PRINCE2® was developed in 1997 and has since undergone 6 editions, responding to the changing environments and dependencies of project management. The latest version is PRINCE2® 7 and it is now available to study. It is important that candidates are aware of the differences in content and exams when deciding to take either version.
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 (now 'Practices' under PRINCE2® 7), processes, principles, roles and techniques, in particular:-
- To identify the purpose and major content of all roles, the components, processes and themes (or Practices) 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 60 questions in total which cover all 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 allowed as it is a 'closed-book' exam.
The PRINCE2® Exam (foundation) question booklet contains 65 questions - 60 exam questions and 5 trial questions, each covering a different syllabus topic. Each of the 60 questions is worth 1 mark, but the trial questions are not scored. The pass mark is 30 (55%). 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 e-Learning 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.
It is extremely important that candidates are aware that, although the composition and duration of exams remain the same between PRINCE2® 7 and 6th edition, the PRINCE2® 7 pass mark has been raised to 60% (this is 70% for trainers).
The PRINCE2® Practitioner Exam is the higher level of qualification in PRINCE2® Project Management. Delegates must have passed the PRINCE2® Foundation Exam (this can be either PRINCE2® 6th or 7). 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 68 questions. The pass mark is 38 (55%).
A PRINCE2® 6th edition Practitioner Exam simulation is provided as part of the event preparation material on SPOCE's virtual classroom events and e-Learning 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 re-sit your Practitioner exam or maintain your status by adhering to the AXELOS PRINCE2® membership requirements.
As in the case of PRINCE2® 7 Practitioner exams, composition and duration are exactly the same as 6th edition with the exception that the pass mark has been raised to 60% (70% for trainers).
PRINCE2® Practitioners should be re-registered within 3 years of their original pass date in order to demonstrate their commitment to professional development. There is no longer a bespoke examination for this and candidates can either choose to re-sit the practitioner exam or take the CPD route via My Axelos.