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Written by Andy Trainer– Wed 05 Dec 2012

APMG, the accrediting board for PRINCE2® have announced a format change to both the PRINCE2 Practitioner and Practitioner Re-Registration exams.

These changes have come about as result of a candidate survey which highlighted some issues with the timings of each exam. If you would like to learn all you need to pass your PRINCE2 exams, try our PRINCE2 Training Courses.

The fully changed formats for each are as follows:

Practitioner Exam

  • 8 questions
  • 10 question items per question, each worth one mark, total 80 marks
  • 2.5 hours (150 minutes) duration, no additional reading time
  • 44+ marks to pass (55%)
  • Open book exam (official PRINCE2 manual only)
  • Trainer pass mark - 53 out of 80 (66%)

Practitioner Re-Registration Exam

  • 3 questions
  • 10 question items per question, each worth one mark, total 30 marks
  • 1 hour (60 minute) duration, no additional reading time
  • 17+ marks to pass (55%)
  • Open book exam (official PRINCE2 manual only)
  • Trainer pass mark - 20 out of 30 (66%)

These changes will take immediate effect from January 1st 2013 and will entirely replace the 'old' format of the exams.

What This Means for Candidates

For the PRINCE2 Practitioner exam, the number of questions has been reduced from 9 to 8, with the number of marks per question reduced from 12 to 10. This means the overall marks available have gone from 108 to 80.

The time given for the exam remains the same, which in effect means more time per question as a result of the general sentiment expressed in candidate surveys.

Similarly, for the re-registration exam the marks per question have been reduced from 12 to 10 (30 possible marks in total) but the time given remains the same.

If you're revising for either of these exams, we have a large bank of resources that you can use to aid your study. Our PRINCE2 Crossword is simple and fun way to study, we have downloadable PRINCE2 exam tips available and various quizzes and resources in our PRINCE2 Training Resources section.

Rescheduled PRINCE2 Document Release

The release of the new PRINCE2 was previously scheduled for January 25th 2013 but in order to coincide with the change in exam format, its release was brought forward to October 26th 2012.

As such sample papers in the new format, and updated exam documents are now available via the APMG Network with the appropriate Login details.

Check out this Quality Trail blog post to help you revise one of the key aspects of the PRINCE2 exam.

Our PRINCE2 Practitioner Course here at Silicon Beach will be updated accordingly.

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