Achieve CAPM Exam Success


pmwj49-Aug2016-Arroyo-BOOKBook Title: Achieve CAPM Exam Success, Second Edition: A Concise Study Guide and Desk Reference       
Authors: Diane Altwies, PMP, Janice Preston, PMP, and Frank Reynolds, CAPM
Publisher: J. Ross Publishing, Inc
List Price:   $69.95 USA
Format: Soft Cover
Publication Date: Jan. 2014
ISBN: 978-1-60427-087-7
Reviewer: Jennifer Arroyo, PMP
Review Date: Aug 2016


Companies in the 21st century face tremendous challenges in innovation and the changing nature of daily business operations. Need for project management has grown exponentially in every industry. By becoming certified in project management, a young business professional can show commitment to the project management profession.

The entry-level CAPM® certification presents a fundamental understanding of the knowledge, terminology, and processes of successful project management. As PMI suggests on its website, “Regardless of your career stage, the Certified Associate in Project Management CAPM® is an asset that will distinguish you in the job market and enhance your credibility and effectiveness working on — or with — project teams….. CAPM® recognizes your knowledge of the profession’s preeminent global standard so that you’ll stand out to employers and be poised to move ahead.”

The certification exam has 150 multiple choice questions, and examinees have three hours to complete it. The purpose of this book is to, “provide the reader with a consolidated source of material closely related to the PMBOK® Guide – Fifth Edition (2013).” As recommended by the authors it should be used in conjunction with PMI PMBOK® Guide to comprehend the massive amount of knowledge effectively.

Overview of book’s structure

This book is well organized and has a conversational approach to the fundamental knowledge and concepts of PMI’s PMBOK® Guide – Fifth Edition (2013).  It progressively breaks down the content into three parts: Study Tips & key Math Formulas, PMBOK® Guide Process Group & Knowledge Areas Overview, and contains practice questions for exam preparation.

The detailed key features delivered by this book include:

  • Reader gets free online access to over 1000 questions enabling the reader to perform practice tests by each of the 10 knowledge areas and/or simulate actual 150 question exam, with incorrect answer feedback.
  • It contains a pre-assessment test to help the reader develop a focused study plan and manage study time effectively and a post-assessment test to evaluate reader’s readiness for the actual exam.
  • It uses a sample project case study throughout the book to demonstrate how to apply tools and techniques covered in the PMBOK® Guide and exercises to further develop reader’s knowledge and competency.
  • It presents key definitions and tips to improve reader’s understanding, and sample end-of-chapter CAPM® exam questions and answers.
  • PMBOK® Guide Process Group & Knowledge Areas Overview include the following:


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About the Reviewer

Jennifer Arroyo

Texas, USA



Jennifer Arroyo 
received her M.B.A. degree in Marketing from State University of New York at Albany.  Jennifer joined PMI’s Dallas Chapter in 2015.  She volunteered and served as supporting Book Review Coordinator as part of the professional development and social media marketing initiative.

Ms. Arroyo has more than 8 years of project management experience in the Global Business Marketing, Talent Development, and Financial Services industries. With her diverse global and regional PM leadership experiences, Ms. Arroyo is passionate about helping clients and businesses to achieve branding and PM success by effective social media project management.

Contact Jennifer Arroyo via [email protected]

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