The PMI-ACP Exam: How To Pass On Your First Try – A Book Review

The PMI-ACP Exam: How To Pass On Your First TryThe PMI-ACP Exam: How To Pass On Your First Try is the first book written mainly for candidates scheduled to appear in the new PMI-ACP exam. It’s a fantastic, compact reference that walks you through the process of taking the exam and passing with flying colors. The author gets straight into the content that matters the most and makes complex contents extremely simple. A unique thing about this book is that it has been structured differently compared to other exam prep materials and gives you a real feel for what to expect on the PMI-ACP test.

Book Details

The second edition of this book was published recently on February 15, 2016 by Velociteach- a company founded by Andy Crowe-which offers comprehensive training kits, e-learning programs etc. It’s available in the Paperback Edition and has 327 pages. The title, subtitle, and edition are neatly exhibited on the central part of the front cover, while the bottom part highlights the key areas of the book on a blue and yellow theme. ISBN-10: 0990907406; ISBN-13: 978-0990907404


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Target Audience

The PMI-ACP Exam: How To Pass On Your First Try is meant for candidates who want to be well-prepared and gain confidence before sitting for the PMI-ACP Exam.

The book targets people with credible agile experience and want a really quick book to read in a few hours to fill in the gaps. It’s also meant for those looking for sample tests before appearing for the real exam.

What Customers Say

Mike Cohn states that the book is extremely short, making it a very quick read. He further adds that the writing is crisp and can be easily understood. The only drawback which he found is the dearth of copy editing.

According to Gloria from, the book hits the nail on the head and focuses mainly on what you need to know for the exam without beating about the bush.

Content, Approach, Style

The PMI-ACP Exam: How To Pass On Your First Try has less than 140 pages which can be read in a couple of hours. There are two simulated tests at the end of the book with well-explained answers. The content does not contain any long paragraphs and the reader will not feel lost at any place.

Some of the topics covered in the book include the following: Understanding Agile, The Agile Manifesto, The PMI-ACP Exam, Project Justification, Agile Planning, Coaching with Agile, Working with Agile and Agile Methodologies.

Why Buy the Book

A cold harsh truth is that many students taking the PMI-ACP Exam fail to make it. This is truer in the present world than ever before on account of some of the recent changes made in the exam. It’s seen that students who do not pass the exam come from a wide cross-section of individuals, ranging from candidates who have approached the exam with exhaustive preparation, which includes training classes and books, to those who have hardly expended any effort. By reading this book, you’ll be tilting the scales unmistakably in your favor.

Books that Complement

Achieve PMP Exam Success, authored by Diane Altwies, is geared to help students pass the PMP examination and has more than 1000 sample questions. It provides project professionals the most important concepts to confidently clear the PMP exam.

Sample Exam Questions: PMI Project Management Professional, written by certified professionals like Sami Zahran, Rubin Jen, Charles Duncan and John A. Estrella, has more than one thousand practice questions backed by 4 sample tests with answers, and is perfect for candidates appearing in the PMP certification exam.


Andy Crowe is the founder of Velociteach and has a passion for writing in-depth tutorials for project management professionals. He resides in Kennesaw, Georgia, with his family and has authored Alpha Project Managers. The former software developer founded Velociteach when he realized that he wanted to teach others what he loved the most-project management.

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Pankaj Mondal

Pankaj Mondal is a member of the expert writer team for He writes articles on the following subjects: project management software, book reviews, training site reviews, and also general articles related to the project management industry.