Project Management Professional Certification Exam Prep – A Book Review

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pmp certification exam prep book coverProject Management Professional (PMP) Certification Exam Prep is a clear and direct guide to pass the PMI’s PMP and CAPM certification tests. Today, there are many good references available for the aspirant, and these come in different formats. Some approach are more effective than others. This book contains adequate examples, test questions and case studies to prepare the test taker. Also, it is well structured and organized to provide the reader the best method and technique in absorbing and retaining the explanations, formulas, and tips needed to pass.

Book Details

This first edition paperback was published in September 2013 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. It has 620 pages and is about 1.4 inches thick. The front cover displays the title of the book at the top part, with the author’s name just below it. The rest of the book shows an image of a diagram of interconnected colored squares. A list of key features of the book is displayed at the lower right part in front of the image. ISBN-10: 1492310549; ISBN-13: 978-1492310549

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Target Audience

Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification Exam Prep is for eligible project professionals wanting to take the PMP or CAPM exams. Certified professionals and experienced project managers may also use this as a work reference or refresher.

What Customers Say

A. Peltier who passed the PMP exams in June this year admitted that she also attended the author’s week long course in NYC, but for her, the book was the key. It laid out very systematically all the knowledge areas, input, output, tools and techniques.

Mr. Hani who passed the PMP exams last October 2014 described the book as quite comprehensive, full of examples, questions, and cases but is not wordy. It is very focused and to the point.

Content, Approach, Style

Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification Exam Prep is divided into 14 chapters. These discuss the PMP exam first, the PM framework, the processes, each of the ten knowledge areas, and then the code of ethics and professional conduct in the last chapter. Also included are formulas, tips to pass the test on the first try, and a final exam.

The book presents general information first, such as about the the organization, the benefits of certification, the prerequisites of the exam, and the process of registering before going to the details of the PM processes and knowledge areas. It gives information plainly and direct to the point. It tells the reader, for example, what type of questions the exam will have (situational), and types it will not have (knowledge of industry practices, project-specific knowledge). The sentences are not wordy. The book uses lists, tables, charts and other aids as much as possible that impart understandable and useful information.

Why Buy the Book

Project professionals who want to be certified need all the help they can get to go through the exam process as smoothly as possible. Choosing the right review material can be daunting, and if not done right the first time, can be costly and time-consuming. Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification Exam Prep is highly rated and recommended by many customers who were successful in passing the exams. Currently, it is in the top 40 list of Amazon’s Best Seller’s rank in the PMP Exam category.

Books that Complement

The PMBOK Guide, 5th Edition may not be the most entertaining to read, but it is certainly the most important to have for the aspiring PMP.

Greene and Stellman’s Head First PMP is another comprehensive book that is well researched in how the lessons are presented and structured. Many readers enjoyed reading it, and that helped them in reviewing and passing the exam.

Author

Sohel Akhter, CCNS, ISMS, is a project management professional with a distinguished career and notable achievements. He received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree in 1998 at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. He finished his Masters in Computer Science in 2000 at the University of Tulsa, OK, USA. Sohel has since worked as a project manager, program manager, chief technical officer, general manager, and international consultant for technology companies in multiple industry settings. He has been conducting PM trainings also in New York as an independent contractor since 2008. He is currently a PM consultant and trainer for NetCom Learning and an adjunct professor in the Department of Management at Baruch College, City University of New York.

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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. 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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