How to pass the PRINCE2 Practitioner exam ebook

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If you've got through your PRINCE2 Foundation exam, then you might be looking to progress further and take your Practitioner training, which is a little more on the challenging side! This free ebook on Passing your PRINCE2 Practitioner exam is a must if you want to be fully prepared to pass the exam comfortably. Written by Knowledge Train's most experienced PRINCE2 trainer, this ebook gives you all the insider secrets, strategies and tips on beating the clock during your PRINCE2 Practitioner exam. Download the 10 page ebook to learn all these essentials: - The sections of the PRINCE2 syllabus you will be tested on - Styles of questions and pass marks - The most successful exam strategies and tactics to answering exam questions speedily - Advice on preparing your manual for easy reference during the PRINCE2 exam - The PRINCE2 Practitioner exam requirements - before, during and after Download this free guide to passing your PRINCE2 Practitioner exam, the essential addition to your exam preparation! You can also download and use more project management resources from the Knowledge Train website here: http://www.knowledgetrain.co.uk/resources.php

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  • Introduction HavingsuccessfullypassedthePRINCE2Foundationexam,youmaybeeagertoget startedonPractitionertraining,andlookingforwardtopassingtheallimportant Practitionerexam. However,youllhavetofullyprepareyourselfforthePractitionerexam,whichis perhapsthemostchallengingpartofanyPRINCE2course,andverydifferentfrom thePRINCE2Foundationexam. Togiveyoutheconfidencetosucceed,wehavecompiledthishelpfuleBookto accompanyyouonyourjourneytoachievingfullPRINCE2Practitionerstatus! Purposeoftheexam ThePRINCE2Practitionerexamencouragesyoutoputyourknowledgeintopractice. Onceyouhaveachievedthisqualification,youareconsideredtopossesscertain skillsandknowledgetoimplementthePRINCE2methodonawiderangeofprojects. AstheexamisthefinalpartofthePRINCE2journey,itmaycomeasnosurprisethat itisathorough,detailedassessment.YoumustdrawuponyourFoundationlevel knowledge,aswellasuseadvancedknowledge,suchastailoringPRINCE2tomeeta projectsneeds. AccordingtothePRINCE2syllabus,candidatesshould: Understandtherelationshipsbetweentheroles,managementproducts, principles,themes,techniquesandprocesses Beabletoapplytheprinciples,themesandprocessestoaproject Beabletocreateandassessmanagementproducts Syllabusareasexamined BusinessCasetheme Organizationtheme Qualitytheme Planstheme Risktheme Changetheme Progresstheme StartingUpaProjectandInitiatinga Projectprocesses ControllingaStageandManaging ProductDeliveryprocesses ManagingaStageBoundary,Closinga ProjectandDirectingaProjectprocesses
  • Whatdoestheexamconsistof? ThePRINCE2Practitionerexamtakes2.5hourstocomplete,andyoumaytake anannotatedcopyofthemanualintotheexamwithyou Youwillbeexaminedon8ofthe10syllabusarea.Therewillbe6theme questionsand2processquestions Foreachofthe8syllabusareathereare10individualquestionlines,each carryingonemark,makingatotalof80marks Thepassmarkis55%whichmeansyoumustscore44marksormoretopass YouwillbegivenaScenarioBooklet,QuestionBookletandanswersheets.The ScenarioBookletcontainsalloftheinformationaboutaparticularproject.The QuestionBookletcontainsall80questionsandyouwriteyouranswersinthe answersheets ScenarioBooklet Thiscontainsafictionalprojectscenariowhichdescribesanorganizationinvestingin aprojectandisnormallyabout1pageofA4text.Itisthisscenariouponwhichall thequestionsarebased. Beawarethateachsyllabusareamighthavesomeadditionalinformationwhichis describedinthisbooklet.Youmustonlyreadtheadditionalinformationwhentold todosointhequestionwhichwillalwaysbe indicatedbythewordsbaseduponthe additionalinformationcontainedwithinthe scenariobooklet. Wheneveryouseethesewordsyoumust readtheappropriateadditionalinformation. Notallsyllabusareashaveadditional informationandtheadditionalinformation willclearlystatewhichquestionitisfor.For example,Question2:BusinessCasetheme AdditionalInformation.
  • QuestionBooklet Thiscontainsallthe80questionlines, dividedintothe8syllabusareas.Each syllabusareawillbedividedinto2or3 parts,clearlymarkedPartA,BorCand thenumberofmarksallocatedforeach. Allquestionlinesforaquestionwillbein thesamestyleseethelatersections whichdescribethequestionstyles. Answersheets Youfillinyouranswersinagridinpencil. Thegridisclearlymarkedtoshowwhich question(andpart)thegridrefersto.In theexamplebelowitcanbeseenthatthereare3partstoquestion4.PartAhas3 questionlines,partBhas2questionlinesandpartChas5questionlines.Makesure youfillinthecorrectanswer! Questionstyles Practicepapersarethebestwaytoprepareforthetypesofquestionsusedduring theexam.Evenwhenthetrainingdayisover,youshouldpracticeathometofully ensureyougettogripswiththetypeofquestionsused. HerearethefivequestionstylesyoullhavetoanswerduringthePractitionerexam: ClassicMultipleChoiceselectoneanswerfromarangeofoptions Matchinglinkeachiteminonelisttothecorrectiteminasecondlist Sequencingputeventsinthecorrectsequence MultipleResponseselectthetwocorrectanswersfromthelist Assertion/Reasondecideifanassertionandareasonstatementareeachtrue orfalse.Ifbotharetrue,decidewhetherthereasonexplainstheassertion
  • Classic Thisquestionstyleiswhereyoumustchooseonefromarangeof3or4options. Tip:readeachoption,puttingacrossifyouknowitswrongoratickifyouaresure itsright.Puta?ifyouarenotsure.Ifyoudidntwritedownatick,thenrereadthe optionswitha?anddecidethebestoption.Thenfillinyouranswersheet. Matching Thistypeiswhereyoulinkitemsinonelisttoitemsinasecondlist.Optionsfrom thesecondlistmaybeusedone,morethanonce,ornotatall. Tip:Noticethewordstruestatements.Thesecanappearinanyquestion.Itmeans the4statementsaboveareallfacts,sotakethisintoconsiderationwhenanswering. Sequencing Thisiswhereyoupositioneventsinasequence.
  • Tip:readeachoptionincolumnoneanddecideifitis adecisionwhichismadeintheStartingUpaProjectprocessornot.Ifitisntthen writeAnexttotheoption.NowrereadtheoptionswithoutanAandjotdown1, 2, 3etcnexttoeachdecisionincolumn1,toindicatethesequence.Intheabove example,forquestion1youwouldmarkyouranswerpaperB,forquestion2markit A,forquestion3markitDandforquestion4markitC. MultipleResponse Thisstyleasksyoutoselecttwocorrectoptionsfromalistof5options.Thisisthe onlystyleofquestionwhereyoumustselectmorethanoneoptiontogetamark. Tip:readeachoption,puttingacrossifyouknowitswrongoratickifyouresure itsright.Puta?ifyourenotsure.Ifyouhave2ticksandno?sthenfillinyour answersheet,otherwiseyouwillprobablyhavenoweliminatedoneortwooptions. So,rereadtheoptionswithatickanda?andtakeadecision.Thenfillinyour answersheet.
  • Assertion/Reason DuetothenumberofstepsyoumustbewareofthedifficultyofAssertion/Reason questions.Hereiswhattodo: Eachquestionconsistsoftwostatements,onewhichisreferredtoasan Assertion,theotherasaReason. Youmustdeterminewhetherornoteachstatementiscorrect,soevaluateeach aseithertrueorfalse. Ifbotharetrue,youmustdecidewhetherthereasonisanaccurateexplanation fortheassertion. Youthenselectoneoption(fromAtoE)asshownbelow Tip:Inthefirstexampleabove,ifyouhadevaluatedboththeassertionandreasonas true,thenyoushouldrereadacrossthewholelinewiththewordbecauseinthe middle.Ifthereasonexplainstheassertion,whichintheexampleitdoes,thenmark yourpaperA,otherwisemarkitB.Alsointheaboveexample,ifyouhadevaluated question2asfalsetrue,thenyoushouldmarkyouranswerpaperD.
  • Howtoprepare Duringthisexam,youllbeevaluating,analyzingandactuallyapplyingthePRINCE2 methodtoagivenprojectscenario,soitreallydoestestyourknowledgeand analyticalabilities. Timingyourselfwhilstyoucompletepracticepapersiscrucial,sothatyoubecome usedtoworkingataspeedrequiredtopassallquestions. Youthereforeneedasolid,thoroughunderstandingofthePRINCE2methodology, andthebestwaytoachievethisisbyattendingacourse,makingsureyouknowhow toapplyPRINCE2toprojects,andunderstandingthekeyterms. Tabbingandhighlighting InsertingtabsintothePRINCE2manualwillhelpyoufindimportantsectionsofthe bookduringtheexam.Donthavetoomanythough,becausehavingtoomanywill makeithardertofindimportantpages.ThekeysectionsIrecommendtostudentsto tabare:thecontentspage,the7themechapters(chapters410),the7process chapters(chapters1218),appendixA,appendixCandtheglossary. Highlightingkeypartsofthemanualwillhelpyouaswell.Toomuchhighlighting thoughwillhinderyou,somakeintelligentdecisionswhendecidingwhichpartsto bringtoyourattention. YoumustbeconfidentinyourPRINCE2knowledge,asalthoughyoumaytakethe manualintotheexam,itispointlessflickingthroughitforeachquestion,whenyou shouldbeusingitonlyforthetrickyparts.
  • Duringtheexam Theexamlastsfor2.5hours.Whentheexamstarts,spend5minutesreadingthe scenariobooklet.Underlineorhighlightthingswhichappearsignificant.For example,ifittellsyouthereasonwhytheprojectishappening,writereasonnext tothesentence.Thiswillhelpyouwhenansweringquestionslater. Youwillhavethenhave145minutesleft.Thereare2timemanagementstrategies youcanconsider: Strategy1:equaltimeperquestion Allocate17minutespersyllabusareaandthenmoveontothenextsyllabusarea. Ensureyouanswerall10questionsineachsyllabusarea.Thiswillmeanyouwill answerall80questionsandyouwillhaveafurther9minutesleftattheendtocheck thatyouranswersheethasbeenfilledincorrectlywithoutmistakes. Strategy2:twopassapproach Inthisstrategy,youwillgothroughtheentireexampapertwice.Thefirsttime throughyouwillanswertheeasyquestionsandyouwillfillinyouranswersheets withtheseanswers.Easyquestionsmightbetheoneswhichtakelittletimeto answer,ortheoneswhichyouareconfidentthatyouknowtheanswerfor. Skipanyquestionswhichyouthinkaretoodifficultortakealotoftimetoread. Duringthesecondpass through,youwill answerthequestions whichyouskippedin thefirstpass.Dont spendtoolongthinking aboutaquestion.Its bettertoguessand moveontothenext questionthantospendalotoftimetryingtoworkitout.Theriskwiththisapproach isthatitismoredifficulttokeeptrackoftimeandyoumightendupnotcompleting allquestions.
  • Lastly,remembertoanswereveryquestion.Asmarksarenotdeductedforwrong answers,youmightjustberight,andtrustingyourinstinctswillusuallyserveyou well. Whattobringwithyou Youmustremembertobring: PhotoID(suchasapassportordrivinglicence)otherwiseyoucantsittheexam Pencilanderaser Penforcompletingthecandidatedetailsform Youmightliketobring Water,tokeepyourconcentrationlevels high Highlightertohighlightimportantdetailsin thescenariobooklet Importantpointstoremember InordertotakethePRINCE2Practitioner exam,youmusthavepassedtheFoundation examfirst.Usually,youmustprovideyour Foundation candidatenumberwhenyoubookforthe Practitioner IfEnglishisnotyournativelanguage,oryouhaveaconditionsuchasdyslexia, youmaybeeligibleforextratimetohelpyoucompletetheexam.Askyour trainingproviderformoredetails Ifyoufeelillduringtheexam,orsomethingintheroomsuchasnoiseorsunlight isbotheringyou,telltheinvigilatorassoonaspossible Youwillbeissuedwithacandidatenumberbeforetheexamstarts,whichyou mustwriteonyourexampapersinsteadofyourname.Thesenumberslooklike this:P2R/XXXXXX Whenchanginganswers,makesureyouthoroughlyerasethewronganswer,to avoidmistakeswhentheexamiselectronicallymarked Youmustswitchoffallelectronicdevicesbeforetheexambegins,anddonot usethemduringtheexam Donottaketheexampapersawaywithyou
  • Aftertheexam Finally!Theexamisover.Herearesomehelpfulthingstoremember: Ifyourtrainingproviderismarkingyourexamusingascanner,youwillreceivea provisionalresultonthedayoftheexam.Theexamboardcanchangeyour provisionalresult(whichisveryunlikely)andyouwillbenotifiedifthishappens Ifyoupasstheexam,youshouldexpecttoreceivethecertificatefourweeks later Ifyoupasstheexam,yourcandidatenumber,dateofexam,nameandtraining companywillappearontheSuccessfulCandidateRegister,ontheexamboard (APMG)website.Thisisusefulforpotentialemployerstoverifyyouholdthe qualification.Youmayoptoutofitonthecandidatedetailsform Reregistration BypassingthePRINCE2Practitionerexam,youwillbeabletocallyourselfa RegisteredPRINCE2Practitionerandthisstatuslastsforfiveyears.Afterthistime youmaychoosetotaketheReregistrationexamtomaintainyourstatusforanother 5years.TheexamisashortenedversionofthePractitionerexam. Conclusion WehopethatyoufindthiseBookhelpfulwhenintendingtopassthePRINCE2 Practitionerexam. RemembersuccessintheexamrequiresastrongknowledgeofPRINCE2,howto applyit,plusofcoursearobustexamtechnique. Goodluck!

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