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This article introduces the PMP exam preparation books that I used to pass the PMP exam. Highly recommended for PMP certification aspirants, considering I passed the PMP exam from my first attempt.

Reference one: Must use


If you ever want to pass the PMP® exam (Project Management Professional) exam, this is the book I would recommend you to get! The content of this guide is updated for the most current version (PMBOK guide 6th edition) and was written by one of the most accomplished trainers in PMP exam.

This PMP study guide tries to re-organize the PMP exam syllables in a structured way to help self-study readers to reach PMP certification success. The PMP exam syllabus itself just describes the knowledge and terms required for the students to learn and understand in order to pass the exam, however, chapters are arranged according to the PMBOK guide 6th edition knowledge areas, the major guide chapters are: Project management framework, integration management, scope management, schedule management, cost management, quality management, resources management, communications management, procurement management, stakeholders management, and professional responsibility.

Major features of the book are outlined below:

  • Bestselling reference book for PMP students.
  • The 10th edition was updated as per the exam content outline published at Jan 202.
  • Many chapter-end questions to highlight the important parts of the chapters and to test whether the reader has acquired the knowledge necessary for the PMP exam.
  • Charts, graphs and illustrations are added to explain concepts in a lively way.
  • Real-life examples of implementing PMP from the experiences of the author are included.
  • Topics are introduced and explained in a logical sequence, helping readers to understand and remember the PMP® important concepts and terms.
  • Free downloadable electronic study tools.
  • More than 400 questions throughout the book. A focus on what you really need to know to pass the exam, and exclusive exercises.
  • Tricks of the Trade®, a straightforward approach to complex material.

My learning experience with this guide

This book definitely helps me to understand the topics in PMP® as well as form a mental picture of the project management knowledge areas. In total, I spent about six weeks reading this study guide and making my notes, about 2 hours on weekdays and 5 hours on weekend days.

About the author

Rita Mulcahy, PMP, is an international expert in project management “Tricks of the Trade,” and best practices with over 15 years and $2.5 billion of hands-on experience. She has taught over 4,500 project managers from around the world and has helped over 1,500 people get ready to pass the PMP exam. Rita has helped write the PMP exam and is one of only about 15 trainers PMI uses for worldwide project management training. She has spent 7 years as a PMI chapter officer and has spoken at project world and PMI’s international Project Management Symposium to standing room only crowds in 1998 and 1999. Rita’s work is sought after around the world, Rita is the President of RMC – Project Management, a project management training, consulting and speaking firm helping companies use project management tools and techniques to complete projects faster, cheaper, better, and with fewer resources. RMC – Project Management is a Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) with the Project Management Institute.

Preview the PMP exam prep 10th edition by Rita Mulcahy.

You can take a look and read dozens of pages of the PMP exam prep study guide by Rita Mulcahy by clicking the link below. You will be redirected to amazon website where you can flip through the book just as you are holding it in a bookstore, refer to the link here for FREE book preview. Preview Rita flash cards for passing the PMP exam here.

Reference two: Must use!


The PMBOK® Guide–Sixth Edition – PMI’s flagship publication has been updated to reflect the latest good practices in project management. New to the sixth edition, each knowledge area will contain a section entitled approaches for agile, iterative and adaptive environments, describing how these practices integrate in project settings. It will also contain more emphasis on strategic and business knowledge—including discussion of project management business documents—and information on the PMI Talent Triangle™ and the essential skills for success in today’s market.

It organizes the PMP exam syllabus material through the process groups, starting by the project management framework, initiating process groups (2 processes), planning process group (24 processes), executing process group (10 processes), monitoring and Controlling process group (12 processes), closing process group (1 process).

Agile Practice GuideFirst Edition has been developed as a resource to understand, evaluate, and use agile and hybrid agile approaches. This practice guide provides guidance on when, where, and how to apply agile approaches and provides practical tools for practitioners and organizations wanting to increase agility. This practice guide is aligned with other PMI standards, including A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Sixth Edition, and was developed as the result of collaboration between the Project Management Institute and the Agile Alliance.

About the author

The Project Management Institute (PMI) is a US nonprofit professional organization for project management. The PMI provides services including the development of standards, research, education, publication, networking-opportunities in local chapters, hosting conferences and training seminars, and providing accreditation in project management.

PMI has recruited volunteers to create industry standards, such as “A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge”, which has been recognized by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). In 2012 ISO adapted the project management processes from the PMBOK Guide 4th edition.

Preview the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide)–Sixth Edition

You can take a look and read dozens of pages of the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide)–Sixth edition by project management institute by clicking the link below. You will be redirected to amazon website where you can flip through the book just as you are holding it in a bookstore, refer to the link here for FREE preview. If you don’t prefer a paper book, you can preview the Kindle Edition here.

Reference three: Must use


Over the past few years, emerging technology, new approaches and rapid market changes have changed the world of work, driving the profession to evolve. A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Seventh Edition has been updated to meet these challenges, better align to how people work today and help you be more proactive, innovative and nimble. This edition of the PMBOK® Guide:

Reflects the full range of development approaches (predictive, traditional, adaptive, agile, hybrid, etc., provides an entire section devoted to tailoring the development approach and processes, expands the list of tools and techniques in a new section, “Models, Methods, and Artifacts”, focuses on project outcomes in addition to deliverables, integrates with PMI standards+™ for access to content that helps the user apply the PMBOK® Guide on the job, and including both The Standard for Project Management and the PMBOK® Guide, this modern edition presents 12 principles of project management and eight project performance domains critical for the effective delivery of project outcomes.

Reference four: Must use for practicing PMP exam questions/ optional

PMP® Exam Questions Bank: Provides 1440 practice questions covering all exam objectives

Now it’s the time to practice the PMP exam questions, and for sure you don’t need to practice more than 1,000 high quality exam questions, this book advantage is the detailed answers and explanations of the exam questions, it will improve your understanding of the PMP concepts. Students’ laser-focused on taking practice exams before attempting the real thing? Reflects the current PMP exam format and the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth edition, and the exam content outline published at Jan 2021. The practice tests in this book are designed to help students adjust to the pace, subject matter, and difficulty of the real project management professional (PMP) exam. Geared towards anyone preparing for the exam, all tests include clear solutions to help you understand core concepts. If you plan on passing the PMP exam, it’s time to test your knowledge. It’s time for PMP exam prep – questions, answers, and explanations. Now packed with over 1,000 realistic PMP sample questions to help you pass the exam on your first try.  In this book: 1000+ detailed PMP exam practice questions including 6 condensed PMP mock exams that can be completed in 230 minutes; the questions include traditional, agile, and scrum questions, with detailed solution sets for all PMP questions which include clear explanations and wording. It also includes questions in different formats, such as multiple choice, multiple selection, fill in blank, and matching questions.

What will you benefit from this guide?

This book will definitely help you to practice the PMP exam questions before you go to the real exam! the major benefit of practicing 1,000 questions that you will be able to finish the 180 exam questions in 230 minutes, finishing the real exam questions within the four hours’ time frame is one of the challenges to pass the PMP exam from the first trial, it’s highly recommended to use this book once you are done with the 35 contact hours and reference books, once you are done with this book, it is recommended as well to test yourself by practicing some timely tested PMP exam questions here!

Preview the PMP® Exam Questions Bank: Provides 1440 practice questions covering all exam objectives

You can take a look and read dozens of pages of the PMP Exam Questions Bank with detailed solutions by Shadi Ismail by clicking the link below. You will be redirected to amazon website where you can flip through the book just as you are holding it in a bookstore, refer to the link here for FREE preview.

Reference five: Optional for additional PMP exam preparation

Head First PMP: A Learner's Companion to Passing the Project Management Professional Exam 4th Edition

Head First PMP teaches you the latest principles and certification objectives in the PMBOK® Guide in a unique and inspiring way. This updated fourth edition takes you beyond specific questions and answers with a unique visual format that helps you grasp the big picture of project management. By putting PMP concepts into context, you’ll be able to understand, remember, and apply them—not just on the exam, but on the job. No wonder so many people have used Head First PMP as their sole source for passing the PMP exam.

This book will help you:

  • Learn PMP’s underlying concepts to help you understand the PMBOK principles and pass the certification exam with flying colors
  • Get 100% coverage of the latest principles and certification objectives in the PMBOK® Guide, Sixth Edition
  • Make use of a thorough and effective preparation guide with hundreds of practice questions and exam strategies
  • Explore the material through puzzles, games, problems, and exercises that make learning easy and entertaining

About the author

Jennifer Greene is an enterprise agile transformation leader, an agile coach, development manager, project manager, speaker, and authority on software engineering practices and principles. She’s been building software for over twenty years in many different domains including media, finance, and IT consulting. She’s led large-scale agile adoption efforts supporting development teams around the world and helped individual team members get the most out of agile practices. She looks forward to continuing to work with talented teams solving interesting and difficult problems.

Preview: Head First PMP, a learner’s companion to passing the project management professional exam 4th edition

By clicking the link below, you will be redirected to amazon website where you can flip through the book just as you are holding it in a bookstore, refer to the link here for FREE preview. Highly recommended and cost effective as you can get it for a price of $24 only! References one, two and three are what you must use to prepare for the PMP exam