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Software Professional Certification FAQ
 

When receiving the examination scheduling instructions, how long do I need to wait to begin scheduling my exam with ProctorU?

Test takers can schedule right away.

How long do I have before my exam expires?

Test takers have one (1) year from the date they receive their exam scheduling instruction to schedule their exam. Once the exam has expired, the test taker will need to repurchase the exam.

How many attempts do I have to complete the exam?

Test takers have one (1) attempt to complete the examination.

Is there a waiting period to retest?

Test takers can request to retest right away.

Is there a retesting fee?

  • A retesting fee is required to retest; standard fee is $125.
  • Please click here to download the retesting application.
  • Email certification@computer.org for processing.
  • Retesting application takes between 2-3 business days to process.
  • Payment processing maybe delayed. Before scheduling a new test date/time with ProctorU, look out for an email confirmation first.
    • If payment is not complete, test takers will not have any attempt to retest.

What is the passing score?

To pass exam, 70% or higher must be met.

Can I bring any study materials to the exam session?

  • Study materials of any kind are NOT permitted during examination session.
  • Test takers are allowed ONLY one (1) BLANK sheet (front/back), one (1) pen or pencil during examination.

What happens after I pass the exam?

  • Certification team will be notified when test takers pass their exam.
  • Certificates are created within 1-2 business days. Once created, a PDF will be emailed to recipient for their reference. A hard copy will be mailed to the address they provided during registration.

Can I take the Associate Software Developer (ASD) exam and the Applied Module I (Java) to get the Professional Software Developer (PSD) certification?

No, completion of the ASD EXAM cannot be combined with completion of PSD Applied Module I (Java Exam) to receive the PSD certification.

If I fail the exam, do I get an evaluation result with questions answered wrong?

  • Test takers can request proof that they sat for the exam. The report includes the following: Username/date/time/exam taken/test result (pass/fail)
  • For security purposes, IEEE Computer Society does not distribute evaluation results with question answered wrong.

Is there a timeframe to take the courses, and exams?

  • It all depends to the student. Everyone learns differently. Given that the IEEE CS courses are all online, students can review/take the courses at their own pace.
  • The length of course and/or exam access is for one (1) full year.

Does the Associate Software Developer expire?

The ASD does not expire.

Does the Associate Software Developer require recertification?

The ASD does not require recertification.

If I have general questions regarding the Applied Module exam, who do I contact?

Is there a specific programming language that is required for the applied module portion of the Professional Software Developer exam?

The PSD Certification Applied Module will be tested on Java.

Does the Professional Software Developer (PSD) require re-certification?

  • Yes, re-certification of 30 PDUs is required every three years to maintain certification.
  • Please click here to download the re-certification application.
  • Email certification@computer.org for processing.
  • Application takes between 2-3 business days to process.
  • A new certificate will be mail to address you provided in your application.
  • Please allow 2-4 weeks to receive your new certificate.

Does the Professional Software Engineering Master (PSEM) require re-certification?

  • Yes, re-certification of 30 PDUs is required every three years to maintain certification.
  • Please click here to download the re-certification application.
  • Email certification@computer.org for processing.
  • Application takes between 2-3 business days to process.
  • A new certificate will be mail to address you provided in your application.
  • Please allow 2-4 weeks to receive your new certificate.

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