How to Best Prepare for Your Prince2 Exam

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  • Published by: André Hammer on Feb 23, 2024

Hello and welcome to this ultimate guide for passing your Prince2 exams. The Prince2 certification is divided into 2 parts – Foundation and Practitioner certification. In our book, the best way to prepare for the exam is to get hands on experience and to use a Prince2 study guide. Let’s explore further.

Why You Need Prince2 Certification

Prince2 stands for Projects IN Controlled Environments. There are 2 certification levels – Foundation and Practitioner, and exams are available for both.

This certification is a renowned project management certification that is a compulsory requirement in many countries. If you want to grow your project management career, it’s a must to give you an advantage over other professionals globally.

Prince2 Foundation

This is a basic introductory course and exam. If you have it, you’ll have a basic knowledge of Prince2’s terminology and methodology.

Prince2 Practitioner

This course and exam are for senior managers, project managers, analysts, and similar. With this certification under your belt, you will be able to use the principles to suit various projects, lead a team using the Prince2 method, and deliver projects using this method.

Pathway to Certification

  • Familiarize yourself with the Prince2 certification requirements. The Foundation level has no specific requirements. Because it’s a basic course, Axelos has no entry conditions. Have a basic knowledge of the terminology, what a project is, and how to manage one.

Because the Practitioner exam is a higher-level test, the certification requirements are stricter. You should have passed one of these: Prince2 Foundation, Project Management from the Project Management Institute in the US,  IPMA Level A/B/C/D: International Project Management Association (IPMA) Level A/B/C/D

  • Select a Prince2 course. You can either choose classroom lessons or opt for online. We recommend online as you can go at your own pace. Plus, it’s more convenient. Online courses are usually more affordable too. Be sure to pick a course that complies with the latest version of the Prince2 2017 manual.
  • Select a Prince2 study guide.

What Costs Are Involved?

There are various costs involved when preparing for your exam. These include: the exam fee itself, your training fees, cost of sample exam papers (recommended), a Prince2 study guide, and lastly, a membership fee. These costs vary globally.

How to Best Prepare for the Exam

  • Be realistic about how long you’ll need to complete the course and review the manual.
  • You will need more time for the Practitioner preparation.
  • If possible, take both exams in succession while the Foundation content is still fresh in your mind. Also, you’ll still be in “study mode”!
  • A reasonable timeline for exam study is 4-6 weeks.

Exam Format and Duration

Prince2 Foundation Exam

  • 1 hour long
  • Multiple choice questions only
  • Pass mark 55%
  • 60 questions

Prince2 Practitioner Exam

  • 2 ½ hours long
  • Objective type questions
  • Pass mark 55%
  • 68 questions

How to Study for the Exam

Study diligently using an exam timetable. Take practice tests. These will show you what the exam is like plus what areas you still need to revise.

We wish you the best of luck with your Prince2 exams. You’ve got this!

Readynez offers a 4-day Prince2 Foundation and Practitioner Course and Certification Program, providing you with all the learning and support you need to successfully prepare for the exam and certification.

Please reach out to us with any questions or if you would like a chat about your opportunity with the Prince2 Foundation and Practitioner certification and how you best achieve it. 


What resources should I use to study for my Prince2 exam?

Utilise official Prince2 study materials such as the Prince2 manual, official sample exam papers, and online practice tests. Consider joining study groups or attending training courses for additional support.

How can I create a study schedule to prepare for my Prince2 exam?

Break down your study material into smaller sections and allocate specific time slots each day for studying. Utilise study resources such as online practice exams and flashcards. Set milestones and goals to track progress. For example, dedicate 1-2 hours each evening to reviewing chapters and take a practice test each weekend.

What is the best way to practice for the Prince2 exam?

The best way to practice for the Prince2 exam is to take practice tests, review the official Prince2 manual, and participate in study groups or online forums to discuss key concepts and scenarios with other candidates.

Are there any tips for managing exam day stress for the Prince2 exam?

Some tips for managing exam day stress for the Prince2 exam are:

  1. Arrive early to the exam venue to avoid rushing.
  2. Take deep breaths to calm nerves.
  3. Read each question carefully and manage your time effectively.

What should I expect on exam day for my Prince2 exam?

You should expect to check in at the test centre, present valid identification, review exam regulations, complete a practice exam (if available), and manage your time effectively to answer all questions within the allocated time.

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