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How to prepare for the APICS CSCP exam

March 24, 2015 Webinar


Question
There are some 3rd party exam preparation resources found on the internet. Do you recommend them as a
supplement to the APICS Learning System?
Is there additional practice exams I can purchase for more practice?
Is there any other on-line exam simulators other than the learning system?
There is an app called APICS CSCP certification exam by ImpTrax Corp. Is it sponsored by you? If not, what is
your take on it?
Answer
The practice exams in the APICS CSCP online Learning System, and the practice exam that the instructors
have are the only APICS generated and APICS approved practice exams. There are other companies that
write practice questions for APICS (and other) certifications, but APICS does not review them, nor do we work
with these companies in any way. We cannot recommend them because we do not know the quality of their
exams. We do occasionally get complaints about these third party programs. Best advice, buyer beware.
Question
Does the APICS Dictionary only define the concept or does it also define and apply the explanations?
Answer
The APICS Dictionary only gives definitions for the terms listed in the CSCP vocabulary list.
Question
Sticking with the ECM, are the list of vocabularies in the ECM and online quizzes the best bet for passing the
exam?
Answer
No. The most current APICS CSCP Learning System, including the Learning System online quizzes and
practice exam are the best way to prepare for and pass the exam. The ECM is vitally important, but it is just an
outline and a list of vocabulary terms. The Learning System expands on that information and uses 150
references to help explain what all the topics mean.
Question
For someone who has successfully completed the CPIM exam, how easy it is to get through CSCP?
Answer
We have found that when someone has successfully completed the CPIM exam, it is easier for them to
complete the CSCP exam.

Question
What is the reason for the difference between the CPIM and CSCP content and exam prep - multiple manuals
and tests for CPIM vs one learning system and one exam for CSCP?
Does CPIM provide a more in-depth base of knowledge?
Answer
CPIM does provide a more in-depth look at everything that goes on within the four walls of a
manufacturing/distribution company. CSCP doesnt go as deep, but goes broader across the end-to-end
supply chain.
Question
Do you have any groups that a student can attend online to share knowledge?
Answer
Please visit the APICS Supply Chain Channel. It provides a variety of supply chain and operations
management resources for networking with key professionals who share best practices and innovations in the
supply chain.
Question
Can I pay to get access to the tests alone and not have to buy the books?
If I am registered for the CSCP exam, can I get access to the online pre-test, post-test and practice exam?
Answer
No. The CSCP Learning System is sold as a bundle. The tests are not very helpful without the written
materials.
Question
I am 30 days out from my exam date. How should I study, what materials are best to study (tests, flashcards)
this close to the actual exam?
Answer
The APICS CSCP Learning System is the best tool. Without it, I would recommend the Exam Content Manual
and some of the references that it recommends.

Question
How much value does CSCP have in the market today?
Answer
The APICS CSCP designation

is the most widely recognized educational program for operations and supply chain management
professionals around the globe
is a designation that is sought by thousands of employers and recruiters
provides you with a mastery of supply chain management best practices and distinguishes you as an
industry expert with specialized, high-level knowledge and skills

Question
Is it true that the group who creates the online quiz is different than the group who creates the exam
questions?
Answer
Yes. If you go back to the first webinar you will get an explanation of how the exams and the courseware are
created.
Question
Can we subscribe for the exam at the last minute or should we do that in advance?
Answer
We recommend that you schedule the exam in advance. Information for exam scheduling is located on our
website.
Question
Last time you offered a free re-take. Will you be offering a free re-take this time?
Will you also offer a Test with Confidence for Non US candidates?
Answer
No. At this time, APICS does not plan to offer the free retake in 2015.
Question
Why is there a time limit on the learning system when you purchase it?
Answer
We want to encourage you to take the exam with the content fresh in your mind. Many candidates
procrastinate and we find that by putting a time limit on the Learning System, it encourages candidates to study
and schedule their exams.

Question
The flash cards, glossary and key terminology all have the same terms. The dictionary has those terms in
addition to an extremely large amount of additional terms. Can you please confirm again - can I pass with
studying only the glossary, flashcards and key terminology and not the entire dictionary? This is, of course,
only in the definition part of my study plan. It's understood that there is much more content to cover!
Answer
The APICS certification exams are not knowledge exams. They dont just determine that you understand the
terms listed in the ECM. Certification exams are application exams. That is, they want you to show that you
can apply the knowledge in specific situations. The ECM exam content outline defines the list of topics that can
be covered by the exam.
Question
Will APICS change the pass score for CSCP from 300 to 298 in the near future?
What percentage is it required to pass?
What % of test takers pass the exam the first time?
What is the pass rate for the CPIM test?
Answer
No. The pass score of 300 is a scaled score that represents the actual raw score for that exam form. Click here
for more information on scaled scores.
Question
How do we order the APICS Dictionary?
Answer
The APICS Dictionary can be ordered from Shop APICS.
Question
The APICS CSCP exam prep app for iPhone seems to be the 2014 version ($29.99). Is it still up to date?
Answer
Yes. The app is the current app.

Question
If we missed part 1 of the 3 part series, is part 1 available on line for review? I didn't get the link for Q & A after
last seminar?
What did the first webinar cover since I was not able to attend?
Can you please also email the link for Part 1 of the 3 part series? Much appreciated.
Where can I find the first session of this webinar? I did not attend the 1st session.
I missed the first part of the webinar....is it posted on the APICS website?
Answer
The first webinar is located on the APICS website.
Question
If I purchase a learning system in July 2015 and take the exam in December 2015, but fail and retake in 2016
do I need to buy a 2016 learning system or is it possible to get the updates separately.
Answer
You will be able to take the CSCP 2015 exam in the first and second windows of 2016.
Question
English is not my native language, are we allowed to have a dictionary during the exam? (ex.: Spanish,
French, German...)
Answer
No. You are not allowed to bring the dictionary in during the exam.
Question
Where can we see the changes from the 2014 to 2015 ECM? I bought the 2014 books in October and I am
taking the exam next month.
Answer
They are minor changes that include corrections and recommendations in the edits from 2014 - 2015. We also
ensure that the new version matches the current exam. We do not post the difference.
Question
What is the difference between exam in US and exam outside of US?
Answer
There is no difference in the exams that are given in the U.S. and outside of the U.S.

Question
How do I switch from the CSCP learning system online only to preparation with courses in facilities or online?
Answer
There are quite a few people that start with a goal of using the self-directed option to prepare for the exam but
find they need more help or direction for a variety of reasons time management, learning style, I need for
clarification of complex material.
Contact the local provider of the CSCP Learning System course in your area and explain your situation. Most
providers prorate their instructor-led course fee for those who own a current copy of the CSCP Learning
System.
To find a local provider, visit learncscp.com/classes-offered. Check with your supervisor or HR department
since you may be able to take advantage of tuition reimbursement for an instructor-led course. Many
companies and organizations offer a tuition reimbursement program for continuing education courses.
Question
Where can we see the changes from the 2014 to 2015 ECM? I bought the 2014 books in October and am
taking the exam next month.
Answer
They are minor changes that include corrections and recommendations in the edits from 2014 - 2015. We also
ensure that the new version matches the current exam. We do not post the difference.
Question
Which score should be reached on the practice exam to ensure a confidence level of understanding per
module?
Answer
There is no specific score that we recommend. The purpose of the quizzes is to ensure that you understand
the written material. It lets you know what is correct and incorrect and provides references.
Question
What value do the module quizzes offer compared to the practice exam?
Answer
The purpose of the quizzes is to ensure that you understand the written material. It lets you know what is
correct and incorrect and provides references.

Question
Is there a previously posted webinar regarding test taking tips (like the one coming up at the end of April)?
Is it possible to receive the 3rd webinar earlier? I will have my exam on the 1st of April.
Answer
Yes. You can access a previous webinar on CSCP Test Taking that was presented in 2014.
Question
I have set of APICS books that were used by my cousin for CSCP in 2011. Are the books from 2011 relevant
for use to study for CSCP exam now?
Is there a huge difference between 2013 and 2014?
I purchased the Learning System in August 2014, but have not started studying yet. Is there a difference
between the version I purchased and the 2015 version now available?
Answer
These books will be out of date. There was a major update to the CSCP exam content in 2012. In addition,
there have been minor updates since that time.
Question
Where can we find the test-taking tips?
Answer
The test taking tips are located on the APICS website.
Question
Where is the Exam Prep Video found online for purchase?
Answer
The video is available on Shop APICS.
Question
For instructor facilitated delivery methods, is the Learning System used?
Answer
The instructor-led format combines the APICS CSCP Learning System print and web-based components with
the leadership of a qualified instructor, peer collaboration, networking opportunities and a structured schedule
to keep participants on track.

Question
Why aren't there more exam example questions available? Because what I find is that the questions in the
exam preparation are different than the ones in the exam.
Answer
The questions in the practice exams and the online quizzes are there to help you understand the material. The
practice exam has application-based questions, just like the final exam. There are more exams, but you have
to go to a class to receive additional practice exams.
Question
What would you recommend to a candidate that scored 299 in the first attempt?
Answer
Study guide materials and information are located at: APICS.org/cscp-preparation. These are designed to
assist you with your studies.
Question
I've got the books (study material) from 2013, can I still use it for the exam in 2015?
Answer
The Exam Content manual changes annually. We recommend that you use the ECM for the exam that you will
be taking.
Question
In addition to the Learning System, do I also need to study the reference materials and books that are listed on
the CSCP page on APICS.org?
How do the CSCP reference materials compare with the CSCP Learning System?
Do you still recommend reading the reference materials in addition to the learning system? Or is the Learning
System sufficient for the actual exam preparation?
I can prepare using Reference text book from Exam content manual only since the exam is going to be from
them?
Answer
Yes. We recommend that you read the Exam Content Manual and purchase the listed reference materials to
help prepare for the exam. Study recommendations are located on the APICS website.

Question
Is the exam content manual included in the instructor led course materials? Or what about the online learning
system? Where is this ECM located? Do I have to purchase separately?
Answer
The APICS CSCP Learning System is a comprehensive professional development and exam preparation
program. It combines print materials that cover the entire APICS CSCP Exam Content Manual (ECM) with
interactive web-based study tools. Both the self-directed and instructor-led delivery formats use the APICS
CSCP Learning System as their foundation materials. You can also purchase the ECM separately on
APICS.org in Shop APICS.
Question
If you take the Fox Valley class, do you receive the same CSCP Learning system and access to online
content?
Answer
The instructor-led format combines the APICS CSCP Learning System print and web-based components with
the leadership of a qualified instructor, peer collaboration, networking opportunities and a structured, set
schedule to keep participants on track. Select your desired location below; then contact the course provider
nearest you for further details or to register.
Question
Will there be a promo code for the test taking video today?
Answer
No. There will not be a promo code for the video.
Question
Does the cost of the Learning System include the exam and membership cost?
Answer
No. APICS membership and the exam cost are separate. The membership and exam information can be found
on the APICS website.
Question
How many times can I download the eBook dictionary?
Answer
Once. As member you are entitled to 1 free copy of the APICS Dictionary and each additional copy is $30.00.

Question
The dictionary looks like it is not free? It's 30 usd for members at this
adress..http://www.APICS.org/ProductCatalog/APICSProduct?ID=8336. Is this correct? Is there another link
where i can find it?
Answer
This is the correct link. As an APICS member you receive 1 free copy of the APICS Dictionary. Additional
copies are $30.00 for members.
Question
Does the practice exam have the "same" software layout of the real exam (interface / layout?)
Answer
Yes. The practice exam closely follows the same interface / layout of the final exam.
Question
Are calculators on the test center's PC allowed to be used while at exam?
Answer
Yes. An online computer calculator is available during each computer-based exam, but bringing a simple
nonprogrammable calculator into the exam room is also permitted.
Question
Is there a minimum timeframe for retaking the exam in case of 1st failure?
Answer
Yes. You can take the exam multiple times, but must wait 14 full days before re-taking the exam.
Question
Is the dictionary content similar to the glossary included in learning system application?
Answer
Yes. In each of the APICS exams the exam committee selects a number of vocabulary terms that they believe
a successful exam candidate should understand.
Question
Is the exam content manual required if we have the module books? I thought it was an outline of the topics?
Thanks!
Answer
No. It is not required, but recommend. We do use the exam content outline.

Question
Is the practice exam available for multiple use as practice? If so, will it change with each try?
Answer
You may take the practice exam as often as you like, the questions do not change.
Question
Are there benefits to holding both designations? (CPIM & CSCP)
Answer
Yes. We do see a lot of individuals with both APICS certifications, and for a variety of reasons. We've worked
hard to ensure that there is not much overlap between the certifications, but both certifications are within the
larger APICS body of knowledge.
Question
I prepared well and still scored 299. What do I do? Should I challenge the score?
Answer
Study guide materials and information are located at: APICS.org/cscp-preparation. These are designed to
assist you with your studies. Candidates who would like to dispute an APICS Certification action, decision, or
determination may contact APICS at certification@APICS.org for additional information.
Question
How much does APICS 2015 preparation material cost?
Answer
Please visit learncscp.com for pricing information.
Question
Why have you started charging for APICS Dictionary? It used to be free for members in the past.
Answer
As an APICS member you receive 1 free copy of the APICS Dictionary. Additional copies are $30.00 for
members.
Question
How do I become an APICS member?
Answer
APICS membership information is located at: http://www.APICS.org/community/membership

Question
Are the CSCP test questions formatted like the CPIM test questions?
Answer
Yes. Both exams consist of multiple-choice questions.
Question
For students outside North America, do they have to finalize the date only based on specified window? Also,
when/how should they schedule the exam date?
Answer
For international candidates you can view the CSCP exam bulletin for scheduling information, the document
explains the test taking procedures and windows.
Question
Is there a group size limit for the corporate learning?
Answer
The optimal size is 15. Corporate Services can assist you with details. You can contact them at:
corporateservices@APICS.org or 1-773-867-1777.
Question
How many attempts to pass the exam can be taken?
Answer
You can take the exam multiple times, but must wait 14 full days before re-taking the exam.
Question
What if you had a medical issue and couldn't use the online tools? It says only available for 1 year.
Answer
The material is only available for a year because it is updated annually. For medical you can contact customer
service and work with them.
Question
Are the re-test exams completely different from the original exams?
Answer
The re-test exams are different, but similar to the original exams. We make every effort to make them similar
without using the exact same questions.

Question
Is there any difference between 2014 Learning System and that of 2015 (content wise)?
Answer
Yes. The 2015 Learning System was considered a minor content update, however, changes were made to the
materials.
The Learning System is updated every year to reflect changes made to the Exam Content
Manual (ECM), which is used to develop the current CSCP Exam. It is recommended that users review all of
the identified changes to determine if they are comfortable preparing with their current version of the Learning
System and noting the differences, or if they would like to purchase the most current edition.
Question
Do you recommend CPIM certification prior to CSCP or the other way around?
Answer
We recommend that you look at the suggested supply chain roles for both of these certifications and start with
the one best fits your needs. CPIM information is located at: http://www.APICS.org/careers-educationprofessional-development/certification/cpim and the CSCP information is located at:
http://www.APICS.org/careers-education-professional-development/certification/cscp.
Question
How urgent is it that I purchase and read the books listed as references noted in the Bibliography?
Answer
We use the references when we create the Learning System. The goal of the Learning system is that you may
need to use the textbook references to fill in the gaps for you, not as a primary learning tool.
Question
If I failed the exam, can I get second time to be registered? What will be the costs?
Answer
Candidates who fail an APICS CSCP exam must wait 14 full days before retaking the same exam. There are
no exceptions to this policy. Retake fee is $450.
Question
If you already paid for the CSCP, but now can see that the CPIM is more related to your needs, what options
are there?
Answer
At this time there are no refunds or exchanges of purchases of authorizations to test or exam credits.

Question
I attended a class however no exams were provided in the actual class - I thought I heard the speaker say
there would be exams as part of the classroom course?
Answer
The APICS CSCP Learning System is the base study materials for the classroom course and includes a
variety of practice questions. The print modules include progress check questions at the end of each section.
The online portion of the Learning System incorporates practice questions through pretest, section quizzes,
module quick quizzes and the posttest. Learning System users also have access to a Practice Exam created
from retired CSCP exam questions and emulates the actual exam format. For instructor led classes, instructors
do have access to an optional final exam to hand out in class.
Question
Why isnt the Smart Study tool available in the 2013 Learning System?
Answer
The SmartStudy tool was a new tool added to the 2014 APICS CSCP Learning System and is also included in
the 2015 Learning System.
Question
I don't see the Practice Exam Content Manual on my package I purchased? Is it available online through the
Learning System?
Answer
The Exam Content Manual is available through the online Resource Center of APICS CSCP Learning System
under the Certification Exam Resources section. A printed version of the ECM is also embedded in the front
of the Module 1, Book 1.
The Practice Exam is accessible through the main menu of the online APICS CSCP Learning System.
Question
I already purchased my Learning System beginning of March, can I still receive the $50 credit?
Answer
The webinar offer is valid on new purchases of the Learning System, cannot be applied to past purchases and
can only be applied to individual purchases.
Question
Where do we find the SmartStudyTool?
Answer
After logging into the online portion of the APCIS CSCP Learning System, the SmartStudy tool is found in the
upper right-hand corner of the main menu.

Question
Can I get an extension to my 2014 online learning material?
Answer
A 6 month extension on the online Learning System can be granted with proof of a valid Authorization to Test
(ATT). Contact customer service at the APICS CSCP Learning System Distribution Center by calling Call 888266-9079 (toll-free within US) or +1-651-905-2664 (outside US) M-F, 8am - 5pm Central Time, UTC/GMT -6.
OR email: CSCPLearningSystem@holmescorp.com
Question
One of the presenters mentioned that if you took the online class that the students would have access to an
additional practice exam. I took that course over the summer and our instructor never provided that
information. How can I get access to the exam?
Answer
The Practice Exam is available through the main menu of the APICS CSCP Learning System web component.
Question
Can you reschedule the exam date once you have signed up?
Answer
Candidates who need to reschedule their exam appointment within their chosen window can make
modifications directly in their My APICS account by accessing the online Authorization to Test Request Form.
Once logged in, candidates will have the option to reschedule their current ATT. Candidates must pay a USD
$45 rescheduling fee. Reschedule requests received less than 24 hours before the scheduled exam
appointment will not be accepted, and if the candidate does not test, the candidate forfeits the exam fees.