19 Oct 2017

PRINCE2 Foundation Exam

Posted by Paul Atkin

PRINCE2 Foundation Exam (6th edition – v.2017)

The PRINCE2 Foundation exam is the first PRINCE2 exam.  It is a test of your knowledge and comprehension of the PRINCE2 methodology and is based on the PRINCE2 official manual:  “Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2.”  You have to pass the PRINCE2 Foundation exam before you take the Practitioner

The Foundation Exam

The PRINCE2 Foundation exam is 60 multiple choice questions in 1 hour.  It is closed book format and the pass mark is 55%.   or  33 / 50.

Most Foundation questions are of the standard multiple choice type. For example: “what color is a bus?” The possible answers would be “red, green, blue or yellow.”  You mark your answer, in pencil, on a separate answer sheet by shading in A, B, C or D as appropriate.

At the end of the exam the papers are collected and usually marked immediately.  The trainer or proctor has an acetate which they put over your answer papers and count up the scores.  The result is subject to confirmation by PeopleCert International but, in over 100 PRINCE2 classes, I have never seen a mark changed by them.

Almost everyone passes the PRINCE2 Foundation exam. The average pass rate on instructor led classes is 95% and slightly lower for candidates who have not taken training.  This does not mean it’s an easy exam.  Just that if you put the work in you will have a good chance of passing the exam.

If you are thinking of going on to take the Practitioner exam what really counts is your Foundation exam score.  You only need to pass the Foundation exam to be able to attempt the Practitioner exam.  Experience shows though that students who scrape through Foundation don’t usually go on to Practitioner success.  This does makes sense of course. If you don’t have the Foundation level of knowledge and understanding, you won’t be able to apply it at the practical level of the Practitioner.

PRINCE2 Foundation exams are scheduled regularly across Canada. Or you can take an accredited PRINCE2 elearning course

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