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Prerequisites

To answer the exam questions correctly, you need to know/master the educational objectives as defined in the Foundation Level syllabus. Taking a classroom training course is not an entry criteria for the exam, but it is recommended.

Preparation

You can prepare for the exam by:

The exam

The exam must be completed within 75 minutes and covers about 45 multiple choice questions. On request non-native speakers may be granted a 15 minute extension. Depending on their difficulty questions are allocated a different number of points. The exam is closed-book: no materials may be used during the examination, with the exception of a language dictionary. To pass the exam, you must achieve at least 70.00 % of the total possible score.

The exam can be taken in Chinese (Mandarin), Dutch, English, French, German, Spanish and Portuguese (Brazil).
Online exams at PEARSON VUE are available in Dutch, English, French, German and Spanish
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Exam results

The exams will be evaluated by the certification body. The result will be sent to the contact address stated on your application.
For an online exam you receive your results immediately after the examination.
If you have passed the exam, you should receive your certificate within two weeks.

Check if you are well prepared

The practice examination serves the purpose of simulating an actual CPRE Foundation Level exam.

Looking for a possibility to take the exam?

If you attend a classroom training course the training provider organizes the written examination for you.
For public exams consult the certification bodies' websites, where you can find times and dates of upcoming exams as well as information about the application process.
You can also take the exam in a test center of PEARSON VUE.
For further information see certification bodies and the downloads at the bottom of this page.

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  • How do I know whether I have passed the exam?

    The certification body sends the result by post to the address stated by the examinee on application. If you have passed the exam, you will receive your certificate together with the result.
    If you take the exam online you get your result immediately after the examination. The certificate will be delivered to you later by post. The certificate obtained via an online exam is dispatched within the same time as the results of conventional exams.

  • How do I register for the exam?

    The certification bodies offer public examinations or they provide the exam after a training course. Online exams in a test center are available as well. You register for a public examination directly at the certification body. The scheduled dates for public examinations are published on their websites.

    Usually the examination subsequent to a training course is organized by the training provider. They will handle the registration for you.
    You can also sit for the exam at a training provider without having attended the course. Please contact the training provider in advance in order to clarify the procedure.

  • In August 2016 the exam regulations for multiple choice exams were modified, why?

    Before August 2016 negative points were awarded for wrongly marked questions.

    This regulation was difficult to explain to the candidates and additionally - under the pressure of the exam, particularly in online exams where incomplete answered questions are highlighted - candidates tended to check answers which they were not sure about and therefore lost many points.
    During IREB’s regular quality assurance of the exams, simulations with several thousand exams have been run to investigate on the impact of changes to the negative marking and the percentage needed to pass.

    Based on the results of these simulations, IREB modified the exam regulations in terms of

    • scoring: no deduction of points for incorrect answers since August 2016
    • percentage to pass the exam: at least 70.00 % of the maximum points have to be achieved now

    The type of examination and questions remained unchanged.

  • In which language can I take the exam?

    The following languages are available for the exams:

    Foundation Level:

    • Chinese (Mandarin)
    • Dutch
    • English
    • French
    • German
    • Portuguese (Brazil)
    • Spanish

    Advanced Level Requirements Elicitation and Consolidation:

    • English
    • German

    Advanced Level Requirements Modeling:

    • English
    • German

    Advanced Level Management

    • German
  • Is it also possible to acquire the content of the CPRE Foundation Level training in a self-study?

    Yes, it is possible. Ideally refer to both the CPRE Foundation Level syllabus and to the book Requirements Engineering Fundamentals.

    Check out the practice examination to verify whether you are sufficiently well-prepared for the exam.

  • Is it possible to start with the Advanced Level or must the Foundation Level be obtained first?

    The CPRE Foundation Level certificate - or an equivalent - is the prerequisite for admission to the CPRE Advanced Level examination.

    The British Computer Society (BCS) offers a variety of diplomas for professional development. Within the diploma Business Analysis there is a certificate Requirements Engineering. This certificate has a large overlap with the CPRE Foundation Level certificate. Therefore BCS and IREB have closed an agreement that candidates who have completed the BCS Certificate in Requirements Engineering will be exempt from taking the IREB CPRE Foundation level to progress to the Advanced level.

  • Must the CPRE exam be taken immediately after the training course?

    The CPRE exam can be taken immediately after the training, but this is not essential. If the participant of the course does not feel confident to take the exam immediately he or she should consult the trainer if it may be better to sit for the certification at a later stage. This would allow more time to become familiar with the topics where the participant still has gaps and thus only sitting the exam when fully prepared.

    For this reason for the Advanced Level exam there is a period of 12 months after having passed the multiple choice exam for the submission of the homework (written assignment). This gives the candidate the opportunity to gather further practical experience in the chosen topic which may be incorporated in the written work.

  • What does the exam look like?

    The exam in the Foundation Level is a multiple choice questionnaire. For details see the exam regulations of the Foundation Level.
    The exam in the Advanced Level consists of a multiple choice questionnaire and a written assignment. For details see the exam regulations of the Advanced Level.

  • When I haven’t passed the exam is it possible to retake the exam or is it necessary to repeat the training?

    A rerun of the training course before repeating the exam is not necessary.
    The exam can be retaken at most twice without a waiting period. If you fail the exam for the third time you may only retake it one year after the third exam date at the earliest.