9 Must Read Exam Books Recommended by Experts and PMP Trainers

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You are preparing to take the Project Management Examination? Here are the top 6 recommended pmp exam books recommended by our experts and certified trainers!

What is important to know that each person is different in terms of their comprehension and concept creation. These books will go a long way in terms of building your concepts and provide you with the knowledge area to pass the examination in the first go!


1.  The PMP Exam : How to Pass on Your First Try, 4th edition

This is a very highly recommended book that provides a very basic understanding of the materials and curriculum surrounding the PMP certification examination. Anyone who’s highly interested in learning through both and getting first-hand knowledge of the PMP principles would find this book extensively beneficial. This book can be easily available through Amazon and other online book stores. I’m very confident that you could also find it at the local bookstore near you as well. Another cool part about this book is that the material extensively covers the processes, inputs, tools and other relative material that will be used to better improve your chances of passing the PMP certification examination. The author Andy Kroll has done a fantastic job here also adding hundreds of sample questions, exercise programs and concepts to give you the ability and hope of passing the examination. The nice thing alike about the book is that it is not expensive. You can also buy a secondhand book that people use. Do remember that secondhand books are used typically once and then send forward.


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2. PMP: Project Management Professional Exam Study Guide, 7th edition

Kim Heldman did an excellent job in terms of writing a winning best-selling examination guide. Her 20 years experience shows in the book. The book is a comprehensive analysis of all the important knowledge areas and discusses concepts, processes and key terms. Additionally, the book comprises of practice exams. A must read for all students preparing for the project management examination.


3. PMP Exam Prep, Sixth Edition: Rita’s Course in a Book for Passing the PMP Exam

This book is a must read. The objective of this book is to identify the gaps in the overall understanding of students whether they prepare for the PMP examination. Provides razor-sharp intellectual statistics and knowledge base tips to further improve your knowledge. It is time study material that has absolute value. In fact, the authority, kindly is one of the best PMP authors around. The price of this book is comparatively expensive as compared to the book above. However we definitely recommend having this book is a must-read.


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4.  PMP EXAM Simplified-5th Edition – Aligned to PMBOK Guide 5th Edition

Aileen Ellis is the owner of AME one of the renowned registered education provider. The book is highly recommended for people who need to know the basics and simplified version of concepts. The book boasts of over 1000 practice questions and provide detailed answers to assist you in building the concepts. Additional sample tests also included in the book.


5. Head First PMP: A Brain-Friendly Guide to Passing the Project Management Professional Exam

Another favorite of mine is the head first PMP examination book. In fact, this is the book that I actually read the press my PMP certification examination. This book goes a long way in describing in detail the various components of the curriculum and provide you with an honest understanding of the relevant concepts that might come in the examination. I really like the overall perspective and how the chapters are allocated. There’s a lot of pictures in the book and it seems to be a great seller for people who have no conception understanding of PMP.


6. PMBOK plus Kerzner’s book Project Management: A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling, and Controlling

This book is more of a reference and bible to the people and students who want to begin from stage zero. Time and energy required to delve into the workings and dynamics. You need to better understand and execute on the principles of success.


7. Achieve PMP Exam Success, 5th Edition: Guide for the Busy Project Manager

Diane Altwies is the author of this amazing book. It has 488 pages, costs $56.95, and has a website access that includes downloadable flash card study aids. The author is a senior project manager with almost 30 years of experience. Diane brings the experience to the book and provides a detailed account.


PMP Study Guide 4th Edition book cover

8. PMP Project Management Professional Study Guide, 4th edition

Joseph Phillips is a certified trainer and has worked extensively in training corporations, institutions and universities. Highly recommend students to have this as a must have.


9.  PMP Exam Prep Questions, Answers, & Explanations: 1000+ PMP Practice Questions with Detailed Solutions

Christopher Scordo has done an exceptional job in terms f providing key concepts in simple form.


There are other many resources available online that provide a very good understanding of what to read first to create that mindset. Attached below are just some useful links to create that mindset of execution, delivery and results. This is the name of the game.



9 Must Read Exam Books Recommended by Experts and PMP Trainers

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