What is a good PRINCE2 pass mark?

What is a good PRINCE2 pass markWhen you take a PRINCE2 exam, you’ll probably be curious to know how your performance compares to other students’ results.

Is your score higher or lower than the average PRINCE2 exam results? What is the average PRINCE2 Practitioner score among the delegates on your PRINCE2 training course or at your company? Are the average scores for PRINCE2 exams in the UK increasing or not?

The most important point here is that you should not allow yourself to be distracted by these kinds of questions, either before or after the exam. What is a good PRINCE2 pass mark for you will depend on many factors, such as whether or not you have project management experience, how comfortable you feel with the style of exam questions, etc. Your idea of a good mark may be very different to someone else’s.

To pass the PRINCE2 Foundation exam, you need to score at least 50% (that is, 35 marks or more out of 70). The pass mark for the PRINCE2 Practitioner exam is slightly higher, at 55% (44 marks or more out of 80). In order to achieve PRINCE2 certification, your score just needs to meet or exceed the minimum pass mark for the exam you’re taking. If you pass the exam, you will receive the same PRINCE2 certificate as anyone else who passes – no distinction is made between a candidate with a borderline pass and another who scores full marks. Your score will not be revealed on your PRINCE2 certificate.

Your pass mark can indicate how likely you are to achieve further PRINCE2 certification. For example, Knowledge Train’s experience suggests that you stand a good chance of passing the PRINCE2 Practitioner exam if you score over 70% in the PRINCE2 Foundation exam. If you want to become an Approved PRINCE2 Trainer, you need to pass the PRINCE2 Practitioner exam with at least 66%.

Remember that too much time spent wondering what the average score for PRINCE2 Foundation exams is, or what is the average pass mark for PRINCE2 Practitioner, is unlikely to improve your performance. Your time is much better spent working through sample PRINCE2 exam questions!

What should I do to maximize my chances of passing the PRINCE2 exam?

When preparing for your exams, you essentially have 3 options: to self study by buying yourself the PRINCE2 manual and other books and guides; to self study using an accredited eLearning course; or to attend a classroom course.

I wouldn’t recommend the first option because not only is it likely to take a long time, it is also incredibly lonely reading the manual on your own with no opportunity to ask questions to an expert. This option is likely to result in lower exam scores. The flip side is that this is probably the cheapest option, although because you will need to book your exams directly with the exam board, you won’t save yourself that much money because exams booked this way are the most expensive.

The second option is to self study using accredited eLearning. The advantage of this option compared to the previous option is that you will have access throughout the course to an accredited trainer who is able to answer any questions which you may have of PRINCE2. The courseware is developed by approved trainers and focuses on the key syllabus areas you need to know for the exams. The eLearning options also come with exam simulators which you can use to practice before taking the real exams. This option is not much more expensive than the previous one and has the added advantage that you can study in your own time, at your own pace and do not need to travel to attend a course.

The final and most popular option is to attend a classroom PRINCE2 training course. Here you will benefit from having an expert trainer to answer any questions and to guide you through all the key syllabus areas. Experienced trainers will also have a wealth of real world experience to call upon.

To see the pass marks and pass rates for the exams take a look at the table below. Knowledge Train's pass mark are based upon students attending the 4.5 day PRINCE2 Foundation & Practitioner course5 day PRINCE2 Foundation & Practitioner course during 2012.

  Foundation Practitioner
Duration (minutes) 60 150
Total marks 70 80
Pass mark 35 44
% Pass mark 50% 55%
UK Average pass rate 97% 73%
Knowledge Train's pass rate* 99% 83%

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