ASQ CQPA [2020] | How to pass your Certified Quality Process Analyst Exam?

The Certified Quality Process Analyst is a paraprofessional who, in support of and under the direction of quality engineers or supervisors, analyzes and solves quality problems and is involved in quality improvement projects.

A Certified Quality Process Analyst may be a recent graduate or someone with work experience who wants to demonstrate his or her knowledge of quality tools and processes.

The exam consists of 1​10 questions, and out of these only 1​00 questions are evaluated for scoring.

Eligibility

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

You need to have a minimum of ​2 years of ​work experience. There is no requirement related to the field of working. For some other certifications ASQ requires the experience in the field of auditing or improvement. However for ASQ CQPA certification it just requires 2 years of work experience.

​However ​the requirement of two years of experience years can be waived off if you have an associate degree.

So in summary this certification is for those people who want to start their career in the field of quality and process improvement.

​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. ​

Exam Details

The computer-based ASQ CQPA examination ​consists of  1​10 multiple choice question, four-and-a-half-hour exam and is offered in English only. 1​00 multiple choice questions are scored, and 10 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 CQPA 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 CQPA Body of Knowledge

​Here is the break down of questions:

​Section

​Topic/Area/Category

​Number of Questions

​Questions
(%)

​I

Quality Concepts

and Tools

​22

​22%

​II

Problem Solving and

Improvement

​22

​22%

​III

​Data Analysis

​33

​33%

IV

Customer-Supplier

Relations

​15

​15%

​V

Corrective and Preventive

Action (CAPA)

​8

​8%

As you would have noticed from the section break-down, most of the marks in the exam are concentrated in the first three sections. Also the section 3 (Data Analysis) consists of one-third marks in the exam. These are the area you will need to provide more focus when preparing for the exam.

Suggested Study Material

I would strongly recommend the  ​​Certified Quality Process Analyst Handbook for study.

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

I also a have a CQPA Exam Preparation Quiz where you can attempt ​10 random questions at a time. You have free access to this quiz. If you think the statistics part of the exam is difficult for you then consider taking this practice course, where I provide 100+ probability and statistics questions with individual video solutions.

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.

Summary

Certificate

​Certified Quality Process Analyst (CQPA)

​Experience Required

​​​Two years of ​experience

​Experience Waived

​Up to ​two years depending upon the qualification

​Number of questions

​100 questions ​scored and 10 ​unscored

​​Exam ​Format

​Multiple Choice Questions

​​​Exam Time

​Four-and-half Hours

​Passing Score

​550/750

​Fee - Non members

​$​394

​​Fee - ​Members

​$​294

​​Fee - ​Retake

​$184

​Study Material

​ASQ ​CQPA Handbook

​Sample Questions

​Probability and Statistics Questions

​Preparation Course

​ASQ CQPA Exam preparation Course

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