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.
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Being a project manager means having to juggle lots of tasks, demands and resources at once. Budgets and deadlines must be met, progress monitored and reports produced; and many people, including team members and stakeholders, need to be kept up to date with developments.
Whilst training in project management techniques such as PRINCE2 will teach you the skills to succeed at this juggling game, using software such as Microsoft Project can make project management a lot easier.
Why use Project Management Software?
As Project Management continues to grow as a recognised profession, requiring formal qualifications and a proven track record, so does employer expectation. Organisations no longer ask whether they need their projects managed – instead they ask who should do it and how.
Effective Project Management relies on having systems and universal processes. Learning to use such things as Microsoft Project won’t automatically make you a great project manager – but not using them may well prevent you from being one.
Accessibility and Integration
You should always check that your chosen project management software will integrate with other programs. For example, schedules in Microsoft Project can be shared with Microsoft Outlook. Using software that fits with people’s existing experience is a real help to project success. Many programs will have the option for cloud storage – this is getting more important, and provides a great opportunity for real-time updates. Read the rest of “Project Management Software”
Under the PRINCE2 framework, all projects have defined beginnings, middles and ends – all of which must be tightly controlled.
Whilst planning, initiating and executing the project, the Project Manager reports to the Project Board – so, similarly, the Project Board has to give final sign-off on the project closure. For successful project closure, there must be a nice smooth handover of the product from the project team.
PRINCE2 training will teach you the theory and applications of the framework, including the importance of evaluating the project once closed.
As with the rest of the PRINCE2 processes, control is very important during this completion stage. Once the Project Manager believes the objectives from the Project Initiation Document have been met, he puts the recommendation for Project Closure to the Project Board.
Preparing to Close the Project
The main aim of closing a project in PRINCE2 is to make sure that the final product is of an acceptable level, make sure the operational team is able to look after the project and to guarantee that any issues or risks have a correct way to address them. Read the rest of “How to Close a Project in PRINCE2″