ASQ® CQT [2021] | How to pass your Certified Quality Technician Exam?

The Certified Quality Technician is a paraprofessional who, in support of and under the direction of quality engineers or supervisors, analyzes and solves quality problems, prepares inspection plans and instructions, selects sampling plan applications, prepares procedures, trains inspectors, performs audits, analyzes quality costs and other quality data, and applies fundamental statistical methods for process control. (Reference: ASQ.org)

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Eligibility

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

You need to have a minimum of 4 years of work experience in the area of CQT Body of Knowledge.

However out of four years of experience, three years can be waived off if you have a Bachelor's degree.

That means even with a Bachelor's degree you need to have at least one year of experience in the field of CQT Body of Knowledge.

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® CQT examination consists of  110 multiple choice question, four-and-a-half-hour exam and is offered in English only. 100 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.

In this exam around 20% questions require the use of a calculator. Hence make sure that you are comfortable with the calculator that you plan to take with you in the exam. Our recommendation is to use Casio fx-991MS calculator.

ASQ® CQT 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® CQT Body of Knowledge

Here is the break down of questions:

Section

Topic/Area/Category

Number of Questions

Questions
(%)

I

Quality Concepts and Tools

18

18%

II

Statistical Techniques

17

17%

III

Metrology and Calibration

18

18%

IV

Inspection and Test

23

23%

V

Quality Audits 

12

12%

VI

12

12%

In this exam around 20% questions require the use of a calculator.

Suggested Study Material

I would strongly recommend the  Certified Quality Technician Handbook and/or CQT Primer for study.

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

I also a have a CQT 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.

Calculator:

ASQ does not allow programmable calculator in the exam. It does suggest a list of calculators allowed in the exam. Most commonly used calculator is TI-30Xa. This is a simple calculator and has statistical functions.

However, we suggest Casio fx-991MS for the exam. This is a scientific calculator.

Casio fx-991MS can perform many advanced functions quickly, without needing to actually use complex formulas and tables. Some of these advanced functions include:

- Finding out the mean and standard deviation of a group of numbers

- Solving the Simple Linear Regression questions (You will not believe how easy it is if you have not used a scientific calculator like fx-991MS)

- Normal Distribution questions (You will not need to open the Z-table to solve them)

- Solving equations with one, two or three unknowns

- Using calculator memory for complex calculations

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Summary

Certificate

Certified Quality Technician (CQT)

Experience Required

Four years of experience

Experience Waived

Up to three 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

$418

Fee - Members

$318

Fee - Retake

$208

Study Material

Certified Quality Technician Handbook and/or CQT Primer

Sample Questions

Probability and Statistics Questions

Preparation Course

ASQ® CQT Exam preparation Course