In a previous blog post, I introduced a few PRINCE2 Practitioner Level Exam question structures which can be quite challenging. While many people who have sat for the exam will propose the Assertion and Reason Question structure is the most challenging, in my opinion it is the second most difficult type. My experience based on the mock exams and the real test is that Choosing Two Correct Answers from Five Choices is the most difficult structure. Regardless, Assertion and Reason is quite difficult, and I will discuss a couple strategies regarding how to tackle this question type. So let’s get to it.

The following is a made up sample question using the Assertion and Reason structure:


Assertion: Reason:
The Senior User is responsible for ensuring supplier resources are made available to the project. The role of the Senior User on the Project Board is to ensure User interests are fully represented on the project.
The Senior Supplier is responsible for ensuring the project is meeting the quality criteria. The role of the Senior Supplier on the Project Board is to ensure Supplier interests are fully represented on the project.


Answer Options: Assertion: Reason: Reason:
A True True And the Reason explains the Assertion
B True True But the Reason does not explain the Assertion
C True False
D False True
E False False


In the above example, we have two Assertion Reason questions. On the real exam, you may have anywhere from 3 to 7 Assertions and Reasons at the same time. One way of answering the question is the column method. This means to review each column for validity (i.e. True or False Statements). Once you determine validity, you will have to determine if the Reason explains, or does not explain the Assertion; that is only applicable if you have two True Statements.

The second method is to answer each Assertion and Reason Question one by one (row by row). This is more methodical and is slower. Two key factors come into play when deciding how to tackle these questions. The first is how much time do you have remaining on the exam, and how many questions do you think you have left? If you have over half the test remaining, and less than hour to complete it; it’s best to use the column method (shortcut). But if you have the time, the row by row approach is more suitable.

The other key factor which comes into play is whether you are taking the paper based exam, or the computer based version. The paper version is much more suitable for the column method, as you can answer each question non-sequentially. The computer based version of the test requires you to click the next button, and leave the question unanswered if you want to answer a different question than the one you are currently on. This is the main reason I chose the methodical approach (row by row), plus I knew I had enough time to finish the exam based on my estimate of progress through the exam. The choice is up to you, I would highly recommend the methodical approach if you are taking the computer based exam and have plenty of time to spare. If you are in a time crunch, or are sitting for the paper based exam, then the column approach works very well.


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