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. FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)


If you wish to take a COSMIC certification exam, the following lists the key questions about the exam.

How many questions in the certification exam?   
What is the format of the questions?  
How much time do I have to take the exam? 
If English is not my first language, do I have extra time?  
Will I be allowed to refer to the Measurement Manual?  
Are any of the questions specific to a particular software domain  
What is the pass-level for the exam?  
What is the expiry date of the certificate?   
The certification exam is for which version of COSMIC – ISO 19761? 
What if there is no exam organized that is convenient for me?
What is a typical examination question?


Question: How many questions in the certification exam?

Answer: The exam paper contains close to 100 questions, all based on the contents of a
specific version of the Measurement Manual

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Question: What is the format of the questions?

Answer:

Version 3,0: 80 True-False questions and 20 Multiple Choices
questions

Version 2,2: 90 True-False questions and 10 multiple choices
questions
.

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Question: How much time do I have to take the exam?

Answer: The time allocated to take the exam: 1.5 hour

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Question: If the language of the COSMIC exam paper differs from my native language or from a normal business language of my country, can I get extra time to take the exam?

Answer: Yes, if the language of the exam paper differs from your native language or from a normal business language of your country, you will get an extra half hour to take the exam (maximum total time allocated = 2 hours).  This extension must be agreed with the Proctor before starting the exam.

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Question: Will I be allowed to refer to the Measurement Manual?

Answer: Yes, it is an ‘open-book’ examination. However, you will need to have
understood and learned the method thoroughly before taking the exam, as
there will not be enough time to look up all the answers in the
Measurement Manual during the exam

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Question: Are any of the questions specific to a particular software domain, e.g. business
applications or real-time?

Answer: No, you should not need detailed knowledge of any specific domain to
answer the questions.

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Question: What is the pass-level for the exam?

Answer: 75 percent of the questions must be answered correctly.

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Question: What is the expiry date of the certificate?

Answer: There is no expiry date for the certificate. The certificate is valid
for the COSMIC version for which you took the exam, and only for this
version.

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Question: The certification exam is for which version of COSMIC – ISO 19761?

Answer: The certification exam is for version 3.0.1. The exam does not take into account any changes proposed via Method Update Bulletins 7 onwards, published after v3.0.1 of the Measurement Manual.

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Question: What can I do if I want to take the exam but there is no exam organized that is convenient for me?

Answer:  Subject to strict conditions, it is possible for any organization or even an individual to organize a COSMIC exam.  If you wish to discuss the possibility of organizing an exam, please click at the bottom to contact the COSMIC Certification Chair.
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Question: What is a typical examination question?

Answer:  A typical question could be:
For which software domain(s) is the standard COSMIC measurement method designed to be applicable?

The answer could then show a choice of possible domains, e.g. business application software, mathematically-intensive scientific software, etc.  The candidate must tick the correct answer(s).
Alternatively the question could be phrased so that the answer could be 'true' or 'false', and the candidate must choose the correct answer.

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If you want to understand in detail the process by which a COSMIC exam is organized and conducted, go to 'Organizing an exam' on this site.

If you need any further information please contact the COSMIC Certification Chair:  email

Last updated July, 2013

 

 

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