A few people asked for pointers in preparing for the CQE, so here is what I did (Your Mileage May Vary)
First, I Purchased the ASQ Certified Quality Engineer Foundations in Quality Learning Series Set. This is a good resource for the BOK and has a nice CD with Test Questions. I used this during my studies. I also Purchased the following Books and Standards:
The Certified Quality Engineer Handbook by Benbow, Berger,
Elshennawy, and Walker.
Quality Engineering Hanbook by Pyzdek
ANSI/ASQ Z1.4 and 1.9 Standards
Dodge & Romig Sampling Inspection Tables
I borrowed an older copy (1991) of the Quality Council of Indiana CQE Primer (look in any Quality Progress Magazine for an ad).
I then took an online course in Basic Stats to brush up (an old weak spot).
I used the CQE Primer Sample Test Questions/Solutions as my Guide. I would take each section (all questions) using only the knowledge in my head. I would score that section and go back and study the questions I missed. Every time I missed a question I would make notes on the subject in a notebook I kept. I would not write the question, but would include enough information on the subject so that I felt I could answer any reasonble question on the subject using my notes.
I did this every weekend (usually Saturdays) for about 3 months. I would read and study during the weekday evenings in between. I found this schedule allowed me to study as needed without a great deal of "family issues".
In the last 2 weeks before the test I started using the ASQ provided Sample Exam Questions and Simulated Exams (I found 3 different versions). Each of these was a set of questions that covered the entire BOK and allowed me to simulate actual test conditions. I set a timer and took each version as if I were taking the test. By this time I was finding I could take the test in about 2/3 the allotted time and score about 80% correct. I would then score these tests and go back and review the questions I missed and make the appropriate notes as before.
When I took the test I found that I used the Standards just a few times, the Pyzdek Book quite a bit, and my notes a lot. The Benbow book was used only as a cross reference and I did not even take the Foundations in Quality Series to the test. A fancy, Graphing, Statistical Calculator is not necessary. I took the test with an old Casio 12+1 display, solar powered calculator from the EARLY 90's. (I own two of them and they got me through college as an ME!) All of the calculation based questions are "small" enough to write out (including tables) and solve in just a few minutes.
I also developed a system for reviewing questions. During my practice tests I would mark every question with one or more of the following notes:
Hand, CQE, Notes, ?, --
These were indicators as to where the answer came from, and whether I was confident in the answer or felt I needed further review. I used this same technique for the test and found that once I had gone through the test once and answered all the questions I could without more than 30 seconds of lookup or calculation, I had time to go back, run the calculation questions, and review in detail any question that I either didn't answer ont he first pass, or had marked either as ? (not sure of my answer) or -- (pulled the answer out of my head). Made for a really easy way to manage my time and still fully review everything I felt needed it.
Again, your mileage may vary, but this is how I did it!