10 Tips On How To Pass The APICS CPIM Exams
The APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) certification is one of the most sought after certification for supply chain professionals. With over 45.000 members and more than 125.000 credential holders, APICS is one of the major authorities in the field of supply chain management. The organization affirms that the Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) designation will not only increase career opportunities but also boost your earning potential, help you to gain a better understanding of customer needs, and increase your value to your organization. That’s why we complied 10 Tips on how to pass the APICS CPIM exams.
To gain your CPIM credential, you will have to pass five multiple choice exams that cover the topics of Basics of Supply Chain Management, Master Planning of Resources, Detailed Scheduling and Planning, Execution and Control of Operations, and Strategic Management of Resources.
To pass an exam successfully, you will have to gain a scaled score of 300 on each test. Each question is thereby weighted based on a difficulty level to assure the comparability of different exams. Official Statistics of the pass rate results, however, show that it is no easy undertaking to pass all the CPIM exams.
CPIM Exam Fail Rate in North America
That’s why we provide you with the ten most important CPIM test taking tips and strategies so that you will be able to pass all the exams on your first attempt.
1. Make sure that you are well prepared before scheduling your test appointment. APICS states that on average people spend between 175 and 225 hours preparing for the exams.
2. Don’t be late for your test center appointment. The Pearson VUE test center rules state that you should be at your scheduled test center 30 minutes before the test appointment. If you arrive more than 15 minutes late for an exam, you will be denied admission, and you forfeit your exam registration fee. So make sure you know how to get to the test center and that you plan for sufficient time to arrive at your destination.
3. Stay calm and don’t panic! You will have three hours to complete each of the exams. This should leave you with plenty of time to read every question carefully, answer it and review your answers after completing the test.
4. A few of the questions are pretty straightforward and require only common sense to figure out the correct answer. So don’t stress out and try to find a hidden catch if the correct answer is obvious.
5. If you don’t know the right answer make use of the flagging feature and move on to the next question instead of wasting your time. You can always go back after going through all the other questions.
6. Some of the problems will refer to similar material so if you don’t know the answer to one question it could be that another can provide a hint that will help you to solve the problem.
7. Be aware that there are no penalties for wrong answers. If you don’t know the answer be sure to make an educated guess rather than not answering a question.
8. Make sure to choose a default answer (for instance A) for all questions where you have absolutely no clue and are not able to eliminate the choice A. Since the answers are randomized it will leave you with a 25% chance of getting the answer right and eliminate personal bias.
9. When guessing an answer try to eliminate as many answers as possible and apply tip 8. If you can eliminate answer A, choose B. If you can eliminate A and B, choose C, etc.
10. Practice and check your performance prior to taking the test with an Exam Simulator.