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Passing the PRINCE2 Foundation exam – Part 5

31 Jul 2022 By

Welcome to final article in our guide to passing the PRINCE2 Foundation exam. The guide is designed to help students who are self-studying using accredited PRINCE2 CBT.

The previous articles in the guide have discussed topics including the purpose of the Foundation exam; the style of the exam questions; improving your exam technique; and practical considerations for exam candidates. In this article we turn our attention to what happens after the exam, focusing on exam results.

When to expect your exam results

Normally, the invigilator will mark your answers at the end of the exam. He/she will then give you your provisional result. This means that you can leave the exam room knowing whether you have provisionally passed or failed.

About two weeks after the exam, the PRINCE2 exam board, APMG, will issue your confirmed result. It is unlikely to differ at all from your provisional result. If the APMG confirms that you have passed the exam, you have achieved the PRINCE2 Foundation qualification and will receive the PRINCE2 Foundation certificate, by post, about four weeks afterwards.

If you want to take the PRINCE2 Practitioner exam, you can take it at any point after passing the Foundation. Some people choose to take both exams during the same day or week; others leave much longer periods of time between them.

In our experience, a candidate who scores 50 marks or more in the Foundation exam will have a very good chance of passing the Practitioner exam.

PRINCE2 Successful Candidate Register

If you pass the PRINCE2 Foundation exam, your exam date, candidate number, name, and training company (if applicable) will be recorded in the PRINCE2 Successful Candidate Register, which can be consulted on the APMG’s website.

Your mark in the exam will not be revealed on the register. Additionally, you will not appear on the register if you do not pass the exam.

The register is accessible to the public. It enables potential employers or other individuals to verify your Foundation qualification. If you do not want to be included in the register, you can opt-out of it on the candidate details form, which you will fill in before taking the exam.


We hope that you find this guide to passing the PRINCE2 Foundation exam useful when aiming to achieve the Foundation certification. Success in the PRINCE2 Foundation exam requires a combination of good exam technique and detailed knowledge of how PRINCE2 works. Although the exam may sound daunting, you should feel reassured by the fact that all of the questions are multiple-choice and pass rates are high. Study hard, complete sample questions, and feel confident about your chances of passing!

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