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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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is a prerequisite for taking the CSWE Exam to become a Certified SOLIDWORKS Expert. it acts as a valuable assessment to attest for an individual’s competency. 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. Passing the CSWP. business card logos. For hiring managers. All candidates receive electronic certificates. thereby reducing the amount of time and energy required to research prospective candidates.The CSWP Certification SOLIDWORKS Certifications are a benchmark to measure your knowledge and competency with SOLIDWORKS software. 4 . 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. Achieving certification establishes you as a highly competent professional in the use of SOLIDWORKS. and personal listing in the CSWP directory when they pass.

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. 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.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 .

ellipses. circular.offset. sweeps. 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 . centerlines  Sketch tools . axis. rectangles. mate references  In-context features  Interference detection  Suppression states  Move/Rotate component  Assembly features 6 . revolves. arcs.lines. circles.new and existing  Standard mates and advanced mates  Reference geometry – planes. trim  Sketch relations  Boss and cut features . convert.extrudes. lofts  Fillets and chamfers  Draft  Shell  Hole Wizard  Linear.

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

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

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

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

Open the downloaded folder and run the executable file: 4.3. Agree to the License Agreement. 11 .

5. Click the finish button. Click the install button. 6. 12 .

13 .7. select your language and click Continue. If you have already taken a SOLIDWORKS Certification Exam. When you run the program. 8. If this is your first exam. Fill in the required fields and click continue: Write down your login credentials for future use! Skip to step 10. you will need to create an account. skip to step 9.

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

To take an exam from a credit. This may be found on solidworks.11. Select a language and click “Start Exam. do one of the following:  If you have an Event ID or Voucher. 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.com: Click Support > Certification > Exam Registration.”  Purchase an exam credit online. 12.You may be asked to select a language.” 15 . type it into the field on this page and click “Submit.

Confirm the exam you are about to begin: 14.13. 16 .Agree to the Confidentiality Agreement and Candidate Conduct Policy.

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

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

make use of linked dimensional values and equations. gram. 19 . Stage 1 – Initial Part Build this part in SOLIDWORKS.00 mm Counterbore Diameter: 30.1.00 mm Counterbore Depth: 10.3. Unit system: MMGS (millimeter.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.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. Any dimensions that are simple value changes or refer to new features from one stage to another will be circled in the images.2.5M Size: M8 Fit: Close Through Hole Diameter: 15. second) Decimal places: 2 Part origin: Arbitrary Material: Alloy Steel Density = 0. Hint 2: To save the most time. Measure the mass of the part.

65 b) 14298.41 d) 14207.56 c) 15118.What is the mass of the part (grams)? a) 14139.34 20 .

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 B18.00 mm Counterbore Depth: 10. make use of linked dimensional values and equations.00 mm Counterbore Diameter: 30. Any dimensions that are simple value changes or refer to new features from one stage to another will be circled in the images.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.2. gram. Hint 2: To save the most time. second) Decimal places: 2 Part origin: Arbitrary Material: Alloy Steel Density = 0. Unit system: MMGS (millimeter.2.5M Size: M8 Fit: Close Through Hole Diameter: 15. What is the mass of the part (grams)? 21 .3. Update parameters of the initial part.

What is the mass of the part (grams)? 22 .00 mm Counterbore Depth: 10. Unit system: MMGS (millimeter. Hint 2: To save the most time. gram. second) Decimal places: 2 Part origin: Arbitrary Material: Alloy Steel Density = 0.3.5M Size: M8 Fit: Close Through Hole Diameter: 15. 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 = 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 B18.2. Update parameters of the initial part.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. make use of linked dimensional values and equations.00 mm Counterbore Diameter: 30.3.

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

Note: The changes from the initial part are concentrated in areas AA. BB and CC shown in the images.Modify the part using the following dimensions. Any dimensions that are simple value changes or refer to new features from one stage to another will be circled in the images. 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 = 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. Measure the mass of the part. Unit system: MMGS (millimeter. second) Decimal places: 2 Part origin: Arbitrary Material: Alloy Steel Density = 0. Hint 2: To save the most time. make use of linked dimensional values and equations. 24 . Hint 1: The dimensions that are to be linked or updated and are variable will be labeled with letters.

40 b) 13206.40 c) 13313.79 25 .What is the mass of the part (grams)? a) 13095.35 d) 13395.

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. second) Decimal places: 2 Part origin: Arbitrary Material: Alloy Steel Density = 0. 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. Hint 2: To save the most time. Measure the mass of the part. Stage 2 – Update Parameters Unit system: MMGS (millimeter. make use of linked dimensional values and equations.5.

15100.Answer Key 1.00 27 . d) 14207. 14208.40 5.45 3. b) 13206.34 2. 16490.47 4.

28 .Hints and Tips DISCLAIMER: IT IS UP TO YOU TO RESEARCH THESE HINTS. 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. CONSULT HELP. you can also use the Design Table to manage the changing parameters. D. This will ensure that the dimensions that are to be linked together in value stay linked together. B. Hint 2: Change the label of the dimensions in your part to A. BEING A PROFESSIONAL LEVEL CERTIFIED SOLIDWORKS USER SHOULD ALSO INCLUDE THE ABILITY TO RESEARCH SOLIDWORKS FUNCTIONALITY. YOUR VAR AE’S. Hint 3: As an alternative to Hint #2. THE ON-LINE FORUMS OR BLOGS. etc. C.

Also. including design validation tools. You are responsible for providing your own working copy of SOLIDWORKS. 1. The test runs in its own client window separate from SOLIDWORKS. There is a 14-day waiting period before retaking any CSWP segment exam. 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. 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. please visit the SOLIDWORKS Certification FAQ page under Home > Support > Certification > FAQ. 29 . 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. an internet connection is required for the CSWA/P exams. 2. 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. 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 is the Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional (CSWP) exam? The CSWP exam is a comprehensive. the user will be required to purchase another exam credit to retake the test. At this point there are no provisions for a stand-alone exam.Frequently Asked Questions Below is a series of common questions regarding SOLIDWORKS Certifications. 3. To peruse more FAQs. A commercial license of SOLIDWORKS or the SOLIDWORKS Student Edition will be adequate for the exams. As stated above. A Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional is an individual that has successfully passed this exam.

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

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

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