1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  2. Hello and Welcome to The Quality Forum Online...Continuing in the spirit of People Helping People !
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
You must be a registered member in order to post messages and view/download attached files in this forum.
Click here to register.

Preparing for the ASQ CQE exam

Discussion in 'ASQ, IRCA, IATF, Exemplar & Related Organizations' started by kimi peng, Feb 26, 2016.

Tags:
  1. kimi peng

    kimi peng New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2016
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1
    Location:
    California
    Hi everyone! I am Kimi, I am a quality engineer working in a medical manufacturing company. I am preparing for the US ASQ CQE exam. If you are also preparing for the CQE exam, you are welcome to join the study group I created on Google Group.
    https://groups.google.com/d/forum/certified-quality-engineer-cqe-study-group
    Or if you are already a CQE, please share your experience.
    Thank you!
    Kimi
     
  2. QAengineer13

    QAengineer13 Member

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2015
    Messages:
    47
    Likes Received:
    13
    Trophy Points:
    7
    Hi Kimi,
    I took my CQE exam in 2014 , its really a good career enhancing certification and by applying the BOK learning through the certification in your day -to day jobs helps you to be a successful QE. If you were to ask me how did I go about preparation, I used 1. The Certified Quality Engineer Handbook , 2. The CQE Primer- Quality Council of Indiana and then in the last month I used the 3. ASQ- CQE question bank to test my skill to identify the areas of improvement. Good Luck with you exam, please let me know if you need any help regarding the preparation and BOK topics, I will try my best to help you out. All the best.
     
  3. DavidD

    DavidD Member

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2015
    Messages:
    24
    Likes Received:
    17
    Trophy Points:
    2
    I also took the CQE exam in 2014. I found that my 10+ years experience as a Quality Engineer combined with the quick reference ability using the Quality Council of Indiana (QCI) book was what worked (for this and other exams). A similar approach has also worked for a number of my coworkers as well.

    The CQE has such a broad Body of Knowledge (BOK) that I'd think the ability to learn it all from scratch would be a near insurmountable task - but if you're already proficient with most of it, I could see successfully learning enough of any deficiencies to be successful.

    Years before, I took a prep course but it was so poor that I (and many others) ended up so discouraged that none of us took it at the time and it took me 5 years to actually get arround to taking the exam. A number of my friends/collegues have also found these courses generally useless (across multiple instructors and offerings).

    Things that I did find help are:
    - having some friends take it with you (the positive peer pressure helps)
    - having a study group to bounce questions off of
    - the QCI books - they are written to pass ASQ exams and have an essential index to allow you to get quickly to the information you need, at a level of detail that is useful but not overwhelming
    - get a good assessment of yourself and the test to focus your preparation: ASQ has a half length exam of old questions on their webpage. It is much better than other sources for gaging your abilities (ASQ writes much better questions on their tests than are in the QCI material).

    Best of luck,

    David
     
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2016
  4. Jennie

    Jennie Member

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2016
    Messages:
    14
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    2
    I'm an ASQ CQE. My experience is that you need at least 3 months of time to study prior to the exam. I took the prep course offered through the ASQ and I actually thought it was really good. I used the ASQ CQE handbook, the binder I got with the prep course, and as many prep tests as I could take. There are alot of questions that I felt were trick questions so be aware-you need to really watch the wording and such. Bring a snack with you-like a protein bar and some water. Use the entire 5 hours. It's hard. I felt like my brain was numb for weeks after that. Maybe years. I need to re-certify by taking the exam again this coming Dec and I'm already dreading it.
     
  5. DavidD

    DavidD Member

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2015
    Messages:
    24
    Likes Received:
    17
    Trophy Points:
    2
    Any reason in particular you're recertifying by exam rather than by submitting the necessary amount of recertification points? Mine is coming due in December also and I've been planning on just submitting my work history, training, etc to meet the requirements (along with a check).

    David
     
  6. QMSmaster

    QMSmaster Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2015
    Messages:
    59
    Likes Received:
    9
    Trophy Points:
    7
    I have been a CQE, CQM, CQA and other Professional certifications for 15+ years. I used to also be heavily involved in managing and writing another popular professional societies certification program. My personal opinion on the ASQ exams is you do not need much more than the QCI primer along with the following advice.

    1. prep for it several months in advance on a regular basis instead of cramming. This is probably the most important point.
    2. Practice the sample questions with the primer. There is not much originality to the questions on the exam. nor are they very different. At least that is what I remember.
    3. Don't bring a stack of books to the exam. Just 1-2 will suffice. Having many books with you will just be distraction.
    4. Have a time management strategy. Divide the test time minutes by the number of questions. Lower the minutes per question by 20%. Don't spend more than that on any one question the first pass through. You want to try each question at least once. Then go back and review the ones you could not answer. Bring a watch to help do time checks. Don't use it like a stop watch n every question, just use it to keep an eye on your pace.
    5. Always give an answer since there is no penalty for being wrong. Even if you blind guess
    6. Go with your first answer. Don't spend too much time changing answer. Odds are your first answer was the right answer.
    7. IF you must guess, try to rule out the obviously wrong answer then select from the rest. There are always 1-2 in a question. For example, for most math questions on these exams you do not even have to do the math to give yourself a good chance of guessing the answer.
    Remember, passing long multiple choice exams is a bit of game.

    Cert programs are good and i believe in them, but keep in mind that professional certifications are VERY much about generating revenue for the professional society sponsoring it. Tremendous revenue is generated by selling classes, books, CD's, Etc. This is why I say all you really need is the Primer for exam purposes. For along time ASQ did not sell their own study materials because they did not want to have the appearhence of a conflict of interest.
     
  7. Padym

    Padym Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2015
    Messages:
    55
    Likes Received:
    8
    Trophy Points:
    7
    Hi QMSmaster,
    I;ve passed IRCA certified QMS ISO 9001:2015 LA course in April'17 and I'd like to apply for IRCA Certification Scheme. Other option is to go for CQA examination.
    Which one I should opt for ?
     
  8. Shoaib Aslami

    Shoaib Aslami New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2016
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1
    Hi everyone,
    Anyone is planning to take the preparation and CQE exam any time soon? I'm living in Northern Colorado and wonder if anyone thinking or planning to take the exam or preparation course.
    Also, I'm thinking to take the online preparation course, any idea or suggestion regarding the effectiveness of online study for this exam?

    Thanks in advance for your valuable suggestion or idea

    Shoaib.
     
  9. Khadeja Kausar

    Khadeja Kausar New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2016
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1
    Hi Shoaib - I am planning to take the exam by May 2017. It would be nice we can create a study group.
     
  10. Chetan Ingawale

    Chetan Ingawale New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2016
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1
    Hi.....

    I am beginner in the field of Quality with work experience Five years, I would also like to prepare for the CQE exam. Can anybody suggest me, from where should i start for preparation? Also suggest me preliminary courses if any.

    Waiting for reply.
     
  11. Jennie

    Jennie Member

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2016
    Messages:
    14
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    2
    I'm re-certifying by exam (next week-yikes!) because I didn't want to spend time away from my new daughter to take classes for the points. I also took 4 months off for maternity leave so I lost valuable points there. The online courses-unless you physically leave the office, you're expected to do both the classes and your normal workload.
     
  12. Jennifer Kirley

    Jennifer Kirley Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2015
    Messages:
    552
    Likes Received:
    412
    Trophy Points:
    62
    Location:
    USA
    Hello Chetan, the requirements to sit the exam are listed here. You may want to start with CQT based on your time in the field.

    I passed my exams after three months of study on average. I have found the ASQ Handbooks to be preferable. I have, in the past used the Primers from the Quality Council of Indiana, but their materials are not as comprehensive; the Handbooks can be used as reference materials in the workplace. CQI's test question CDs were okay, but I thought Pyzdek's were better; I don't think he's making them anymore, though.
     
    Atul Khandekar likes this.
  13. Jennifer Kirley

    Jennifer Kirley Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2015
    Messages:
    552
    Likes Received:
    412
    Trophy Points:
    62
    Location:
    USA
    I would expect IRCA for 3rd party auditors and ASQ CQA for 1st or 2nd party auditors. Having to take one of the Lead Auditor classes is probably the most valuable aspect of certifying IRCA, a process in which leans heavily on audit days experience as I understand it (submitting logs) in a single discipline. In contrast, the CQA exam is a more well-rounded body of knowledge.

    For me the fees are a deterrent. I have to decide if the certification would bring me value, as I don't currently need it as a selling point for my services.
     
  14. Ashraf Zanaty

    Ashraf Zanaty New Member

    Joined:
    May 9, 2017
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1
    hello there
    already set my goal to attend ASQ CQE in Dec. 2017
    i am a qaulity engineer with +10 years of work experiance if there are somebody interest to creat a study group facebook or google group or even whatsapp just inform me we can rrange for that
    thnak you
     
  15. TenaciousQ

    TenaciousQ New Member

    Joined:
    May 27, 2017
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    2
    Hello. I am preparing for the CQE exam. I have 10 years plus in aerospace quality. I feel like I am really chewing through the material in the CQE handbook well. The questions in my ASQ study guide thus far have come at ease after reviewing the material. My confidence that I can pass this test is growing. However,I am a bit concerned about the statistics / formulae / math that is covered in the test. Can anyone give an approximate number of these types of questions that will be on the exam?
    I am not a trained engineer nor a math enthusiast. A colleague of mine mentioned to me that he failed the CQE exam due to his poor execution on this portion of the test. Can anyone offer some insight on what I can expect?
    Thank you everyone!
     

Share This Page