SUGGESTIONS FOR STUDY
- All exams are open book and all questions have multiple choice answers. Each CQE
candidate is to bring his or her own materials. No sharing of reference materials is
- Open book means that textbooks, tables, calculators, and review course material are
allowed. A collection of personally generated materials or notes from training or
refresher courses may be used. Laptop computers are not allowed. A dictionary is highly
- Previously published examinations or any collection of questions and answers that
approximate an examination are not permitted. The questions, problems and answers in
QReview are separated from the basic material to comply with this requirement.
Preparing For the Exam
- Start studying immediately. Review all course notes and work out as many extra problems
as time allows.
- Plan a reading program and allocate time to read all course material plus your own
- Group study is encouraged. Clarification of course homework problems and certain quality
topics may be enhanced by group discussions.
Taking the Exam
- Bring only familiar material to the exam, otherwise, you may waste valuable time
searching (Mark key pages and tables).
- Answer as many questions as you can (preferably all of them). You are graded on the
percent of the total questions answered correctly.
- The examination consists of 160 multiple choice questions over a five-hour time limit.
On average, you have 1.875 minutes per question. If you find yourself stuck on a question,
go to the next one and come back to it when you are finished.
- Read the questions and problems very carefully. Some of the questions may be worded to
bypass casual glances.
- If you are in doubt as to the correct answer, eliminate the obvious wrong answers first,
What If You Do Not Pass
- Plan to retake the examination. You can do it in six months.
- There is no stigma to not passing. The mere fact that you prepared for and took the exam
has enhanced your own knowledge and skill in the quality profession.