Tips on Passing the CPIM Certification Exams

Tips on Passing the CPIM Certification Exams

Test Arrangement

There are five modules total in the CPIM certification; each one requiring its own examination. There are plenty of courses obtainable online which may guide the student more quickly by the material. You can also buy a guide with sample questions by the APICS website. You will be taking the exam at a computer-based testing center. All of the questions are multi-option. There are 105 questions in the Basics of Supply Chain Management module. The rest of the modules have 75 questions. By doing your preparation on truly taking the exam, you’re in better shape walking into the examination center than the unsuspecting, unprepared layperson. It should also help you when you study and when you are managing your time during the test.

How to Answer the Questions

The multiple-choice questions on the CPIM will have four choices. About one-third of the questions are dual-level multiple-choice questions. For example, a question that offers you 3 choices (A-C) and then mixes on those choices (D, all of the above, and E, A & B) are referred to as dual-level questioning. These questions are thrown into higher level exams to reduce and discourage guessing strategies. You may have read that the most shared answer in multiple choice tends to be “C”. Do not count on that being the case with the CPIM. The test is random, as you’d anticipate, and any of the answers can appear correct given the context in which they’re presented. It is important to realize how to read and answer multiple-choice questions for the CPIM, but you nevertheless have to know the material.

General Suggestions

On the modules with 75 questions, you will have more than two minutes per question to answer. You should know that many people finish the exam with plenty of time to spare, so don’t worry about your time. You can go by the test and answer the questions you know the answer to right away. Mark the ones that may have you baffled and come back to them later; the meaningful is maintaining momentum. You are able to go back and check your work on the test before completing it. If time’s permitting read by each question and re-verify your decision behind the answer. Remember, you are not penalized for wrong answers, but you are penalized for answers that are left blank. Depending on the module, you may need to use pencil and paper to do computational work. We advocate saving these for last so you don’t inadvertently use up your time doing hand calculations.

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