Join Gabriel Corbett for an in-depth discussion in this video Sample exam 1, part of Cert Prep: Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional (2015).
- [Voiceover] The CSWP sample exam is available for download from solidworks.com as well as included in the exercise files with this course. Now if you open up that document, you can see it starts out with some exam preparation. If I go through the guide here, I can see why I might want to take the CSWP exam, what's going to be entailed in taking the exam, as far as the length of the exam, and the different segments and what's involved and what type of questions are in each one of those. And you go a little further, it's going to give you all the skills that you should know to take this exam. And that's what we've based this course around.
Going a little further, they're going to give you some preparation tips for the exam, and then taking the real exam and how to download the testing client, install it onto your machine, and make sure you have all the things you're going to need to take the exam, as well as signing up for an account to be able to get the credit, and to buy your exam, or if you're going to use a coupon code to type that in. Once you have it, you could have the option to take the sample exam, and I would definitely recommend spending the time to take the sample exam, it's about half the time as the real CSWP, but it's exactly the same format, very, very similar questions.
So if you feel like you've done a good job on the sample exam, more than likely, you're going to do pretty good on the CSWP. Now the sample exam is only for segment one of the CSWP, but when you do start taking the exam it's broken into those three segments, so you can start each one of those exams one after another, or on different days, or however you'd like, you don't need to take them all at once, which is great. It's also offered in a variety of languages. Once you've gone through all that, we do have the test questions. I would definitely recommend going through each one of these test questions, creating the part, making sure that you can create all the offsets, the different features, modify the whole wizard, and so on, and then modify your part as requested to do here in the exam.
Make sure that you've got little features like this showing up here in the top, and you're able to make those modifications and then weigh your part, making sure that you've got the right values, the right radiuses, the right equations in there and double check everything. Again, I want to emphasize how important equations are and making sure you're very, very familiar with creating equations, and linking values in your sketches to those equations as well as the features linking back to those equations as well. So make sure you know all that. At the end of the exam is an answer key so you can double check each one of your values and make sure you're getting what you should be getting.
After that, you'll see a Hints and Tips section that's going to give you a little bit more information about how to look at your parts and get the right information from them. And then, finally, you'll have a Frequently Asked Questions section at the very end for things you might be interested in knowing. At the very end of the document you'll have some links and helpful sites that will help you and give you some more information about taking the exam and passing the exam, and after that, I wish you the best of luck in taking your exam.
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