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What is the format of the certification exams?

Computer-Based Tests (CBT)

ASQ certification exams delivered via CBT consist of 85 to 180 multiple-choice questions with the exception of the MBB. Each multiple-choice question has only one correct answer. Of the total questions presented to candidates, 10-15 are considered pretest questions. Pretest questions do not affect your score and are used to collect statistics on questions to be used on future exams. All questions will be in random order. These questions will be presented in addition to the number of questions defined in each unique program's BoK. The pretest questions will cover all areas of the BoK for each program. For more information on the use of pretest questions, visit this Prometric website.

Computer-Based Test Exam Time

The time given to candidates for each exam program has been established using the total number of exam questions including the pretest questions and a short tutorial. The clock will start once you are seated at your exam computer and your exam is launched by Prometric staff. (The exam time does not include the check-in process.)

There are no planned breaks while you are taking the exam. Candidates are allowed to take a break during the exam; however, the clock on the exam will not be paused. The table below details the breakdown of time allotted for each exam program.

Computer-Based Testing Exam Information

Certification Scored MC* Questions Pretest MC* Questions Total MC* Questions Exam Time (Hours)
CBA 135 10 145 4hrs.18m
CCT 125 10 135 4hrs.18m
CFSQA 135 10 145 4hrs.18m
CMQ/OE 165 15 180 4hrs.18m
CPGP 150 15 165 4hrs.18m
CQA 150 15 165 5hrs.18m
CQE 160 15 175 5hrs.18m
CQI 100 10 110 4hrs.18m
CQIA 100 10 110 3hrs.18m
CQPA 100 10 110 4hrs.18m
CQT 100 10 110 4hrs.18m
CRE 150 15 165 4hrs.18m
CSQE 160 15 175 4hrs.18m
CSQP 150 15 165 4hrs.18m
CSSBB 150 15 165 4hrs.18m
CSSGB 100 10 110 4hrs.18m
CSSYB 75 10 85 2hrs.18m
CMBB** 100 10 110 5hrs.18m

*MC = Multiple Choice

**The CMBB exam is split into two parts. The first portion consists of a 110-question multiple-choice test and is two hours and 30 minutes long. The second portion is a performance-based assessment that measures comprehension of the CMBB BoK and is three hours long.

Paper-Based Tests (PBT)

ASQ certification exams delivered via PBT consist of 75 to 180 multiple-choice questions with the exception of the MBB exam. Each multiple-choice question has only one correct answer. Paper-based tests do not have any pretest questions.

Paper-Based Test Exam Time

The time given to candidates for each exam program has been established using the total number of exam questions. There are no planned breaks. Candidates are allowed to take a break during the exam; however, the clock on the exam will not be paused. The table below details the breakdown of time allotted for each exam program.

Paper-Based Testing Exam Information

Certification Scored MC* Questions Exam Time (Hours)
CBA 135 4
CCT 125 4
CFSQA 135 4
CMQ/OE 165 4
CPGP 150 4
CQA 150 5
CQE 160 5
CQI 100 4
CQIA 100 3
CQPA 100 4
CQT 100 4
CRE 150 4
CSQE 160 4
CSQP 150 4
CSSBB 150 4
CSSGB 100 4
CSSYB 75 2
CMBB** 100 5

*MC = Multiple Choice

**The CMBB exam is split into two parts. The first portion consists of a 100-question multiple-choice test and is two hours and 30 minutes long. The second portion is a performance-based assessment that measures comprehension of the CMBB BoK, is closed-book, and is two hours and 30 minutes long.

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