In the previous two blog posts, we discussed and walked through the most difficult Question styles on the PRINCE2 Practitioner Exam including: Assertion & Reason and Choosing Two Correct Answers from Five Choices. These tend to give candidates the most difficulty on the Practitioner Exam. As a bonus, I will discuss strategies for the remaining Question formats. The following is a sample of the Two Column Matching Question style:
The Project Manager is conducting a Risk Assessment. The project is forecasted to be out of cost tolerance for the stage due to recent increases in raw materials prices for steel. The Team Manager has also identified a series of defects in the beams which will be utilized in the construction for the High Rise Condominiums.
The Statements in Column 1 represent Risk Responses identified by the Project Manager. Column 2 represents Risk Threat Response types. For each Risk Response identified in Column 1, please select the Risk Threat Response type in Column 2. Each Risk Threat Response type in Column 2 can be used once, more than once, or never.
|Question:||Column 1||Answer:||Column 2|
|1||The Project Board decides the defects in the beams will be an unacceptable risk, as this could become too much of a liability. They decide to cancel the project.||A||Accept|
|2||If the defects in the steel beams cannot be fixed by the Team Manager and Members, the Project Board will contract the work out to an external company which specializes in beam production.||B||Avoid|
|3||The Project Board decides to purchase hedging contracts for steel.||C||Fallback|
|4||The Project Manager records the beam defects in the Risk Register, the situation will be monitored very closely.||D||Reduce|
The first item to note is the Excerpt, this provides context and background information on this series of questions. It expounds upon the original project overview presented when the Practitioner Exam begins. The second item to note is this question involves the Risk Theme, so if the candidate isn’t well versed in this area, it may be a good idea to open the PRINCE2 Manual to the chapter presenting the Risk Theme. A word of caution, as time management plays a critical role in passing this exam, it is advisable to only use the manual on subject areas which are a weakness. So if you understand the Risk Theme well, in this case Risk Threats, it would likely be a detriment to even open the book. It would be best to answer the questions directly without reference.
The next thing to understand is that each of the answers may be used once, more than once, or may never be used. This is quite important to fully grasp. In this sample, it is possible all the answers may be A, which is to “Accept” the risk. It is also possible the “Accept” response will never be used. This means eliminating Answer choices based on your selection will not work. This brings me to the next point, which is the questions are not dependent on one another. Each statement in Column 1 should be looked at independently, one at a time. If you are in a time crunch, which is typical in the PRINCE2 Practitioner Exam, I would recommend to briefly skim through the excerpt, concentrate on the area which is being examined, and focusing on answering one question at a time. This Question style is moderately difficult, and the content of the specific questions above is relatively easy. These are exactly the type of questions on the PRINCE2 Practitioner Exam you want to answer correctly and very quickly. If this can be achieved, you will allow yourself additional time on the more complex areas of the exam.