Many of us make the mistake of thinking that PMBOK is the only PMP study material that required for PMP exam.
Unfortunately, this is not the case.
PMI has published its ‘syllabus’ for PMP exam in an ebook titled “PMP Examination Content Outline” in a pdf form on pmi.org. As you go through it, you would realize that it is a bit generic. That is why you need to refer to few books that cover areas that are not covered in PMBOK.
The study notes on this blog as well as supporting eBooks written, published and given on this site cover this holistic view of what is required to be studied for passing PMP exam.
In addition to PMBOK, few more (depending on your work experience, the amount of preparation already completed, date of exam and your level of comfort) from the list below should help you prepare well for the exam.
Please note that many of these are complementary and not alternatives – for instance, along with PM Prepcast video study series you will need Exam Simulator to identify study gaps and familiarize with the real exam.
More importantly, you’ll need this to plan how you want to spend 4hrs of the exam to optimally answer as many questions as you possibly can (search for “proven strategy” on this page for a unique technique).
Here’s the list of PMP study material you may find useful.
The FREE PMP Study Blueprint and study notes on this blog
If you have already not signed up for PMP Study Blueprint on the side-bar on this blog, do it now. It’s Free. You’re gonna love it (if you didn’t, please write to me). In addition, all lessons on this blog are created for preparing well for the exam.
Click here to the read comprehensive review of these two useful products that help you pass your PMP exam on first attempt. Also, find if you are eligible to get a discount, and the popular PMP prep books as a special bonus.
PMP ‘Last Mile’ Prep Study Books
Kindle Book Series ‘Ace Your PMP® Exam’ in a Single-book Format
Entire series has 13 books covering 4-wk PMP exam plan and all PMP exam concepts segregated on the lines of Knowledge Areas.
Update: Now also get the ‘PMP Exam Cheat Sheet: Your 15 Minute Revision Guide’ with this series for free!
Note: You don’t need to have a Kindle device to read this. You can read via browser (read.amazon.com) or using FREE Kindle reader app for Mac, PC, or any smartphone.
PMESN PMP Exam Brain-dump
Click here to learn how to create your own brain-dump (useful technique if you are taking Computer Based Test, or CBT) and to access my PMP brain-dump for free.
Free PM PrepCast
A FREE Exam Simulator!
You can also get a FREE 7-day access to Cornelius’ PMP Simulator 2.0 by clicking here!
FREE Exam Practice Questions
More of Free PMP self-tests from Oliver LehmannDownloads of questions, Smartphone apps, Seminar handout, Discussion group access and more..
|Free PMP questions||There are about 206 questions.|
|Sample PMP questions||200 free questions. Over 1500 available for purchase.|
|Headfirst lab||PDF containing 200 free questions.|
|Free Online exam simulator||Online exam simulator. You can take 10, 50 or full 200 questions. Even specify your own number. Grade the exam and see explanations for incorrect answers.|
|Some more free PMP questions||This needs registration|
|Simplilearn||Free 200 PMP questions from Simplilearn|
|techfaq360||Free PMP test from TechFaq|
|PMStudy||Free PMP test from PM Study|
|Examcentral.net||Free PMP test questions from Exam Central|
|mockexam4u.com||3 Free PMP tests from MockExams4U|
|Oliver Lehmann||75 Free questions – this is difficult and quite useful|
|Oliver’s 175 questions||Link to pdf download|
|Free simulator by Cornelius Fichtner||You’ll 3 day access to set of questions from same source as that of the paid simulator.|
|Another list||List of 10 sites to get free PMP sample questions.|
|Free PMP prep material from PMStudy.com||Free videos, full-length simulated exams, 3-day access to online demo course, podcasts and so on.|
|Edwel’s 100 PMP test questions||Click here to get it.|
|iZenBridge free PMP mock exam||Take 100 questions test as well as EVM test (15 Q)|
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PMBOK Guide – 5th Edition (With Price Discount)
PMBOK 5th edition is undoubtedly the Bible of PMP resources. Nothing more is required to be said. If you don’t already have this, get this now.
Head First PMP (With Price Discount)
This is one of the several PMP resources that I picked up to begin my study. When I picked up this book although it seemed a bit weird slowly I started liking the way information was presented. It is easy to grasp, remember and recall. One of the better PMP books to own.
PMP Exam Prep, Eighth Edition: Rita’s Course in a Book for Passing the PMP Exam
Rita’s book is probably most famous, because it has been one of the first complete book to be published as unofficial reference book for PMP and also is around for more than a decade. Thousands of people have used this book for PMP preparation over years.
These are some of the PMP resources that I have found useful (apart from Wikipedia and several project management authority sites that I have referred to create study lessons on this blog). I hope you will derive not only education value from these, but also enjoy the discounted prices you are offered through these affiliate links.
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An approach by a successful PMP
Arham Faraaz explains nicely how he prepared for his PMP exam in this video –
And then few more PMP study material –
Here are some more you might find useful –
– Basic statistics you should know for PMP Exam
– PMP Lessons learned by people who have passed their PMP Exam
This is not a complete list of PMP study material, but should sufficient enough to make an informed decision for your PMP study plan.
I wish you all the success in your exam. Go ace that exam!