Frequently Asked Questions

What can I study to help me pass the exam?

Body of Knowledge

Each certification has a Body of Knowledge (BoK) that describes in detail each subject and subtopic related to that certification. This information provides useful guidance for candidates preparing to take the exam. The subtext is not intended to limit the subject matter or be all-inclusive of what might be covered in an exam. It is intended to clarify the type of content to be included in the exam. The BoK also details the number of questions contained in each subject. The descriptor in parentheses at the end of each entry refers to the highest cognitive level at which the topic will be tested. A more comprehensive description of cognitive levels will be listed at the end of each BoK. Please visit the ASQ certification webpage to view the BoK specific to your certification.


Each certification exam program has books and materials listed under "references" that are used to create the exam questions on the preparation page for each exam. There is no one resource. The subjects you need to know are listed in the BoK. A thorough understanding of the BoK and the subjects it covers are the basic requirements for passing the exam. ASQ offers several certification preparation resources, available on each certification page. The ASQ Certification Board does not endorse any one reference source and is impartial.

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