When you come on one of our PRINCE2 Training courses, you’ll take the relevant exam on the final day (or days 3 and 5 if you do the complete PRINCE2 Practitioner course). As well as providing the kind of training that ensures you can implement your new knowledge as soon as you return to work, we provide guidance like this to help you get through that ever-important exam.
We are so confident that you’ll pass your exam that we offer a PRINCE2 exam guarantee! If you happen not to pass first time around (although our pass rates are far above the national average), you can resit the training for free, and just pay for the exam!
Here are our Top Tips for Passing the PRINCE2 exam
1. Do your pre-course reading
You can start preparing from the exam before you even begin the course, by completing your pre-course reading from the PRINCE2 manual!
The reason we provide the resources in advance is to make sure you have a foundation of knowledge when you begin, so your time with the trainer can be spent focused on developing this knowledge via real-world applications and case studies. The five-day PRINCE2 Practitioner course is intensive, so the more pre-reading you have completed the more you will be able to take in during the course.
2. Annotate the manual
To get another perspective, read through our PRINCE2 blog. We’ve covered many of the subjects that you’ve learned about on the course, but hearing the same topics in a different voice can be a valuable learning tool. You can add your notes and insights from this into the manual.
The PRINCE2 exams are open book, which means you can use your PRINCE2 manual (but no other documents or notes). What you can do is put notes all over your PRINCE2 manual and that’s allowed! So whether it’s a diagram or a one word memory trigger, use the white spaces in the manual to add your notes.
3. Remember your ID
The invigilator won’t let you sit the PRINCE2 exams without it. If you have got married and your name has changed since you registered or took the PRINCE2 Foundation exam then take the appropriate paperwork. APMG regularly spot check exams to make sure guidelines are being followed and your training provider won’t let you bend the rules!
4. Read the questions carefully
It can be tempting to skim read the multiple-choice part of the test, especially when you feel time pressure. The easiest mistakes to make in the PRINCE2 exam is to overlook the words “must” or “always” in a question. Often some of the choices will be things that are best practice but not absolutely essential in all projects.
5. Use the manual, but only when you must
Don’t be tempted to check each answer in the manual – you will only have time to use it to find the answers to questions you can’t answer from your own knowledge. If you know the answer, write it down, and you can come back to check if you finish early.
6. Don’t over-analyse or look for patterns
Some questions may require the same answer twice in a row in the same PRINCE2 exam – for example “who would be the most suitable person for this task?”. Don’t worry about using the same person for both answers if you are confident that it is correct. The questions are not related to each other and just because you’re giving the same answer doesn’t mean it will be wrong in either question.
Multiple choice questions are often randomly ordered. Just because you’ve had two (a) answers in a row, doesn’t reduce the chance of the next one being (a) as well!
7. If you get stuck, move on and come back
If you are really struggling with a question, move on. You may find that another question triggers your memory. If you have time, return to the sticking point and have another think. Just don’t risk spending too long on one question that you might never find the answer to.
For more resources and advice, head to our PRINCE2 downloads section. There you’ll find some revision aids and a downloadable exam tips document for the PRINCE2 Practitioner exam!
That’s it! Good luck with your PRINCE2 exams!
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