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  • Rigorous, Yet Convenient

    The exams are delivered on the world's most rigorous test-delivery standards and follow the Question and Test Interoperability (QTI) norms that also conform to Portable Custom Interaction Best Practices. Registered candidates can take DASCA certification exams anytime, anywhere across 180+ countries. Special testing arrangements can also be made for employees in organizations or students of universities if requested for the facility in advance.

    Candidates book and schedule their certification exams directly from their myDASCA dashboard, and then take their exam on the ExamStrong™ exam platform. For all DASCA certifications except PDS™, candidates get 6 months to prepare for exams. PDS™ candidates get 1 year to do so.

    No separate fee for exams is to be paid anywhere for any DASCA certification, unless a candidate is taking a re-test, or is re-scheduling after canceling a pre-scheduled exam or because of no-show in an exam for any reason.

  • Comprehensive Evaluation

    DASCA exams for analytics, engineering, and data scientist certifications carry multiple-choice, single-answer questions carrying equal marks, with no penal scoring for wrong answers. A typical DASCA certification exam carries a mix of questions that seek to test the accuracy of knowledge of principles and concepts; understanding of techniques and processes; and the skills to apply tools and techniques of programming and analysis in solving real data problems.

    For the Principal Data Scientist (PDS™) certification, however, evaluation is also done of the leadership capability and potential of candidates through their career progress, accomplishments, and contribution track record. The PDS™ assessment policy therefore also includes three other non-exam, submission-based components to be completed directly on the myDASCA dashboard.

  • Difficulty Level & Testing Focus

    The exams of Associate and Senior level for both, big data analytics and big data engineering certifications differ in the number of questions asked from the respective knowledge areas. This is in accordance to the proportional weights assigned to various topics in the DASCA knowledge framework for the two levels. The degree of difficulty of questions in Associate and Senior level exams differ in terms of what is being tested: in Associate level exams, the focus is on testing the accuracy of knowledge and understanding of the core principles, programming techniques, and tools; the Senior level exam questions seek to test the ability to deploy knowledge of core principles, programming techniques, and tools in various application contexts and use-cases.

    The SDS™ and PDS™ exam questions differ discernably in their testing focus too. While accuracy and breadth of understanding and knowledge of core data science and analytics aspects are tested in both the exams, the PDS™ exam questions seek to test more the ability of candidates to make choices of approaches and steps in analyzing problems and defining and executing solutions in the organizational context.

Overview of DASCA Certification Exams

ABDE™ SBDE™ ABDA™ SBDA™ SDS™ PDS™

The three non-exam components are separate.

Duration of a Certification Examination 100 Minutes 100 Minutes 100 Minutes 100 Minutes 100 Minutes 100 Minutes
Location/ Venue of Certification Examinations

All DASCA certification exams are completely online, digitally proctored and can be taken by candidates in the location of their choice. You can schedule your exam from your myDASCA dashboard at your convenience anytime 45 days after the date of registration confirmation.

You'll need your computer and exam room ExamStrong™ verified prior to taking the exam. Remember, you can take the even at home or in your office, ensuring that the internet speed is good, and you will not be disturbed during the exam.

Candidates of all DASCA certifications (except PDS™) are given six months of time from the date of registration confirmation to qualify their exams. PDS™ candidates get 1 year to complete all the assessment requirements including the PDS™ certification exam.

These certification exams are wired and walled by robust technology and process management policies, and the DASCA test-engines on ExamStrong™ ensure correct, zero-lag, cheat-deterrent and examinee-friendly conduct of exams.

Mode of Examination Online
Total number of questions in a certification examination 75 85 75 85 85 100
Type of Questions Multi-choice-Single-answer Multi-choice-Single-answer Multi-choice-Single-answer Multi-choice-Single-answer Multi-choice-Single-answer Multi-choice-Single-answer
Qualification/ Passing score for credential award Though scoring 65% marks in a DASCA certification exam may be generally sufficient, but unlike typical university academic tests with standardized and fixed qualifications, passing grades, or numeric scores, the DASCA certification qualification score are dynamic – they vary across time and examinee batches. Also, they hinge on a statistical measure of the scores obtained by the global 85 percentile of the examinees in a given time period.

ABDE

How to Register & Pay Fee Register on DASCA website at www.dasca.org
Duration of a Certification Examination 100 Minutes
Location/ Venue of Certification Examinations D

All DASCA certification exams are completely online, digitally proctored and can be taken by candidates in the location of their choice. You can schedule your exam from your myDASCA dashboard at your convenience anytime 45 days after the date of registration confirmation.

You'll need your computer and exam room ExamStrong™ verified prior to taking the exam. Remember, you can take the even at home or in your office, ensuring that the internet speed is good, and you will not be disturbed during the exam.

Candidates of all DASCA certifications (except PDS™) are given six months of time from the date of registration confirmation to qualify their exams. PDS™ candidates get 1 year to complete all the assessment requirements including the PDS™ certification exam.

These certification exams are wired and walled by robust technology and process management policies, and the DASCA test-engines on ExamStrong™ ensure correct, zero-lag, cheat-deterrent and examinee-friendly conduct of exams.

Mode of Examination Online
Total number of questions in a certification examination 75
Type of Questions Multi-choice-Multi-answer
Qualification/ Passing score for credential award Though scoring 65% marks in a DASCA certification exam may be generally sufficient, but unlike typical university academic tests with standardized and fixed qualifications, passing grades, or numeric scores, the DASCA certification qualification score are dynamic – they vary across time and examinee batches. Also, they hinge on a statistical measure of the scores obtained by the global 85 percentile of the examinees in a given time period.

SBDE

How to Register & Pay Fee Register on DASCA website at www.dasca.org
Duration of a Certification Examination 100 Minutes
Location/ Venue of Certification Examinations DASCA exam deliveries are geographically differentiated, enabling you take your certification exams in multiple ways. Please check DASCA emails for the exact advice on what would suit you best. You can take exams in a public or exclusive ExamStrong™ test-center in some regions. In most others, you can take the exam in the personal mode - at home or in office after you have take due DASCA approvals of the exam-computer and the exam room (for individual candidates) you are going to use. You will receive an email from DASCA after completing your payment.
Mode of Examination Online
Total number of questions in a certification examination 85
Type of Questions Multi-choice-Multi-answer
Standard Qualification benchmark for credential award Though scoring 65% marks in a DASCA certification exam may be generally sufficient, but unlike typical university academic tests with standardized and fixed qualifications, passing grades, or numeric scores, the DASCA certification qualification criteria are dynamic – they vary across time and examinee batches. Also, they hinge on a statistical measure of the scores obtained by the global 85 percentile of the examinees in a given time period.

ABDA

How to Register & Pay Fee Register on DASCA website at www.dasca.org
Duration of a Certification Examination 100 Minutes
Location/ Venue of Certification Examinations DASCA exam deliveries are geographically differentiated, enabling you take your certification exams in multiple ways. Please check DASCA emails for the exact advice on what would suit you best. You can take exams in a public or exclusive ExamStrong™ test-center in some regions. In most others, you can take the exam in the personal mode - at home or in office after you have take due DASCA approvals of the exam-computer and the exam room (for individual candidates) you are going to use. You will receive an email from DASCA after completing your payment.
Mode of Examination Online
Total number of questions in a certification examination 75
Type of Questions Multi-choice-Multi-answer
Standard Qualification benchmark for credential award Though scoring 65% marks in a DASCA certification exam may be generally sufficient, but unlike typical university academic tests with standardized and fixed qualifications, passing grades, or numeric scores, the DASCA certification qualification criteria are dynamic – they vary across time and examinee batches. Also, they hinge on a statistical measure of the scores obtained by the global 85 percentile of the examinees in a given time period.

SBDA

How to Register & Pay Fee Register on DASCA website at www.dasca.org
Duration of a Certification Examination 100 Minutes
Location/ Venue of Certification Examinations DASCA exam deliveries are geographically differentiated, enabling you take your certification exams in multiple ways. Please check DASCA emails for the exact advice on what would suit you best. You can take exams in a public or exclusive ExamStrong™ test-center in some regions. In most others, you can take the exam in the personal mode - at home or in office after you have take due DASCA approvals of the exam-computer and the exam room (for individual candidates) you are going to use. You will receive an email from DASCA after completing your payment.
Mode of Examination Online
Total number of questions in a certification examination 85
Type of Questions Multi-choice-Multi-answer
Standard Qualification benchmark for credential award Though scoring 65% marks in a DASCA certification exam may be generally sufficient, but unlike typical university academic tests with standardized and fixed qualifications, passing grades, or numeric scores, the DASCA certification qualification criteria are dynamic – they vary across time and examinee batches. Also, they hinge on a statistical measure of the scores obtained by the global 85 percentile of the examinees in a given time period.

SDS

How to Register & Pay Fee Register on DASCA website at www.dasca.org
Duration of a Certification Examination 100 Minutes
Location/ Venue of Certification Examinations All DASCA certification exams are completely online, digitally proctored and can be taken by candidates in the location of their choice. You can schedule your exam from your myDASCA dashboard at your convenience anytime 45 days after the date of registration confirmation.
You'll need your computer and exam room ExamStrong™ verified prior to taking the exam. Remember, you can take the even at home or in your office, ensuring that the internet speed is good, and you will not be disturbed during the exam.
Candidates of all DASCA certifications (except PDS™) are given six months of time from the date of registration confirmation to qualify their exams. PDS™ candidates get 1 year to complete all the assessment requirements including the PDS™ certification exam.
These certification exams are wired and walled by robust technology and process management policies, and the DASCA test-engines on ExamStrong™ ensure correct, zero-lag, cheat-deterrent and examinee-friendly conduct of exams.
Mode of Examination Online
Total number of questions in a certification examination 85
Type of Questions Multi-choice-Multi-answer
Qualification/ Passing score for credential award Though scoring 65% marks in a DASCA certification exam may be generally sufficient, but unlike typical university academic tests with standardized and fixed qualifications, passing grades, or numeric scores, the DASCA certification qualification score are dynamic – they vary across time and examinee batches. Also, they hinge on a statistical measure of the scores obtained by the global 85 percentile of the examinees in a given time period.

PDS

How to Register & Pay Fee Register on DASCA website at www.dasca.org
Duration of a Certification Examination 100 Minutes
Location/ Venue of Certification Examinations All DASCA certification exams are completely online, digitally proctored and can be taken by candidates in the location of their choice. You can schedule your exam from your myDASCA dashboard at your convenience anytime 45 days after the date of registration confirmation.
You'll need your computer and exam room ExamStrong™ verified prior to taking the exam. Remember, you can take the even at home or in your office, ensuring that the internet speed is good, and you will not be disturbed during the exam.
Candidates of all DASCA certifications (except PDS™) are given six months of time from the date of registration confirmation to qualify their exams. PDS™ candidates get 1 year to complete all the assessment requirements including the PDS™ certification exam.
These certification exams are wired and walled by robust technology and process management policies, and the DASCA test-engines on ExamStrong™ ensure correct, zero-lag, cheat-deterrent and examinee-friendly conduct of exams.
Mode of Examination Online
Total number of questions in a certification examination 100
Type of Questions Multi-choice-Multi-answer
Qualification/ Passing score for credential award Though scoring 65% marks in a DASCA certification exam may be generally sufficient, but unlike typical university academic tests with standardized and fixed qualifications, passing grades, or numeric scores, the DASCA certification qualification score are dynamic – they vary across time and examinee batches. Also, they hinge on a statistical measure of the scores obtained by the global 85 percentile of the examinees in a given time period.

System Requirements

Display (Resolution)

1024 x 768 [Recommended]

Network Connection

Strongly recommend using a wired network rather than a wireless network as it provides better exam delivery performance.

Internet Connection Speed

Minimum 1 MBPS

Please note: Candidates need to ensure that to run the exam smoothly, their internet speed must be at least 1 MBPS. In the event their exam interrupts and they cannot complete it because of bandwidth reasons at their end, candidates can reschedule it for another slot from their myDASCA dashboard after paying a nominal fee.

Web Browser(s)

Latest version of Google Chrome only

Webcam

Internal or an external webcam connected to the computer

Firewall(s)

Corporate Firewalls (including VPNs) often cause this exam delivery method to fail. Please take your exam in a setting without these firewalls.

Admin Rights

Should have admin rights on your laptop/computer if you are taking the exam from your office premises.

Ready For The Exam? Here’s A Checklist Before You Start!

Register for your DASCA certification exam +
Schedule your exam +
Review DASCA exam policies +
Run a system check +
Attend and complete your exam+

DASCA Exam Policies

The DASCA exam policies support the objectives of the DASCA certification program. Get familiar with the following specific exam policies before taking the exam.

  • Policies For Examinees
    Policies For Examinees

    DASCA practices stringent exam polices to maintain the sanctity and credibility of the exams.

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  • Examinee Testing Policies
    Examinee Testing Policies

    DASCA monitors the exam scoring/scheduling/cancelation of the exams using advanced algorithms.

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  • Examinee ID Policy
    Examinee ID Policy

    DASCA follows a strong identification policy to maintain academic honesty and test integrity.

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  • Audit policy
    Audit Policy

    DASCA audits the select application forms as per the rules and guidelines mentioned in the site.

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  • Exam Development
    Exam Development

    DASCA exam development process maintains a high standard and meets the industry’s expectation.

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  • Exam Security
    Exam Security

    DASCA ensures high integrity of exam content and fairness for all its candidates during the exam.

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