Best resources to prepare for PMP

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As PMP® aspirants and Project Management Professional, you are required to carefully plan for your PMP certification journey taking into consideration your workload and your personal constraints.

Early in the preparation stage, you will have to identify the books and references you will rely on to earn the PMP certification in the first attempt.

In fact, reading the PMBOK® Guide alone is not enough for the PMP® exam. It is highly recommended to lean on preparation books and to practice with sample exams.

Recommended Books


 PMP Exam Prep, Eighth Edition
by Rita Mulcahy

Rita PMP exam preparation is considered as the best book to prepare for PMP. The book provides easy to read and understand topics. It also includes high quality end of chapter questions and games. This book has been set out in a simplistic manner explaining the entire PMP concept in an easy way. Still, the coverage of the ITTO is not exhaustive and shall be improved.


Head First PMP

  by Andrew Stellman

Head First PMP is written in a different way compared to Rita exam prep book.  It is easy to read and to understand as it contains a lot of diagrams and illustrations. It also includes many exercises to help you to understand and to remember the different concepts. However, the subjects are not addressed in death as presented in Rita’s book.

Discussion Forum and Lessons Learned

 The PMZilla Forum is the most popular PMP® exam forum on the internet where you can get high quality resources and read valuable lessons learned.

You may also join several Linkedin groups such as I want to be a PMP® that provide useful tips and tricks.

Free PMP® Sample Exams

 In order to assess your knowledge and to build the confidence required to earn the PMP certification, you are required to practice exam question. You will find below a list of the resources available for free.

  • Oliver Lehmann 75 questions – an online practice exam with 75 questions, most PMP® aspirants consider this to be very difficult

  • PM Study Mock Exam 1 – PM Study provides a free 200-question online practice exam

  • PM Exam Simulator – from the publisher of the PM PrepCast™, this PM Exam Simulator provides a 3-day trial period that provides you with 170 questions

Online Courses

The PMP Flexi Pass offered by Simplilearn  is by far the best training availabe in the market.

By enrolling to this course, you get:

  • 29 hours of High Quality eLearning Content
  • 83 End-of-Chapter Quizzes and 5 Simulation Exams
  • 5 Industry Case studies and 12 scenario-based games
  • 15+ virtual classrooms with different trainers
  • Earn the required 35 PDUs to take the PMP certification exam