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PHR / SPHR: Professional in Human Resources Certification Study Guide Paperback – May 8 2012

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  • Paperback: 648 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex; 4 edition (May 8 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 111828917X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118289174
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 19 x 3.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 885 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #374,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Anmar on March 4 2014
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The book is highly organized and very easy to understand, in addition it has challenging test, I do recommend it for the PHR/SPHR students
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98 of 100 people found the following review helpful
A must have for people who do not want to spend $800 for the SHRM material Dec 17 2012
By Darren Charles Brown - Published on
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I didn't want to spend the $800 for the SHRM online material, so a friend recommended this book and I'm glad I took his advice. I used this book exclusively for studying for my SPHR exam and passed on the first try! Like some of the other reviewers said, it's a little wordy and can be confusing because information is repeated throughout the book, but if you're able to get past that and focus on the pertinent iformation, this is a great study guide because not only does it provide all the information that's in the SHRM material, but it goes further by providinig background information and "real life" stories and case studies to help with your comprehension of the material. The online tests and flash cards are also great tools.

The only negative that I have with the book is that it doesn't prepare you for the "type" of questions on the exam which are scenario based and highly subjective. To prepare for these typ of questions, I would recommend getting a study guide that has "test prep" questions with an explanation of the answers. I got one for $9.99 on Amazon, and it did an amazing job with preparing me with how to answer these type of questions.
30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Great Study Book - Only reason I passed May 2 2013
By Ally7onelove - Published on
Format: Paperback
I bought this book because I didn't want to purchase the SHRM $800 plus study guide. I made notes from each chapter took all of the exams and read all of the answers in the appendix. The one thing I appreciate the most about this book was the answer keys. Each question not only gave you the answer but the reason why it was right and gave the definition or reason why the other answers were not correct. I really believed this helped me pass my exam because I was not only able to practice sample questions but also able to study the other terms in the same sitting.

The book is a bit wordy but I really liked the real life scenarios it had through out the chapters and if you are already working in HR (as you should) you can make your own real life connections to the text. What I did not like was the fact that the book repeated information through out the book. It would start talking about a topic and go more in depth in the following chapters.

My study method was to take notes from each chapter (read approx 10 pages a day M-F) then the last month prior to my exam I studied my notes chapter at a time M-W. Nine days before the exam I studied a chapter a day and ended each day with taking the chapter exam. I took the exam once checked my answers, then studied the answer key and retook the exam about 30-60 mins later. The next day I would take the exam again and study the next chapter, take that chapter's exam, study the answer key and retake the exam 30-60 mins later. The cycle repeated until I was done with chapters 2-8. On the day before the exam I retook every chapter exam; studied my notes from the first section of the book (essentially I had transcribed the answer key from the pre-test) and took the exam then I checked the answers and then retook the exam 30-60 mins later. I did not do too well on any of my first attempts and thought for sure I was going to fail my exam.

I am proud to say that I sat for my exam today and I passed. In order to pass you need an understanding of HR. Simply studying terms and court cases will not do it. This book will give you that and if you can embrace the knowledge and not simply learn for the sake of learning and passing the test this book should be all you need. I was unable to utilize any of the online tools this book offers because my computer is bobo and I was able to pass using only this book and the practice test it contains.

I hope this information helps. Good Luck.
29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Throw your SHRM Materials Away! June 18 2012
By M. White - Published on
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This book is so much better than the SHRM materials. As a first-time PHR test taker, without extremely extensive knowledge of HR concepts, I chose to self-study with the SHRM modules and this book as my only resources. I believe I passed on the first try largely because of this book. Comparing the material, and the way it's presented between this book and SHRM, there's no comparison. It's so much more detailed, and practical. Even the practice test questions were much more advanced, thorough, and reflective of what was on the test. The only negative about this book is the way the information is laid out. It's a lot of words, and written very close together. Somewhat overwhelming. The book isn't very visual.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Review of PHR/SPHR Study Guide June 15 2014
By mrs catherine vanessa heintz - Published on
Format: Paperback
I come from a resourcing and recruitment background and decided to study for the PHR exam as a means to broaden my knowledge and add a qualification to my resume. I bought this book after great reviews by other users thinking that it could be used as the main basis upon which to study for the PHR exam. I read the book from cover to cover twice, condensed and summarized, took the chapter review tests and all the PHR online test practices that came with the accompanying DVD in which I was scoring full marks by the time it came for me to take the exam. I failed the exam yesterday and whilst I don't hold this book accountable for my performance, I would say to those who are using it without broad practical HR working experience and/or without the help of other study techniques, that you may find that it isn't enough. Most of the questions in my PHR exam were dissimilar to those in the book - sometimes using terminology I was unfamiliar with, and were often ambiguous where it was difficult to choose a 'best' answer because in the real world it would have depended so much on the situation. Some of the questions drilled down into detail that isn't covered in the book. I left the exam yesterday feeling disappointed and whilst as I say, I don't 'blame' the result on this book, I would like to warn students who do not have a breadth of personal HR experience not to pin all your studying on this one book.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
If you had to pick one book to prepare for the PHR or SPHR, Pick this book! Feb. 17 2013
By G. S. Lefebvre - Published on
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As a Navy HR officer, word got around about this book amongst my peers in terms of using it to self-study for the PHR. Even if you're taking a course, this is an excellent comprehensive guide. I studied exclusively from this book and passed the PHR in Jan 2013. Clearly organized, and well written.

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