Are students taking the CSWA(EDU) allowed to use notes/ SolidWorks manuals/ the internet while taking the exam?
Here is my 2 cents worth.
I would say that since the test does not put those limitations on the exam the answer is yes. Remember this is the "Information Age" part of what the students need to learn is how to find answers to questions they don't know. Holding to the old thinking of memorization is only holding the students back. In my career I am constantly coming upon problems I don't know how to resolve. If I were limited to only the information I memorized I would fail a lot.
Also, remember the certification exams are timed. So, if the student were to spend too much time looking up answers they would run out of time and potentially fail the exam. The exam is setup to weed out the people that don't know enough to finish in the allotted time.
The only thing I would stop is for the students to talk to each other and share answers. You don't want all the students to wait for Billy Bright to give them all the answers and everyone pass without even working through the models.
Paul Wyndham wrote: The only thing I would stop is for the students to talk to each other and share answers. You don't want all the students to wait for Billy Bright to give them all the answers and everyone pass without even working through the models.
Paul Wyndham wrote:
That might not always happen as everyone might get a slightly modified file
That is true, didn't think about the test being randomized. Good point.
Deepak Gupta wrote: Paul Wyndham wrote: The only thing I would stop is for the students to talk to each other and share answers. You don't want all the students to wait for Billy Bright to give them all the answers and everyone pass without even working through the models.That might not always happen as everyone might get a slightly modified file
Deepak Gupta wrote:
Reminds me of a story my engineering advisor told us. Coming out of high school he was the top ranked student in the country for math and his best friend was top rated in science. They agreed to share their answers for their collage placement exams but my advisor said that to make sure he came out on top he gave his friend wrong answers.
Then he chuckled and said that was ok, because his friend did the same thing.
yes they are 'open book' exams, but you might run out of time if you have to look too much stuff up...
a good resource it the 'search commands' in the upper right corner of window, if you don't know where a command/feature is located in menu.
Books for a test. Rather that they know the program enough to just be able to answer the questions. Learn the problems learn the solutions before taking the test. I have guys taking and getting certs that have no idea how to do much with the program. Will they end up using SolidWorks in the job? That there is another good question. It took me a bit to get caught back up with some of the quirks in the program after taking a 3 year break to work close to the home town. Now that I have moved again I have some things to learn about the program. Trial and error is how I tend to do that. Lets see how this works... Then it is learning the proper sequence of clicks and picks to make a command work and then boom it is locked it.
For the small details, as to how far a flange is supposed to be off a vessel and pipe spacing and how some of the components work that is that the books are for, not trying to figure out why a mate is broken, or if there is an external ref mark in the tree.
Since CSWA's are generally students, I would suggest that their exams would be SW Help only (and not web help, uncheck it on the Help menu).
I have two reasons for suggesting this:
I allow pencil and blank sheet paper and SolidWorks Help.
That is it.
There is a terms agreement at the beginning of test, but other than agreeing to not discuss the contents, I don't recall the specifics.
I suspect that if the student finds it necessary to use SWx Help, they will not likely have time to complete the exam. Those who can effectively use SWx Help, are not likely to need SWx Help.
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