When choosing the best PMP prep book you should take into consideration your current level and when you plan on taking the exam. If you have not scheduled the exam you have ample time to read up the recommended PMI books including the PMBOK but these alone will not get you a pass. You need to
You need to be aware that 80% of people who fail the first time will solely rely on the PMBOK for theory PMP preparation. If you take away one thing is that DO NOT SOLELY RELY ON PMBOK to pass the exam. Let me explain.
Project Manager Book of Knowledge is the PMI bible for traditional project management. It was the original document the PMI created and what the PMP exam is based on. Do not expect to pass the PMP by just reading this book as it is not written to help people pass. Instead, focus on practice exams or exam simulators to prepare you for the exam.
Best PMP Prep Books in 2021
In 2021 there is a new TOP seller on Amazon the PMP Exam Prep Simplified: Covers the Current PMP Exam and Includes a 35 Hours of Project Management E-Learning Course which has some impressive reviews from passing PMPs worth checking out.
PMI Recommended Prep Books
You can find the full list of PMI recommended reading which includes Agile Practice Guide & A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – 6th Edition both written by the PMI and available to purchase on Amazon
PMP Prep Books I Used
When I was studying I used Andy Crowes: How to Pass on Your First Try It covered all the content in the PMBOK but presents the content with the test in mind. I found it very helpful where it had questions at the end of each chapter and a complete test at the end of the book. I also read the PMP Headfirst but that is out of date now.
If I Had to Choose PMP Training Again
If you have the budget or in a position, you need to 100% pass on the first attempt you should consider instructor type training. Top of the line premium training is PM Prepcast PMI Official Course brought to you by Cornelius Fichtner, is a registered PMP with 20 years of experience in many industries. He formerly served as a Project Management Institute (PMI®) Chapter President but has since moved on to become a founding member of PMI’s New Media Council and Social Media Advisory Group