Updated for PMI-ACP Exam in 2017: I wrote this blog post in Oct 2013 when I was preparing for the PMI-ACP exam. As I was going through process, I was collecting and documenting the list of study resources that I was using or came across during the course of my preparation. I passed PMI-ACP exam on Oct 28, 2013, about 2 weeks ahead of schedule. I shared my PMI-ACP lessons learned after the exam. The PMI-ACP exam changed in 2015. I have updated this page to reflect the changes and updated all the links. Hope you find this page useful.
Here are study resources that I used for my PMI-ACP and found useful.
Training Courses to earn Educational Credits (PDUs)
- The Agile Prepcast (37 PDUs) - Cornelius Fichtner ($199): I posted a comprehensive review of the Agile Prepcast after completing the course.
PMI-ACP Exam Prep - by RMC Project (about $90)
This book is written by Mike Griffiths, PMI Agile Certified Practitioner and original member of the PMI-ACP Steering Committee. The book contains about 125 sample questions. You can read Book Review - PMI-ACP Exam Prep by Mike Griffiths for my full review of the book.
- The PMI-ACP Exam: How To Pass On Your First Try - by Andy Crowe (about $60)
Free Study Guides
Reference Material (12 core books) - v2 (UPDATED)
Direct link to the full list: 12 core PMI-ACP books
Agile Estimating and Planning
Agile Project Management: Creating Innovative Products – 2nd Ed
Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great
Esther Derby, Diana Larsen, Ken Schwaber
Agile Software Development: The Cooperative Game – 2nd Ed
Coaching Agile Teams: A Companion for ScrumMasters, Agile Coaches, and Project Managers in Transition
Effective Project Management: Traditional, Agile, Extreme
Robert K. Wysocki
Exploring Scrum: The Fundamentals
Dan Rawsthorne with Doug Shimp
Kanban In Action
Marcus Hammarberg, Joakim Sunden
Kanban: Successful Evolutionary Change for your Technology Business
David J. Anderson
Lean-Agile Software Development: Achieving Enterprise Agility
Alan Shalloway, Guy Beaver, James R. Trott
The Software Project Manager's Bridge to Agility
Michele Sliger, Stacia Broderick
User Stories Applied: For Agile Software Development
Sample Questions and Exams (Paid)
1000+ PMI-ACP Practice Questions with Detailed Solutions
You can read my full review of this book.
- Simplilearn: 4 full-length practice tests
- Agile Exams
Sample Questions and Exams (Free)
- 20 Questions - Leading Answers
- 92 Questions - iZenBridge
100 Questions - Pro Profs
The format of the questions doesn't match that of the real exam. Some questions have multiple answers and some have 5 answer choices.
- 360 PMO (list of more sources of sample exams)
- List of more free sample questions
Official PMI Documents
- PMI Agile Certified Practitioner PMI-ACP Exam Prep Study Group (LinkedIn)
- PMI-ACP Support Group (LinkedIn)
PMI-ACP Exam Lessons Learned Posts
- My PMI-ACP Exam lessons learned
- Lessons learned by Deniz Iren
- Lesson learned by Sridhar Peddisetty
- Lesson learned by Israel Sanchez Ramos
If you are aware of other good study resources, or have any tips to share, please post them as comments below.
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