If asked to list out the best resources people tend to refer while preparing for any exam, "Books" would certainly top the list. Likewise, when it comes to PMP exam, there are a lot many books available in the market, which are highly trusted by PMP aspirants for cracking the PMP exam.
Let's figure out the best options among various PMP preparation books that are currently available in the market:
- **A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) - Six Edition**
PMBOK is one of the best PMP preparation books published by the Project Management Institute (PMI) itself, and is considered as a standardized guide to best practice project management. It presents a standard set of PMI's Project Management terminologies & concepts, and provides a comprehensive outline of various knowledge areas & processes that are covered within a project lifecycle. The current edition of PMBOK Guide is Six (6th) edition.
-**Head First PMP By Jennifer Greene & Andrew Stellman **
The visually rich & simple to grab format of Head First makes it one of the most preferred books among PMP certification aspirants. The book is rich in games, puzzles, artworks & practice exercises that make learning & understanding of project management concepts a lot easier & quicker. In addition, the book also encloses a full-length Mock exam which provides the candidates with a clear idea of the exam pattern, and the type of questions covered within it.
**- PMP Exam Prep By Rita Mulcahy - Ninth Edition (based on PMBOK 6th Edition)**
A highly trusted book by PMP aspirants all across the world... especially because of the "Process Chart" contained within it, which is the highlight of the book & is an extremely useful way of remembering various process areas. Besides this, the book also includes lots of games & activities which aids in maintaining the reader's interest throughout. The book also offers a good range of mock exam questions (nearly 400), and presents around 30-40 questions at the end of each chapter. The book is very well in alignment with PMBOK Guide 6th edition, and is thus also largely recommended by certified PMPs.
**- PMP: Project Management Professional Exam Study Guide By Kim Heldman - Sixth Edition**
Written by a project management expert, Kim Heldman, this book offers detailed information on a wide range of project management concepts & terminologies. The book also comes with an Audio CD which contains a wide range of practice exams & electronic flashcards, in addition to high quality exam preparation software. Overall, the book is a great value for money... and that's why is included in the list of best pmp preparation books.
- **The PMP Exam: How to Pass on Your First Try By Andy Crowe - **
The book is an ultimate guide for PMP exam preparation, and is loaded with all the information that project managers require for qualifying the PMP certification exam. It comprehensively covers the 49 processes, 592 inputs and other tools & outputs that are typically tested in the PMP exam. In addition, the book also offers a whole lot of sample questions, exercises, insider secrets, and tricks & tips which assist aspirants in qualifying the exam at the first attempt itself.