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Is the PRINCE2® Practitioner hard?

By Simon Buehring on 26 Oct 2019

How hard is PRINCE2 Practitioner

The UK national average for people passing the PRINCE2 Practitioner exam is 73%. Since 2012 however, students studying on Knowledge Train’s PRINCE2 Foundation & Practitioner courses have managed to achieve a pass rate of 83%.

Careful preparation for the PRINCE2 Practitioner exam is vital to maximize your chances of passing and this article will help answer some of your questions.

PRINCE2 Practitioner exam pass mark

The PRINCE2 Practitioner exam is as follows:

  • Duration: 2.5 hours;
  • Questions: 68 multiple-choice;
  • Pass mark: 55% (38 out of 68).

Questions relate to a project scenario provided as part of the exam. All parts of the PRINCE2 method are tested, with specific questions about the PRINCE2 principles, themes and processes.

Since this article is all about the PRINCE2 Practitioner exam (2017 version). For information about the PRINCE2 Foundation exam please go here.

Non-native speakers

Prior to 2017, the PRINCE2 Practitioner exam required considerable reading. That is no longer the case. Therefore, for non-native English speakers the exam should now be easier than previously.

AXELOS, the PRINCE2 accreditation body, permits non-native English speakers to use a bilingual paper dictionary (electronic ones are not allowed). This should help international students to remove any ambiguity associated with the meaning of questions or terminology.

Also, non-native English speakers are always given 25% extra time to complete the exam. This means you will get 3 hours 8 minutes for the exam.

Students from all backgrounds

Given that Knowledge Train delivers PRINCE2 training in the heart of London our students are drawn from a wide range of cultural backgrounds. Furthermore, a significant proportion of our students are non-native English speakers. With these factors in mind, the trainers at Knowledge Train ensure that the interpretation of sample Practitioner questions from the mock exam papers forms an important part of our training courses.

On average, the pass rates of our international students are not so different from the pass rates of our UK students which, as we said already, is 10% higher than the UK national average.

Trainers to help you

If some of the exam questions are rather wordy, working out the best way to negotiate them can prove invaluable, boosting students’ confidence before sitting the exam. We keep our class sizes small, helping to ensure that each student has sufficient opportunity to interact with both the trainer and fellow students. Approachable and friendly, Knowledge Train’s trainers are happy to help and enjoy developing a rapport with students.

Exam question styles

The PRINCE2 Practitioner exam contains two styles of multiple-choice questions:

  • Standard classic’ – select one answer from a range of options;
  • Matching’ – link each item in one list to the correct item in a second list.

The questions are based upon a fictional project scenario which is presented usually as one A4 sheet of text.

PRINCE2 Practitioner syllabus

If you want to read the details, the PRINCE2 Practitioner syllabus is available for download from the AXELOS web site.

In short, what the exam is testing you on is your ability to apply the PRINCE2 principles, themes and processes in context, and be able to tailor relevant aspects of the themes and processes in context.

Preparing for the exam

Preparation is the key to doing well in your PRINCE2 Practitioner exam. At Knowledge Train, our pre-course materials have been carefully written in easy-to-understand language to introduce you to the essential ideas and terminology of PRINCE2 before you even set foot in our classroom.

This is available online, via our pre-course study platform and you are given access to this as soon as you have registered for a course. It only takes 3-4 hours to complete and the materials can be downloaded as PDF’s.

Exam technique

Careful preparation and good exam technique are both key to passing the PRINCE2 Practitioner exam. If you are attending one of our PRINCE2 Practitioner courses, then you will get all the help and advice you need from our experienced trainers. If you’re self-studying, or studying online, then you can get more help about exam questions by reading PRINCE2 Practitioner exam tips.

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