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PRINCE2® 7 and 6th Edition Exams

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. 

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 (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.

PRINCE2® 6th edition Foundation Exam

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.

PRINCE2® 7 Foundation Exam

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). 

PRINCE2® 6th edition Practitioner Exams

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.

PRINCE2® 7 Practitioner Exams

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® Re-Registration Exams

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.