PRINCE2® method is owned by the UK Government (OGC - Office of Government Commerce) who have contracted the APM Group to accredit and administer the syllabus and examinations. PRINCE2® qualifications use a two-tier structure, PRINCE2 Foundation and PRINCE2 Practitioner level certification.
PRINCE2 Foundation Exams
The PRINCE2 Foundation Exam is the first of the two PRINCE2® examinations you will need to pass to become a registered PRINCE2® Practitioner. This exam aims to assess (Competency - Knowledge & Comprehension) whether a candidate would be able to act as an informed member of a project management team in a PRINCE2 project management environment. The candidate would need to show a solid understanding of the PRINCE2 themes, processes, principles, roles and techniques, in particular:-
- To identify the purpose and major content of all roles, the components, processes and themes as described in the manual.
- Identify the source or derivation of the management products, from their purpose and/or key content.
- Indicate the relationships between processes, products, roles and the management dimensions of a project.
The PRINCE2 Foundation examination comprises a one hour paper (60 minutes) consists of 75 questions in total which cover all 15 areas of the PRINCE2 Foundation syllabus. The Foundation exam uses objective test questions which require a candidate to choose a response to a question from a set of choices, only one of which is correct. Marks are not subtracted for incorrect answers. No support materials are alowed as it is a 'closed-book' exam.
The PRINCE2 Exam (foundation) question booklet contains 75 questions - 70 exam questions and 5 trial questions, each covering a different syllabus topic. Each of the 70 questions is worth 1 mark, but the trial questions are not scored. The pass mark is 35 (50%). Delegates are expected to answer all questions. There is however no indication of which questions are exam questions and which are trial.
Test your PRINCE2 knowledge now using the free version of PRINCE2 Foundation Exam Simulation. Delegates on SPOCE's PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner classroom courses as well as eLearning courses get access to the full version of the PRINCE2 Foundation Exam Simulation along with a wealth of other resources to not only help excel in their exams but also facilitate use of the method at your work place and in your projects.
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PRINCE2 Practitioner Exams
The PRINCE2 Practitioner Exam is the higher level of qualification in PRINCE2®. A prerequisite for sitting this exam is that the delegate must have sat and passed the PRINCE2 Foundation Exam. The Practitioner Exam aims to assess whether the candidate would be able to apply (Competency - Application, Analysis & Evaluation) PRINCE2® to the management of a project within a PRINCE2® environment. Having exhibited the competence required to satisfy the Foundation qualification, the delegate has to show they
have the ability to apply and tailor PRINCE2® to address the needs and problems of a specific project scenario.
This is a 2 and half hour (150 minutes) objective test format examination. It is an open-book exam, which allows the candidate to refer to the official PRINCE2® manual during the exam. The Practitioner exam uses objective test questions which require a candidate to choose a response to a question from a set of choices, only one of which is correct. The exam will consist of 8 main questions each of 2 to 4 parts, with 10 marks per question, totalling 80 marks. The pass mark is 44 (55%).
A PRINCE2 Practitioner Exam simulation is provided as part of the event preparation material on SPOCE's classroom events and eLearning packages which provides samples of the scenario, question styles and formats and provides a safe and encouraging environment to test and reform your understanding of the method.
Having passed the Practitioner Exam, your name will be entered onto a register of successful PRINCE2® Practitioners. To remain on the register, you will need to show continued competence in PRINCE2® by passing a re-registration examination every 3-5 years.
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PRINCE2 Re-Registration Exams
The PRINCE2 Registered Practitioner qualification is valid for 5 years. Practitioners should be re-registered within 3-5 years of their original certification in order to demonstrate their commitment to professional development.
The PRINCE2 Re-registration exam follows the same format as the PRINCE2 Practitioner exam but the Question Booklet contains three questions, giving a total of 30 marks, to be answered within one hour. The PRINCE2 re-reg exam pass mark is 17 (55%). Each question will test one of the syllabus areas. All other guidance above on the PRINCE2 Practitioner Exam is also applicable to PRINCE2 Re-registration examinations.
A PRINCE2 Re-registration Exam simulation is provided as part of the event preparation material on SPOCE's classroom events and eLearning packages which provides a taster of the question styles and formats and provides a safe environment to test and reform your continued understanding of the method and/or changes to the method.
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