PgMP® Exam Practice Test and Study Guide, Fourth Edition and PgMP® Exam Challenge (ESI International Project Management Series)

PM World Book Review

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Book Title: (2) PgMP® Exam Practice Test and Study Guide, Fourth Edition and PgMP® Exam Challenge (ESI International Project Management Series)
Author(s): Ginger Levin and J. Leroy Ward
Publisher: Auerbach Publications
List Price:   US $69.95/$49.95
Publication Date:  June 18, 2013/June 26, 2013
Print:    ISBN-10: 1482201356, ISBN-13: 978-1482201352 /SBN-10: 1482202085, ISBN-13: 978-1482202083
Pages: 375/544
Reviewer:      Kevin Gilliam, MBA, PMP
Review Date: October 30, 2013

Introduction to the Books

If you are studying for the PgMP exam this is a great tool. In comparison to PMP exam preparation tools, there are fewer preparation publications available for the PgMP exam. However, Levin and Ward provide an additional tool to go alongside their study guide – a spiral bound booklet of flash cards, which includes full questions and answers to the various PgMP frameworks. I have obtained several study guides over the years, and this is the second one by Levin and Ward. With this being their 3rd edition, I have found that Levin and Ward are one of a few authors who have written a previous PgMP exam practice and study guide. This is one of the main reasons I am interested in reviewing this publication.

As with their previous publications, these two books are easy to read and utilize because of the spiral binding. This functionality makes it easier to thumb through the pages and refer to previous chapters and concepts without folding the pages back and possibly destroying the book. Therefore, the user can maintain the integrity of book for future use.

Overview of Book’s Structure

As I reviewed and tested myself while reading the book, I found that it has a similar framework as The Standard for Program Management, 3rd edition.  Additionally, the study guide also provides suggested acronyms that will be included on the exam. Again, this publication is designed to be user friendly.  Therefore, it is strongly suggest that the user follow the outline as prescribed by the authors in order to increase the odds of passing the exam.

Highlights: What’s New in this Book

Based on the previous study guide, there are not many changes to this study guide. It has the same framework as The Standard of Examination Content outline of 2011 and PMI’s The Standard for Program Management, 3rd Edition. There are some minor changes, but nothing major. Still spiral bound with the minor changes added in from The Standard for Program Management, 3rd Edition. 


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About the Reviewer

image-9818.jpgkevin-gilliamKevin Gilliam, MBA, PMP

Kevin Gilliam, MBA, PMP has been a practicing project and program manager for over 25 years and lives in the Dallas Fort Worth area. He has 6 adult children and 11 grandchildren. Kevin has consulted and worked for such organizations as HP, FISERV, Verizon, HCL, XEROX (ACS), Nortel, Club Corp USA and McAfee. Kevin is currently working for a major retailer in the Plano TX area and is pursuing PMI’s elusive PgMP certification. A little known fact about Kevin is that had to retest a second time to get recertified as a PMP. Due, in part that he allowed himself to not complete the needed PDUs to maintain his certification in timely manner. Yes, I had to take the PMP test twice with in a 15 year period. So stay current with your PDUs.  Kevin can be contacted at [email protected].

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