Grasping the Exam Basics
At Foundation, it’s rare indeed for anyone to fail, provided they’ve prepared properly, and most pass with strong marks. The exam authority intends that nearly everyone should pass this exam, but don’t imagine that means the questions will be easy. The acceptance of a high pass rate is in the context of everyone preparing thoroughly.
If you’re a bit worried about the exams, then be comforted by the knowledge that they’re a concern for nearly everyone, daunting for many, and a severe problem to a few. Part of the problem is that it may be quite some time since you took an exam and you may feel ‘rusty’ about the whole process. These things are all thrown into sharp relief if your future – such as a new job, a new contract or a promotion – hangs in the balance and depends, at least in part, on your success. If you do suffer from exam nerves, you’ll find a bit of help in the section ‘Managing Exam Nerves’ later in this chapter.
The not-so-good news – sorry, but I need to warn you – is that the PRINCE2 exams are a bit . . . er . . . awkward. They are not the same as exams at school or university where papers have been written by academic specialists. The PRINCE2 exams are written and controlled by people in the PRINCE2 community who wanted to become involved but who were not required to have a specialist background in the educational psychology of testing. Instead, the people have largely learned on the job. Inevitably that means that the exam has seen more ...