Join Gabriel Corbett for an in-depth discussion in this video CSWP requirements/skills, part of Cert Prep: Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional (2015).
- SOLIDWORKS is provided as a sample exam and in the beginning part of the sample exam, you'll actually have all the details about preparing for the exam and what's going to be on the exam. Now the exam itself is going to be three hours and thirty minutes long and you got to get at least a 75% grade on it. Now, it's going to be broken down into three segments. Unlike the CSWA exam, it has to be taken all at one time, this one allows you to take each segment one by one and if for some reason you don't pass a segment, you can go back and retake just that one segment.
Now the first section of this exam is going to be taking and modeling a part. It's going to be generally set up with a drawing then you're going to have to read the drawing and create the part off of that drawing. It's going to use heavy emphasis on using equations, linked values, and then making modifications to the original part you create multiple times. Segment 2 is going to be taking a part and creating configurations of that part and then weighing the part or finding the center of mass. Segment 3 is going to be working inside of an assembly or multiple assemblies, adding parts, modifying the parts, creating mates and then again, weighing or finding the center of mass of that assembly.
Most of the questions on the exam are going to build one on top of each other, so if you mess up the first part, you're going to mess up the second part, so you have to make sure that you get the right answers to each one of those, otherwise, go back and make sure you correct your model and verify you're getting the correct answers or very close to what the multiple choice questions are. In fact, that's how most of the questions are set up. The first one is going to be a multiple choice answer, so your answer should be one of those four. For some reason if it's not one of those four, you've done something wrong and you need to go back and correct yourself to make sure that yours is one of those answers because the next question is going to be your free response, asking you to weigh the part or finding the center of mass and if your model's not correct, no matter what you change in it, you're not going to get the second part of it correct.
So, making sure you have one of the multiple choice questions answered correctly is definitely going to be key to passing this exam. Now, as far as the skills, let's take a look at what's going to be involved here. We're going to be going through sketching, draft, shell. Now this is basically how we've laid out this course, so we're going to cover all these basic skills. Then we're going to look at each individual section of the exam and then we're going to review the sample exam. That's the basics for taking the exam. Definitely download the testing software. Try out going through the sample exam.
Make sure that you can pass that and if you don't pass it, make sure you go back and figure out why you're not passing it because sometimes, there are some tricky things that they've put into the exam to try to stomp you. So, again, make sure you take the practice exam, make sure you're comfortable with using equations and linked values and then go ahead, and when you're ready, take the CSWP.
He also breaks down the three segments of the test (part modeling, configurations, and assemblies), providing strategies that will help you pass each section. At the end of the course, there are two sample exams to practice what you've learned.
- CSWP requirements review
- Working with sketch entities, tools, and relations
- Using the boss and cut features
- Performing sweeps and lofts
- Smoothing corners with Fillet and Chamfer
- Creating linear and circular patterns
- Setting up equations
- Creating multibody parts
- Setting mass properties
- Working with materials and constraints
- Inserting components
- Setting up reference geometry
- Arranging features to change the part
- Working with suppression states
- Using a design table to build configurations
- Establishing standard drawing views
- Annotating your drawings