When I was going through the web, the five most popular PMP exam prep books I came across were from Rita Mulcahy, Andy Crowe, Headfirst, Kim Heldman, Christopher Scordo. After reviewing all the top 5 PMP exam prep books in the market, I have ranked the books based on three main criteria:

  • PMP exam-friendly: The prep guide material must cover as much of PMBOK as possible
  • Delivery style: The PMP prep guide should balance theoretical explanation and visual elements.
  • Practice questions: The prep guide should provide at least 1 set of PMP mock exam set of good quality. The assessment here is based on the number of practice questions included and how helpful are the practice questions in helping PMP aspirants to taste the real PMP exam experience.

I deliberately did not include price point in the assessment because all the prep guides are priced about USD$10 to USD$20 different from each other. The basis of the assessment: If I will only buy one copy of PMP exam prep book, which one should I go for?

boxing-ring: EasyPM PMP Exam Prep Guide Best PMP Prep Guide to Buy

So here are the EasyPM ruling on the all-rounded PMP Prep Guide:

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4. Christopher Scordo’s PMP Exam Prep Questions, Answers and Explanations(Read more details  or our special review) provides many practice questions compared to other PMP prep guides. This is suitable for use in complementary to an existing PMP prep guide. As a PMP prep guide, of course you will have sufficient materials to understand PMBOK itself. But if you want to thoroughly cover the references to PMBOK and the additional PMP exam topics that are not in PMBOK, I would suggest you to check out Rita’s book instead.

5. Kim Heldman’s Project Management Professional Exam Study Guide(Read more details or our special review) provides a wide coverage of PMBOK materials. However the delivery of content can be more interactive to improve the learning effectiveness of the PMP aspirants. Overall still a good alternative to an all-rounder Rita’s PMP prep guide.

In short, if you are a Visual Learner, go for HeadFirst PMP.

Otherwise, Rita Mulcahy’s book and Andy Crowe’s book would be good choice for those that prefer to study the big picture and dive deep into details.

Studying for PMP is a massive effort that will last months. So, if you want to get through your PMP exam prep by self-studying, I would recommend Learn More Study Less as a learning approach to help you prepare for your PMP exam fast and effectively.



You can always combine different PMP exam prep guides so that you can leverage the strengths of different learning styles and help you get used to a variety of practice questions.

So which one did you pick in the end? What were your decision criteria?

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