Category Archives: About Your Exam

What should I take with me to the exam?

Bringing ID with you is essential, but you’ll need to make sure it consists of the following: a valid primary form of identification that includes a recent photograph and signature (this could be a driver’s license (except in China), passport, military ID, company ID (except in China), or state ID), and a valid secondary form of identification that includes your signature (such as a credit card, check cashing card, citizenship card, APICS membership card or another ID from the primary list). If you fail to bring the correct form of ID with you, you won’t be allowed to enter the test center and you will lose the full exam fee. Temporary forms of ID are not accepted. Additionally if the spelling of your first and last names does not match the way they are spelled on your ID then you will also be denied entry.

You can also bring with you a simple, nonprogrammable calculator but please note that an online computer calculator is also available during each computer-based exam.

Books that contain the literal translation only (as opposed to a description) of English words into a candidate’s native language are the only written materials allowed into the exam room. If you wish to bring any such book with you, you’ll have to have it inspected by the test center manager before you are allowed in.

What types of questions can I expect in the CSCP exam?

You’ll have to answer a total of 175 multiple-choice questions. Twenty-five of these questions are known as pretest questions, and they are randomly placed in the exam for research purposes only; their answers do not contribute to your score, but you will not know which ones they are so you will still need to answer all 175 questions.

For more information on the CSCP exam, please click here.

Do I need to be a member of APICS to sit for the exam?

You do not need to become a member of APICS to sit for the exam but an APICS membership does come with a lot of perks. These include:
• Access the extensive APICS body of knowledge - the most expert, current, and relevant education in operations and supply chain management.
• Enhance your career skills through APICS certification.
• Gain members-only discounts on all APICS programs and products.
• Connect to an impressive community of nearly 40,000 members around the globe—all committed to building excellence in operations management.