ASQ certification exams use a “cut-score” process. You need a score of 550 points out of a possible 750 to be certified. For more information on cut-scores, please see the exam-grading process.
Is the exam open-book?
With the exception of the constructed-response portion of the Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence exam, exams are open-book. Personally generated materials and notes from training or refresher courses are allowed, under the following conditions.
Each examinee must make his/her reference materials available to the proctor for review.
The proctor is the final authority on the admissibility of all reference materials.
Absolutely no collections of questions and answers or weekly refresher-course quizzes are permitted. Reference sources that contain such copy are not allowed unless the questions are removed or obscured.
Examinees are responsible for abiding by applicable copyright laws.
What is the format of the certification exam?
All examinations consist of multiple-choice questions that are carefully designed, reviewed for correctness, and computer-scored. The Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence exam also contains two constructed-response (essay) questions. The Master Black Belt certification exam has two assessment components and a performance-based assessment that includes situation-specific materials that candidates will be directed to evaluate and respond to.
The exams take three to five hours, depending on the certification. If you complete your exam early, quietly take your exam booklet, answer sheet and any scratch paper you have to the proctor. You may then leave the exam room.
All exams are given in English. Additionally, ASQ offers translated exams in some countries.
I did a Six Sigma Black Belt project at a company that I am no longer employed or the champion is at a different location. What should I do?
You may fax or e-mail a copy of the affidavit form to the champion. Please then have the champion send the signed form directly to ASQ by mail, fax or e-mail.
I am unable to contact my project champion or he/she is no longer employed at the company. What should I do?
It is your responsibility to have your project champion complete and sign the project affidavit. Affidavits will not be accepted if they are not signed by a project champion.
If you are unable to locate your project champion, a member of upper management at the company may sign the affidavit in your project champion’s place, provided the individual is able to verify the contents of the affidavit are correct.
Does ASQ need the original signed copy of my project affidavit?
No, you may fax or e-mail your signed affidavit(s) to fax number 414-298-2500 or to firstname.lastname@example.org within one week of submitting your application.
Can I submit my affidavit for review prior to applying for the exam?
No, affidavits received without an application form and fees will not be reviewed prior to your applying for the exam.
I am in the process of completing a Six Sigma Black Belt project, can I still apply for the exam?
Yes you can apply, but your completed project affidavit(s) must be received at ASQ headquarters within one week of our receipt of your application and fees. Your application will be placed on HOLD status until we receive your affidavit(s). The affidavit(s) must be completed by your project champion. As the applicant, it is your responsibility to send the completed affidavit(s) to ASQ. If we do not receive your affidavit(s) within the required timeframe, your application will be cancelled and a partial refund will be sent to you (less the application fee).
Can I submit a project I completed more than two years ago?
Yes, as long as the project utilized the Six Sigma tools and methodologies, it is acceptable.
What if I do not have a completed a Six Sigma Black Belt Project?
A Six Sigma Black Belt project is required. If you have not completed a project you are not eligible to sit for the exam.