Top 5 PMP Exam Books

The sixth edition of the PM Body of Knowledge Guide was published in September 2017. It holds the latest best practices in project management, in particular, complementary agile approaches, and new and renamed sections on knowledge areas. The guide also contains more emphasis on strategic and business knowledge, as well as information on the PMI Talent Triangle, which are the three skill areas project management professionals are encouraged to developed, and are deemed essential to succeed in today’s market.

What is the PMP Exam?

The PMP exam is a part of the accreditation to become a Project Management Professional. For project managers, the PMP certification is considered important, and is widely recognized. Eligibility to take the exam depends on strict requirements. After receiving a PMP certification, professionals can maintain it through a Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) program. In an article which compared the salary increase per certification in the technology industry, PMP certifications resulted in the highest increase in salary. Many employers now require this certification for certain positions.

The Top 5 PMP Prep Books

PMP certification courses are available and offered by many learning companies such as Master of Project Academy and PMTraining. For those who opt to self-study or who want more references, PMP exam prep books are affordable and accessible resources. Below are the top 5 we have selected based on several criteria such as alignment with the latest PMBOK edition, publishing date, customer reviews, and structure, among others.

1. PMP Exam Prep book by Master of Project Academy

Author: Resit Gulec, PMP. Resit is Founder & CEO of Master of Project Academy, PMP exam training provider based in New York, USA. A practicing PMP and project management expert, he is also a certified ITIL expert and regularly teaching undergrad and MBA students in the university. The ebook was published in 2019, is about 550+ pages in PDF format, and priced at $39.90. It is ideal for PMP and CAPM certification exam test takers. It also includes real-life project examples, PMP flash card mapping games, more than 100 important must-to-remember Master Points for the PMP exam and 500 sample exam questions. What is unique with the book is that the discussion follows the order of the knowledge areas over sample real-life scenarios. This makes it easy for the reader to understand and remember the concepts.  Download a Sample | Buy this book

2. The PMP Exam: How to Pass on Your First Try, Sixth Edition

Author: Andy Crowe. Andy is the founder and CEO of Velociteach, a leading provider of project management training and exam preparation. With 25 years of project management experience, he founded the training company to help empower other project professionals. The sixth edition is the updated best-selling exam prep book aligned with the latest PMBOK Guide. The paperback was published in April 2018, contains 752 pages, and is now priced at $61.17. It is specifically for professionals preparing to take the PMP certification exams. The book covers all process groups and knowledge areas, a new chapter about the role of the project manager, and strategies and tips to pass the exam. It also contain over 400 practice exam questions, links to 60 videos, end-of-chapter quizzes, and a mock final exam. Read our ReviewView this Book on Amazon

3. PMP: Project Management Professional Exam Study Guide, 9th edition

Author: Kim Heldman, PMP. Kim is the Chief Information Officer of the Regional Transportation District in Denver, Colorado. She received her MBA in Regis University, and has 25 years experience in IT project management. The 9th edition of her book is the revised guide aligned with the 6th edition of the PMBOK. The paperback was published in February 2018, has 768 pages, and is now priced at $34.80. Aspirants for both PMP and CAPM certification exams can use the book for test preparation. The book introduces the PMP certification and how to achieve it. It also covers definitions, documents, activities, and all other topics within the knowledge areas and process groups. It also include comprehensive review questions, and links to online chapter tests, practice exams, flashcards, and more. Read our ReviewView this Book on Amazon

4. PMP Exam Prep: Questions, Answers, & Explanations

Author: Christopher Scordo, PMP, ITIL. Christopher is the founder and Managing Director of PMTraining, a PMI REP for career certifications, including PMP. He has served as consultant, advisor, investor, and project executor for various government and private sector clients. The Kindle edition of his book is the 2018 update of his popular PM certification exam prep book. It was published in April 2018, about 6MB or equivalent to 440 pages in print length. Sold by Amazon Digital Services, it is priced at $24.95. It is ideal for PMP test aspirants, but also valuable to trainers. It includes an introduction, practice exams and quizzes, formula cheat sheet, and additional resources. Over 1000+detailed practice exam questions, 18 condensed mock exams, and detailed solution sets are included. Read our ReviewView this Book on Amazon

5. PMP Project Management Professional Study Guide, Fifth Edition

Author: Joseph Phillips, PMP. Joseph is a teacher, writer, and consultant on project management. He is the Director of Education for Project Seminars Inc., and has taught project management, business analysis, and goal setting for Columbia College, University of Chicago, Ball State University, and others. His updated Fifth Edition book is aligned for the PMBOK Sixth Edition. The paperback was published in February 2018, contains 845 pages, and is priced at $31.90. It is a prep book for professionals taking the latest PMP certification exam. It contains 3 parts, project initiation, PMP exam essentials, which introduces the knowledge areas, and the appendices. It comes with electronic content that includes the Total Tester exam engine, worksheets, reference PDFs, and an hour of video training from the author. Read our Review (4th Edition)


Another great exam prep book is Head First PMP Fourth Edition by Greene and Stellman with its unique formatting that emphasizes visuals for effective learning. As we come across and review newer materials, we will update this list as needed. Feel free to send your suggestions. Project management professionals continue to learn, to update, and to upgrade their knowledge and skills. The absence of a PMP credential will not prevent a person to practice good project management. However, having it will certainly enhance one’s credibility, in addition to the value that employers perceive it delivers.  

Jose Maria Delos Santos

Jose Maria Delos Santos

Jose is a subject matter expert and member of the writing team for and Bridge24. He has written hundreds of articles including project management software reviews, books reviews, training site reviews, and general articles related to the project management industry.

7 Responses

  1. Avatar moe says:

    I took certification project mgt courses 3 years ago and never took the exam nor have I have ever worked as a project manager. Can you help me with a study guide for a novice, so I can pass the exam?

  2. Avatar Roger Dossantos says:

    The very best pmp materials

  3. Avatar Sumon says:

    I think the best 3 books are:
    1. Rita’s PMP
    2. HeadFirst PMP
    3. Brainy People’s Guide To PMP® Credential

    I think, combination of any of the above 2 books would be enough, especially any book with the Brainy People’s Guide, as it summarizes the whole concept in 255 points, amazing.

  4. Avatar Adel Fahmy says:

    The best book is How to pass pmp on first try by Andy crowe ,easy,easy, to understand pmp .

  5. Avatar Nomad says:

    I read “McGraw-Hill Education PMP Project Management Professional Exam” and “HeadFirst PMP”. McGraw-Hill’s book was far better.

  6. Avatar Adel Fahmy says:

    Really I read more than one book before start pmp study ,finally I found how pass the pmp exam on first try by andy crowe is the best book because easy to learn and concentrate on the exam

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