Hi, ok I am taking the 4th edition exam on July 2. I took a prep course from Villanova, I am going thru that again, and reading the PMBOK. I found Rita's book online and I was going to use it but it it based on the 3rd edition, will most of the material in there work for the 4th edition exam?
To be on the safe side I have to say no. You risk failing the exam if you use 3rd edition prep materials. So I cannot recommend it. (My lawyers make me say this.)
However, from a broader point of view you can probably use the general information in the book and you will still learn a lot. There are some significant changes between the 3rd and 4th edition PMBOK Guide (42 instead of 44 processes, new/changed earned value formulas, etc.) but the PRACTICE of project management and our general approaches have not changed.
So even though I cannot really recommend it, you could go ahead and use Rita's 3rd edition book if you use caution in regards to all these changes in the new PMBOK. Read Appendix A in the PMBOK to learn about the changes and also read the article that I wrote here:
Moderators: Yolanda Mabutas, Ahmed Amin, Scott Gillard, Mary Kathrine Padua, ERIC BARTLETT, Gail Freedman, Kevin Nason, Steven Mudrinich, PMP, Mark Wuenscher, PMP, John Wolverton, Tracy Shagnea, PMP, Jada Garrett
This interview with Simona Fallavollita (LinkedIn Profile) was recorded at the magnificient Project Management Institute (PMI)® Global Conference 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. We discuss the how, what, why and when of the changes that are coming to the PMP exam.