle edition


Target Audience

PMP Project Management Professional Study Guide is for project professionals preparing to take the latest release of the PMP certification exam under the PMBOK Guide 5th Edition.

What Customers Say

Susan Ward (Amazon) describes the book as well organized, with helpful quizzes at every chapter’s end. She also found the online downloadable content that includes a soft copy of the guide and a 200-question practice exam excellent for taking and passing the exam.

Xi Luo from Shanghai (Goodreads) believes that first-time PMP takers may do well to start with this book instead of the PMBOK.

Gabriel Young (Amazon) who is a PM instructor and course developer recommends PMP Study Guide together with the PMBOK as the minimum materials needed to pass the exam. He found the practice exams and overall value-for-money of this book to be better than a more popular prep book.

Content, Approach, Style

PMP Project Management Professional Study Guide is divided in three parts. The first part which is titled Project Initiation contains Chapters 1 to 3. These are Introducing PM, Examining the Project Life Cycle and the Organization, and Adapting the PM Processes. Part Two is titled PMP Exam Essentials. It contains Chapters 4 to 14. Chapter 4 is Implementing Project Integration Management. Chapter 5 discusses Managing the Project Scope, and Chapter 6 is about Introducing Project Time Management, and so on. Part Three contains appendices that include Critical Exam Information and About the CD.

This PMP Study Guide is well structured and easy to read. Topics discussed are also referenced with the PMBOK. The chapter objectives are clear. The texts are divided in readable blocks with appropriate headings and subheadings. Special tips are given and indicated by noticeable illustrations. The author also used bullet lists, tables, charts, bold texts, italicized texts and other styles that are pleasant to the eyes.

Why Buy the Book

The PMP Project Management Professional Study Guide is an affordable resource that will give the readers an in-depth review for the PMP exam. The material covers all the possible aspects of the exam and emphasizes not only in answering the “why” but also the “how to” in PM. The electronic content together with the PMP study guide provides an accessible, concise, and relevant material that helped customers who bought it to pass the exam and tell others that they did with the help of this book.

Books that Complement

The PMI’s A Guide to the PM Body of Knowledge, Fifth Edition, is essential for obvious reasons.

Another that may seem a good complement is Greg Horine’s Project Management Absolute Beginner’s Guide. It also covers the whole process cycle in more understandable terms.


Joseph Phillips is a certified PMP, teacher, writer, and consultant on PM. He has taught for universities such as the University of Chicago and Ball State University. He is also CompTIA Project+ and CTT certified. He teaches PM, business analysis and goal setting. He is the author of more than 20 books including IT Project Management, Software PM for Dummies, PM for Small Business, and The Lifelong Project. He is the owner of that offers an online PMP boot camp course and a Director at Project Seminars, Inc.

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