What is the format of the certification exams?

All examinations consist of multiple-choice questions that are carefully designed, reviewed for correctness, and computer-scored. The Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence exam also contains two constructed-response (essay) questions. The Master Black Belt certification exam has two assessment components and a performance-based assessment that includes situation-specific materials that candidates will be directed to evaluate and respond to.

ASQ examination questions are developed and independently validated by global groups of subject matter experts. Item performance is monitored through psychometric analysis. All exam questions are selected to satisfy the test specifications of the exam program BoK and are referenced to program specific approved reference material.

The exams take two to five-and-a-half hours, depending on the certification and delivery method.

All exams are given in English. Additionally, ASQ offers translated exams in some countries.

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