Join Gabriel Corbett for an in-depth discussion in this video Sample Exam 1, part of Cert Prep: Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate.
- In Sample Exam number one, they're going to give you the basics for what you need to know to take the exam, as well as some of the requirements, so make sure you read through all of this. Make sure when you're taking the exam, also, that you are using it all in one screen, don't print it out, like they specify on page one, and then these are the different sections you're going to have that they're going to start asking questions about. So make sure you're familiar with drawings, part creation, modifications, as well as assemblies. Let's take a look at a few of the questions, question number one, this is going to be a very common part you're going to see on the exam, I think they've used these same questions, or very similar questions, on almost all the exams, you can see here I'm removing a big portion of this drawing, so I'm cropping this to just this view here, so obviously we have a crop view.
This question number two, here, is the same on sample exam number two as well, so they're using this again, and I'm cutting into this material, I'm doing a broken-out section. Alright, this part here, we created in the beginning of the course. Good part to practice on, so make sure you design this part and weigh it to make sure you're getting the correct values and make sure that you are in the millimeter, gram, second unit system, you're using two place decimals, and choosing the correct material. And then, again, verify that the density is correct for the material you've chosen.
Same thing down here, we're going to go and modify that part now, make sure you can go back and modify this part to get the right values, go ahead and make sure you're using the right techniques so that when you modify this part in the future, it's easy to modify using equations, and making sure you're defining these locations correctly and using values that make sense that you can easily modify. Here's another modification again, make sure you go through and practice doing this type of thing because something very, very similar to this is going to be on your exam, and this is not a shell, this is similar to a shell, but you need to actually do this as extruded cuts, and you have to probably make two extruded cuts to do this.
And assembly, we're more than likely going to either have to build the parts, or we're going to download the parts of an assembly, and then go ahead and create them. Any time you're dealing with an assembly, the origin you see up here is very important, where that is and the directions of the x, y, and z are very very important, so make sure you double verify the location and orientation and direction of each one of those values to make sure you're getting the right center of mass. And you're going to have to modify this a little bit more. And then, again, at the bottom of the sample exam, they're going to give you the answers, and then also, if you're not familiar with some of the drafting views they're going to show you how to get those views, so it's a nice little thing to go through if you're not quite familiar with everything there.
At the very bottom, they're also going to give you some information about starting the exam, during the exam, or ending the exam, and actually working with their VirtualTester software, so make sure you are familiar with that, and you understand how it's going to work, and go ahead and make sure you chose to do the free test and sample exam prior to doing the real exam, that will give you a good walkthrough as far as going through, taking the exam, and working with the testing software, because sometimes that testing software does have a little bit of a learning curve and getting used to it, especially if you're working on a single monitor.
Along the way, he'll cover creating effective sketches, using equations to modify parts, weighing parts, building assemblies, assigning the correct materials and units, and creating drawing views. At the end of the course, there are two sample exams to practice what you've learned.
- CSWA requirements review
- Working with sketch entities (Line, Circle, Rectangle, and Arc)
- Making offset, convert, and construction lines
- Reviewing the boss and cut features
- Sweeps and lofts
- Smoothing corners with Fillet and Chamfer
- Creating linear and circular patterns
- Dimensioning techniques
- Setting mass properties
- Selecting and using materials
- Inserting components
- Setting up reference geometry
- Establishing standard drawing views
- Annotating your drawings