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.
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 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
|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
E not relevant
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.
|BECAUSE||The 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.||BECAUSE||The 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. ||BECAUSE||The 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.||BECAUSE||The outline Business Case is developed from the Mandate and forms part of the Project Brief.|