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Passing the PRINCE2 Exams For Dummies by Nick Graham

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Handling Failure

Candidates who fail a PRINCE2 exam tend to have one of two reactions. The first is to be incensed and ask ‘How could that possibly have happened to me?’ They wonder whether the exam was marked correctly. The second reaction, and overwhelmingly the more common, is to say with resignation that they’re not surprised and at the end of the exam they already knew deep down that they’d failed.

To pick up on the question about whether the paper was marked fairly, well of course the answer is yes. Even where the Foundation exam is marked by hand at first, it’s cross-checked using machine marking – so there’s no space for human error in the final result. You may disagree with some of the ‘right’ answers if you see them, but, like in many other exams, that goes with the territory.

Putting the exams in context

If you’ve failed, the best thing to do is to come to terms with the outcome and accept it. If you try to see the situation as a setback rather than a disaster, it may help to put the exam results into context. The important thing in project management is running projects well, and the important thing in PRINCE2 is using the method knowledgeably and intelligently to do that. After putting in all the work to learn PRINCE2, it’s really good to have a piece of paper to put on the wall (or to shove in your filing cabinet), but pieces of paper don’t run projects.

At the end of the day, does it really matter that you failed? Worse things happen to people every moment of every ...

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