April 30, 2018
I passed the CSP!! I've got 20+ years in the EHS field and should have taken my CSP long ago, but things come up. This was my first attempt and significant studying was required. I didn't want to confidentially say to myself after the test that, well I probably could have studied harder. That really wouldn't have been possible. My only resource, besides experience, was the Bowen CSP class and materials - thanks, Russ!! I can appreciate the feedback from others who have posted in this forum because it helped me get a feel for the experience, so I'm trying to return the favor. Let me tell you, folks, this test is hard! As Russ mentioned often, time management is core and this is absolutely true. It took me the full 5.75 hrs. to complete the 200 questions and the (ridiculously hard) math problems I saved until the end. I guessed on- just under the bell. Interestingly there were only a few math based questions and formulas were given for all; so much for memorizing 5 pages of formulas. What makes the test so hard is the questions and the answers are long and complex and I would have to re-read some 3, 4 or even 5 times to process all the information before I could make a sound selection. Your brain will be mush by the end of the exam. My experience was similar to a previous poster in that, when I walked out of the room the proctor handed me a folded piece of paper and when I saw Result: PASS, I didn't have words to describe it, the feeling was overwhelming!! So, again as Russ said several times, just take the exam, don't put it off. So don't get discouraged, commit to a study plan and learn the material and you too will ace this exam - good luck!