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The following sections give an example of each of the question types.

Classic Multiple Choice

The traditional multiple choice question consists of a:

-  Stem – the text of the question
-  Options – the choices provided after the stem
-  The key – the correct answer in a list of options

-  Distracters – the incorrect answers in the list of options  

One answer is selected from a list identified by alpha characters.  This test is often combined in as a series of classic tests to test in more depth the understanding of a particular syllabus topic or application of the method.

 Yes/No questions

Often referred to as ‘True/False’ question this type of question offers a 50% chance of a guesser being correct. 

Consider each objective in Column 1 and decide which are objectives of the initiation Stage.  From options in Column 2 select either A (Yes, this is an objective of the
initiation stage) or B (No, this is not an objective of the initiation stage).  Marks will
be subtracted for incorrect answers in this question.  
Column 1                                          Column 2                                                       
1 It documents and confirms that an acceptable Business Case exists for this project.

2 It approves the appointment of the Project Manager and the Executive for this project.

3 It enables and encourages the Project Board to take ownership of the project.

4 It draws up “a contract” between the Project Manager and the Project Board so that everyone has a common understanding of the project.

5 It helps define the Project Approach

6 It helps define how the quality of the final product will be achieved.
A Yes, this is an objective of the initiation stage
B No, this is not an objective of the initiation stage.              

Multiple Response

Multiple response questions are similar to the Classic test but involve the selection of more than one answer from a list.

Answer the following questions about the organisation within a PRINCE2 project.

Remember to limit your answers to the number of selections requested in each question.   
Marks will be subtracted for incorrect answers in this question.
Identify which 3 of the following facts regarding Project Assurance are true:
A Members of the Project Board may appoint others to fulfil their role of Project Assurance if they are too busy.
B Those fulfilling Project Assurance roles form part of the Project Management Team which is managed by the Project Manager.

C Any Project Assurance roles can be combined regardless of the composition of the Project Board.

D If appropriate, the Project Board can assign Project Assurance roles to the Project Manager.

E The use of one or more individuals in this role is optional. 

F Project Assurances functions should align to each Project Board member’s role. 


Matching questions require candidates to link one item in a list to another item in a list.  They are really a variation of the multiple choice format and are often used where a series of multiple choice items share the same answer choices.

Each type of PRINCE2 plan has its own purpose, objectives and content.Column 1 contains statements about the PRINCE2 plans.  Column 2 lists 4 of the PRINCE2 types of plan.  Review each of the statements in Column 1 and select the plan from Column 2 that MOST applies to the information in the statement.  A selection from Column 2 may be used more than once or not at all.  Marks will be subtracted for incorrect answers in this question. 
Column 1                                                      Column 2 
1. The need for this plan is determined by the size and complexity of the project.
2 The basis for the Project Board to monitor actual costs and project progress stage by stage.
3 Identifies key products, resource requirements and the total costs.
4 Prepared at the same time as the Stage Plan.
A Project Plan
B Stage Plan
C Team Plan
D Exception Plan


This type asks the candidate to put actions in their order of sequence.  Because of the software constraints two formats are used, the classic format:

There have been rumours of a competitor launching a similar marketing product to our customers before us.  These rumours have now been confirmed and will have a major impact on the success of the Calendar.

1 Raise an Exception Report for the Project Board presenting the options available to them.
2 Evaluate the Project Issue in terms of its impact on the stage and project tolerances.
3 Hold an Exception Assessment.
4 Raise a Project Issue and log it in the Issue Log.
5 Produce an Exception Plan.
1 Which of the following sequences correctly represents the order in which the Project Manager should carry out the above activities? 

A 4, 2, 1, 5, 3
B 4, 2, 1, 3, 5
C 2, 4, 1, 5, 3
D 2, 4, 1, 3, 5
E 4, 1, 2, 5, 3

or the matching format can be used:

A review of progress against the final Stage Plan, and its subsequent impact on
the Project Plan, shows that the delivery date will be 3 weeks beyond the November
30th target date.  The stage has no cost or time tolerances remaining.  The project
has no time tolerance remaining and a cost tolerance of £10k.  Indicate the
sequence of the first 3 actions that the Project Manager would take.  For the
remaining options indicate if they would be relevant subsequent actions or not
relevant actions.                                                                                                     
Column  1  Column  2  
1 Raise an Exception Report.
2 Raise a risk.
3 Carry on and enter ‘high’ against risk tolerance.
4 Stop work until decision made by Project Board.
5 Consider the options available to deal with the delay.
6 Ask for the remaining cost tolerance to secure resources
to recover the 3 weeks.
7 Raise a Project Issue.
8 Recommend that the project continues and the Business Case
 is revised to reduce benefits because of late delivery.
A first choice
B second choice
C third choice
D relevant
E not relevant

Assertion/reason questions

The assertion/reason type of question combines multiple choice and true/false elements. It allows the testing of more complicated issues and tests a higher level of learning. It is often used to explore cause and effect and identify relationships.

Each item consists of 2 statements, an assertion and a reason that are linked by the word ‘because’.   The candidate selects from a multiple-choice legend after proceeding through a number of steps.  First the candidate must determine whether the ‘assertion’ is true or false and then whether the ‘reason’ is true or false.   If both are true a third step is required and the candidate must determine whether the reason is a correct explanation for the first. 

Lines 1 to 4 in the table below consist of an assertion statement and a reason
statement.  For each line identify the appropriate selection from options A to E that           applies.  A selection may be used more than once or not at all                     

Selection    Assertion    Reason  
A               True           True     Reason is a correct explanation of the assertion   
B               True           True     Reason is correct but not an explanation for assertion
C               True           False  
D               False         True  
E               False         False  
1. The Business Case should be revised if Marketing’s
forecast for increased orders changes.
BECAUSEThe Business Case is an input to the
 Project Board in the decision to authorise a Stage or Exception Plan.
2 If the paper supplier changes there may be a review of, and possible changes to, the Business Case.BECAUSEThe Business Case includes options for the delivery of the Calendar solution.
3 Providing the Calendars are available for printing before December, time tolerances will not be exceeded. BECAUSEThe Business Case is deemed no longer viable if stage tolerances are exceeded during the project.
4 The fact that the project is to try to counter the fall in orders would be documented in the Project Brief.BECAUSEThe outline Business Case is developed from the Mandate and forms part of the Project Brief.