Beta Testing

The Role of Beta Exam Testing

The Beta testing of certification exams is a critical step in the development of a credible, reliable, and valuable certification process that benefits the industry it serves, the organizations that offer the certifications, and the professionals seeking to validate their skills. This step is part of the CertNexus commitment to adhere to the rigorous standards of ANAB ISO/IEC 17024:2012 in every certification we build.

There is significant value that comes with Beta testing, including:

  • Reliability and Validity Testing: Through beta testing, we can verify the reliability (consistency of the exam results over time) and validity (the exam’s effectiveness in measuring what it is intended to measure) of the exam. This is crucial for maintaining the integrity and value of the certification.
  • Cost-Effectiveness: Participants in our beta tests receive a significant discount on the price of the publically-available exams. This makes it a cost-effective way for professionals to gain credentials, while also contributing to the improvement of the certification process.
  • Market Readiness: Beta testing helps ensure that the certification exam is relevant and up-to-date with current industry standards and practices. This alignment is essential for the certification to be valued by employers and professionals within the industry.
  • Community Engagement and Contribution: Participating in beta testing allows professionals to contribute to the development of standards within their industry. It fosters a sense of community and professional engagement, as participants are directly involved in shaping the certifications that will define competence in their field. 

Current Beta Test

 Certified Data Science Practitioner
(DSP-210)
 March 29, 2024 – May 31, 2024

Frequently Asked Questions About Beta Testing

How long do I have to take the exam?

The exam will be available until May 31st, 2024. You must schedule a time to take the exam before this date.
Note: CertNexus reserves the right to extend the exam if necessary

What if I am not able to take the exam during the beta period?

Your voucher issued for the beta test will not be valid after May 31st, 2024. Once the beta period is closed, there will be a brief blackout period when the exam will not be available (typically 6 weeks). After this blackout period, you will need to purchase a new voucher to schedule and take the exam.

When can I expect to get the results of my exam?

Typically, you will receive notification within 6-8 weeks of the beta period ending (not from the date you sat for the beta exam). After CertNexus determines the cut (passing) score, we will notify you if you passed or failed. For candidates who pass the exam and meet all criteria for certification, you will receive the DSP-210 badge and certification that is valid for 3 years.

If I fail, can I retake the exam?

If you receive notification that you failed the beta exam, you will be able to retake the production exam when it goes live. We will provide information on retakes with your beta exam score notification. Beta candidates are only able to take the beta exam one time during the beta period.

Is there any material I can use to study for the exam? Do you provide discounts?

Study guides may be available on the CertNexus store. We do not provide any discounts on study material. You may also use the Exam Blueprint as a study tool.

How do I schedule my exam?

Please follow the step-by-step instructions provided in the email with your voucher code. Additional information on scheduling your exam can be found https://certnexus.com/education-and-training/candidate-resources/

Who should I contact if I have questions about scheduling the exam, rescheduling or technical requirements for online exams?

Please contact Pearson VUE directly regarding all exam delivery inquiries. This includes rescheduling, interrupted exams, or technical issues for online proctoring. For contact information by region, please visit https://home.pearsonvue.com/certnexus/contact or call 888-699-1808

How long should I expect the exam to take?

Please plan 3 hours for your exam. This allows time to go through technical requirements testing, and identification validation with your proctor, and allows for wait time and the 2 hours provided to read and acknowledge the candidate agreement and view the guidelines video if you are taking the exam online. 

Can I take the exam at a Training Center?

The beta exam can only be scheduled online with Pearson OnVUE online proctoring.

For any additional questions, please contact
certifications@certnexus.com