ASQ CQA Exam June 4, 2011 - Best resource for preparation

#1
Hello Everyone,
This morning I had written the ASQ CQA exam. I would like to get some feedback if you had written today's CQA exam.

Below is my experience:

It was a very tough exam.

I had prepared for 3 months primarily using the CQA Primer from Quality Council of Indiana. I had also read the book "The Quality Audit Handbook" by J.P. Russell once.

Many CQA certified people told me to prepare using the CQA Primer and the exam should be straight forward. But, in today's exam most of the questions for the exam were not of the same difficulty level as the Primer's questions. Neither were they from the Primer. It seemed they had used J.P.Russell's book for many questions.

CQA Primer is a good book and I had learned a lot of practical advice on how to do Audits, which I will use in the future. But, after today's test I am not sure if it is the single best resource to prepare for the CQA exam.

Please share your experiences.

Regards,
Muthu
 
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harry

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#3
Re: ASQ CQA Exam June 4, 2011

................. But, after today's test I am not sure if it is the single best resource to prepare for the CQA exam. ..................
Welcome to the Cove.

It is a fallacy to think or assume that a 'single best resource' exists for preparation of exams. If it does, everybody would had got through and the value of the exam would had been severely degraded.

If you had come here earlier and do some searches, you would had been better advised. As Jennifer (a fellow moderator) put it in this post -'I found the Primer too superficial'.
 

Jen Kirley

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#4
Re: ASQ CQA Exam June 4, 2011

Welcome to the Cove! :bigwave:

Long ago I discarded the Primers in favor of more comprehensive texts that I could use as reference material on the job. Since then I have accessed my CQE Handbooks many times.

I hope you passed! I have served as Associate Exam Editor for ASQ in 2003 and 2009. The exam questions were designed to be suitably, but not overly comprehensive.
:cfingers:
 
#5
Hello Jennifer, Harry and Ajit,
I am happy to let you guys know that I have passed the CQA exam. I feel greatly relieved.

Thanks for your advice.

Regards,
Muthu
 
G

gbcqc

#6
When I took the exams, I found that the QCI primer, QCI Quality Dictionary and sometimes one other book (depending on the test) worked for me.

Just depends on what you trust.
 
L

lornzky

#10
Hi,
i'm new to this forum.
Can you give me some tips on the CQE exam.I plan to take it this Dec 2011. I bought the Primer and CD as well as the ASQ CQE Handbook. Would this be enough or do i need more materials.
Appreciate your reply.

Thanks,
 
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