There are five modules total in the CPIM certification; each one requiring its own examination. There are plenty of courses available online which may guide the student more quickly through the material. You can also purchase a guide with sample questions through the APICS website. You will be taking the exam at a computer-based testing center. All of the questions are multi-option. There are 105 questions in the Basics of Supply Chain Management module. The rest of the modules have 75 questions. By doing your preparation on actually taking the exam, you're in better shape walking into the examination center than the unsuspecting, unprepared layperson. It should also help you when you study and when you are managing your time during the test.
How to Answer the Questions
The multiple-choice questions on the CPIM will have four choices. About one-third of the questions are dual-level multiple-choice questions. For example, a question that offers you 3 choices (A-C) and then mixes on those choices (D, all of the above, and E, A & B) are referred to as dual-level questioning. These questions are thrown into higher level exams to reduce and discourage guessing strategies. You may have read that the most common answer in multiple choice tends to be "C". Do not count on that being the case with the CPIM. The test is random, as you'd anticipate, and any of the answers can appear correct given the context in which they're presented. It is important to realize how to read and answer multiple-choice questions for the CPIM, but you still have to know the material.
On the modules with 75 questions, you will have more than two minutes per question to answer. You should know that many people finish the exam with plenty of time to spare, so don't worry about your time. You can go through the test and answer the questions you know the answer to right away. Mark the ones that may have you baffled and come back to them later; the key is maintaining momentum. You are able to go back and check your work on the test before completing it. If time's permitting read through each question and re-verify your decision behind the answer. Remember, you are not penalized for wrong answers, but you are penalized for answers that are left blank. Depending on the module, you may need to use pencil and paper to do computational work. We advocate saving these for last so you don't inadvertently use up your time doing hand calculations.