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PgMP® Exam Book - 

Paper Version

Passing the PgMP® Exam: A Study Guide

Study Tips, Exam Solving Techniques, and Two Full Exam Question Sets


Fourth Edition


“Passing the PgMP Exam: A Study Guide” is developed to help you in passing the Program Management Professional Certification PgMP® Exam on your first attempt. 


The book is created based on the “The Standard for Program Management – Third Edition” which was PMI

certified in 2013. Throughout this book, it will be referred to as the Standard Guide.  This book adopts all PMI publications related to the Portfolio Management that were created before the publication date of this edition.


This book is complementary to the Standard Guide; it describes many tips, helps you to remember many important standards, and provides you with a sense of the exam.


By presenting a strong and proven study plan that aids with the remembering and understanding of the core concepts, and by providing the examinees with exam tips and tricks that help them grow a sense of what the exam is testing for, Passing the PgMP® Exam: A Study Guide paves the road for candidates to succeed in their examinations.


This book has unique figures to visualize the program management domains and their relation with the program life cycle. 


Another unique feature of the book is that it has many tips and two set of exams; 170 questions each, with enough explanation for finding the right answer.  This technique makes you more ready for the exam and more acquainted with the expected tricks.


This book is different from others as it is the first to be created by an author who passed the PfMP®, PgMP® and PMP® Exams, so this author knows how to pass the different exams from the PMI the first time.  This book is different from the others as it contains two sets of the complete exam.   Thus, it reflects the flavor of the questions that you are going to see on the exam.  Besides, it covers different examples of each type of the commonly found questions on the PgMP® Exam model; including the regular question, table question, and question set.


As a program manager, your practical experience will help you a lot to pass the exam, and it is a critical success factor of your readiness to the exam.  However, in this book, you will find a major support to orient you to the examination philosophy that you will face.


In some book sections, there is a written notice labeled as “Pragmatic Tips” where you find additional pragmatic hints grown-up from the long practical experience related to the same subject.


PMP, PgMP, and PfMP are registered trademarks by PMI.

This book is not related to PMI or licensed by PMI.

The Second Edition offers some enhancements to further increase the candidate’s readiness for the exam.  The title of The Fourth Edition was changed from “Passing the PgMP® Exam the First Time” to “Passing the PgMP® Exam: A Study Guide”.


The book gives you an opportunity to test yourself by having the exam questions listed all together, so, you can pass through them as if you are in the exam.  On the other hand, it gives the opportunity to review the exam results or study by having the question followed by its answer for the full exam in another separate section.

If you need to test yourself or study a particular Domain, you can still get the same questions listed in Exam (1) and Exam (2), ordered by Domain name in Appendix (A).


This book consists of three parts:

  • Part 1: Study Tips and Exam Solving Techniques

    • Program Management

    • Program Management Life Cycle Domain

    • Program Benefits Management Domain

    • Program Strategy Alignment Domain

    • Program Stakeholder Engagement Domain

    • Program Governance Domain

    • Exam Tips

    • Closing

  • Part 2: Exam 1 (170 Question)

    • Exam 1 – 170 Question

    • 1 – 170 Answer

  • Part 3: Exam 2 (170 Question)

    • Exam 2 – 170 Question

    • 2 – 170 Answer


Another unique feature of the book is that it has charts for each domain in order to highlight the domain tips, elaborate the meanings behind and connect each domain to the program life cycle phases. Therefore, each chapter has the following charts:

  • The Domain itself

  • Domain artifacts

  • Domain major activities

  • Domain interaction with the Program Life Cycle


Please note that each question answer has the following:

  • Answer choice

  • Standard Guide Reference: this is referring to “The Standard for Program Management – Third Edition” which is a PMI Registered book

  • Clarification and Tips: this is the most important part of the answer that describes the reasons for selecting the right answer and eliminating the three other choices

  • Domain: the name of the domain that question covers

  • Phase or Activity: the phase or the activity of the Domain

  • Life Cycle Management Phase or Management Supporting Processes: for any Domain other than Life Cycle Management Domain, you will have here the phase of the Life Cycle Management based on its relation with this Domain. For the Life Cycle Management Domain, you will have here the Management Supporting Process Group

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Passing the PgMP Exam - A Study Guide



Passing the PgMP Exam - A Study Guide
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