What are some musts for preparing for the CSSGB EXAM?
Which books were the most useful, which were the least useful? Are there any online tools available for helping (WBT, CBT, etc.)?
What should I expecting upon entering the exam?
Any good tips or tricks?
Thanks in advance.
I don't have experience with the CSSGB exam in particular, but I am a fan of the ASQ handbooks and the question banks for exam preparation. I passed my CQA on the first try using those as my primary study tools and am currently using them to study for the CMQ/OE exam. Best to you as you prepare!
I hear you. When I went through my BB I really wished there was a road map. So, I made one.
This is my experience prepping for the Black belt, but it works just as well as prepping for the Green Belt.
In short, Know the BOK, practice a LOT of questions, make sure the materials you want to take into the exam are 1) legit and 2) helpful.
Have your materials tabbed and highlighted.
Go through the BoK and do a gap analysis to identify any deficiencies to target your studying.
I agree with Joe Basala that time management and material preparation is key.
The ASQ CSSGB (and CSSBB) Exams are not that much different. The CSSGB is 100 questions in 4 hours (CSSBB is 150 questions). Given that, since ASQ's CSSGB Exam is open book, the "speed of look-up" is a big factor. Like Joe mentioned, you absolutely don't want to leave any easy questions at the end unanswered because you spent too much time looking up some answers or struggling with some calculations. To answer 100 questions in 4 hrs (240 minutes) your Takt time needs to be 2.4 minutes per question -- or less. Need to get it down to about a two minutes per question so you have time to review some answers.
If you use the Quality Council of Indiana Green Belt Primer as one of the best references, I suggest you make a copy of often looked up or important pages (Index, Tables, Formulas, who's who, etc.) so you don't have to flip to the Index first each time you look something up. Make copies single sided (so you don't have to flip over) and highlight and make notes on the Index. Quality Council of Indiana now has a 1,000 question practice exam on a flash drive ($70) that simulates an actual timed exam. If you buy the CSSGB flash drive, don't be afraid to try to take the exam several times without looking anything up just to see how well you guess at correct answers. You will be surprised that you really don't need to look up most answers.
Remember, you can bring in as many reference books as you want, but at ~2 minutes/question, you don't have time to fumble through multiple books so get one or two and reduce your look-up time down to seconds. That's the best advice I can give. Good luck!
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