Rita Mulcahy started RMC with the modest idea of helping people pass the PMP® Exam. Her best-selling book, PMP® Exam Prep, set an industry standard for training material. Rita’s dream lives on today as we continue to help students pursue their passion and advance their careers.
Most of the chapters in this book have been organized the same way: an introductory discussion, a list of Quicktest topics (generally listed in order of importance), Rita’s Process Chart, review materials, and a practice exam. All page references in this book refer to the PMBOK® Guide, Sixth Edition, unless otherwise stated. This PMP® Exam Prep book can be used alone, but it is also part of our PMP Exam Prep System that includes our PM FASTrack Cloud exam simulator as well as our Hot Topics flashcards.
Introduction to Each Chapter
The introductory discussion provides an overview of the chapter and key information for understanding the material covered in the chapter. Quicktest The list at the beginning of each chapter indicates the topics covered in the chapter and our impression as to their general order of importance. To test your knowledge of the chapter contents and to review what is most important, refer back to this list when you are finished with each chapter.
Rita’s Process Chart
Created in 1998 for the first edition of this book, Rita’s Process Chart has been greatly expanded to help you understand the process of managing a project. It is a key trick for passing the exam with less study. You will first see this chart in chapter 3, Project Management Processes. It then appears in most of the remaining chapters in the book, with the relevant processes highlighted for each chapter. Use the chart at the beginning of each chapter to understand how the different knowledge areas relate to the efforts involved in the project management process.
Review Materials and Exercises
This book contains extensive review materials and many exercises. These materials, which can be found within each chapter, have been developed based on accelerated learning theory and an understanding of the difficult topics on the exam.
Make sure you do the exercises, rather than jumping right to the answers. Do not skip the exercises, even if their value does not seem evident to you. The exercises and activities are key benefits of this book. They will help you pass the exam. The answers are listed immediately following the exercises. We have found that it is most effective to place the answers right after the exercises rather than later in the book. If you want to keep yourself from seeing the answers, here is a trick: keep a blank piece of paper handy to cover the answers until you have completed each exercise and are ready to review them.
Also included in the review material are tricks to passing the exam called Tricks of the Trade. The tricks are designated by the image shown here to the left and will give you some extra insight about what you need to know about project management and how to study for the exam. Many of the Tricks of the Trade first described or presented in this book have since become industry standards.
Our method of helping you prepare for the exam
What we do not focus on is teaching rote memorization. Our products and training style focus on understanding the actions and tools of project management. The few things you should memorize are designated by this image.
The practice exam at the end of each chapter allows you to review the material and test your understanding. Please refer to the “How to Study for the PMP Exam” section on page 14 to understand how and when to use these practice exams as part of your overall study plan. On the following pages, you will find a score sheet to use as you take the practice exams. Make a copy of it for each practice exam. Note that the practice exam questions are representative of the knowledge and principles tested on the exam. However, in many cases, the exam questions are much longer than those presented in this book.
To gain valuable experience answering longer questions, consider purchasing the PM FASTrack Cloud exam simulator, described below. Please also keep in mind that you cannot simply practice answering questions to prepare for the exam. The questions in this book and in PM FASTrack are provided to help you assess your knowledge and become familiar with the types of questions on the exam. Make sure you focus your study efforts on reading this book, doing the exercises and review activities, and filling gaps in your project management knowledge.
Throughout this book, you will see superscripted note references when many project management terms are first introduced. These notes provide the historical origin of the terms or concepts and are explained in the back of this book. Historical origin is not tested on the exam. These notes are provided for your interest and reference. For some, understanding the development of a concept helps them remember it better. For others, such information is a distraction. If you find these notes distracting, do not continue to read them. Instead, focus your study efforts on the primary content of this book.
Using This Book with PM FASTrack® Cloud Exam Simulator
Rita Mulcahy’s PMP Exam Prep, Ninth Edition may be used on its own or in conjunction with the PM FASTrack Cloud exam simulator. For information about using PM FASTrack in conjunction with this book, see Plan A under “How to Study for the PMP Exam” on page.
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