PRINCE2 Examination Format

PRINCE2 exams are either taken:

  • As part of a PRINCE2 accredited training course through your PRINCE2 training provider,
  • Online or,
  • At a public PRINCE2 examination centre 

Whichever option you choose, the PRINCE2 exams you sit will be the same in terms of style and structure.

PRINCE2 Foundation Exam

This level aims to measure whether a candidate would be able to act as an informed member of a project management team using the PRINCE2 method within a project environment supporting PRINCE2. To this end they need to show they understand the principles and terminology of the method, specifically, candidates must be able to:

  • Describe the purpose and major content of all roles, the seven principles, the seven themes and the seven processes.
  • State which management products are input to, and output from the seven processes.
  • State the main purpose, and key contents, of the major management products.
  • State the relationships between processes, deliverables, roles and the management dimensions of a project.

Examination format

  • Multiple choice
  • 75 questions per paper
  • 5 questions to be trial and not counted in scores
  • 35 marks required to pass (out of 70 available) - 50%
  • 60 minutes duration
  • Closed book

Other information

  • ILX Group's PRINCE2 Foundation courses have been fully accredited
  • ILX Group is registered as a Project Management Institute (PMI®) REP - provider number 3490. This course will currently earn you

         18 PDUs (online)      21 PDUs (classroom)

         Click here to find out how to claim PDU’s

PRINCE2 Practitioner Exam

This level is aiming to measure whether a candidate could apply PRINCE2 to the running and managing of a non-complex project within an environment supporting PRINCE2. To this end they need to show that they can apply and tailor PRINCE2 to address the needs and problems of a given project scenario.

Specifically:

  • Produce detailed explanations of all principles, themes and processes and worked examples of all PRINCE2 products as they might be applied to address the particular circumstances of a given project scenario
  • Show they understand the relationships between principles, themes and processes and PRINCE2 products and can apply this understanding
  • Demonstrate that they understand the reasons behind the principles, themes and processes of PRINCE2, and that they understand the principles underpinning these elements
  • Demonstrate their ability to tune PRINCE2 to different project circumstances.

Examination format 

  • Objective testing
  • 8 questions - 10 question items per question, each worth one mark
  • 44 marks or more required to pass (out of 80 available) - 55%
  • Two-and-a-half hours (150 minutes) duration, no additional reading time
  • Open book exam (official PRINCE2 manual only)

Pre-requisites

In order to sit the PRINCE2 Practitioner exam you must be able to provide proof of passing one of the following exams

  • PRINCE2 Foundation
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)
  • IPMA Level A (Certified Projects Director)
  • IPMA Level B (Certified Senior Project Manager)
  • IPMA Level C (Certified Project Manager)
  • IPMA Level D (Certified Project Management Associate)

Additional information

  • ILX Group's PRINCE2 Practitioner courses have been fully accredited
  • ILX Group is registered as a PMI REP - provider number 3490. This course will currently earn you

         21 PDUs (classroom)

         Click here to find out how to claim PDU’s

PRINCE2 Re-Registration

In order to maintain the prestigious Registered PRINCE2 Practitioner status a PRINCE2 Practitioner must re-register within 3-5 calendar years of their original certification. Re-Registration comprises of a one hour examination set at the same standard as the Practitioner examination.

Examination format 

  • Objective testing
  • 3 questions - 10 question items per question, each worth one mark
  • 17 marks or more required to pass (out of 30 available) - 55%
  • 1 hour (60 minute) duration, no additional reading time
  • Open book exam (official PRINCE2 manual only)

Other information

  • ILX Group's PRINCE2 Re-Registration course has been fully accredited by the APM Group (APMG)

Passing PRINCE2 - PRINCE2 Exam Preparation

Passing PRINCE2 doesn't need to be daunting if you are fully prepared. Below are some general PRINCE2 exam preparation techniques to help you pass your PRINCE2 exam.

Practice PRINCE2 exam questions - utilise the ILX Group PRINCE2 exam simulator

The ILX Group curriculum exam simulator provides the ultimate test of whether or not you have understood and absorbed the course content.

Random PRINCE2 exam questions are selected from a sample PRINCE2 exam and must be answered within the specified time as if under PRINCE2 exam circumstances.

ILX offer an exam simulator as part of their course and you can download a trial version of this to give you a flavour of what will be expected in the actual PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner exams.

Review PRINCE2 past examination questions

Reviewing PRINCE2 past examination questions is a great way of testing your knowledge of the subject area and of getting an idea of the type of PRINCE2 questions to expect on your PRINCE2 exam.

Knowing the PRINCE2 course material is necessary but not sufficient to guarantee success on the PRINCE2 exam - you also need to be able to communicate the answers effectively under exam conditions.

Practice using sample questions in the same format as the exam and answer them in a simulated test environment. Even though you are only practicing, it is better to write full answers to the questions so you can work through the entire thought process.

The practice session should serve as a feedback loop. Check the answers to the practice questions to diagnose your strengths and weaknesses. If you are weak in an area, go back and study it further to address any gaps.

Revising with summary notes

Make a condensed version of your readings and class notes by creating summary notes that pinpoint the key PRINCE2 terms and concepts and make sure that you understand them.

The process of making summary notes can help you to retain more information. By writing the information thoughtfully instead of just seeing it, you can develop a greater perception of the material. To take this further, activate your other senses: you can recite the summary notes aloud, and even record and listen to them.

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