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The PRINCE2 2009 exams

PRINCE2 Foundation examination

The PRINCE2 Foundation exam is the first of the two PRINCE2 examinations you are required to pass to become a Registered PRINCE2 Practitioner.

This level is aiming to measure whether a candidate could act as an informed member of a project management team on a project using the PRINCE2 method, within an environment supporting PRINCE2. To this end they need to show they understand the principles and terminology of the method. Specifically candidates should:
Understand the purpose and responsbilities of all roles
Understand the 7 principles, the 7 themes, the 7 processes and the product-based planning and quality review techniques
Understand which management products are input to, output from, and updated in the 7 processes
Understand the purpose of all and the content of the major management products
Understand the relationship between principles, proceses, themes, products and roles within a PRINCE2 project

The format of the exam:
Duration 1 hour
Multiple-choice questions
75 questions, with 70 exam questions and 5 test questions
A score of 50% is required to pass (35 out of 70 marks, the 5 test questions not included)
Closed book exam

The exam consists of:
A question booklet which contains 75 questions - 70 exam questions and 5 trial questions - each covering a dirrerent syllabus topic. Each of the 70 questions is worth 1 mark, but the trial questions are not scored. The use of trial questions enables new questions to be trialled without affecting candidates' marks. The pass mark is 35. It is expected to answer all questions. There will be no indication of which questions are exam questions ans which are tial.
The answer booklet on which the answers must be given. There will only ever be 1 answer to each question. If more than 1 answer is given in the answer booklet the responsie line will be void and will attracht no marks. Marks are not subtracted for incorrect answers.

PRINCE2 Practitioner examination

The PRINCE2 Practitioner level is aimed to measure whether a candidate could apply PRINCE2 to the running and managing of a non-complex project within an environment supporting PRINCE2. To this end they need to exhibit the competence required for the PRINCE2 Foundation qualification, and show that they an apply and tailor PRINCE2 to address the needs and problems of a given project scenario. Specifically candidates should:
Know or comment on detailed explanations of all processes, themes and techniques, and worked examples of all PRINCE2 management products as they might be applied to address the particular circumstances of a given project scenario
Demonstrate that they understand the relationships between processes, themes, techniques and PRINCE2 management products and can apply this understanding
Demonstrate that they understand the reasons behind the processes, themes and techniques of PRINCE2
Demonstrate their understanding of how to tailor PRINCE2 to different project environments

The format of the exam:
Duration 2,5 hour (no reading time)
8 questions, with a project scenario and additional information
Each of the 8 questions is worth 10 marks
A total score of 55% is required to pass (44 out of the 80 marks)
Open book exam (only the PRINCE2 manual is allowed)

The examination consists of 3 booklets:
The scenario booklet will contain 1 scenario providing a description of the organization, the business rationale for the project and the project objectives. The scenario booklet may also provide additional information for one or more of the 9 questions. Where additional information is to be used, this is clearly stated in bold within the question. Additional information is only to be used for the question to which it relates.
If there is no reference to additional information or the project scenario within a question, then answer the question using only the information contained within the question. In this case the project scenario provides the background and context to the overall project but not the facts required to answer the question.
The question booklet will contain 8 questions, each covering a different syllabus area which will be clearly identified at the beginning of each question. Each of the 8 questions contains 10 question lines, each of which attracts 1 mark, giving a total of 80 marks. The pass mark is 44. Each of the 8 questions will be sub-divided into parts. Each of the part-questions will identify the portion of the 10 marks allocated to it. There is expected to answer all questions and part-questions.
The answer booklet will contain the answer sheets on which the answers must be given. There will only ever be 1 answer to each question unless it is clearly stated otherwise within the question. If more than 1 answer is given in the answer booklet, but not required by the question, the response line will be void.

PRINCE2 Re-Registration examination

The PRINCE2 Examination Board has determined that all PRINCE2 Practitioners should be re-registered within 3-5 years of their original certification. This Re-Registration comprises a 1 hour examination set at the same standard as the PRINCE2 Practitioner examination. All Practitioners who have taken the PRINCE2 Practitioner qualification since October 2000 have agreed or are agreeing to this requirement as part of their initial application and so are now designated as Registered PRINCE2 Practitioners.

PRINCE2 Practitioners certified prior to October 2000 have the opportunity to take the Re-Registration examination in order to demonstrate their commitment to professional development. Those who have qualified since January 2001 or have voluntarily undertaken the Re-Registration qualifiction are designated as Registered PRINCE2 Practitioners, which enables employers and prospective employers to be confident with their recency of knowledge and commitment to continuing professional development.

The format of the exam:
Duration 1 hour (no reading time)
3 questions, with a project scenario and additional information
Each of the 3 questions is worth 10 marks
A total score of 55% is required to pass (17 out of the 30 marks)
Open book exam (only the PRINCE2 manual is allowed)

The PRINCE2 Re-Registration examination can be taken at a PRINCE2 Accredited Training Organzation.