Title: PMP EXAM Simplified
Author: Aileen Ellis, PMP, PgMP
Published by: AME Group, Inc.
When I decided to pursue my PMP certification, I embarked on a journey. Along the way, I started reading a lot of books on the topics of project management, the PMI way, and the PMP exam. Some of the books were great and some were average. For me, one book, the PMP EXAM Simplified by Aileen Ellis, PMP, PgMP, was outstanding, primarily for these three reasons.
First, the author’s focus is on the exam. Ms. Ellis provides practical strategies for how to study for the exam and how to answer the exam questions. She provides exam tips throughout the book and charts that simplify information. One chart that is used throughout the book is the examination of “pairs of words”. To quote the book, “often when one word in the pair is the correct idea in a question on the exam the other word represents the wrong answers.” So, you get a visual definition of word pairs that is very helpful with getting to the correct answer. She also tells you how to make your own flash cards as you prepare to take the exam.
Second, her approach combines reading assignments from the PMBOK with her instruction. I found this helpful because it reinforces the information found in the PMBOK by discussing it in an interesting and practical manner. In my opinion, anyone who knows how to make the PMBOK interesting and easier to understand has a real talent for teaching. Also, she has found the way to make readers focus on the PMBOK.
Third, every chapter has sample practice questions. Here the author excels because she provides detailed explanations of the answers. She tells why the correct answer is the best and, equally as important, why the wrong answers are not the best. She spends a lot of time on the wrong answers so you fully understand why they are wrong. In addition, she provides a full-length exam in the book that she covers in detail. I believe that the book provides the reader with over 1,000 samples questions, and it refers to her website for addition questions.
I really like the fact that Ms. Ellis forces the reader to focus on the PMBOK. The PMBOK is often the last book that people look at as they pursue the PMP credential, and some people don’t look at it at all. Personally, I think it should be emphasized more as a study/reference tool.
On the cover of the book, Ms. Ellis is referred to as THE PMP Expert. This book definitely justifies that claim. She has been teaching the Exam Preparation Courses since 1998, and she has written a book that reflects the insights that she has gathered from those many years of teaching.
I covered three reasons why I like this book. However, there are many more. Overall, this book does an outstanding job covering the material needed to prepare you for the PMP examination. Most Amazon reviewers give this book a 5-star rating and credit the author with their passing the exam. I agree with that assessment. And yes after using this book, I too passed the PMP exam.
Thanks for reading this blog and I hope this information is helpful to others who are on a “journey” toward the PMP!
Evelyn F., PMP
Note: The author has updated the book and now the PMP® Exam Simplified: Updated for 2016 Exam (PMP® Exam Prep Series) (Volume 4) is available.