1. Choose your CPIM exam study style
Choose from self-study, instructor-led, instructor-supported or a combination to find the study style that works best for you. All study methods use the CPIM Learning System to prepare you for the exam.
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2. Study for the exam
Create a study plan. On average, we recommend 100 hours of study time to pass each certification exam. Use the online learning system flashcards and quizzes, and connect with your peers in person or virtually in the ASCM Connect Community. Get other study tips and advice from APICS certified professionals in our webinar Navigating Certification Preparation. Build your knowledge of industry practices and to support your certification exam preparation view the CPIM exam references.
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3. Purchase and plan your exam
Don’t wait until the last minute to purchase and schedule your exam. Plan your exam date closely around the time you finish preparing for the exam, so the information is still fresh in your mind. If you were given a bundle from an ASCM partner that includes a 2nd chance exam, you may qualify for a free retake by taking your exam within 180 days of redeeming your exam credit.
4. Schedule your exam
APICS exams are administered via computer-based testing at Pearson VUE test centers worldwide and online through the OnVUE system.
Pearson VUE will comply with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. Section 12101 et seq.) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act as amended (42 U.S.C. 2000e et seq.) to accommodate candidates who, because of disability or religious reasons, need special arrangements to take an examination. If reasonable special test arrangements are needed, candidates should follow the instructions posted in the Test Accommodations section on the PearsonVue site prior to scheduling their exam. These arrangements, if approved, will be provided at no additional cost.
5. Take the exam
Stay calm and focused during the exam, and use the entire time allotted to complete the exam. If you find that the first few questions are giving you trouble, flag them for review and move on until you find one you can answer with certainty. Read carefully and review your answers before submitting the exam.
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