I know that every PMP aspirant is always looking for PMP exam study resources to help them in their studies. This has happened with me as well; I also used to do a lot of research on the Internet to find the free or the cheapest PMP exam material.
During my search on PMP exam resources, I found many sites, blogs, and forums. Some of them were good and others were bad. At the time I wanted to find as many source as I could. This was not a good idea because the Internet was full of materials and no one can study all the material available online.
Moreover, many of the materials were neither authentic and nor aligned with the latest version of the PMBOK Guide.
I invested a lot of time finding and collecting a few good PMP exam resources. I studied them and pass the exam.
After passing the PMP exam, I saved this list in an Excel file, and almost forgot about it. Fortunately a few days ago I found it in my computer, and it has reminded me of old times when I was looking for PMP exam study resources everywhere.
And since now I have my own blog, I thought that I should publish this list on my blog so that other PMP aspirants can benefit from it, instead of searching for sources on the Internet, they can focus on studying.
Therefore, with a thorough check and some slight modifications, I am representing you with an exhaustive list of PMP exam resources.
While collecting these resources, I have made sure that each resource is of high quality, and aligned with the latest edition of the PMBOK Guide. I have also found some blogs and forums which are almost dead with no activity on their portal, so I have discarded these resources.
My intention is not to provide you with hundreds of resources and leave you puzzled in deciding which one is good and which one is not. It will waste your time and may demoralize you. My intention is to provide resources which are more than enough for you to pass the exam. Therefore, stick to these high quality resources, and focus your strength on studying and pass the exam.
Okay, let’s get started.
The Official PMI Site
This should be your primary source for any information regarding the PMP exam. You should always visit this site to keep you updated and be the first to know if they make any announcements. If you are still not clear about any processes or procedures, you can always contact PMI customer care.
Project Management Blogs
On the Internet there are many blogs talking about project management, and a very few dedicated to the PMP exam preparation. I have sorted the list of a few good project management related blogs from where you can learn many PMP exam related concepts. These blogs are good PMP exam resources for you.
PM Study Circle
Of course this has to be at the top of the list as this is your favorite blog. I launched this blog in January, 2012. After that I have constantly been updating this blog to help project professionals preparing for the PMP exam. On this blog you can read blog posts explaining tough PMP concepts in easy language, about 35 contact hours, etc.
You are already here. Keep reading.
PM 4 Girls
The title of this blog is “A Girl’s Guide to Project Management”. The author of this award winning blog is Elizabeth Harrin, who launched this blog to raise the voice of women in project management.
This blog does not specifically target PMP exam preparation; however, you can learn a lot from it. I suggest you visit this blog on a regular basis and keep yourself updated with the latest happenings in project management.
From the archives history you can see that this blog was launched in 2007, making it one of the oldest blogs on project management.
This blog provides many project management related blog posts, and templates that can help you in your exam.
Again, this blog is not specifically for PMP aspirants but a few articles cover important PMP concepts. This is a good blog to be bookmarked in your browser.
Project Management Blog
This blog was launched in 2005. On this blog you can find many project management related concepts discussed in detail. You can learn a lot from this blog by reading its blog posts.
This is the oldest blog/forum for project management professionals which targets PMP aspirants.
PMHub was launched in 2001 as PMP Cert; however, in 2005 they changed the name to PMHub upon request from the PMI.
This blog is regularly updated and provides many articles related to the PMP certification exam. This blog will certainly help you in your PMP exam preparation.
Bright Hub PM
This blog is a part of Bright Hub, and is dedicated to project management professionals.
Bright Hub PM is a multi-author blog where many project management professionals share their expertise.
This blog provides many articles and templates that can help you in your PMP exam preparation.
I am not a big fan of forums, because many times instead of guiding they confuse you. Therefore, if a forum is not managed actively by its administrator, it may lead you to a wrong path.
Anyway, I am going to provide you with a few forums those are well-managed and regularly visited by PMP aspirants.
These forum provide you valuable information and other PMP exam study resources.
This PMP Forum was launched in 2007 and is one of the best PMP forums where many PMP aspirants participate, and it is actively managed by its administrator.
This forum provides many articles, lessons learned, tips and tricks. I suggest you regularly visit this forum.
O’Reilly PMP Forum
This forum was launched by O’Reilly for PMP aspirants, and is one of the most famous, actively participated in and managed forums for PMP aspirants
Below is the link for the forum where you can join it and participate in discussions or post your queries.
I never liked email groups, and therefore I don’t recommend you joining any email groups for your PMP exam preparation.
There are many reasons for my disliking to email groups. First of all, it is too time consuming. You post your queries and it takes a lot of time to deliver your message to other members depending on the moderator’s availability to moderate the messages.
Now that you have posted your query, it again takes a lot of time to receive replies.
You get replies, but the problem is that many of the replies have different answers because some replies are from amateur aspirants who have joined the group themselves to learn basics and are sharing their opinions on the topic.
In such cases it is very difficult to find the correct answer, so I recommend you avoid joining email groups.
Anyway, for the sake of the completeness of this blog post, I’m providing you with a few PMP email groups where you can join and ask questions and respond to others’ queries.
PMP Best Group
This is one of oldest Yahoo email groups with more than 10,000 members. You can join this group to ask questions and participate in conversations.
PMP Exam Group
This is another Yahoo email group, founded in April 2000, and it currently has about 3,000 members. You can post your query here and see others’ responses, and participate in email discussions.
LinkedIn is a social networking site for professionals. This site helps professionals to create groups, make connections and assist each other.
I Want to be a PMP
This LinkedIn Group was launched by world famous PMP trainer Oliver Lehmann. This group has more than 21,000 members and is one of the most active groups for PMP exam preparation.
Below is the link for this group; you can join up and enjoy the group.
PMP Exam Study Group
This PMP exam study group was launched by Mr. Ricki in October, 2009, and it currently has more than 2,500 group members.
This is a private group and membership is allowed only after getting approval from the admin.
Online PMP Exam Study Group
This group was launched by Mr. Farhan and it currently has more than 700 members. This is a private group and membership is allowed only after getting approval from the admin.
Smart Phone Applications
These days everybody seems to have smart phones, and it is likely that you have a smart phone. If yes, there are many applications available for smart phones that you can use for your PMP exam preparation.
In this section I’m going to give you a few applications for the Android and Apple stores, because these two stores cover most of the smart phones being used worldwide.
However, if you are using any other smart phone, I believe these applications will be available in your store as well, just search it.
Below are a few popular Android PMP applications that can help you in your studies.
This is one of the top rated applications for PMP exam preparation in the Google store. This application gives you a quick reference of the PMBOK Guide, and lets you navigate the relationships among the processes and ITTOs.
PMP ITTO Science
In the PMP exam you are going to see many ITTO based questions. This application will help you understand and solve ITTO based questions.
This application shows you all PMBOK processes and relationship between the processes and ITTOs. This application will also help you understand the PMBOK processes and ITTOs.
Below are a few iPhone/iPad applications that you can use during your exam preparation.
PMP By Sprockit Apps
This iOS application provides you with more than 2,500 flash cards that will help you practice and remember many PMP concepts.
Many people find ITTO based questions very difficult to solve, and in the exam you will see many ITTO based questions. The best approach to solve these questions is to understand the project process flow.
Once you understand the process flow, a little practice or a quiz on ITTO based questions will help you significantly.
I hope the following video will help you understand and remember ITTOs:
Below is the link where you can get the spreadsheet to learn ITTO from the same author:
On this blog I have written many PMP exam related blog posts, and provided you with all the links to those posts on one page. The link below will lead you to the page where you can find links for all the study notes available on this blog, i.e. PM Study Circle.
Flashcards are a good tool to practice and memorize concepts. These are very useful especially for short, tricky questions such as abbreviation, formulas, definitions, quizzes, etc. You can use flashcards any time, whenever you’re free.
Unfortunately I did not find any flashcards available freely on the Internet to provide you with in-depth knowledge and based on the fifth edition of the PMBOK Guide.
Therefore, I’m providing you with a paid option for PMP flashcards. These flashcards were developed by Cornelius Fichtner and are based on the fifth edition of the PMBOK Guide.
The below program provides you with more than 1,500 eflash cards. You can download these flashcards and practice PMP concepts on your mobile or any other device.
PM Study Coach
This PM Study Coach was created by Cornelius Fichtner and is a 10 week long, 14 session course, which teaches you all chapters of the PMBOK Guide. It provides you with relevant study material and many tips and tricks to pass the PMP exam.
FAQs are the best way to clear doubts. In this section, I’m going to provide a few PMP FAQs resource, which will help you clear most of your doubts.
PMP FAQs from PMI
The link given below provides you with the PMP FAQs available on the PMI website. This is the official site of the PMI, and if you find any discrepancy between the information given here and elsewhere, you should trust the information available on the PMI site.
You also need to study the PMP handbook, which provides you with all the information needed to apply for the PMP exam. Below is the direct link to download the PMP handbook.
PMP FAQ on PMStudyCircle
Although PMI provides answers to many frequently asked questions, there are still some unanswered questions that you will not find an answer for. Therefore, I have written a complete set of FAQs. Here you can find answers to almost all of your questions. Go and read them all. If your question is not covered, just send me an email I will add it to the FAQ list.
Video Courses from Udemy
Udemy has many PMP exam related video courses. You can browse their site to find these courses.
Here I’m providing you with a few video courses from Udemy which I believe will be useful for your PMP exam preparation.
Learn PMP EVM Concept
This video course helps you understand the Earned Value Management Concept, explains the formula in earned value calculation, and how to solve mathematical questions based on EVM formulas.
Learn the PMBOK Guide
This is a featured course on Udemy. This video course helps you understand the PMBOK Guide concepts, formulas, terminologies, etc.
To pass the PMP exam you have to study the PMBOK Guide and PMP exam reference books. The PMBOK Guide is a standard framework published by the PMI and is the basis of the exam. In the exam there will be many direct questions from this guide, so you must study this guide.
Along with the PMBOK Guide, I suggest you read any two good PMP exam reference books, because these reference books will help you understand the PMBOK concepts better.
The following is a list of good PMP exam reference books.
The PMBOK Guide
This is the Bible for project management professionals. This is a must-have book. You can get your digital copy of this guide for free of cost if you are a member of PMI. However, if you are interested in buying the hardcover guide, you can do so by clicking on the link given below.
Head First PMP
This is my favorite book, and I recommend you buy it. This book explains concepts in very 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 recommended book. One thing I like most about this book is that it explains project management concepts by phases. This means it starts from the Initiating phase and goes towards the Closing phase.
This is the most famous book for the PMP exam. Many people consider it to be next to the PMBOK Guide. This book is written by world-famous author Rita Mulcahy.
Buy this book
This is another famous book for PMP exam preparation. This book also provides you with one week of online access to a Velociteach program called InSite. You can utilize this facility one week before the exam to revise all of your concepts.
Please note that some resources given in this blog post are not free because I did not find any free equivalent for them. For example, I did not find any equivalent free resources for practicing ITTO or PMP flashcards. Also there is no free alternative for the 35 contact hours training program. You have to pay to earn these 35 contact hours of training.
Moreover, no good PMP exam reference books are available for free.
So it was imperative for me to include these paid options.
The Electric Cloud WIKI provides many articles which I believe will help you understanding many concepts in project management.
Click on below given link to visit the Electric Cloud WIKI
Free eBook: How to Pass the PMP Exam on Your Second Attempt
If you failed the PMP exam on your first attempt and are confused about how to pass the exam the next time, this book is for you.
This eBook explains everything, from analyzing your failure, learning from it and how to prepare for your next attempt. It motivates and prepares you for your next attempt, and help you pass the exam.
Download this eBook and read it.
In this blog post I have provided you with a few PMP exam study resources, and I hope these will be sufficient for you to prepare for the PMP exam. While writing this blog post my intention was not to give every source available on the Internet; my intention was to give a few renowned and authenticated resources that you can use for your studies.
The purpose of this blog post is to save you time on searching for PMP resources on the Internet, and instead invest in your studies. I suggest you stop looking for more and more sources. The Internet is full of resources but you have to choose what suits you. Study the material you have on hand thoroughly and then move on to the next one, and limit the number of resource you will refer to during your studies.
Here is where this blog post on PMP exam study resources ends. If you have something to say, you can do so through the comments section.
(Please note that none of above given courses except the PMP Formula Guide are personally reviewed by me. Read the disclaimer.)