In the PMP aspirants’ world, there are usually 5 very popular PMP prep guides that everyone talks about. Today, I will review Andy Crowe’s The PMP Exam: How to Pass on Your First Try, Fifth Edition (Price: USD$62.89) in this post. I did not use this book during my PMP exam prep. But I managed to get hold of a copy afterwards and review the content based on my actual PMP exam experience.

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1. Creditability

2. Book Content

  • The content is exam orientated by breaking down the lengthy paragraphs of the PMBOK® Guide. It is short and concise which is perfect when you are in efficient exam prep mode.
  • It includes all the materials from PMBOK® Guide with highlights of the topics that will be important for the real PMP® exam. So this really helps for PMP aspirants to focus accordingly.
  • Extra attention given to PMP® calculation and earn value management (EVM) concepts which are not explained in details in the PMBOK® Guide.
  • You get chapter-end questions which is quite a standard for most quality PMP prep guides.
  • A set of 200 questions PMP mock exam set is included in the last part of the book
  • It contains a glossary of PMBOK® Guide terminology which will be very useful for last minute walkthrough before the PMP® exam.
  • The books comes with a one week complimentary access to Velociteach online exam simulator with 100 questions. You can set up the number of questions you want to do and you will get timed relatively. The access code is provided on the inside back cover of the book.
  • It took me whole weekend to review the book back to back. If you go through it quickly, you definitely will need much less time. But I would suggest to go through the book thoroughly and give it time to sink in. That will likely take you a minimum of 3 to 4 days of full time reading.

3. Pros vs Cons

  • Pros:
    • The PMP exam strategy tips were invaluable and quite close to practicality in real PMP exam.
    • I like the clear structure covered for each Process Group: What it is, Why is it important, When is it performed, How it works, inputs tools and outputs, etc. It helps to really stamp the concept in your brain repetitively.
    • This book is definitely more comprehensive than the PMBOK because Andy included extra explanations that are simply not in the PMBOK.
    • Crowe’s practiced exams have a better explanation than Scordo although Scordo‘s book, PMP Exam Prep Questions, Answers, & Explanations simply has a lot more practice questions.
    • Speaking from experience, the PMP practice questions is the most important part of the whole PMP prep journey.
    • The book very carefully laid out complex project management disciplines through good use of graphics, formulas, and easy-reading writing style. I always find it hard to reach technical reference book. And with Crowe’s book, I am very pleased with the delivery of the content.
  • Cons:
    • Let’s now come to the cons of this book. As mentioned by several reviewers in other blogs and on Amazon, I would strongly agree that the book feels like a quick cut & paste job from the previous editions with bad editorial work. There were references to a process that no longer exists in the 5th edition and answers of practice questions that were missing. The published included list of corrections in the latest print “release”. But, I paid for a book and did not expect having to pick out a pencil and correct the content myself.
    • Many concepts and key terminologies are covered completely in this book. There were many concepts that were questioned in my PMP exam that were not covered in this book. If you intend to buy a prep book to entirely replace the PMBOK, you may want to consider Rita Mulcahy’s PMP Prep Guide instead of this.
    • Real PMP exam questions are a lot more harder than the practice exam questions. So you will need to combine this book with a PMP exam simulator to get real sense of PMP exam experience.
    • The free access to Velociteach online questions back was VERY limited and just not enough. If you are getting the book because of this free access, I would suggest you to look at bigger picture.

4. Summary

  • After going through the book myself and reviewing other people’s comments, this book will earn a 3/5 in my eye.
  • Yes the book does tick all the check boxes. However the editorial work was poor, and level of difficulty for the questions were just not good enough to get you ready for PMP exam.
  • On the other hand, if you are looking for a visual-oriented PMP prep guide to complement your other materials, this will be a great option.

5. Where to buy

You can get a copy of this book at your local book stores or Amazon by using following button.

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  • Do make sure you order in advance and include the lead time in your Game Plan.