Books recommended for PMP Certification

1. A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge: PMBOK(R) Guide 5th Edition by Project Management Institute

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A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge: PMBOK(R) Guide

Paperback: 589 pages
Publisher: Project Management Institute; 5 edition (January 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1935589679
ISBN-13: 978-1935589679
Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 8.5 x 11 inches

2. Head First PMP Third Edition Edition by Jennifer Greene, Andrew Stellman

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, Fifth 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
Head First PMP puts project management principles into context to help you understand, remember, and apply them—not just on the exam, but also on the job.

3. PMP Exam Cram: Project Management Professional 5th Edition by Michael G. Solomon

PMP Exam Cram, Fifth Edition, is the perfect study guide to help you pass the 2013 PMP Exam. It provides coverage and practice questions for every exam topic. The book contains an extensive set of preparation tools such as quizzes and Exam Alerts, while the CD-ROM provides real-time practice and feedback with a 200-question test engine.

Covers the critical information you’ll need to know to score higher on your exam!

  • Approach the project management process from PMI’s views on project management
  • Understand the project management framework
  • Properly initiate projects
  • Understand the project planning process
  • Complete the planned project work
  • Monitor project work and make necessary changes
  • Close projects

4. PMP Exam Cram: Pass on the First Time Project Management Professional Exam by Alexander McDuffie

The PMP exam cram is a question guide for the project management professional certification test. The content and the PMP practice questions are based on the current Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®) 5th edition. Whether you are starting your PMP prep training or expert in project management this book will enhance your ability to be a better project manager and on your way to become a certified project management professional. In the PMP Exam Cram we wanted to simulate the real project management professional exam so as an extra bonus there is a 200 PMP mock question exam inside. Each question has a detailed answer and explanation on what that is the correct answer, what process group and knowledge area the question falls under. In addition, there is 10 simulate PMP quizzes over each framework area such as Time Management, Scope Management, Risk Management,� Now you can focus on a specific area if you are weak and pass the PMP exam.

This book will help you:

  • Gives you real PMP questions that you might expect on the project management exam 
  • Complete overall assessment if you are ready to sit for the PMP exam or need additional study time
  • Learn PMP’s question styles and PMBOK principles to pass and earn the project management certification 
  • The final exam test if you are ready for the real PMP exam. With detailed answers and explanations, you will find your weakness and eliminate them to successfully pass the exam.

5. PMP Exam Prep, Eighth Edition - Rita's Course in a Book for Passing the PMP Exam Eighth Edition by Rita Mulcahy

Hundreds of thousands of project managers understand why PMP Exam Prep is a worldwide best-seller. Years of PMP exam preparation experience, endless hours of ongoing research, interviews with project managers who failed the exam to identify gaps in their knowledge, and a razor-sharp focus on making sure project managers don't waste a single minute of their time studying are THE reasons this book is the best-selling PMP exam preparation guide in the world.

PMP Exam Prep, Eighth Edition contains hundreds of updates and improvements from previous editions--including new exercises and sample questions never before in print. Offering hundreds of sample questions, critical time-saving tips plus games and activities available nowhere else, this book will help you pass the PMP exam on your FIRST try.

6. The PMP Exam: Quick Reference Guide, Fifth Edition (Test Prep series) Pamphlet by Andy Crowe PMP PgMP

A quick reference guide for the PMP Exam, this sturdy, laminated card accompanies The PMP Exam: How To Pass On Your First Try, 5th Edition. Presenting all 47 processes along with the key inputs, tools, and outputs, this helpful tool also depicts techniques, tables, and graphs to highlight the most important information at a glance. Common formulas are organized for rapid look-up, bringing relevant information for the PMP Exam together in one resource.

About the Author

Andy Crowe is a certified six-sigma black belt and the founder of Velociteach, a company that provides project management and certification training. He is the author of Alpha Project Managers and The CAPM Exam. He has taught classes in C++ for Microsoft University and advanced technology courses for the U.S. government and served on Microsoft's .NET international advisory committee. He lives in Kennesaw, Georgia.

7. PMP Examination Practice Questions for The PMBOK Guide, 5th edition by Sean Whitaker

Updated, revised and improved for 2014

If you are studying towards the Project Management Professional (PMP®) Examination then this book is an essential aid in your study programme. To help you in your study this book contains: 

  • Over 400 realistic practice questions, answers and explanations; 
  • A guide on how to study for and sit the PMP exam; 
  • A list of all the formulae you need to pass the exam; 
  • Other useful tips and tricks to help your study. 

8. PMP® Exam Prep: The Unofficial Guide to Passing the PMP Exam the First Time by Alexander R McDuffie

In this PMP Exam Prep you receive over 400 questions that are challenging and give you the answer that corresponds directly to the page in the PMBOK 5th Guide. Each quiz is based on each of the 10 process groups helping you know what process group you are strong or need more attention to.

After you finish this book, I invite you to go to where you will find several mock exams that will help you master your skills at project management. These exams are timed and show you what you score in each section, just like the real one. If you go to PM Higher Learning YouTube channel, there are weekly videos posted to help you answer questions or give guidance to those taking the exam.

From the Back Cover

"Taking the boot camp has helped me understand the process and framework. I have been a project manager for over 15 years & this class still taught me several new knowledge areas." --Ralph McDonald, Center of Diease Control, Regional supervisor

"I recently got a job at Nissan in which my position required me to become PMP certified in 120 days. I was really nervous but after taking the boot camp I felt comfortable with the real exam which I take next week!" --Michael Pickens, Nissan America, Controller

"The material was spot on for the real PMP exam. I took each of the free exams and class room quizzes. I owe PM Higher Learning for helping me pass the PMP exam on the first try." --Will Charleston, Indigo Consulting, Project Manager

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