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How to Prepare for CWI Test Questions: A Complete Guide

How to Prepare for CWI Test Questions: A Complete GuideIf you're looking to take your welding career to the next level, you'll first need to pass the Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) exam. This standardized test from the American Welding Society ensures that you're able to work safely and swiftly.

But since the exam has the potential to elevate your career, you may feel a bit nervous about passing.

Here's a complete guide to help you prepare for CWI test questions, as well as a few study tips.

What To Expect From CWI Test Questions

The CWI exam is a massive exam that's going to eat up a good portion of your day. The test itself is comprised of three core sections, each focusing on a different component of welding.

Here's a breakdown of each section of the test.

Part A

The initial part of your exam covers 150 questions in just two hours. That doesn't leave a whole lot of room to think.

However, there is some good news. This portion is likely the easiest you'll encounter, as it focuses on the basics of welding. Expect questions about basic concepts, equipment definitions, and safety procedures.

That doesn't mean you shouldn't study, only that your work experience and reading should help you find the best answer.

Part B

The second section of the CWI exam is a practical section. Again, you'll have two hours to complete this portion of the exam but you'll need every second.

You'll be asked to measure samples and ensure whether they adhere to AWS compliance and look for errors in basic welding work.

Don't forget to download the official book of specifications beforehand.

Part C

When you purchase your exam booklet, you'll notice that Part C is included in your book. That's because the third and final portion of the exam is open book.

You're allowed to use your code book, but these questions require more in-depth answers than Part A.

You'll choose from one of four codes for your exam based on your career aspirations:

  • AWS D 1.1 Structural Welding Code: Steel
  • API 1104 Welding Of Pipelines And Related Facilities
  • AWS D 1.5 Bridge Welding Code
  • AWS D 15.1 Railroad Welding Specifications

You'll need to get a minimum of 72% of each section correct to pass the exam.

Take A Prep Course

As you can see, passing the CWI exam isn't something that one can do easily. In many cases, applicants are encouraged to enroll in a test prep course.

Doing so can better prepare you for the test and only takes a few hours per week.

CWI Study Tips

As you begin preparing for the test, come up with a solid study schedule to help you stay on track.

Create flashcards, enlist family and friends as study buddies, and talk to professionals in the industry to get their advice.

Study at least a few hours every week. It seems like a large investment now, but it'll be more than worth it once you pass the exam.

Follow This Guide To Ace The Exam

Acing the test won't be easy, but this guide to CWI test questions should help you get a head start.

Remember to study for each portion of the test, and to do so on a regular basis. The more you study, the better you'll do at the test.

Interested in learning more about CWI test prep or how a training program can help your career? Get in touch today and we'll be happy to answer any questions.

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How Hard is the CWI Exam? Your Questions Answered

How Hard is the CWI Exam? Your Questions AnsweredWhile many industries, manufacturers, and skilled laborers have seen a drop off in their workforce in recent years, welding isn't slowing down. If anything, there's never been a more competitive time for commercial welders to be looking for a role. When you take the CWI exam, you put yourself above other welders by showing you know what you're talking about.

Here are four things to know before you take your exam.

1. You Need Practice

During Part A of the CWI test, you're going to have to do some practical work to show that you know what you're doing. As a commercial welder, you'll have to know how to make clean, clear welds and be able to manage your time.

If you're out of practice or you've been doing one kind of job for a long time, you should do some practice. Take a practice test because you're going to have to show off your practical skills.

2. Know Your Codes

The last part of the test will be a written exam that tests you on your knowledge of safety codes and the details of what it means to weld safely. If it's been a while since you've looked at them, take some time to freshen up on your knowledge.

While you might not think these elements are important if you're not an inspector, you need to anticipate inspection on every project. When you know what they look for, you can ensure you've done a good job that will safely and easily pass an inspection.

3. You Need To Work Under Pressure

Working under pressure isn't for everyone but if you want a good score on your CWI exam, you're going to have to work efficiently. You'll be timed for each section of your test and so you should spend an adequate amount of tie studying.

If you haven't taken a test in a long time, you might have to put together a test-taking strategy. Learning what's required of you will help you anticipate what problems you might have and allow you to perform on the day of the test.

4. Learn What an Inspector Does

Part B of the test will put you in the shoes of an inspector and quiz you on some of what inspectors look for. You should know what a good weld looks like and how to inspect welds on your own. This will ensure instructors that, as a welder, you'll be performing welds that you think an inspector would approve.

When you're working as a commercial welder, you could create load-bearing welds that inspectors might pass over or never see. Rather than try to get away with a bad weld that puts people in danger, this part of the test will ensure you know what a strong, clean weld should look like.

Your CWI Exam doesn't have to be hard.

While you might be intimidated by taking your CWI exam, it won't be hard if you're well prepared. The trick to doing well on this test is studying, practicing, and practicing again.

If you want to know exactly how to pass your exam, check out our latest guide.

 

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American Institute of Nondestructive Testing (AINDT) will provide their CWI Exam Prep Course in Houston, Texas

American Institute of Nondestructive Testing (AINDT) will provide their CWI Exam Prep Course in Houston, Texas The booming economy and dramatic increase in construction across the country has spurred a renewed effort to rectify the shortage of skilled labor. Paramount in that effort is to increase the number of qualified welders, and where there is welding there needs to be welding inspectors. The various industries are working diligently to increase the number of skilled welders and with that the demand for Certified Welding Inspectors (CWI) is increasing exponentially. The American Institute of Nondestructive Testing (AINDT) is filling this need by expanding its' operations to Houston, Texas.

"Our instructors have decades of welding inspection experience and are deftly involved with the American Welding Society, providing the most up to date training for the ever-evolving CWI exam," stated AINDT CEO Don Booth. "We not only prepare our students for taking the CWI exam but also provide them with real life experiences from industry experts."

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