PMP aspirants are always looking for PMP exam resources to help them in their studies. I did the same. I used to search on the internet to find free PMP exam study materials.
During my search, I found many sites, blogs, and forums. A few of them were good resources but the internet is full of materials and it is impossible to review all available resources online.
Most of those resources were neither authentic nor updated with the latest edition of the PMBOK Guide.
It was not easy to find a high-quality PMP exam resource.
After passing the PMP exam, I saved the list of resources I used and then I forgot about it. A few days ago, I found it on my computer, and it reminded me of the struggle to find good PMP exam study resources.
Since I now have my blog, I am publishing my list so PMP aspirants can take advantage of it and focus on their studies instead of wasting time on an internet search.
I have re-checked these resources to ensure their validity.
These are of high quality and aligned with the latest exam content outline. I will not provide you with hundreds of resources and leave you confused in deciding which one is the best. My intention is to provide you with enough resources to prepare for and pass the exam. Stick to these high-quality resources and focus your efforts on studying.
PMP Exam Study Resources
I have divided PMP exam study resources into four parts:
- 1Training Programs
- 2Reference Books
- 3Sample Questions
- 4Other Resources
1# Training Programs
Unless you are an active CAPM, you must attend a 35 contact hours training course in project management. This is a requirement for the PMP exam. In this section, I will provide you with three high-quality PMI-approved 35 contact hours training programs.
These programs are 100% online, come with a money-back guarantee, and are available at a very affordable price.
This program is jointly developed by PMSimplify and myself. PMSimplify is a PMI approved REP and so this is a PMI approved 35 contact hours training program.
This is the best training course available for PMP aspirants. Other training programs mostly offer video sessions and mock tests, while this course is way ahead of them. It includes everything you need to prepare for the exam.
Apart from video sessions and mock test, this course has study notes, flashcards, a PMP Formula Guide, true/false statements, over 800 practice questions, and much more.
The price of this course is 150 USD, and the access is for one year.
GreyCampus is a leading training program provider for PMI certifications. They are a PMI approved REP and a provider of PMP training program.
This program provides flashcards, end-of-chapter quizzes, and three mock tests. You can download the course content in a pdf file for your future reference.
The price of this course is 300 USD, and the access is for one year.
The price of this program is high; however, you can get a 50% discount using coupon code PMSC.
OSP International developed PM PrepCast for PMP training. Mr. Cornelius Fichtner is the founder of OSP International and it is a REP.
This program is made up of video sessions and end of chapter quizzes. Once you are finished watching, you can attempt a final exam and then you can download your 35 contact hours certificate
The price of this program is 229 USD, and they allow access until the new version of the PMBOK Guide arrives. If you buy the course within six months of the release of a new edition of the PMBOK Guide, you will get a free upgrade.
2# Reference Books
To pass the PMP exam, you have to study the PMBOK Guide and PMP exam reference books. The PMBOK Guide is published by the PMI and is the basis of the exam. You will find many questions from the PMBOK Guide on your exam; therefore, this guide is a must-have for your PMP exam preparation.
I suggest you read any two good reference books to understand project management concepts in addition to the PMBOK Guide.
The following are a few good PMP exam reference books.
The PMBOK Guide
You can get your digital copy of this guide for free if you are a PMI member. However, if you are interested in buying the hardcover, you can do so by clicking on the link below.
Head First PMP
This is my favorite book, and I recommend you buy it. This book explains concepts in easy-to-understand language with text, graphics, etc. Although the standard of this book is below the exam, it will be a good start for you.
This is my second favorite book. One thing I like is that it explains project management concepts by phases. This book explains the concepts in detail.
This is the most well-known book for the PMP exam. Many people consider it to be second only to the PMBOK Guide. This book was written by a world-famous author, Rita Mulcahy.
This is another renowned book for PMP exam preparation. It provides you with one week of online access to a Velociteach program called InSite. You can use it one week before the exam to revise your concepts.
3# Sample Questions
Practicing PMP exam sample questions is an important part of your preparation.
All resources given here are 100% online and updated with the sixth edition of the PMBOK Guide and the latest exam content outline.
Oliver Lehman’s 100 Questions
This is the most well-known set of PMP exam sample questions. Many experts agree that if you score above 70% on Oliver Lehman’s tests, you are ready for the exam. These questions are hard, so don't be frightened if your score is lower. The link for these questions is given below, and you can try them when your preparation is complete.
Oliver Lehman’s 200 Questions
This is Oliver Lehman’s other set, which has 200 PMP exam sample questions. These are available in a pdf file, so you can download and use it offline. Again, if you score over 70%, consider yourself ready for the exam.
These questions are tougher than the PMP exam questions, so don't get discouraged if you score less here.
I recommend you attempt these questions in the last stage of your PMP exam preparation.
PM Study Circle’s 100 Questions
I have designed a set of 100 free PMP exam sample questions for you. You can use them during your preparation to find your knowledge gaps. Please note that these questions are easier than the exam and are given to test your basic understanding of the subject.
Edwel Programs’ 100 Questions
Edwel Programs’ is one of the oldest training providers in project management. They have been providing training to professionals since 1992.
On the page given below, you can find 100 free questions. Go to the site and start practicing the questions. The answers have explanations and it requires no registration.
Edwel Programs’ 75 Questions
This is another set of questions from Edwel Programs.
Please note that the second set differs from the first. The second set has tougher questions so try it when you are ready for the exam.
Cornelius Fichtner’s PM Exam Simulator
This PM Exam Simulator was developed by Mr. Cornelius Fichtner. It has more than 1,600 PMP exam sample questions.
The price of this simulator is 139 USD, and the access is for 90 days.
Whizlabs’ PMP Exam Simulator
This simulator was developed by Whizlabs, who have been providing training for certification courses since 2000.
This simulator has around 1,300 questions aligned with the latest exam content outline.
The simulator is completely online and available for 9.95 USD.
PMP Question Bank
Disclosure: I developed this question bank.
This PMP Question Bank has 400 high-quality PMP exam sample questions that are aligned with the latest updates to the exam as of March 26, 2018.
To date, thousands of professionals have used it and passed the PMP exam. This is one of the most popular question banks for PMP exam preparation.
This is the most affordable set of questions available at 4.99 USD.
PMP Mock Test
I developed this mock test comprising 200 PMP exam sample questions. This is a timed test and you can check your readiness for the exam with it.
Please note that questions in this mock test are different than the PMP Question Bank.
This is the most affordable and high-quality mock test for the PMP exam. I recommend you try it before the exam.
4# Other Resources
Here, I am providing you with a few courses that are optional but useful. You can use them as supplementary resources for your PMP exam preparation.
PMP Exam Preparation Tool
If you have attended a 35 contact hours training program, you can use this course for your PMP exam preparation.
I designed this tool for professionals preparing for the PMP exam.
The tool includes study notes, true/false statements, flashcards, practice questions, etc.
The price of this tool is 49.99 USD and the access is for six months.
Learn PMP EVM Concepts
This course helps you understand Earned Value Management. It explains earned value formulas and how to solve mathematical questions based on them.
Please note that most resources given in this blog post are not free because I did not find any free and equivalent resources.
For example, I did not find any equivalent, free resources for practicing ITTO or PMP flashcards. There is no free alternative for the 35 contact hours training program. No good PMP exam reference books are available for free.
To pass the PMP exam, you have to study wisely. You should start your PMP exam preparation with the right resources. In this blog post, I have provided you with high-quality resources that all have a solid track record. I recommend you use them for your studies. The PMP exam is not tough, and with proper planning, you can pass it on your first attempt.
Good luck with your PMP exam preparation.
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