a few weeks ago, i wrote about my studying progress of the APICS CSCP exam.
and today.. i am a muther truckin Certify Supply Chain Professionals. .. score 310 out of 330.
so.. just want to share with you my experience with this exam.. so hopefully… you can have a little more confidence walking into the exam.
.here we go
here’s what i used:
- the 2007 version of the APICS CSCP learning kit (just the 4 books, the online access was not included), got this off ebay for $150
- the so call 2500 Question CD from ebay as well, but this is the company (http://www.scms-cscp.com/), got off ebay for $65
i prob spent about 100 hrs studying this crap…. i studied on the bus while going to and from work.. and .. just went nuts at it 2 weeks prior to the exam..
a week before the exam
i was so nervous.. everyone knew you got this exam coming up. .. .. expectations are high.. and while studying and reading shit over and over again…. i went online and read about people’s experience for their exam ..
basically.. the more you read other people’s crap.. the more nervous you get.. so don’t waste your time. read this article. it’s long, but it’s got all the things you need to know.
what you’ll end up finding are the following useless crap from other people’s experience:
- different people recommend different study resources. (who knows if they are the book seller themselves)….
- there are smart people out there that gives you a one sentence advice.. “don’t worry, the test is easy” <- well shit bud.. this isn’t helping
- there are dumb people out there that tells you the test is super hard.. the study took super long… blah blah blah.. nothing but complains
- you’ll find that some blogs just copy and paste craps off the official APICS site.. <- waste of time!!!!
2 days before the exam.. here are all the dumb things i did:
- i contacted APICS, trying to reschedule the exam. and guess what. i realized that a few months prior, i purposely schedule the exam on the last day of the January exam window, so i could’t chicken out @ the last minute.. YUP.. that was actually good…
- i contacted APICS and trying to see how many questions i need to get right.. you know.. i never like their “rating scale” system where a score of 300 is a pass and it’s a mystery how they came up with the score. so. … here is APICS response… “”” well buddy….. i cant tell you the exam number.. but you should try to get 70% of the questions right. .. YUP.. that’s about 105 questions out of the 150 exam questions you need to get right!!! .. did that help?? i guess it did a bit…
during the exam
- got to exam site half hr early.. paid like $10 for parking. didn’t expect that..so.. -> phuckin greedy easypark
- got in no problem.. one important note.. make sure the name you register with Pearson Vue is EXACTLY the same as the name on all your IDs…
- went into the exam room and wrote the exam in 1 hr 40 mins. and went back to the “flagged” questions to review them one last time. i had like 6 questions flagged.
- DONE. got my exam result report right away and passed with score of 310
after the exam
man………. it felt so phuckin good. .. felt so relieve… .. it felt so good that i hit the can immediately and dropped a log @ the test center, which turned out to be a triple flusher
so.. if you are taking the exam……….here’s what i recommend to get through this exam the fastest and cheapest way…
- get a copy of the APICS cscp learning system BOOKS and the data chem (it’s cheaper to grab these items off ebay or amazon; they are cheaper than the official site; PLUS for the 4 APICS module books, any versions will do… i actually contacted APICS.. there’s not much change… the core of supply chain doesn’t change.). .. please don’t waste your $ on any other things like the cscp online learning stuff. or the flash card crap . YES it feels better to have those resources.. but why bother when you can take vitamin B100 to calm yourself down!!!
- when studying..
- focus on all the vocabularies..know your definitions.. one might tell you to go look at the APICS dictionary.. but hey. why bother if you all the definitions are in the learning module books
- do read through each module word by word.. especially module 1 to 3. .. there are lot of things from the exam from those modules…
- for module 4, do read through it.. but i must say that it is so badly written, you will die reading it.. (i am personally a web programmer and reading through that module 4 is like reading a book on medicine research written by a five year old kid.) <- yes that’s how bad it is.. so ..just blow through this modules, but know the definitions
- when you are working through your exam, finding the right answer is one thing, but the most effective ways are to eliminate ALL the wrong answers first, then choose the right answer from there.. my experience is that.. the multiple choice question isn’t as bad as other people put it.. the right answer stands out very quickly
- i find that writing the 4 modules by hand once is very effective.. (DON”T WRITE EVERYTHING), but do write all the definitions and the important key points.
- a lot of the questions are application based questions.. so.. .. think of yourself as a Supply Chain Manager.. what would you do if you are given a problem to solve. what is the best solutions. . <- it’s not rocket science, there are a ton of examples from the book that talks about challenges in supply chain situation and the recommended solution for solving the problem. ALL the craps come from the book.!!!!
if you study like i suggested.. you will pass..
there might be things i left out… so if you are about to write the exam and need more info??? just ask… i will respond.
.. i was just like those of you who are trying to find all necessary resources to prepare for the exam… that feeling sucks.. and i want to help!!!!