I am going to take the CSWP exam soon .
Is there anyone out there that can give me some advice about what is on the test?
And or what to study?
I took the CSWP on Saturday (all 3 segments) and passed sections 1 and 2. I missed the 3rd by 5 points (one question) and I think I know what happened... The 3 (out of 13) questions I missed were the last three questions, and I believe that it was a single dimensioning mistake on question 10 that caused me to get incorrect answers on Q12 and Q13 (They build on each other).
I had myself pretty worked up over the test - I should have allowed myself more time between sections and taken a few minutes to relax. Some tips I picked up...
As far as study topics:
Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice, and practice some more.
But above all... RELAX - as I understand it you can take sections over again if you fail them at no charge (I think). You have to wait 2 weeks between tries... so 2 weeks from today I'll be a CSWP!
Have you taken the sample test yet?
Do a search for exam and or cswp on the forum and you will find plenty of helpful hints.
SW has a sample test at https://www.solidworks.com/sw/support/797_ENU_HTML.htm
Also check out the offerings at http://www.myigetit.com/vault/courseinfo.aspx?id=14
check out this blog. there is a series of posts going on right now about taking the cswp exam. hope this helps!
The blog is spot on. I took part 1 a few days ago and part 2 yesterday, passed both. I am going to take part 3 sometime today I think. I did think that they went a little far with the images, shows a little to much info about the test I think, but all in all very good info.
25673 wrote: Brian how long have you been using SW and what classes have you attended for SW? I have been using SW since 05 version and I teach it to Cad/Cam/CNC classes.
I have been using SW for only a few years, mabe since the 06 release. I have my Associates Degree in CAD and I have taken the advanced modeling class that one of the VARs in my area offers. I attended SWW last year and learned quiti a bit there by asking questions regarding the test.
Well did you pass the CSWP Exam?
Can you give me some insight. On what do look for?
I just completed all the 3 segments of the new CSWP exam (2 last week and 1 today) and got the full score.
Few thing/tips to clear the exam:
Best of luck.
Sorry to hear you didn't pass all 3 parts this time. You have good suggestions and I'm sure the next time will go fine for you.
Retaking the individual part will not be free, but it will be a reduced cost - I think roughly 1/3 of the original price unless you have some special arrangements worked out.
Not sure if you've taken it yet but good luck.
www.3DENGR.com is my site I started to go through a few things while taking advantage of the ESP. To Brian, I realize the pictures show some detail but the test changes styles/values a lot and similar images can be found elsewhere and through the sample test.
Most of my prep was done through these forums, youtube videos, MyIgetIt.com, but most importantly the solidworks tutorials themselves. I had taken the exam once before and failed, at the time though I think it was because I didn't take time to prep my setup. Once I opened the test my "Tools>Options" was somehow disabled and I was unable to change from inches>mm as a default. It left me doing a lot of manual conversion which I believe caused me ruonding erros. This is why I made a point to highlight the fact that so much of the test can be done BEFORE the clock starts. Many long time users can quickly sketch/extrude/cut which is the basis of the test but building a model so with design intent that is easily altered goes a long way, not only for the CSWP but in practice (which is why I feel the test is worthwhile and does prove a skill set).
I just started a new job and have convinced them to buy a SW seat (the ESP paid off for Dassault) and will be going through the sheetmetal and surfacing tests soon. Check out 3Dengr.com for those as well.
Of course I'd be remiss to not mention all the other great blogs out there that have hours of video tutorials, walk throughs, tips and tricks. Most you can find through blogrolls but I'd suggest starting with Jason Raak's. http://rocksolidperspective.com/
I am getting prepared for a CSWP-CORE exam too.
While doing a Seg1 sample from SW website I noticed the exact mass of the part differs from the right answer in +/-0.01 gram.
I heard about it here on the forums, but I want to know exactly - if I specify the mass as it is given in SW, and it differs on that value, will the computer accept the answer as right?
Also there is a BIG trouble with the tasks from CSWP2008 sample - I modeled two models and NONE of them gave me the exact mass! Can somebody check the model 2.2 that I created to clarify why the mass differs from the answer in the section on 7 grams?!
Thanks in advance!
Your part is in SW2010 and hence I'm unable to open it
I found an error in my features... just wrongly placed a dimension so everything is OK... the mass is really the same it supposed to be!
Thank you for your intension to help and time wasted on that file!
are there any "text" questions in CSWP exam now? I haven't seen them in CSWP 2009 sample, but there were three in the CSWA exam I passed five days ago with 100 points of 100 So I want to do the same trick with CSWP, and I want to know what can be covered in the text section.
EDIT: The question of mass tolerance is still open. Friendly speaking I feel myself anxious about that .01 grams while performing a test
Check out this blog to have an insight on the new CSWP core test http://www.3dengr.com/
I took the exam about a week and a half ago -
There were multiple choice questions and "type-in" answers that wanted direct values - ie. "What is the mass of the part in Grams?" and the answer was "187.26"
Read the question carefully to find out how they want the answer - in the design notes they'll give you the settings to use (ie. "Units=mmgs" "Decimal places=2").
I nailed the first segment with a perfect score. I can tell you with certainty that of all of the practice models I did in preparation, I was always +/- 0.01-0.03 on the mass. If it's modeled correctly, you shouldn't have a problem. Screenshot the questions if you have time, then if you do have trouble, you can go back and try to find your mistakes...
If I had a gripe about the test in general... It'd have to be that you get very little feedback on wrong answers. I'd like to know what I did wrong so I can be sure to bone up on it for next time.
I read carefully all the entries from Christopher's blog related to CSWP, and found them quite informative. But anyway there was nothing about theoretical questions and tolerancing, so I felt it necessary to ask these queations here. Anyway thanks for a tip.
thanks for the tips. Today I will have a rest and tomorrow I will try to pass the exam.
I will make the screenshots of the questions and make a report if I pass the exam.
Today I have passed Segment 1 and Segment 2 of CSWP exam... and there are lots of impressions - positive and negative.
The first section I did in the morning after a cup of tea. It took me 89 minutes. The initial part looked rather simple, but I spent 30 minutes to get it done. The next questions were one-pass ones, but the last set of modifications was quite complicated, so I played a race with the client and hit the End Exam button in seconds before it closed. Bam!!! 115 out of 115! Nice score!
After a short break and solving problems with Microsoft Excel and Design Table I started Section 2. The first impression was - "how many questions!!!" And there were all "type-in" answers, NO multi-choice! But the modifications went well, except of the ending of an exam THAT WAS STOLEN BY A CLIENT! I don't know what it was - a bug of my OS, a bug of server-side or the hand of destiny, but in a couple of seconds after the slider showed 4 minutes remaining I got the message "Your time is up!" and I got only 135 of 155... This part frustrated me a bit.
Tomorrow I am going to pass Section 3. I want to check the requirements for it so I need your opinion!
Thanks Deepak for the advice, it is really cool and helpful
Today I have scored 190 points on Segment 3 and became a Certified SolidWorks Professional!
I can post an archive with my models for the next generations of passers if goes not violate the terms of the exam.
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