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ASQ Certification-Certified Quality Engineer- ASQ CQE Training


This is a very difficult exam.  We recommend you begin your preparation about 22 weeks prior to when you would like to sit for the exam.  If you sign up for our live course or even the recorded classes review them in two separate session of 11 weeks.  The first session will expose you to the information and allow the material to sink in and the second session solidifies the concepts with you.  The CQE exam is difficult due to the fact you have 5.5 hours to complete 175 questions (15 of which are not scored).  That leaves you 1.82 minutes per question, which means you are moving at a pretty good rate.  

 The biggest obstacle for most attempting the ASQ CQE exam is the math.  For most it has been a while since you were asked to conduct a 23-1 fractional factorial or conduct a test of means.  The best strategy to pass the ASQ CQE is to understand the key tools and what they do and where to use them. 

Success on the ASQ CQE exam is dependent upon your ability to quickly decide which approach to use upon reading the question and knowing how to go about the task.  If you take time to review material in your reference or are unsure which hypothesis test to use or what an ANOVA is doing or how many degrees of freedom in a DOE you will quickly run out of time.  If you know and we mean understand the three tools above, you will be in very good shape to sit and pass the CQE exam.

We recommend using the CQE primer from the Quality Council of Indiana as it is very well aligned with the ASQ CQE body of knowledge and also provides a good amount of practice questions.  If you understand the questions, meaning you know what tool to use and how to go about it you will pass the ASQ CQE and perform very well on the exam.  

The Certified Quality Engineer Exam is a very challenging test of your skill and understanding of Quality Engineering principles.  The exam is structured at 5 hours and 160 questions.  You have 1.875 minutes per question.  Roughly 20% of the exam will require you to perform some level of calculating.  The key to performing well and passing the exam is the preparation.  It is critical you understand the Body of Knowledge the exam is based on and realize your weaknesses relative to that information.  

For each section outlined in the BOK write down bullet points that help explain the concept referenced in the Body of Knowledge.  Don't copy word for word from your reference material, you want to write it in your own words.  By the time you are done, you will find you have a pretty solid understanding of the Body of Knowledge requirements and this document will serve as an excellent reference during the exam.

The preparation course for the  ASQ CQE  exam consists of about 28 hours of class time.  We offer a wide range of class times to accommodate a variety of schedules.  We can find a Certified Quality Engineer class that meets your needs.   The classes offer a mixture of lecture, problem review and quizzes.  The training is conducted in an online classroom environment with a high level of interactivity between the student and the instructor.  You will have unlimited access to the instructor to get your questions answered outside of normal class times. 

ASQ Certification exam for CQE.

The difficulty in passing the ASQ  CQE exam is the amount of information you need to know and time management during the exam.  The statistics area is normally the obstacle for most people.   The key areas you should be very proficient in are as follows:

Cp and CpK                        If the process is centered and has a CpK of 1.2 and moves 1.5σ to the right, what is the new CpK (It is .8)?

Hypothesis testing           You must be proficient at determining whether it is a t test, z test, F test or Chi Square test.   Example:  You sampled 100 units from two suppliers and found supplier A has 12% defective and supplier B has 18%.  Are they statistically significant at a 5% risk?

ANOVA                              You are comparing 4 suppliers and gather 5 measurements from each supplier.  How many degrees of freedom are allocated to the error, how many total?

DOE                                   You are running 3 factors at 3 levels, how many trials are required for a full factorial, how many for a 33-1?

Reliability                           A system has a failure rate of .01/Hr, what is the reliability at 1000 hours?

MSA                                   A gage has a standard deviation of reproducibility of .1 and a variance of repeatability of .03.  What is the standard deviation of the measurement system?

Control Charts                    A process is in control with a mean of 15, a sample size of 4 and a process standard deviation equal to 2.  What are the upper and lower control limits?

Distributions                       A process is running with a 2% defective rate and a sample of 110 is taken.  What is the probability of finding at least 2 defective?  A process has a mean of 100 and a standard deviation of 3 with a specification of 102 +/- 8.  What percentage is out of specification?

If you know how to solve the above questions, you will be in good shape for the ASQ CQE exam

How will you know if you are prepared to pass the exam?  If you get a CQE Primer for the Quality Council of Indiana and you can go through the questions at the end of each section and you understand them, you are in excellent shape.  It is not that you remember the right answer, but you truly understand the question and how to approach it.

Cost of the Certified Quality Engineer - CQE Exam Preparation Course:

      $750.00   This includes all materials, access to the live, online classes and unlimited access to the 
                        recorded classes. 

      $450.00   This includes unlimited access to the recorded classes but does not include materials.

Certified Quality Engineer - CQE Exam Preparation Course Syllabus:

      Class 1    Basic Statistics
      Class 2    Statistical Applications
      Class 3    Statistical Applications
      Class 4    Advanced Statistics
      Class 5    Advanced Statistics
      Class 6    Advanced Statistics
      Class 7    Product and Process Designs
      Class 8    Product and Process Control
      Class 9    Control and Management Tools/Improvement Techniques
      Class 10  Management and Leadership/Quality Systems
      Class 11  Review
      Class 12  Review

     Additional one hour classes will be added to review problems and the strategy to attack the questions.

Request a free demonstration of the ASQ Certification CQE exam training.

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Certified Quality Engineer (CQE) quiz.

Additional tips for the ASQ Certification Exam for the Certified Quality Engineer

You must understand the various cognitive levels required within the body of knowledge.  Some of the information requires you to understand and recognize, which you could look up.  For example here is a question similar to that relative to hypothesis testing.

Which of the following is a test to compare a population mean to a known value?
(a)    ANOVA
(b)    F test
(c)    Z test
(d)   Chi-Square test

You could look up those four tests and you will find one of them is specifically used for comparing a population mean to a fixed or known value.  The correct answer is (c).

However, this next question requires a higher cognitive level of understanding and looking up the answer probably will consume far to much time than you can afford during the exam.

You are comparing two processes with equal unknown variances to see if they are different.  You withdraw a sample of 15 from process A  and have an average of 12 and a standard deviation of 2.1.  From process B you sample 12 and determine an average of 15 with a standard deviation of 2.6.  What conclusion do you make at a 99% confidence level?

(a)    you conclude they are statistically the same
(b)    you conclude they are statistically different
(c)    they are statistically different since tcalc > -3.20
(d)    they are not statistically different because t
crit > -3.20
For this question, you must have a high level of understanding to determine the correct answer is (b) and more importantly, why is it (b)?

When you are faced with a question regarding confidence limits or a hypothesis test it is important to determine which standard deviation are you using a sample or population.  If the question is worded "A process is running with an average of 12 and a standard deviation of 2" , then you know the process sigma or the population sigma and you would use the Z distribution.  If the question is worded "A process is running and for a sample of 16 the average is 12 and the standard deviation is 2" , you do not know the population sigma you only know the sample sigma, so you would apply the t distribution.  It is important to keep those two separate.

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