Andy Crowe PMP Book Review – Should You Buy This Book?

Complete Review of Andy Crowe PMP Book “The PMP Exam”

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Title: The PMP Exam By Andy Crowe

Author: Andy Crowe, PMP

Short Description: How to Pass on Your First Try

Publisher: Velociteach

Edition: 5th Edition

Pages: 516

Andy Crowe PMP Book – The First Impression

I started conducting professional PMP training in the year 2008. By that time, I owned a few PMP reference books. But, Andy Crowe PMP book was not part of my collection. In fact, at that time, I had not even heard about the book. A few months later, one of my Engineering batch mates shared a good news with me. He told me that he has passed the PMP exam. We had a small conversation. I generally asked him about his preparation strategy. He told me that, he passed the exam by studying The PMP Exam By Andy Crowe. He said that Andy’s book was his only reference material.

I immediately bought a copy of Andy Crowe PMP book after our conversation. I studied the book and liked it instantly. I liked it because of its simplicity. Since then, I have kept myself updated with latest edition of the book. In the year 2008, Andy’s book was not very popular. But its popularity has grown steadily over the years. Today, Andy Crowe PMP book is one of the Best Selling PMP Exam Prep books.

Let us review the book from a critique’s perspective.

The PMP Exam by Andy Crowe Book Review

Andy’s book is written in a very simple but formal & structured language. You will feel very comfortable while reading the book. As you read the book, it makes you feel confident about passing the exam. I think the style of the writing and the language of the book would appeal to most of the readers.

The book is true to its name. It is written to make you pass the exam. It is devoid of any extraneous details that might confuse the reader. It gives you the right ingredients to succeed in the PMP Exam.

The Chapter 1 of the book provides administrative details about the PMP Exam. It tells the reader what to expect and how to prepare for the exam. The Chapter 14 of the book provides strategies to pass the exam. Chapter 14 also provides tricks and traps to solve the exam questions. I think Chapter 14 is the best part of the book.

All the other chapters of the book follow the PMBOK Guide’s structure & flow. But, unlike the PMBOK Guide, the chapters are written in a much easier and lucid language. Each chapter of the book starts with a small background and introduction. At the beginning of the chapter, the author explains the significance of the chapter and its relevance to the overall project management.

Each Knowledge Area chapter has a good coverage of the PMBOK Guide’s processes. Each process and its tools & techniques are explained in a very simple manner. The explanation includes the importance of each process, how it is related to other processes, when it is performed, and relevance & description of  various ITTOs.

There are exercise questions at the end of each chapter and a full-length 200 questions exam at the end of the book. These chapter end questions and final exam provide good coverage of the PMP topics. However, I found these questions to be somewhat easier than the real exam.



It is a simple, concise, to the point, and well structured book.


  • The book is written in a simple manner, which is easy to follow. Since the structure of this book is same as that of the PMBOK Guide, you can easily study the Guide along with this book. This book makes it very simple to understand the Guide.
  • The book explains the PMBOK Guide processes in a very simple manner. It provides relevance of each process, linkages between different processes and it explains how each process is important for the project management.
  • All the terms of the PMBOK Guide are explained in a short, succinct, and effective manner.
  • There is a glossary of all the important terms at the end of the book, which can be used as a ready reference.
  • Overall the book is completely focused on the Exam.


  • The coverage of the PMBOK Guide is complete. All the concepts are very well explained in the book. However, you would know that the PMP exam goes somewhat beyond the PMBOK Guide. The book does not have the complete coverage of some of the other exam topics.
  • Even though, end of chapter exercises and final full-length 200 question exam provide a good coverage of sample exam questions, but I found the questions to be relatively easy.
  • There are very few diagrams and explanatory pictures. This may create a problem for visual learners.
  • The book is very expensive as compared to other competing books in the market.

PM-by-PM Rating

Ease of Study:4 Stars (4 / 5)
Coverage of Topics:4 Stars (4 / 5)
Questions & Exercises:4 Stars (4 / 5)
Conformance to PMBOK® Guide:4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)
Exam Focus:4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)
Price:3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)
Average:4.1 Stars (4.1 / 5)


PM-by-PM Recommends

“The PMP Exam by Andy Crowe” is a simple and easy to follow exam prep guide. The book keeps the explanation simple and is easy to understand. It can be used as a good companion book along with the PMBOK Guide. If you are looking for a simple and easy to understand book that has similar structure as the PMBOK Guide, then you should buy Andy Crowe’s book. If you like this book, then I would recommend you to buy All-In-One PMP Exam Prep Kit By Andy Crowe instead of the book. The kit contains, among many things, Andy’s book, online eLearning course and flashcards. You can read more about the contents of the Kit in the next section. I think that the kit provide far better value than the book.


PMP Exam Prep Products from Velociteach

The Book Quick Reference Guide Flashcards Audio CDs All-in-One Prep Kit
Overview Andy Crowe’s book Most important information at a glance

Includes ITTOs, formulas, tables, and graphs

Complimentary to the Andy’s book

Flashcards for reviewing important terms

Complimentary to the Andy’s book

Conversation on PMP topics

Based on and complimentary to the Andy’s book

5-in-1 combo

It includes Andy’s book, Quick Reference Guide, Flashcards, Audio CDs, and access to Online eLearning course with practice exams

Edition 5th 5th 5th 5th 5th
Publication Date June 2013 June 2013 June 2013 September 2013 February 2014
Format Paperback Laminated cards Paper based Audio CD Multiple formats
Pages 516 6 628
PMP Exam Sample Questions Chapter end questions

Full length 200 Q sample exam

No No No Chapter end questions

Full length 200 Q sample exam

Online Tests

Flashcards No No 250 No 250
Audio No No No 6 CDs 6 CDs
Amazon USA
Amazon India Not available


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