Is Rita’s PMP Exam Prep book 8th Edition still valid for the NEW PMP Exam in 2017?


RMC Learning Solutions is now shipping the updated eighth edition of Rita’s PMP® book (note: if you are buying a new exam prep book, you should look for the “updated 8th edition” not the “8th edition”). 

The new edition of the PMP® Book includes the updated tasks and modified knowledge and skills outlined in the new PMP® Exam Content Outline (for PMP® Exam in 2017) so that the book will have full coverage of the exam syllabus.

However, does this mean that the original 8th edition of Rita’s book is no longer useful?

The good news is that the original 8th edition of Rita’s PMP® book is still valid for the new PMP® Exam, in RMC’s words:

Comparing each line of the 2015 PMP® Examination Content Outline to the previous version published in 2011, RMC has determined the changes were mostly minor, and/or already consistent with our interpretation of the project manager’s role in the existing edition of the book.

Since the changes in the PMP® Exam syllabus nor the contents of Rita’s book are NOT dramatic, RMC has actually issued an additional “update” for owners of the Rita’s PMP® book 8th edition which can be downloaded here (as you will see, there are just several changes only).

In fact, a recent PMP® exam taker has read both the 8th Edition and the 8th Updated Edition from cover to cover and find that basically the Rita’s PMP® 8th Edition = Rita’s PMP® 8th Edition Updated. He passed the PMP® Exam in first try.

Therefore if you get hold of the original 8th edition of Rita’s book, you can still rely on it to ace  your PMP® Exam. There is no need to purchase the updated 8th edition.


Note: I passed the PMP® Exam with 4 Proficient and 1 Moderately Proficient, click here for my study notes, resources and tips (can be downloaded for free).

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Edward Chung

Edward Chung aspires to become a full-stack web developer and project manager. In the quest to become a more competent professional, Edward studied for and passed the PMP Certification, ITIL v3 Foundation Certification, PMI-ACP Certification and Zend PHP Certification. Edward shares his certification experience and resources here in the hope of helping others who are pursuing these certification exams to achieve exam success.

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