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.
GIAC has selected Pearson VUE as our primary partner to deliver proctored exams through their network of host locations. Pearson VUE is an industry leader and offers more than 3,500 testing centers worldwide. Please click here to find a Pearson VUE testing center near you. 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 email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 an armful of hardcopy books and notes into the testing room, leaving all other personal belongings such as wallets, purses, hats (and other head coverings), bags and coats outside of the testing room. Weapons are not allowed on testing center premises. Please leave weapons (guns, knives, etc.) at home or stored securely in your vehicle. An erasable noteboard and pen will be provided for you. Workstation space is limited, so please plan accordingly.
After careful consideration, GIAC determined that there are benefits for both the candidates and the GIAC program by moving to a single exam format. Some of these benefits include:
- More streamlined and efficient grading, which helped the certification-granting process run smoother
- Compliance with industry standard practices
- More convenient schedule for exams and proctors, which helped reduce the time and effort both GIAC and the candidates need to expend
Will the change to a proctored, single exam with no Internet access make the exams more difficult to pass?
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.
No, Pearson VUE's policy states that weapons of any kind (guns, knives, etc. including realistic "toy" weapons) are not allowed on testing center premises. Please leave weapons at home or stored securely in your vehicle. The only exemption is for law enforcement or security personnel coming on site to perform their duty, such as apprehending a dangerous individual. This exemption does not apply to law enforcement or security personnel scheduled to take a test; such persons must leave weapons at home or stored securely in their vehicle.
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.