The PMP Exam: How to Pass on Your First Try, Sixth Edition – A Book Review

The PMP Exam: How to Pass on Your First Try, Sixth Edition, is the updated best-seller exam preparation book now aligned to the 6th edition PMBOK Guide. It is a complete study guide that covers the information needed by professionals preparing to take the PMP exam. The book discusses all the processes, tools, inputs and outputs that is included in the exam. Moreover, it also has tips, tricks, and hundreds of practice exam questions that will certainly boost the confidence of the reader and be ready for the new exams that began this March 2018.

Book Details

The paperback measures about 8.5 in. wide, 1.5 in. thick, and 11 in. long. Shipping weight is about 3.7 pounds. The book has 752 pages. This sixth edition was published by Velociteach in April 2018 in English. ISBN-10: 0990907473; ISBN-13: 978-0990907473

Price

$63.02 for the paperback version

Target Audience

This PMP Exam book is for project management professionals preparing to take the latest PMI-certified PMP examinations aligned with the 6th PMBOK Guide.

What Customers Say

Amazon reader warf stated that he studied using the book for 3 weeks, and then took the exams. As the title suggests, he passed the examinations on the first try. What he liked about the book is the way the author makes the concepts easy to understand. The book focuses on everything that the reader needs to know for the examinations.

Chris R. (Amazon) described the book as really easy to understand. It is not very technical, but the discussion is in-depth. He also has the PMBOK 6 th edition, and The PMP Exam book makes it easy to grasp the concepts discussed in the PMBOK.

Fernando (Amazon) simply stated that this latest edition is the optimal guide to prepare for the exams. He gave it 5 stars recommendation.

Content, Approach, Style

Content: The sixth edition of The PMP Exam: How to Pass on Your First Try reflects the changes brought about by the latest update made by the PMI on the PMBOK, now also on its sixth edition. The book covers all the processes and knowledge areas as usual. However, a new chapter has been added about the role of the project manager. It discusses the competencies, experience, and skills needed to lead projects successfully. Also, 2 knowledge areas have been renamed: Time Management is now Schedule Management, and Human Resource Management is simply Resource Management. Chapter 14 includes strategies and tips on how to pass the exam. It has end of chapter quizzes, practice exam questions, and a mock final exam.

Approach/Tone: The author is direct in his approach, giving the simplest and most concise way to relay the idea or information. He also expresses a helpful tone, explaining to the reader that with serious effort and practice, the PMP exams is passable, just like what the thousands who bought the book and passed experienced.

Style: The author uses words and language that are simpler when possible. This makes the text easy to read. The paragraphs are also of readable length. He uses lists and bullets, with topic headers that help the reader identify the concepts to be discussed. Some readers noticed that there are few diagrams and images, which may be disadvantageous to the more visual learner.

Why Buy the Book

The PMP Exam: How to Pass on Your First Try book is and has been highly recommended by many readers who have become certified Project Management Professional. Since this sixth edition’s publication in April, it has been consistently on Amazon’s top ten best seller in several project management categories. The book is easy to follow, a great companion for the PMBOK, and explains the importance and relationship of each process to others. Furthermore, every knowledge area chapter now includes discussions on key concepts, trends, emerging practices, tailoring considerations, and agile environments.

Author

Andy Crowe is the Founder and CEO of Velociteach, a leading provider of project management training and exam preparation. Andy has over 25 years of experience in project management. He founded a software development company, and has served in various leadership positions in firms such as Cambridge Technology Partners, Intellinet, and Manhattan Associates. In 2002, he founded Velociteach to help empower other project professionals. With his leadership, the company created courses, e-learning portals, and training products that is now used all over the world. Andy is a certified PMP, a PgMP, a PMI-ACP, and a Six Sigma Black Belt. He also authored other books such as The PMI-ACP and Alpha Project Managers.

$63.02 for the paperback version

Jose Maria Delos Santos

Jose Maria Delos Santos

Jose is a subject matter expert and member of the writing team for Project-Management.com and Bridge24. 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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