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Best PMP study Material?


Hayden Barnes Cameron, NC

Looking for good study material for the PMP exam. Thank you!

2 October 2020 13 replies Education & Training



Rich Montiel Owens Cross Roads, AL

I just passed the PMP exam last month. I agree w/ Matthew Anzalone regarding PM Prepcast.

I didn't like the course they offer for the contact hours, but the exam simulator was very useful.

I'd recommend getting your contact hours through a site like LinkedIn learning and purchasing the PM Prepcast exam simulator.

13 November 2020 Helpful answer


Gary Maier Hopewell Junction, NY

Hi Hayden;

Try this Boot Camp to get you started. I took it and it was very helpful.

16 November 2020 Helpful answer


Dennis Headrick Denver, CO

Hayden, thank you for your service.

I believe you've received excellent advice in this thread. What worked for me was:

1. Andy Crowe's book

2. PM Prepcast


Would also recommend that you take a few practice exams before sitting for the real thing. There are a number of good exam simulators out there, and they can help identify your strengths and weaknesses.

One last word of advice. My understanding is that the PMP exam will be changing soon. Make sure you understand the changes and that your study materials reflect the version of exam you'll be taking. See link below, and best of luck.

16 November 2020 Helpful answer


Matthew Anzalone Melbourne, FL

I like PMP Precast it not only has the closest questions to the exam but a very engaged forums community with guidance.

I recommended getting the simulator the questions are very similar to the test.

28 October 2020 Helpful answer


Jerry Welsh Middleville, MI

The military institute at Syracuse offers this material and the testing free for veterans. I have heard great things about Syracuse's staff and being very accommodating.

5 October 2020 Helpful answer


Amina Virani Floral Park, NY

Hi Hayden

Thank you for our service!

When I had gotten my certificate about 14 years ago, I had used Rita Mulcahy's book along with PMPBOK that you receive when you establish or renew your PMI membership. I used good ole fashion note cards to study.

Good luck to you!


Carl Voss Eyota, MN

It's been about 15 years for me - but I really liked the flash cards. They might not even have those anymore:)


Stephen Stewart-Hill New Paltz, NY

PMP Exam Prep, Ninth Edition by Rita Mulcahy is an excellent resource for the PMP exam.

If you have the money, Cheetah offers a one week course to prepare for the PMP exam.


Ashutosh Mehta Edison, NJ

Thank you for your services Hayden. You already have received good recommendations. I would add referring Andy Crowe's book.


Darren Paladino Springfield, VA

Hello Hayden, send me a note and we can sync up. I started my prep for PMP in May and passed in July, We can discuss bootcamps, application and experience assertion, study strategies. I found that the process and terminology directly helps with military skill translation as well (Stakeholders, scope, procurements).




Wayne Brantley Riverview, FL

This is a decision you need to make soon. The PMP Exam changes on January 2, 2021. It is a big change. You need to get a PMBOK Guide and the Agile Practice Guide and committ the next 6-8 weeks to intense study (10+ hours a week). I like the Rita PMP Exam Prep book and often use it in my classes. There are several Veterans Day specials out there PM Academy and PMI Tampa Bay have one that I know of.


Jeff Westling Virginia Beach, VA

Check out the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University. They run a program called Onward to Opportunity (O2O) that provides a career skills certification program and military to civilian career transition counseling. Upon successful completion of their certification program coursework (free), they cover the cost of your certification exam. The Project Management Professional certification is one of their many offerings. I am a graduate of their PMP program and couldn't give a higher recommendation for a military career transition program. Check them out at: or


David Daugerdas Palatine, IL

The materials from Rita Mulcahy's company are excellent (

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