PMP® Exam Practice Test and Study Guide, Ninth Edition and PMP® Exam Challenge Sixth Edition (ESI International Project Management Series)


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Book Title: PMP® Exam Practice Test and Study
Guide, Ninth Edition and PMP® Exam Challenge Sixth
Edition (ESI International Project Management Series)
Authors: Levin J. Leroy & Ginger Levin, PhD
Publisher: Auerbach Publications
List Price:   US $69.95/$49.95
Publication Date:  May 2013
ISBN:  978-14822-02243 / 978-14665-99826
Pages:  512/332
Reviewer: A. David Boomstein
Review Date: December 2013

Introduction to the Book 

The PMP® Exam Practice Test and Study Guide, Ninth Edition and the PMP® Exam Challenge!,Sixth Edition are two books designed to assist anyone studying for their PMP exam. They are some of the first study guides based upon the recently released PMBOK® Guide, Fifth Edition, released mid-year, 2013.

As its name implies, the “PMP Exam Practice Test and Study Guide, 9th Edition” provides separate test chapters of 40 questions each focused on each of the 10 PMP Knowledge Areas, a total of 400 questions, as well as an overall 200 question practice test.

The “PMP Exam Challenge!, 6th Edition” provides a series of flash cards – 60 per Knowledge Are – 600 in total, designed to aid in preparing for the PMP exam.

The books are relatively small, 7″ x 9¼” for the Test and Study Guide and 6″ x 8″ for the Exam Challenge! Both books are approx. 1¼” thick and are bound with double wire/ twin loop/Wire-O bindings.

Overview of Books’ Structure 

While the two books can be used in a stand-alone fashion, clearly they are designed to complement one another.

Each chapter of the Exam Practice Test and Study Guide includes a basic overview that includes chapter “Study Hints” and a listing of “Major topics” addressed by the Knowledge Area addressed in the chapter. Each chapter also includes a single page answer sheet and An “Answer Key” with explanations of why the answer was selected.

The PMP Exam Challenge! Is laid out to viewed horizontally, landscape view. Pages are cut in half with the top having the question and the flip side the answer, thus giving you two flash cards per page. Each of the cards is numbered.

Highlights: What’s New in this Book

The critical new feature to both books is alignment to the PMBOK® Guide, Fifth Edition that was released mid-year, 2013. 


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Editor’s note:  This book review was the result of cooperation between the publisher, PM World and the Dallas Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI Dallas Chapter – www.pmidallas.org). Publishers provide the books to PM World; books are delivered to the PMI Dallas Chapter, where they are offered free to PMI members to review; book reviews are published in the PM World Journal and PM World Library.  PMI members can receive PDUs for PMP recertification by reviewing the books.  PMI Dallas Chapter members are generally mid-career professionals, the audience for most project management books.  If you are an author or publisher of a project management-related book, and would like the book reviewed through this program, please contact [email protected]. 

About the Reviewer 

flag-usapmwj18-jan2014-Boomstein-IMAGE3 - REVIEWERA David Boomstein, MPS

David Boomstein is marketing and project management consultant in Dallas, Texas, USA. His diversified expertise in strategic planning for established as well as start-up ventures, new business development, product and enterprise-level services development has given him the opportunity to work in private industry, nonprofit organizations and the government contracting sectors. He has become a recognized subject matter expert in state Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for families of special needs individuals. He recently provided operations services in the nation’s largest Medicare exchange call center.

David has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Communication Arts from New York Institute of Technology and he received a Master of Professional Studies (MPS) degree upon graduation from the first class of York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), the nation’s first graduate education program in alternative media.

David was the first professional in the region to receive the SpecialCareSM Financial Planner certification and designation from The American College, Bryn Mawr, PA, He has also held insurance and securities licenses.

David joined the PMI Dallas Chapter mid-2013 when he decided to study for his PMP certification. As an active volunteer on the Corporate Liaison and Marketing Committee, he is a co-editor, focusing on analysis & core strategy development on the Chapter’s 2014 Marketing Plan.

David may be contacted at [email protected] or (www.linkedin.com/in/davidboomstein/)