ASQ CQA … How to Pass Your Certified Quality Auditor Exam?

The Certified Quality ​Auditor (ASQ - CQA)  are professionals ​who understands the standards and principles of auditing and the auditing techniques of examining, questioning, evaluating and reporting to determine a quality system's adequacy and deficiencies.

This is one of the oldest certification (and ​not very difficult to pass the exam) offered by ASQ. The exam consists of 1​65 questions, and out of these only 1​50 questions are evaluated for scoring.

Eligibility:

​Before applying for the ASQ CQA certification you might want to do is to check if you qualify to appear in this exam.

You need to have a minimum of 8 years of paid full time work experience in the field related to auditing. However depending upon your educational qualification a certain numbers o work experience years can be waived off.

For more details on the minimum qualification and experience to take this exam, please refer to this link.

If you qualify for the exam, then submit your application for the exam. ​


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Exam Details:

​The computer-based ASQ CQA examination ​consists of  1​65 multiple choice question, five-and-a-half-hour exam and is offered in English only. 1​50 multiple choice questions are scored, and 15 are unscored. You will not know whether a question is scored or not scored.

​It is the open book exam. You can take any book or binder in the exam. Loose sheets and multiple choice questions are not allowed in the examination room.

​ASQ CQ​A Exam Passing Score:

​You need 550 marks out of 750 to get certified. However these marks are not calculated simply by dividing the correct answers divided by total number of questions. Instead ASQ ​does do the balancing to ensure that difficulty of the particular exam is taken into consideration. ​

ASQ CQA Body of Knowledge:

Here is the break down of questions:


Section
Topic/Area/Category
Number of Questions
Questions
(%)
I
​Auditing Fundamentals
​28
​19%
II
​Audit Process
​44
​29%
III
​Auditor Competencies
​24
16%
IV
​Audit Program Management and Business Applications
​30
​20%
V
​Quality Tools and Techniques
​24
​16%

If you look at this table, you will see that around half of the questions are from Section II and IV, which ​are "Audit Process" and "Audit Program Management and Business Applications".

Now lets come to the question of how to prepare for the exam, what are the resources?

Suggested Study Material:

​I would strongly recommend the  ​ASQ Auditing Handbook for study.

In addition to these two resources, I will also recommend my ​CQA Exam Preparation online course available on Udemy. ​This course is based on the ASQ CQA Body of Knowledge and covers all topics in plain and simple language.

I also a have a CQA Exam Preparation Quiz where you can attempt ​10 random questions at a time. You have free access to this quiz.

Another important consideration for the exam is to have a right calculator. ASQ has restrictions on the type of calculator you can use in the exam. My suggested calculator for the exam is TI-30Xa. I have created a Youtube video on using this calculator for statistical calculations. Make sure that you are very familiar with the use of the calculator.