PMP Exam Prep: Rita's Course in a Book for Passing the PMP Exam Reviews
Not enough can be said about the usefulness of this study guide. It is relatively inexpensive, and there isn't an equal resource for the amount of material and insight provided. The RMC team has structured the material excellently, and it is very easy to find a specific topic when quizzing yourself or researching a specific knowledge area. The "Tricks of the Trade" are great for understanding the PMI perspective of exam questions! The example questions are very good and match the real exam question format. This is a must-have study guide for anyone preparing for the PMP Exam!
The PMP Exam Prep book by Rita Mulcahy has been used by almost all PM's taking PMP certification worldwide. Second to the PMBOK Guide, this is a must study! It is the best PMP exam prep book available, with easy to read and understand topics and sample questionnaires. Having personally used it to pass my PMP exam on my first attempt, I vouch for it. Together with the PM FASTrack software, also from Rita, this book will enable you to study easier, faster, and better. If you have limited time to study, this book should be your first choice after the PMBOK Guide.
I welcome you to my second resource review blog endeavored towards making your PMP exam preparation smoother and easier. Let me tell you frankly that this is best book available in market for understanding PMP concepts and preparing for the exam as far as my expertise spreads on. This is the second material that you should touch once you've completed studying PMBOK. Rita Mulcahy has undoubtedly done a fantastic job by writing this book and making the concepts crystal clear for aspirants. This has been written in very simplistic manner explaining toughest concept in easiest way possible.
You might be wondering if this is best book in market, why I didn't suggest you to read this first? So my dear aspirants, never forget the aim of your project. Hope you're able to recall you aim which is to succeed in PMP exam. Rita's book is a reference material and not an original book. Thus Rita has definitely added few contents from her expertise arena. So studying PMBOK at first time is necessary because it would draw the outline of course curriculum in your and then you can further study Rita's book to get those concepts clarified.
When I picked up this book while my preparation for PMP, I was really glad that I found this material. They have presented the concepts by taking real world example. Most importantly, you have been given exercise questions at the end of every chapter. And doing questions are one of major weapons to get expertise and crack the exam.
It's worth to mention few words about the author of this book, Rita Mulcahy, PMP, was an international expert in project management Tricks of the Trade and best practices with over 15 years and $2.5 billion of hands-on experience. During her career, she directly taught tens of thousands of project managers from around the world, and prepared them to pass the PMP exam. Rita spent 7 years as a PMI chapter officer, speaking at PMI Global Congress, Project World, and PMI's International Project Management Symposium to standing room only crowds.
Rita was the founder of RMC Project Management, a project management training, consulting and speaking firm helping companies use project management tools and techniques to complete projects faster, cheaper, better, and with fewer resources. RMC Project Management was among the first training firms to ever receive Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) status from the Project Management Institute.
This was my favorite resource which I read 2-3 times, highlighting key concepts and taking the practice exams. The book also provides an exercise that forces you to think about it, then look at the answers and understand the knowledge gaps. The mathematical exercises were useful to help make you learn the formulas.
Additionally important were the "HOT TOPICS" which re-highlighted key concepts in case you overlooked them.
The CD with the book is an excellent knowledge bank of questions that are similar to what appear in the actual exam. My advice is to TAKE & RETAKE every exam in this and make sure to understand the knowledge gap. You will start to see a pattern and see the sequence of inputs/outputs for each process area. It is also important to time yourself, since the actual exam is very long and completing it on time can be challenging if you don't have good time management skills.
This is the best book that anyone can study to prepare for the PMP exam. The target audience of the book is beginner to intermediate level experienced people who are in the field of Project Management. The book is written in a way that it has defined a concept and then it gives time to the reader to think about the solution and then the different answers are presented. Some are most correct and some are less correct and then it explains why one is most correct and why the other is less correct. It also explain that how an experienced project manager think.
This book has also some of the very good practice exercises that are very helpful in understanding the concepts and definitions. At the end of each chapter there are practice questions and the answer sheet has the explanations of the answers.
I would highly recommend this book not only for the people who are preparing for exam but anyone who are somehow involved in any kind of project management.
The book has excellent exercises for most topics. Moreover it gives tips and tricks to learn many concepts. Rita's questions at the end of each lesson are excellent for preparation.
Very popular, nicely written, great hint for the exam and tough questions to deal with.