Taking the Exam

CSI offers the CDT examination twice annually in the Spring and the Fall. Open registration for the test begins in the Winter and Summer respectively.

Note: CCCA, CCS, and CCPR will not be offered in 2019 in order to undergo critical program research and exam review. Plan now to sit for CCCA, CCS or CCPR with revised exams during the 2020 exam cycles. Check back in Fall 2019 for updated Practice Guides for these exams.

Your Authorization To Test (ATT) Email
The Authorization To Test (ATT) email contains all of the necessary information for scheduling an appointment at a Prometric testing center, including your candidate National ID number. You’ll receive your Authorization To Test notification 1-2 weeks after your application has been processed.

Where do I take the exam?
The exam is administered at Prometric test centers in the United States, U.S. Territories, and Canada. To view the Prometric test center locations, visit www.prometric.com/CSI and select "Locate a Test Center."

What is required for entry at the test center?
One form of non-expired, government-issued, photo- and signature-bearing ID must be provided when entering the Prometric test center. Acceptable forms of ID are:
  • Driver’s License
  • State or government-issued ID
  • Passport
IMPORTANT: ID must have FIRST and LAST names that identically match those used for registration; middle names and suffixes are not required. The address used for registration does not have to match the address on the ID.

Which Prometric test centers are available to exam candidates?
You may choose from any of the Prometric test center locations in the United States, U.S. Territories, and Canada. CSI's current contract with the test vendor does not permit testing outside of these locations. International sites may be scheduled for Fall 2019, based on demand. Please contact certification@csinet.org to request an international testing site (additional fees will apply). 

How long is the exam?
CDT: Two hours; 120 multiple-choice questions
CCCA/CCS/CCPR: Four hours; 200 multiple-choice questions
All exams are computer-based.

Why do I have to wait for my CSI certification exam results?
During the Spring 2019 testing cycle and intermittently in the future, the CDT® exam will undertake a “passing score” analysis. This means the research to determine the “cut score” (to pass/fail) cannot be determined until after all candidates have taken the exam and the testing window has closed.

Exam items are individually evaluated and those questions (items) that did not perform as expected are analyzed to determine how to score, modify or eliminate. Items are reviewed by a confidential group of subject matter experts (SMEs), CSI members and staff facilitated by a psychometrician, a.k.a. test development specialist.

Once the review is completed, the “cut or passing score” is set and status reports are sent to individual candidates.

**The entire review and scoring process takes roughly 6-8 weeks and can only start after the close of the testing window.

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