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How to pass the APM PMQ – 12 Top Tips

The APM PMQ qualification is designed to provide a broad level of project management knowledge, giving existing or aspiring project management professionals all the information they need to have confidence in approaching the management of projects large or small.

The content discusses the terminology, tools and techniques and extends to provide a deeper perspective, facilitating an understanding of the reasons for their use as well as the benefits of doing so.

There are various ways to study for the APM PMQ. You may attend a classroom course, study for it online or go for a blendedoption which combines e-learning and classroom. Either way – you will have an exam to undertake in order to gain this highly recognised qualification.

There are two examination routes for the qualification:
  • A three hour paper where candidates must answer ten from sixteen questions.
  • For current PRINCE2® Registered Practitioners a two hour paper that recognises prior learning. In this paper candidates must answer six from ten questions.

If you attend a full 20|20 classroom APM PMQ course, our facilitators will fully prepare you for the exam. If you decide to study online, we recommend attending one of our specific APM PMQ Exam Preparation and Exam workshops.


Our experienced facilitators have helped many delegates through the APM PMQ process. Here are their Top 12 tips:
  1. Study the whole of the e-learning material and undertake all assessment.
  2. Familiarise yourself fully with the APM PMQ Syllabus, the learning outcomes and the associated assessment criteria.
  3. Use the supplementary information we supply.
  4. Study the reference manual we supply.
  5. Focus on your weak areas and the not the topics you are good at.
  6. Complete the exam preparation work book.
  7. Listen to the hints and tips given by your facilitator.
  8. Practice exam questions and your self-time management.
  9. Study, study, revise and more study – Top Tip and Exam revision techniques can be found here.
  10. Read the questions fully in the exam.
  11. Answer what they are asking not just what you know about the topic.
  12. Did we mention STUDY?

We hope you have found these tips useful but if you would have further questions or queries, we’re here to help.