Last updated on April 29, 2016
Author: Rita Mulcahy, PMP, et al.
Short Description: Rita’s Course in a Book for Passing the PMP Exam
Publisher: RMC Publications
Edition: 8th Edition – Updated
I completed my PMP certification in the year 2005. In those days, there were very few Exam preparation books. We didn’t have too many choices. I referred to PMP Exam Prep by Rita Mulcahy for my Exam preparation. My main source of study was the PMBOK Guide (for the Project Management Processes), but I constantly referred to Rita’s book. I did all the exercises from Rita’s book. I also did the exercises from Rita Mulcahy’s PM FasTrack CD. I must mention that the Rita’s exercises were quite helpful for the Exam preparation.
Let us come to the current day. Rita Mulcahy’s book has been around for a while. The book has been highly recommended ever since I have heard about PMP Exam. Over the years, it has remained an international best seller. Unfortunately, the primary Author (Ms. Rita Mulcahy) is no more living. She expired a few years ago. But, even after her demise, RMC Publications has maintained the standard of the book. They have been updating and releasing new editions of the book to conform to the PMI changes.
As with any other product, the book has its pluses and minuses. Let me share my opinion with you.
PMP Exam Prep by Rita Mulcahy Book Review
The book is written in a conversational manner. As you read the book, you feel that Ms. Mulcahy is talking to you. The language of the book is easy to understand and lucid. The style of the writing & the language would appeal to most of the readers.
The book is completely focused on the PMP Exam. It does not talk about any extraneous details. It keeps your feet firmly on the ground by constantly reminding you about the PMP Exam. It gives you all the right ingredients for the success in the PMP Exam.
The book starts with a chapter on tricks and tips for the PMP Exam. I think this chapter is the best part of the book. You will find all the tricks that are needed to solve PMP Exam questions in this chapter. This chapter is very well written and many PMPs vouch for it. Without belittling the value of the rest of the book, I think you can buy the book only for this chapter.
The Chapter 3 is another important chapter of the book. It contains famous “Rita’s Process Chart”. Some trainers and aspirants swear by this Process Chart because it is easy to understand. But, I find it very disconcerting. The Process Chart is somewhat different from the PMBOK Guide’s processes. This was the only reason why I studied processes from the PMBOK Guide during my Exam preparation. In fact, I have noticed that many other students also get confused by Rita’s Process Chart. If you find it confusing, you can ignore this chapter and read the rest of the book. Otherwise, it could be detrimental for the Exam. You can refer to the PMBOK Guide or some other source for the processes.
Every other chapter of the book starts with a small background and introduction. The author(s) relates the current chapter with other project management topics. This relationship prepares a solid foundation for the Exam. In all the chapters, there are probing questions and exercises within the chapter. This helps in learning the topics completely. In addition, there are PMP sample questions at the end of each chapter. These questions are very good and must be done by every PMP aspirant.
Chapter 1 “Tricks of the Trade” – Tips and tricks for passing the Exam
|Ease of Study:||(4 / 5)|
|Coverage of Topics:||(4.5 / 5)|
|Questions & Exercises:||(4.5 / 5)|
|Conformance to PMBOK® Guide:||(3.5 / 5)|
|Exam Focus:||(5 / 5)|
|Price:||(3.5 / 5)|
|Average:||(4.2 / 5)|
Who Should Buy This Book?
PMP Exam Prep by Rita Mulcahy is a very good book for PMP Exam preparation. The book assumes that the reader has experience of managing a few projects. If you have managed a few projects, then you should click here and buy Rita Mulcahy’s book. However, you should treat it as a companion book to the PMBOK Guide. You will need to refer to the Guide as the process and ITTO described in this book are somewhat different from the Guide. You should also keep a process chart handy for ready reference while studying this book. You can click here to buy one such process chart – The PMP Exam: Quick Reference Guide. In the next section you can look at the other products offered by RMC Publications. These products are very popular because historically they were the best. However, I would not recommend you to buy any of them since they are very pricey. Moreover, products offered by the competitors are as good as RMC’s products, if not better.
Quick Comparison of PMP Study Products from RMC Publications
|PMP Exam Prep||Hot Topics Flashcards||Hot Topics Audio Flashcards||PM Fastrack||PM Fastrack Exam Prep Combo|
|Overview||Rita Mulcahy’s book||Flashcards for reviewing hard topics||Electronic flashcards for reviewing hard topics||Exam Simulation software with question bank||3-in-1 combo.
It Includes Rita’s Book, Flashcards, and PM Fastrack s/w
|Edition||8th edition: updated||8th||8th||8th||8th|
|Publication Date||August 2015||June 2013||June 2013||July 2013||April 2016|
|Format||Paperback||Spiral-bound||Audio CD||CD-ROM||Paperback for book
Spiral-bound or Audio CD for flashcards (as per buyer’s choice)
CD-ROM for simulation s/w
|PMP Exam Sample Questions||Chapter end questions||No||No||1500+||Book – chapter end questions
simulation s/w – 1500+
|Amazon India||Not available||Not available||Not available||Not available|
Disclosure: I have not received any compensation (in cash or kind) from the Authors or the Publishers or anyone else associated with the book for writing this article. But this article contains affiliate links – it means that, if you click & buy from these links then, I will receive a small commission. This commission helps me in maintaining this blog for free. However, you don’t pay anything extra. I do not actively use any of these books since I am already certified. But, I recommend only those products that I believe will definitely help the certification aspirants.