Books for PMP Certification

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So you decided to get PMP Certification credentials,
and now in search to find the best books for PMP Certification Exam preparation.

Although, there are a plethora of books available to help you prepare for PMP Exam,
but I choose some of the best books for pmp exam preparation that have helped many aspirants pass the tedious exam on their first try.

These books are not only recommended for aspirants seeking pmp credential but are good reference guides for project manager’s or someone interested in Project Management.

They could be a nice handy collection for your library or desk.

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1: PMP Exam Prep, Eight Edition: Rita’s Course in a Book for Passing the PMP Exam by Rita Mulcahy (Jun 12, 2013).

[twocol_one_last]Rita Mulcahy book

[/twocol_one_last] Rita’s book is very well organized and give you an insight of how real project management is done and what pmi expect from you.

When you start reading the book, you will feel as if Rita is talking to you. Besides lots of text, the book has pretty charts, graphs and lots of images.

Although I don’t agree its alignment with PMBOK wise chapter explanation but they done a fabulous job by not only explaining PMBOK but helping you achieve success in pmp exam.
Get it from Amazon: http://amzn.to/1nBsQGF

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2: PMP: Project Management Professional Exam Study Guide by Kim Heldman Eighth Edition (July 1, 2013).

[twocol_one_last]PMP project management professional exam 5th edition
[/twocol_one_last] Kim Heldman book is another bestselling book and highly recommended for PMP Exam Preparation.
Some of the key feature in this book are its focus on important topics in each chapter and guidance on what need to done before you appear and the project case study at the end of each chapter is extremely helpful.
Get it from Amazon: http://amzn.to/1o0V2n2

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3: Head First PMP: Old Title: A Brain-Friendly Guide to Passing the Project Management Professional Exam by Jennifer Greene and Andrew Stellman (Jan 22, 2014).

[twocol_one_last]A brain friendly guide 2nd edition
[/twocol_one_last] This book is by all means different from other pmp books and the brain friendly title definitely resonate with the book content. The book has less words and more visuals. The book is full of visually rich images and pictures that definitely will help you stick the concepts in mind.

Unfortunately, the book is not yet available and seems you have to wait for another couple months while I am writing this post, but you can,
Pre-Order from Amazon: http://amzn.to/1nBt6Wk

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4: CAPM/PMP Project Management Certification All-In-One Exam Guide, Third Edition by Joseph Phillips.

[twocol_one_last]All in one Camp PMP Exam
[/twocol_one_last] This book is helpful for both PMP and CaPM Exam, it’s well organized and PMBOK has been explained in easy to read and understandable language.

The book has lots and lots of questions, which will give you confidence and boost your morale as you proceed with your preparation.

Get it from Amazon: http://amzn.to/1JUBLh0

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5: PMBOK: A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) Fifth Edition by Project Management Institute (Jan 1, 2013).

[twocol_one_last] pmbok 5th edition [/twocol_one_last] PMBOK is dull, dry and hard to consume but one cannot live without it. You will have to read PMBOK in order to understand Project Management concepts, definitions and terms.
Get it from Amazon: http://amzn.to/1o0VP7m

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All the PMP Books mentioned above follow PMBOK’s way of explaining the concepts via Knowledge Area’s while I prefer and recommend studying Process Group and the reason is, in the real PMP Exam, you will be tested based on Process Group and not Knowledge Area.

Also in real life, we perform projects via the Process Group method, It’s a bit confusing and frustrating but that’s how PMBOK teaches us.
Go grab, any book mentioned above and ace pmp exam.