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SOLIDWORKS Certification

Exam Guide & Practice Test

CSWP: Certified
SOLIDWORKS Professional

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Contents
About This Guide ................................................................................................................ 3
The CSWP Certification ....................................................................................................... 4
CSWP Exam Details ............................................................................................................. 5
How to Prepare for the Exam ............................................................................................. 8
How to Take This Practice Exam ........................................................................................ 9
Taking the Real Exam .......................................................................................................10
Test Questions ..................................................................................................................18
Answer Key .......................................................................................................................27
Hints and Tips ...................................................................................................................28
Frequently Asked Questions ............................................................................................29
Helpful Sites ......................................................................................................................32

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About This Guide
This guide contains information, advice, and practice for becoming a Certified
SOLIDWORKS Professional. Here, you will find:
 An overview of SOLIDWORKS Certifications
 Details about the CSWP Exam
 Advice on preparing for and taking the CSWP Exam
 A Practice CSWP Segment 1 Exam and answer key
 Directions to useful SOLIDWORKS websites

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business card logos. 4 . Achieving certification establishes you as a highly competent professional in the use of SOLIDWORKS.The CSWP Certification SOLIDWORKS Certifications are a benchmark to measure your knowledge and competency with SOLIDWORKS software. Passing the CSWP. and personal listing in the CSWP directory when they pass. is a prerequisite for taking the CSWE Exam to become a Certified SOLIDWORKS Expert. thereby reducing the amount of time and energy required to research prospective candidates. A certification helps you stand out from the crowd and showcases your expertise to businesses and professionals alike—a valuable asset in a competitive job market. All candidates receive electronic certificates. For hiring managers. it acts as a valuable assessment to attest for an individual’s competency. alongside four of the five CSWPA exams. A few popular SOLIDWORKS Certifications include:  CSWA: Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate  CSWP: Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional  CSWPA: Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional Advanced: o Sheet Metal o Weldments o Surfacing o Mold Tools o Drawing Tools  CSWE: Certified SOLIDWORKS Expert  CEPA: Certified Enterprise PDM Administrator Why take the CSWP Exam? The CSWP certification sets you apart as a person who has surpassed the basic skills of SOLIDWORKS and who has developed an advanced understanding of the software.

Also. Total Exam Length: 3 hours 20 minutes (All segments) Minimum Passing grade: See details below Re-test Policy: There is a minimum 14 day waiting period between every attempt of the same CSWP Segment exam. The following is the topic and question breakdown of the CSWP exam: Segment 1: 70 Minutes – 75 points to pass/105 points maximum  Creating a part from a drawing  Using linked dimensions and equations to aid in modeling  Using equations to relate dimensions  Updating parameters and dimension sizes  Mass property analysis  Modifying geometry on initial part to create a more complex part  Modifying parameters on the part at different stages while maintaining all other dimensions and design intent Segment 2: 50 Minutes – 77 points to pass/104 points maximum  Creating configurations from other configurations  Changing configurations  Creation of configurations using a Design Table  Mass properties  Changing and/or rearranging features of an existing SOLIDWORKS part Segment 3: 80 Minutes . an exam credit for that CSWP Segment must be purchased for each exam attempt.CSWP Exam Details Each of the three segments are purchased as separate exam credits (they may be purchased as a three-part bundle) and are taken in separate sittings.77 points to pass/109 points maximum  Creating an assembly  Adding parts to an assembly  Doing collision detection when moving a part in an assembly  Interference detection 5 .

revolves. ellipses. centerlines  Sketch tools .extrudes.offset. rectangles. arcs.lines. trim  Sketch relations  Boss and cut features . lofts  Fillets and chamfers  Draft  Shell  Hole Wizard  Linear. mate references  In-context features  Interference detection  Suppression states  Move/Rotate component  Assembly features 6 .new and existing  Standard mates and advanced mates  Reference geometry – planes. convert. axis. sweeps. circles. circular. and fill patterns  Linked dimensions  Equations  Mirror  Dimensions  Feature conditions – start and end  Multi-body parts  Rib  Feature scope  Mass properties  Move/Delete face  Materials  Restraints  Inserting components .  Basic and advanced mates  Rigid and Flexible subassemblies  Replacing a part with another part in an assembly  Creating a coordinate system  Using a coordinate system to perform mass properties analysis Standard SOLIDWORKS tools that may be covered in the exam include:  Sketch entities .

 Collision detection in an assembly  External references  Design tables  Dimensions and model items 7 .

your local user group. go to the ‘Taking the Real Exam’ section. events. make use of this exam guide to review realistic exam questions. For instructions. tutorials. and much more. Thus. go to Home > Support > Training > SOLIDWORKS Courses.solidworks. forums. models. go to Home > Support > Training > SOLIDWORKS Training Files  You’ll find a wealth of access to videos. Last but not least. No details to the solutions for either this sample exam or the real test will be shared by the SOLIDWORKS Certification team.  For training courses. A great resource is the SOLIDWORKS website (SOLIDWORKS.com). look over important topics.com to browse lessons. To simulate test conditions.  To download models to practice on.com to review any topics on the CSWP exam. The practice exam enclosed within is designed to give you a preview of the CSWP without disclosing the entirety of the test. blogs. we’ve provided questions that are typical to the hardest segment – Segment 1 – of the exam. you can take the sample exam in the testing client software.solidworks. and that you ask for help from experienced SOLIDWORKS users. Please consult your SOLIDWORKS reseller. and familiarize yourself with the exam procedure. 8 . or the on-line SOLIDWORKS forums at forum. and fellow users in the SOLIDWORKS Community at Home > Resource Center You can also log into my.How to Prepare for the Exam Don’t let the exam questions take you by surprise! We recommend that you practice the skills in the “CSWP Exam Details” section above.

it is best NOT to print this exam. This practice exam is also available to take for free on-line in the testing client software. save a version of your model in a different file for later reference. follow the instructions in the next section.How to Take This Practice Exam 1. 5. it is likely that there is something wrong with your model. This guide includes an answer key after the practice exam. requiring you to switch between applications. Dimensions are circled in some images to indicate new or altered dimensions. 9 . Keep this document open and consult it while running SOLIDWORKS. both for the practice and actual test. 7. After each question. Excel should be installed on the computer you are running SOLIDWORKS to ensure that your Design Table functionality works properly for the exam. SOLIDWORKS can only be installed with the Windows operating system. 2. You must be running SOLIDWORKS on the computer. the VirtualTester client window runs concurrently with SOLIDWORKS. 8. In the real test. 4. This may also help you fix errors later on in the test. To simulate real conditions. To take the exam in the client software. If your answer is not listed in the selections offered. 3. The multiple choice will help you check that your model is on the right track. 6.

If you will be running the client on a separate computer from the one that is running SOLIDWORKS.virtualtester.SOLIDWORKS.com/mylearning/lessons/489/installing-and-viewing-the- test-software Alternatively.Taking the Real Exam The real exam can be taken on your personal computer at a time of your choosing. Visit the SOLIDWORKS VirtualTester Certification Center at https://SOLIDWORKS. You will be required to download SOLIDWORKS files during the real test to be able to correctly answer some of the questions. The sample exam in this packet can also be taken in the Tangix TesterPRO Client. if you have a MySOLIDWORKS account. you may follow these steps: 1. The CSWP Exam is administered through the Tangix TesterPRO Client. make sure there is a way to transfer files from one computer to the other. an application that you may download from the SOLIDWORKS VirtualTester website. 2. You will need a connection to the Internet throughout the exam.com/. Locate and click the button (right hand side of page) to download the Tangix TesterPRO Client: 10 . To learn the testing procedure in VirtualTester. please refer to this video: http://my.

Agree to the License Agreement. 11 .3. Open the downloaded folder and run the executable file: 4.

Click the install button. Click the finish button. 6.5. 12 .

8. skip to step 9. If you have already taken a SOLIDWORKS Certification Exam. When you run the program. If this is your first exam. select your language and click Continue. 13 . Fill in the required fields and click continue: Write down your login credentials for future use! Skip to step 10.7. you will need to create an account.

14 . and click continue. scroll down and select the exam with a gift icon. If you have already taken a SOLIDWORKS Certification Exam. select the option below. fill in your credentials.If you are taking a sample exam online.9. 10.

This may be found on solidworks.To take an exam from a credit. 12. Select a language and click “Start Exam. do one of the following:  If you have an Event ID or Voucher.”  Purchase an exam credit online.You may be asked to select a language. select an exam that has the words ‘Start Exam’ next to it (only exams that you have credits for will show as available): If you do not have credit for the exam.” 15 . type it into the field on this page and click “Submit.com: Click Support > Certification > Exam Registration.11.

13.Agree to the Confidentiality Agreement and Candidate Conduct Policy. 16 .Confirm the exam you are about to begin: 14.

read the information and then click “Start Examination”.On the Examination Information page. 17 . this will begin the timed portion of your exam. 15. The practice exam begins on the next page.

Test Questions This section will give you a general idea of Segment 1 of the CSWP Exam. 18 . These images are to be used to answer Questions #1 – 3.

Any dimensions that are simple value changes or refer to new features from one stage to another will be circled in the images.3. Measure the mass of the part. second) Decimal places: 2 Part origin: Arbitrary Material: Alloy Steel Density = 0.1. Stage 1 – Initial Part Build this part in SOLIDWORKS. gram.00 mm End Condition: Through All X = A/3 Y = B/3 + 10mm Hint 1: The dimensions that are to be linked or updated and are variable will be labeled with letters. Unit system: MMGS (millimeter. 19 .00 mm Counterbore Depth: 10. Hint 2: To save the most time.5M Size: M8 Fit: Close Through Hole Diameter: 15.00 mm Counterbore Diameter: 30.0077 g/mm^3 All holes through all unless shown otherwise Use the following parameters and equations which correspond to the dimensions labeled in the images: A = 213 mm B = 200 mm C = 170 mm D = 130 mm E = 41 mm F = Hole Wizard Standard: Ansi Metric Counterbore Type: Hex Bolt – ANSI B18. make use of linked dimensional values and equations.2.

65 b) 14298.What is the mass of the part (grams)? a) 14139.56 c) 15118.34 20 .41 d) 14207.

What is the mass of the part (grams)? 21 . Any dimensions that are simple value changes or refer to new features from one stage to another will be circled in the images.0077 g/mm^3 All holes through all unless shown otherwise Use the following parameters and equations which correspond to the dimensions labeled in the images: A = 225 mm B = 210 mm C = 176 mm D = 137 mm E = 39 mm F = Hole Wizard Standard: Ansi Metric Counterbore Type: Hex Bolt – ANSI B18.5M Size: M8 Fit: Close Through Hole Diameter: 15. second) Decimal places: 2 Part origin: Arbitrary Material: Alloy Steel Density = 0. Update parameters of the initial part.2.2. gram. Hint 2: To save the most time.00 mm End Condition: Through All X = A/3 Y = B/3 + 10mm Hint 1: The dimensions that are to be linked or updated and are variable will be labeled with letters.00 mm Counterbore Diameter: 30.00 mm Counterbore Depth: 10. Unit system: MMGS (millimeter.3. make use of linked dimensional values and equations.

Hint 2: To save the most time. gram. What is the mass of the part (grams)? 22 .00 mm Counterbore Diameter: 30.3.0077 g/mm^3 All holes through all unless shown otherwise Use the following parameters and equations which correspond to the dimensions labeled in the images: A = 209 mm B = 218 mm C = 169 mm D = 125 mm E = 41 mm F = Hole Wizard Standard: Ansi Metric Counterbore Type: Hex Bolt – ANSI B18.00 mm Counterbore Depth: 10. second) Decimal places: 2 Part origin: Arbitrary Material: Alloy Steel Density = 0.2.5M Size: M8 Fit: Close Through Hole Diameter: 15.00 mm End Condition: Through All X = A/3 Y = B/3 + 10mm Hint 1: The dimensions that are to be linked or updated and are variable will be labeled with letters. Update parameters of the initial part. Unit system: MMGS (millimeter. Any dimensions that are simple value changes or refer to new features from one stage to another will be circled in the images. make use of linked dimensional values and equations.3.

These images are to be used to answer Questions #4 and 5. Stage 2 – Modify 23 . 4.

Hint 1: The dimensions that are to be linked or updated and are variable will be labeled with letters. Any dimensions that are simple value changes or refer to new features from one stage to another will be circled in the images. Hint 2: To save the most time. Unit system: MMGS (millimeter.Modify the part using the following dimensions. Note: The changes from the initial part are concentrated in areas AA. make use of linked dimensional values and equations. Measure the mass of the part. BB and CC shown in the images. 24 .0077 g/mm^3 All holes through all unless shown otherwise Use the following parameters and equations which correspond to the dimensions labeled in the images: A = 221 mm B = 211 mm C = 165 mm D = 121 mm E = 37 mm X = A/3 Y = B/3 + 15mm Note: The equation for Y has changed from the initial part. gram. second) Decimal places: 2 Part origin: Arbitrary Material: Alloy Steel Density = 0.

40 b) 13206.40 c) 13313.What is the mass of the part (grams)? a) 13095.79 25 .35 d) 13395.

Stage 2 – Update Parameters Unit system: MMGS (millimeter. make use of linked dimensional values and equations. Measure the mass of the part. What is the mass of the part (grams)? END OF TEST 26 . Any dimensions that are simple value changes or refer to new features from one stage to another will be circled in the images.5. Hint 2: To save the most time. gram.0077 g/mm^3 All holes through all unless shown otherwise Use the following parameters and equations which correspond to the dimensions labeled in the images: A = 229 mm B = 217 mm C = 163 mm D = 119 mm E = 34 mm X = A/3 Y = B/3 + 15mm Hint 1: The dimensions that are to be linked or updated and are variable will be labeled with letters. second) Decimal places: 2 Part origin: Arbitrary Material: Alloy Steel Density = 0.

00 27 .Answer Key 1. 14208. d) 14207.40 5. 15100. 16490.45 3.34 2. b) 13206.47 4.

etc. Hint 2: Change the label of the dimensions in your part to A.Hints and Tips DISCLAIMER: IT IS UP TO YOU TO RESEARCH THESE HINTS. CONSULT HELP. 28 . Hint 3: As an alternative to Hint #2. C. THE ON-LINE FORUMS OR BLOGS. D. to visually keep track of which dimensions need to be changed. NO ANSWERS WILL BE SHARED BY THE CERTIFICATION TEAM! Hint 1: Use linked (also known as “shared values”) dimensions to manage the dimensions that are to be the same in each stage. This will ensure that the dimensions that are to be linked together in value stay linked together. BEING A PROFESSIONAL LEVEL CERTIFIED SOLIDWORKS USER SHOULD ALSO INCLUDE THE ABILITY TO RESEARCH SOLIDWORKS FUNCTIONALITY. you can also use the Design Table to manage the changing parameters. YOUR VAR AE’S. B.

Please note that if you are taking the test on a separate computer that you have some means to transfer files from the computer running the testing client to the computer running SOLIDWORKS. What resources do I need to take the CSWP? The CSWA/P test is an on-line test that can be taken on any computer that has SOLIDWORKS running and a connection to the Internet. 2. 29 . non-proctored online exam that tests an individual’s ability to design and analyze parametric parts and movable assemblies using a variety of complex features in SOLIDWORKS. There is a 14-day waiting period before retaking any CSWP segment exam. To peruse more FAQs. You can either run the exam software on the same computer as your SOLIDWORKS software or in a separate computer next to the one running SOLIDWORKS. including design validation tools. Also. Dual monitors are recommended but not required. What is the policy on retaking the CSWA/P? There is a 30-day waiting period before retaking the CSWA and any Advanced CSWP exam. The test runs in its own client window separate from SOLIDWORKS. At this point there are no provisions for a stand-alone exam. As stated above. What is the Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional (CSWP) exam? The CSWP exam is a comprehensive. A commercial license of SOLIDWORKS or the SOLIDWORKS Student Edition will be adequate for the exams. please visit the SOLIDWORKS Certification FAQ page under Home > Support > Certification > FAQ. the user will be required to purchase another exam credit to retake the test. 3. You are responsible for providing your own working copy of SOLIDWORKS. 1. A Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional is an individual that has successfully passed this exam.Frequently Asked Questions Below is a series of common questions regarding SOLIDWORKS Certifications. an internet connection is required for the CSWA/P exams.

To print your certificate. your answers are not recoverable. What do I receive when I pass the exam? You will receive certificates for each exam that you pass. For more information refer to www. Once you click ‘take exam’ your exam credit will be redeemed and we cannot refund your payment or voucher.com/certification and click on the individual exam information page links on the left. I took the exam and my Internet connection failed when the test ended.php.virtualtester.4.com 7. the minimum version necessary is listed on the information page of that exam. Please go to http://www. 9. How do I report my results now? The tester software will retry to connect for ~2 minutes.solidworks. Can the exam be paused? No. 6. an error message will be displayed and a TXT file will be saved on your desktop. simply visit www. The name of the file is: Tangix_TesterPro_Error_Date_Time. You receive an email that directs you to our electronic certificate access page. There you can login and download your electronic certificate(s) and electronic business card logo(s). Please send this file to support@tangix. Which commercial version of the software should I use to take the CSWP exams? For all exams.solidworks. We have made it a simple download that you can print from your computer so you no longer have to wait to receive it. If the connection is still not available. If your computer crashes. Once started.com/solidworks/user. exams cannot be paused. 8. 5. On that page. CSWP’s also receive discounts to partner products and SOLIDWORKS World events. Will my answers be lost if my computer crashes? Will I lose my testing credit/have to pay again if my computer crashes? You will have to start the examination over and no refund will be available. simply click 30 .com/cswp. Will a certificate be mailed out to me once I pass an exam? SOLIDWORKS no longer mails out certificates to individuals who have passed an exam.

Please note that not all exams have printable certificates. 31 .the "Print My Certificate" button and follow the on-screen instructions.

youtube.Helpful Sites SOLIDWORKS Home: www.com Training Pages: http://www.SOLIDWORKS.SOLIDWORKS.htm 32 .com SOLIDWORKS Resource Center: http://www.SOLIDWORKS.com/sw/resources.com/user/SOLIDWORKS MySOLIDWORKS: my.htm SOLIDWORKS YouTube Channel: https://www.SOLIDWORKS.com/sw/support/software-training-certification.