The Best PMP Exam Study Guides

Find resources for passing your Project Management Professional exam

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Whether you are studying for your Project Management Professional exams or trying to refresh your project management skills, there are some really good guides out there to meet your needs.

While all of these guides are good resources, the best approach often is using a blend of materials and books during your studies. PMP certification is provided by the Project Management Institute, which has chapters in more than 200 countries.

Ace the PMP Exam

Apple iPad

This is part of the iPad publishing app, so is not in a traditional book format for a study guide, but don’t let that put you off. The guide has interactivity built in through flashcards, questions and answers, and interactive presentations. The layout is clean and easy to read, and it’s simple to navigate.

The app includes real-world project challenges like how to apply processes to a multiphase project. This makes it practical for real-life as well as for a test-taking guide. Find it on iTunes.

Head First PMP

Jennifer Greene and Andrew Stellman: O'Reilly Media, 2013. ISBN: 978-1449364915

The publishers say the book is structured in the way your mind works, and it does seem to be structured in a way which makes a lot of sense for a project manager.

There is an emphasis on graphical representation of the information as well as interactivity, which you may find useful if you find you learn better from those types of study aids. If you do use this guide, make sure you do all the exercises as you go through, as it really aids your learning process.

PMP Exam Prep: Accelerated Learning to Pass PMI's PMP Exam

Rita Mulchay: RMC Publications Inc, 2013. ISBN: 978-1932735659

This is a well-structured guide that leads you logically through what you need to know to pass the exam. There are good sample questions and useful hints and tips throughout.

It is easy to read and includes some well-explained definitions, which can be a real bonus, as sometimes glossary terms can be written in a dry inaccessible way. So when you are approaching the exam and get the inevitable mental block, a simple explanation to remind you about a concept can be a lifesaver.

The PMP Exam: How to Pass on Your First Try

Andy Crowe, Velociteach Press 2013. ISBN: 978-0982760857

Simple explanations of the complex concepts required to pass the PMP exam are contained within this book, including the project management knowledge areas.

It covers the rationales behind the courses of action required to take depending on what situation you face in the exam and in the real world. It also boasts a really good glossary of terms.

A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide)—5th Edition

Project Management Institute, 2013. ISBN: 978-1935589679

This is the official reference text you must know to pass the exam. The latest edition expands on the chapters available in previous versions and has added some invaluable details about the examinations.

This book sets the standard for what you need to know to pass the exam, which makes it an essential, if bulky, tome.

PM Prepcast

OSP International LLC, available as a downloadable product from their website.

This series of training videos can be a useful study guide, particularly if you have a busy schedule. You can study for your exam on the go across any of your devices.

The visual presentation is straightforward and has a user-friendly way of accessing what can be a complicated set of information.

As well as being for people who are on the move a lot, it also could appeal to anyone who finds they learn more effectively from visual sources rather than solely reading textbooks.

PMI’s Code of Ethics

Available as a PDF download from the PMI website.

Ethics relates to how we best use resources (human and other) to achieve our goals. PMI has a focus on honesty, responsibility, respect, and fairness in the work its members carry out. The code of ethics sets out how we can all meet these standards, and your PMP exam will include questions that reference PMI's code of ethics.