PMI-PBA Exam Study Guide



Book Title: PMI-PBA Exam Practice Test and Study Guide
Author: Brian Williamson
Publisher: CRC Press
List Price: $69.95
Format: 402 pages, hardcover
Publication Date: 2018
ISBN: 978-1-138-05447-9
Reviewer: Lawrence Reid, PMP, CSM 
Review Date: Oct 2018



PMI-PBA Exam Practice Test and Study Guide by Brian Williamson is a book to prepare a candidate to successfully pass the PMI-PBA exam the first time. It cannot be used alone. This guide is aligned with other PMI publications including: Business Analysis for Practitioners: A Practice Guide, Requirements Management: A Practice Guide, and the PMI-PBA Examination Outline. This guide also references the Project Management Book of Knowledge.

Who Might Benefit from the Book?

PMI-PBA Exam Practice Test and Study Guide will benefit anyone preparing for the PMI-PBA exam.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The chapters of PMI-PBA Exam Practice Test and Study Guide are organized to walk the reader through the process of a 65-Day Study Plan.

  • Chapter 1 Introduction
  • Chapter 2 Needs Assessment
  • Chapter 3 Planning
  • Chapter 4 Analysis
  • Chapter 5 Traceability and Monitoring
  • Chapter 6 Evaluation
  • Chapter 7 About PMI and the PMI-PBA Credential
  • Chapter 8 Preparing for the Exam
  • Chapter 9 Ready, Set… Exam Success
  • 200-Question Practice Exam


Chapters 2 through 6 start with study hints for that topic, chapter exercises, and conclude with 20 topic specific practice questions. An informative answer key details why each potential answer is correct or not. Chapters 2 through 4 also include memory games to help with retention.

Recommended Steps to Follow

I would start with chapter 7, About PMI and the PMI-PBA Credential. It explains the “Why” of the exam and the eligibility requirements. The preface also recommends reviewing the technique for predicting your overall exam score in Section on page 190 before attempting your first domain quiz.


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About the Reviewer

Lawrence Reid, PMP, CSM

Bedford, Texas



 Mr. Reid is a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) specialist with extensive experience in business analysis, project management, implementation, customization, and integration for companies in the aerospace, financial services, manufacturing, and medical industries. Lawrence has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and has obtained the Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) certifications. He is a member of the Dallas and the Fort Worth chapters of the Project Management Institute (PMI).


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