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PMI-ACP exam prep
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For anyone that recently passed the PMI-ACP exam, can you please share what books, practice exams and/or training institute you went to? Any additional tips that you can share on passing the exam will be very much appreciated. Thank you.
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You better focus on the reference provided by PMI.
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1 reply by Alina Thomas
Aug 15, 2022 11:10 AM
Alina Thomas
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Thank you Abokfazol but there are 10 books suggested and that is virtually impossible to read and get through with a full time job. Appreciate the feedback.
Both Mike Griffiths and Andy Crowe have good self-study prep books available. If you have sufficient experience with agile approaches, using either of those books and completing the practice questions within them should be sufficient to pass the exam.

Kiron
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1 reply by Alina Thomas
Aug 15, 2022 11:12 AM
Alina Thomas
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Thank you Kiron! I bought the Mike Griffiths PMI ACP exam prep book second edition . Plan on studying that thoroughly along with the Agile practice guide.
Mike Griffiths book is an outstanding resource and I highly recommend it. You should also consider doing simulation exams from resource se such as PM PrepCast.
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1 reply by Alina Thomas
Aug 15, 2022 11:15 AM
Alina Thomas
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Thank you Rami! I bought Mike Griffiths PMI ACP exam prep second edition and will look to buy the simulation exams from PM Prep cast. This is so helpful ! When I took the exam last year and did not pass .. I noticed majority of the questions were “scenario based” . Are the simulations exams updated to reflect the same ?
I just passed the ACP on Friday. I had purchased the following reference material to prepare:

- PMI-ACP Exam Prep, by Mike Griffiths (updated second edition)
- PMI-ACP Workbook, by Mike Griffiths
- PMI-ACP Exam Prep: Questions, Answers, and Explanations, by Tim Bagnall and Christopher Scordo
- PMI-ACP Exam Prep 6th Edition Flash Cards, by Belinda Goodrich
- 2 different exam prep classes on Udemy that included practice questions (watch for the sales)

To be honest, I spent more time on:

- The Udemy classes. Helpful review, but the practice questions were nothing like the actual exam questions. I know, you're not supposed to give away the questions or answers, but these were different enough to almost not be helpful.
- Using the flashcards to make my own flashcards. I personally find that writing out the information helps me retain it more than just reading it.

I used the books mainly for reference, rather than reading cover-to-cover. That was a choice I made after skimming the contents and realizing I was familiar with most of the information. I recommend more in-depth studying for any topics that are new to you. I would have reviewed (and benefited from) the practice questions in the Bagnall and Scordo book, but it got buried during some home office rearranging and I forgot about it - I had enough other material to study from.

Good luck!
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2 replies by Alina Thomas and Stéphane Parent
Aug 15, 2022 11:17 AM
Alina Thomas
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Congrats Aaron :). Truly what a feat! I hope to be there as well soon.

I bought the PMI ACP exam prep by Mike Griffiths second edition .

Along with the PMI Agile practice guide

I noticed majority of the questions were “scenario based” when I took the exam last year and did not pass . Are the simulations exams updated to reflect the same ?
Aug 15, 2022 12:50 PM
Stéphane Parent
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Congratulations, Aaron!
Aug 15, 2022 8:18 AM
Replying to Abolfazl Yousefi Darestani
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You better focus on the reference provided by PMI.
Thank you Abokfazol but there are 10 books suggested and that is virtually impossible to read and get through with a full time job. Appreciate the feedback.
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1 reply by JudieSin Baldwin
Sep 15, 2022 7:59 PM
JudieSin Baldwin
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Hi Alina,

I just finished the PMI examp prep course given by Matt Thompson at Driven Leadership Solutions. We did go off of the PMI Authorized PMP Exam Prep text. I learned quite a bit about test taking strategies and things to watch out for. It's a 6-week course, 2x/week. It sounds like a long time but there is so much information to go over. I feel like it was totally worth it. (Still working on the app so I can take the test ASAP before all the learning leaves my noggin.)

**Side note: I see I'm a little late to this party. If you haven't already sought out help, this program came highly recommended by my local PMI chapter.
Aug 15, 2022 9:28 AM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Both Mike Griffiths and Andy Crowe have good self-study prep books available. If you have sufficient experience with agile approaches, using either of those books and completing the practice questions within them should be sufficient to pass the exam.

Kiron
Thank you Kiron! I bought the Mike Griffiths PMI ACP exam prep book second edition . Plan on studying that thoroughly along with the Agile practice guide.
Aug 15, 2022 10:43 AM
Replying to Rami Kaibni
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Mike Griffiths book is an outstanding resource and I highly recommend it. You should also consider doing simulation exams from resource se such as PM PrepCast.
Thank you Rami! I bought Mike Griffiths PMI ACP exam prep second edition and will look to buy the simulation exams from PM Prep cast. This is so helpful ! When I took the exam last year and did not pass .. I noticed majority of the questions were “scenario based” . Are the simulations exams updated to reflect the same ?
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1 reply by Rami Kaibni
Aug 15, 2022 11:25 AM
Rami Kaibni
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Alina

You’re welcome. Yes, as far as I know, the simulation exams mimics the tone of the exam questions in scenarios style but they are not the same questions so you don’t be surprised. To pass the ACP, you need to have a very deep understanding of the fundamentals.

What I advise you to do is when you take the simulation exams, even if you get the question right, read all answers and rationale behind each one as this is where you will learn the most.

Hope this helps,

RK
Aug 15, 2022 10:50 AM
Replying to Aaron Porter
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I just passed the ACP on Friday. I had purchased the following reference material to prepare:

- PMI-ACP Exam Prep, by Mike Griffiths (updated second edition)
- PMI-ACP Workbook, by Mike Griffiths
- PMI-ACP Exam Prep: Questions, Answers, and Explanations, by Tim Bagnall and Christopher Scordo
- PMI-ACP Exam Prep 6th Edition Flash Cards, by Belinda Goodrich
- 2 different exam prep classes on Udemy that included practice questions (watch for the sales)

To be honest, I spent more time on:

- The Udemy classes. Helpful review, but the practice questions were nothing like the actual exam questions. I know, you're not supposed to give away the questions or answers, but these were different enough to almost not be helpful.
- Using the flashcards to make my own flashcards. I personally find that writing out the information helps me retain it more than just reading it.

I used the books mainly for reference, rather than reading cover-to-cover. That was a choice I made after skimming the contents and realizing I was familiar with most of the information. I recommend more in-depth studying for any topics that are new to you. I would have reviewed (and benefited from) the practice questions in the Bagnall and Scordo book, but it got buried during some home office rearranging and I forgot about it - I had enough other material to study from.

Good luck!
Congrats Aaron :). Truly what a feat! I hope to be there as well soon.

I bought the PMI ACP exam prep by Mike Griffiths second edition .

Along with the PMI Agile practice guide

I noticed majority of the questions were “scenario based” when I took the exam last year and did not pass . Are the simulations exams updated to reflect the same ?
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2 replies by Aaron Porter
Aug 15, 2022 2:41 PM
Aaron Porter
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I'll check the Bagnall and Scordo book, tonight, and let you know about the questions.

The Udemy classes contained good content, but the practice questions were more of a test of knowledge of the course, not really exam prep, in my opinion.
Aug 15, 2022 10:58 PM
Aaron Porter
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The Bagnall and Scordo book has over 1000 practice questions broken into knowledge areas. They are more in line with the exam, and the answers and rationale are provided at the end of each section.
Aug 15, 2022 11:15 AM
Replying to Alina Thomas
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Thank you Rami! I bought Mike Griffiths PMI ACP exam prep second edition and will look to buy the simulation exams from PM Prep cast. This is so helpful ! When I took the exam last year and did not pass .. I noticed majority of the questions were “scenario based” . Are the simulations exams updated to reflect the same ?
Alina

You’re welcome. Yes, as far as I know, the simulation exams mimics the tone of the exam questions in scenarios style but they are not the same questions so you don’t be surprised. To pass the ACP, you need to have a very deep understanding of the fundamentals.

What I advise you to do is when you take the simulation exams, even if you get the question right, read all answers and rationale behind each one as this is where you will learn the most.

Hope this helps,

RK
Aug 15, 2022 10:50 AM
Replying to Aaron Porter
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I just passed the ACP on Friday. I had purchased the following reference material to prepare:

- PMI-ACP Exam Prep, by Mike Griffiths (updated second edition)
- PMI-ACP Workbook, by Mike Griffiths
- PMI-ACP Exam Prep: Questions, Answers, and Explanations, by Tim Bagnall and Christopher Scordo
- PMI-ACP Exam Prep 6th Edition Flash Cards, by Belinda Goodrich
- 2 different exam prep classes on Udemy that included practice questions (watch for the sales)

To be honest, I spent more time on:

- The Udemy classes. Helpful review, but the practice questions were nothing like the actual exam questions. I know, you're not supposed to give away the questions or answers, but these were different enough to almost not be helpful.
- Using the flashcards to make my own flashcards. I personally find that writing out the information helps me retain it more than just reading it.

I used the books mainly for reference, rather than reading cover-to-cover. That was a choice I made after skimming the contents and realizing I was familiar with most of the information. I recommend more in-depth studying for any topics that are new to you. I would have reviewed (and benefited from) the practice questions in the Bagnall and Scordo book, but it got buried during some home office rearranging and I forgot about it - I had enough other material to study from.

Good luck!
Congratulations, Aaron!
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1 reply by Aaron Porter
Aug 15, 2022 2:39 PM
Aaron Porter
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Thank you!
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