In Reply to Parent Post by deuce
I took the exam in October 2003 and thought it was fairly easy. I prepared by reading The Quality Technician's Handbook offered through ASQ and the CQT Primer offered by the Quality Council of Indiana. I basically read the primer and answered all the questions at the end of each chapter. The ones I missed I went over the detailed answers in the solution text. I also had the practice test disk from QCI and I took numerous practice quizzes after I had read both of the aforementioned books. The questions in the Primer and on the disk matched what was on the exam very closely. If you get to where you get 80-90% correct on the practice tests, you should feel pretty confident going in. I highly recommend these resources. Good luck!!
The book from ASQ also came with a practice test. Study those questions closely because there were several that were very similar to those on the exam.
I am currently preparing for the CQE. Anyone have any tips on the exam??
I was challenged (I'm not good at math) by the statistics portion. To prepare, I studied for 3 months all day long (I was out of work) and worked really hard at teaching myself statistics. Not everyone needs to work this hard, but I was determined to make my unemployment pay off. It worked.
I found that there was a goodly amount of application: what kind of formula works in what situation. I used the CQE Quick Reference Notes by Dodson, Nutt and Johnson (Quality Publishing, Tucson) where there is lots of room to jot down notes in the pages.
If you don't have the Quality Audit Handbook from ASQ, it's worth the price.
The Certified Quality Engineer's Handbook is good too (ASQ Quality Press). Here's a sample of it: http://qualitypress.asq.org/chapters/H1093.pdf