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April 13th 2013 Exam: Tips by Anne Wallace

GBI Hand-out

  • Write notes and highlight “important” bits
  • Do problems
  • Tag start of sections and hypothesis table, saves time in exam
  • Do not rely on the book alone for the exam as the U.S. way of phrasing questions is more easily answered by the Primer

Get to know the Primer

  • Start reading the Primer sections immediately, you need to go through it at least twice!
  • Highlight important parts
  • Put arrows to indicate continuation of sections
  • Put stick on tabs on the definitions pages and pages related to things you find difficult, but don’t over do it

Do Summaries

  • Probability equations and when to use
  • Probability distributions and use, eg variables/attributes, high or low sample numbers, what are you comparing, relevant equations eg mean, sigma, variance, X-bar
  • Draw shape ready to workout where the critical value is relative to the calculated one

Sampling and Statistical Tables

  • Get the red statistics tables by Murdoch and Barnes
  • Write notes on the pages, including table type on the bottom RH corner for fast referencing in exam
  • Exam usually refers to tables in Primer but ANSI/ASQ Z1.4 and Z1.9 useful, tag the sample size tables and the normal single sampling pages for fast access


  • No way out of this one!
  • Use the CD to do quick revision of sections you’ve done, but don’t overdo it
  • Do 50 mixed questions of all sections, then re-revise the worst 3 sections, repeat as often as necessary
  • NOTE The questions will NOT be the same in the exam!!


  • 160 questions in 5 hours= under 2 mins/question
  • Aim to do non-calculation questions in under 30 seconds even if you have to look something up
  • Take watch into exam!

Before Exam

  • Gather all materials together, remove blue pages from primer
  • Choose default letter for multiple choice and then stick to it
  • HB pencils, good eraser, sharpener, calculator and spare battery (screwdriver if req’d :D)
  • Bring ID, snack and drink
  • Check Time and Location

In the Exam

  • Do questions in order, write notes on questions you can’t do or are undecided on the question sheet, lightly pencil in default answer or undecided answers on answer sheet. MOVE ON!
  • Go through only answering instantly known answers, then go back and do the look-up answers, then go back and do all the calculation questions

NB I planned to do 2, ended up doing 1!!

After Exam

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June 1, 2013 ASQ Exam in Shannon

Please note the following carefully:
1. The start time for your exam is 08:00.
2. Be sure to bring a photo id – driving license etc.
3. Be sure to bring appropriate pencil type, calculator, etc, as instructed by the ASQ.
4. Please follow this link to download directions to Global Business Institute:
5. Westpark campus will be open soon after 7.30. In the campus, please follow the signs to the visitors’ car park next to building 4000. Your exam will be held in the Fergus room in building 4000.

Certified Quality Engineer

The Certified Quality Engineer is a professional who understands the principles of evaluation and control of product and service quality.

This course will help you to master the five main domains in the ASQ’s CQE Body of Knowledge and prepares you for the June 2013 CQE exam. The CQE is a prestigious and highly regarded certification which is recognised and accepted world-wide by top multi-national corporations.

Start Date

September 13, 2013

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Certified Reliability Engineer

Recent product liability legislation in the United States, Europe and in other countries adds a new dimension to the importance of eliminating safety-related failure modes, as well as to the total quality assurance approach in product development and manufacture. Before product liability (PL), the law relating to risks in using a product was based upon the principle of caveat emptor (let the buyer beware’). PL introduced caveat venditor (‘let the supplier beware’). A designer can now be held liable for a failure of his design, even if the product is old and the user did not operate or maintain it correctly. Claims for death or injury in many product liability cases can only be defended successfully if the producer can demonstrate that he has taken all practical steps towards identifying and eliminating the risk, and that the injury was entirely unrelated to failure or to inadequate design or manufacture.

Since these risks may extend over ten years or even indefinitely, depending upon the law in the country concerned, long-term reliability of safety-related features becomes a critical requirement. The size of the claims, liability being unlimited in the United States, necessitates top management involvement in minimizing these risks, by ensuring that the organization and resources are provided to manage and execute the quality and reliability tasks which will ensure reasonable protection. PL insurance is a new business area for the insurance companies, who naturally expect to see a suitable reliability and safety programme being operated by the manufacturers they insure.

Start Date

Dec 7 2013                   Exam Date: March 2 2013
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Certified Quality Technician

The ASQ Certified Quality Technician is an experienced individual who has competency in many quality disciplines. The CQT prepares inspection plans and instructions, selects sampling plan applications, analyzes and solves problems, prepares procedures, trains inspectors and performs audits.

Start Date

August 5, 2013