No, candidates will not have to pay additional fees to use an established Pearson VUE testing center. However, if you miss a scheduled exam appointment or need to change your exam appointment within 24 hours of your scheduled appointment, you will be charged a $150 seating fee. (If you have an exam appointment still scheduled through Kryterion, you will be charged the $150 seating fee if you miss or need to change your exam appointment within 72 business hours of your scheduled appointment.)
If you will be taking a GIAC proctored exam in the future and do not see a testing center within a reasonable driving distance (1-2 hours), please fill out this form with your location specifics. GIAC will then contact you to help you set up an approved proctored environment. GIAC will also work with Pearson VUE to establish new testing centers where there are identified coverage gaps.
Although the GIAC certification program has been certifying individuals since 2000, recently established testing standards have been adopted by the industry at large, raising the bar for high-stake, certification-granting organizations. The move to full proctoring has brought GIAC in line with the established international standards, such as the ISO 17024 standard.
GIAC certification exams are open book format, but not open internet or open computer. Candidates are allowed to bring one arm full of books and notes into the testing room, leaving all other personal belongings outside of the testing room. An erasable noteboard and pen will be provided for you. Workstation space is limited, so please plan accordingly.
Electronic devices (laptops, PDAs, thumb drives, software applications, phones, calculators, cameras, etc.) are strictly forbidden. You will be provided with an onscreen calculator, should you need one during the test. Candidates are not able to access anything stored electronically during the exam (.pdf or Word documents, Internet websites, etc.). The testing process only allows one connection out to the GIAC Exam Engine. It will not allow connections to private web pages, so any material posted to private web pages is not accessible during GIAC exams. We recommend that you print any study guide materials and bring them as hard, paper copies.
Part of what makes a credential valuable is the differentiating point regarding who is able to achieve a passing score and who is not. Another part of what makes a credential valuable is the amount of work that individuals put into attaining it. GIAC exams are based on Certification Objectives that are derived from knowledge that holders of the certification must possess. The amount of study that individuals put into attaining certification prior to their exam date is valuable and often a deciding factor. Careful review of materials and preparation in advance of your exam will be a key to success.
We strongly advise all certification candidates to schedule their exam appointment as soon as possible to avoid this problem. You can always reschedule your appointment through your SANS/GIAC account if your availability changes, as long as you do so at least 24 hours in advance of your originally scheduled appointment. Please note that if you need to cancel or reschedule your exam less than 24 hours in advance, you will forfeit your appointment and be charged a $150 seating fee. (Exam appointments scheduled through Kryterion must be canceled or rescheduled at least 72 business hours in advance of your originally scheduled appointment, or you will be charged the $150 seating fee.)