Friday, January 3, 2014

ASQ Quality Engineer Certification: What to expect on Exam Day

All ASQ exams begin at 8:00 a.m. You need to arrive 30 minutes early to check in, organize your materials at your seat, and locate the restroom.

I strongly recommend visiting the test facility prior to the exam day. Know your travel route. My facility was a 1 hour drive and had a gated entrance. On test day there was a pouring rain.

You are not allowed to have a cell phone in the exam room. You are not allowed to have a cell phone in the exam room.

I repeat the above because about 20 people out of 60 walked into my exam room with cell phones. Some were busy talking on their phones so they didn't hear the announcements that they weren't supposed to have cell phones. :) The proctor may offer to hold onto the phone, but it is your responsibility to remember to retrieve the phone after the exam. I would recommend leaving it in your car.

Bring a legal calculator. Calculators with graphing capabilities and/or with keys labeled with the alphabet are not allowed. A basic statistical calculator is needed. I used a Texas Instruments  TI-66 that I've had for 20-something years. The proctors will check your calculator, and, if it does not meet the guidelines, you will not be able to use it. You cannot share a calculator with a friend sitting nearby. I emphasize this issue because about 3 people did not have the proper calculators in my exam room.

Bring other supplies as required per the ASQ instructions.

Tuck a bottle of water and small snack in your bag so you can discreetly snack and drink to keep up your energy level.  After all, it is a 5 hour exam.

Be prepared for distractions. There will be many people in the room. Expect fidgeting, sniffling, sneezing, and coughing.

Despite a strenuous study regimen, I used the entire test time. It took me 3 hours to go through the 160 questions,and I used the last 2 hours to review my answers.

Quality Engineering Certification Related Posts:

Study Materials are described in a previous post.
Time management while preparing for the exam.

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