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How to Study for the CPSD™ in 10 Steps


  1. Set goals and create a time line to study and take your CPSD™ Exam 1, Foundation of Supply Management Exam (Current CPSM®s or C.P.M.s only take CPSD Exam 2).

  2. Take the CPSD Diagnostic Practice Exam 1 - Foundation of Supply Management to find your weak areas. The print version requires you to manually score your practice test(s) and match your results with the references to find explanations within the other study items. The web version automatically scores and times your test.

  3. Use your score report from the CPSD Diagnostic Practice Exam 1 — Foundation of Supply Management (or from an exam you didn’t pass) to develop a study plan to target areas you need to strengthen — areas in which you scored less than 75 percent. The score report specifies where to find the explanations in the CPSD Exam 1 — Foundation of Supply Management Study Guide, the CPSD Exam 1 — ISM Professional Series — Foundation of Supply Management, Second Edition and a few other resources. Make sure you take the time to match your results to the justifications and follow the references that tell you where to find detailed explanations.

  4. Use the CPSD&Trade; Exam 1 Foundation of Supply Management Study Guide, an expanded outline of the exam content, to get familiar with the exam specifications, and get examples of the testing format and styles of questions. It briefly explains the content tested in the exams within the context of each task category.

  5. Use the CPSD Exam 1 – ISM Professional Series – Foundation of supply Management, Second Edition. It is where you want to go for more detailed explanations of the exam task areas that were weak in your score report..

  6. If needed, take another practice test from the CPSD Diagnostic Practice Exam 1 – Foundation of Supply Management to make sure you understand the concepts and improve your scores in weaker areas.

  7. Still need more? Take a CPSD Exam 1 - Foundation of Supply Management Review Course. Check out the ISM website and your affiliate for schedules.

  8. As needed, adjust your goals and time line for the CPSD™ Exam. Then, register and schedule your exam.

  9. Take the CPSD™ Online all-inclusive Exam 2 – Essentials in Supplier Diversity Exam Study Tool or complete the CPSD™ Exam 2 – Essentials in Supplier Diversity Study Tool Self-study Workbook (same content). ISM and some of its affiliates periodically offer face-to-face exam review courses (content similar to online and workbook). Check the ISM website or your ISM affiliate for schedules.

  10. Use the CPSD Online all-inclusive Exam 2 – Essentials in Supplier Diversity Exam Study Tool Course Content Outline from the online course or CPSD Exam 2 – Essentials in Supplier Diversity Study Tool Self-study Workbook as a guide. Check off each concept as you review and understand it. Make sure to complete all the exercises, knowledge checks and the post-test within the course to prepare you for the style of questioning in the exam.

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