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.
- 60 minute exam duration
- 60 questions
- Closed book
- 33/60 required to pass = 55% pass mark
- 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
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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.
- 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.
- 150 minute exam duration
- 68 questions
- 38/68 required to pass = 55% pass mark
- Open book exam (official PRINCE2 manual only)
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)
- 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
Click here to find out how to claim PDU’s
This level aims to measure whether a candidate is capable of making PRINCE2 project environments more flexible. To this end they need to show that they can apply and tailor their knowledge of the PRINCE2 method to projects in an agile context, and in so doing:
- Show that they understand the basic concepts of common agile ways of working.
- Show that they understand the purpose and context for combining PRINCE2® and the agile way of working.
- Demonstrate their ability to fix and flex the six aspects of a project in an agile context.
- Demonstrate the ability to tailor the PRINCE2 principles, themes, processes and management products to a project in an agile context.
- Objective testing
- 50 questions, each worth one mark
- 30 marks required to pass (out of 50 available) - 60%
- Two-and-a-half hours (150 minutes) duration, no additional reading time
- Open book exam (official PRINCE2 Agile guide only)
In order to sit the PRINCE2 Agile exam you must have Registered PRINCE2 Practitioner status (i.e. hold a current PRINCE2 Practitioner certificate).
- ILX Group's PRINCE2 Agile courses have been fully accredited
- ILX Group is registered as a Project Management Institute (PMI®) REP - provider number 3490
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.