Okay, I took it. It took roughly 15 min from start to finish. I did not pass on the first round.
But I did do a video screen capture for the length of the test, meaning I have all of the questions, possible answers, and I know if my answer was correct. I missed capturing 8 of the questions
They are using very specific definitions from one source. I'm kind of afraid to take it again without knowing what the source material is! They throw around LEAN manufacturing/ Six Sigma terms, and a lot of attention is paid to what steps are called, but there's no way to know which program they're referencing. Certainly not the standard accepted terms - Wikipedia won't help you here.
Here's the best example of how they're quoting a specific, unnamed source material (typos left in)-
Which of the following is a step inconducting a Root Cause Analysis (RCA) ?
Possible Answers - Eliminate, Rephrase, Define, Dispense
So there's clearly a set of steps someone somewhere defined as the RCA steps, but good luck finding it (Ed note: Seriously, good luck! Let me know if you find it). It's not the generally accepted DMAIC method, because I chose "Define" and that was incorrect. Not that "DMAIC' is listed anywhere in SQF code.
There were also a lot of KPI questions like this: "What is a KPI?'
I also got that question wrong, so I can't tell you what SQF thinks a KPI is. I think a KPI is a Key Performance Indicator, which measures a manufacturing output, which wasn't one of the answers.
Similarly, one question was simply the words "Key Performance Indicators" . That was the question. I couldn't believe it, so I took a screen shot and attached it for you.
There's clearly one place they're going to for information, because they list SMART objectives but use "Attainable' instead of the conventional 'Achievable".
So if I can find the source material that use "Attainable" for a SMART objective and has Eliminate, Rephrase, or Dispense as one of the RCA steps, I'll feel comfortable taking the test. Any leads?
Oh also for, "What step of the CAPA system would verification of effectiveness be completed?"
The answer isn't "Verification" even though they list that as an option and Verification is a step in the FDA's CAPA guidelines, so I have no idea what set of steps they're using for that one. But not the FDA.
Of the 52 questions I captured, # of questions by topic, then # of times they are mentioned in the code via a search of that term in the 7.2 pdf-
CAPA - 12 (0)
Parteo - 9 (0)
SMART - 6 (0)
KPI - 5 (0)
RCA- 5 (0)
Fishbone - 3 (0)
Plan Do Check Act -3 (0)
SQF Code - 2 (Staff conducting internal audits shall be, An internal audit schedule should include) (2)
5 Whys - 2 (0)
Risk Matrix - 1 (0)
?? - 4