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PMP Practice Makes Perfect

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pmp-practice-makes-perfectBook Title:  PMP Practice Makes Perfect

Authors:  John A. Estrella, Charles Duncan, Sami Zahran, James L. Haner, and Rubin Jen

Publisher:  John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

List Price:   US$39.99

Format:  soft cover; 370 pages

Publication Date:   2012

ISBN: 978-1-1181-6976-6

Reviewer:      Cone Smith

Review Date:              October 2012 

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Introduction to the Book

PMP Practice Makes Perfect is a compellation of quick review questions and practice tests based on the PMBOK Guide, 4th edition and the Project Management’s Institute’s Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.  The book is an excellent resource for review of the test material and contains representative test material that will help those preparing to take the PMP exam.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book’s introduction covers a number of topics.  These topics include the merits of becoming PMP certification, the pathway to the PMP certification, and an explanation of how to use the book was designed to meet the needs of a wide variety of readers and how those readers can best use the book to prepare for the exam.

Chapter 1 is a quick review test which has a similar distribution of questions as the PMP certification exam.  Chapter 2 is quick review solution to Chapter 1.  The review solution indicates the chapter and page in the PMBOK where the solutions can be found.  This feature provides an excellent reference to the PMBOK which provides for more detailed review of the material.  Additionally, it provides which questions are relevant to the PMI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.

Chapters 3, 5, 7, and 9 are practice tests and chapters 4, 6, 8, and 10 are Answers to the practice test in each of the preceding chapters.  That is chapter 4 provides the answers to questions in chapter 3 and so on.  The questions are detailed and precise and provide a rigorous review of the material.  The answers to each question provide a somewhat detailed answer and a reference to the page in PMBOK on which the topic can be found.

Highlights: What’s New in this Book

This particular study guide provides 4 practice test all containing 205 questions.  All tests provide different questions over the same material of the exam.  Also, the Solutions guides provide specific detail and reference pages to the source material for further review. 

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