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PMP exam help 14 years 8 months ago #128

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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?

Re:PMP exam help 14 years 8 months ago #129

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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:

Until Next Time,
Cornelius Fichtner, PMP, CSM
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