It takes plenty of advanced planning and preparation to clear an examination with flying colours.
In this case, we are talking about PRINCE2® Examinations. It is recommended to follow the tips and tricks given by the experts in PRINCE2® to pass the examinations with success. Moreover, it is expected that the combination of both hard work and smart planning will get you the results that you seek.
In the previous article, we discussed the PRINCE2® Foundation Examination, how it is structured, styled and what the criteria to appear for the examination are.
However, in this article, we will discuss the tips you need before appearing for PRINCE2® Examinations and the difference between the Foundation and Practitioner Examinations. We will go step by step, covering every aspect in a detailed manner, so that you become aware of exactly what it takes to pass these examinations.
At first, let’s discuss the tips you will find useful to pass the PRINCE2® Foundation Examination, and after that, we will discuss the same for the PRINCE2® Practitioner Examination.
This goes in three steps:
You may download a sample examination paper from the Axelos website.
The Practitioner Examination is tougher in comparison to the PRINCE2® Foundation Examination.
As you already know, the paper format for both examinations are similar. However, despite the fact that the PRINCE2® Practitioner Examination has an open book format, the biggest hurdle is dealing with the amount of information to be read and organised for the examination.
The UK national average for candidates passing the PRINCE2® Practitioner examination is 73%. Nonetheless, since 2012, students studying a recognised accredited training organisation’s PRINCE2® Foundation & Practitioner courses have managed to achieve a pass rate of 83%.
There is no need to panic though. You will just need to learn all the important details and master them with the help of the training material provided by the accredited training organisation.
It is essential to carefully prepare for the PRINCE2® Practitioner examination to maximize your chances of passing and we will give you tips to help you in answering some of your queries.
All you need to do is follow the basic steps.
Go through these tips:
That is correct. The Practitioner examination is open book, so you can take the help of the manual during the examination. On the day of the Practitioner examination, you can only take the book Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2®, which you should be given as a part of your course pack. The manual has all the information that you may possibly need. If you familiarise yourself with the same, then it will save time in the examination.
Even if you take the manual to the examination hall, you will not have the time to go through its pages
for each question instead of using it only for the difficult ones.
These always provide quick information and definition.
The manual is filled with essential appendices. Always be certain of where you need to look to get the appropriate information, especially:
If you are well versed with the manual and know your way around it, then you will find it extremely useful when you sit for the Practitioner examination.
Practice makes perfect! Keep practising the sample question papers while timing yourself. This will help you in getting used to the question format and working at a speed required in the examination.
The examination is 2.5 hours long (or 3 hours 8 minutes in case if you are a non-native English speaker). You will have to answer a minimum of 38 questions correctly (out of 68 available) to pass.
If you get doubts while practising, then you can discuss with your trainers. Doing so will not only help you in eliminating the common mistakes done in the Practitioner examination but also give you confidence on the D-Day.
Since the sizes of the classes are generally kept small, each student gets an equal scope on getting their doubts clarified both with their trainers and fellow classmates. This also results in building rapport amongst the students and trainers.
Get used to the study material to learn the subject. When you think about the various factors, you start connecting them logically. This can be done by drawing mind-maps.You can create one for every theme and process.
Mind-maps are provided in the pre-course material, but you should make your own too. This will help you in the long term and help you relate yours with the ones offered in the pre-course material.
There is no negative marking in this examination. Just in case, during the examination, you fall short of time but still want to answer all the questions, you still can guess the answers on the remaining questions and mark them on the answer sheet. Who knows, some of your marked answers might become correct and might make a difference between failing and passing the examination.
You will get a booklet which will have a hypothetical project scenario for you, usually presented as an A4 text sheet. The questions of the examination are based on this very scenario.
This booklet comprises of 68 questions and split over 17 topics with each topic being labelled as ‘PRINCIPLES, ORGANISATION, DIRECTING A PROJECT’ and many more.
The questions will be in the same sequence as the topics in the manual.
The answers need to be filled in the grids provided that clearly show which question the grid refers to. You will be provided with a pencil and an eraser.
How you are going to fare in the Foundation and Practitioner examination is driven only by the way you plan to study to get PRINCE2® Foundation or Practitioner Certified, or both.
But the tips and tricks that we finished discussing in details will help you in clearing both the Foundation and Practitioner examination.
We wish you all the best for your preparations!
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