GX-FE Beta FAQs

Note: Space is limited for this offer and non-transferrable. Completion of registration form does not guarantee selection for participation.

What is the content of the exam?

The GX-FE Certification is based on the following objectives:

  • Identifying Application Execution
  • Investigating File and Folder Activity
  • Proving File Existence and Recovering Deleted Items
  • Investigating Browser Activity
  • Analyzing Cloud Storage Artifacts
  • Profiling Account Use
  • Profiling System Information
  • Investigating External Device and USB Activity
  • Investigating Network Activity and Tracking Physical Device Locations

What is the structure of the exam?

The GX-FE is a 4-hour exam comprised of 25 CyberLive questions that must be completed in a proctored environment. All GIAC test-taking policies apply, including the Open Book Policy.

What preparation materials are provided?

No materials are provided. GIAC exams are open book format. You may bring an armful of hardcopy books and notes into the testing area, such as original course material or other reference books. Allowable workstation space maybe limited, so please plan accordingly. Hardcopy reference materials having the appearance of exam questions and answers are strictly prohibited. The use or intent to use any unauthorized material, tool, or item that would violate the GIAC Candidate Agreement and/or the GIAC Code of Ethics is strictly prohibited.

When can I take the exam?

Exam scheduling opens July 18th, 2024. The exam can be scheduled to be proctored remotely with ProctorU or in-person with Pearson VUE. Please review the GIAC scheduling guide for additional information. Appointments must be scheduled a minimum of 72 hours prior to desired test time.

How long do I have to complete the exam?

All GX-FE beta exams must be completed by August 21st, 2024. There will be no exceptions or extensions.

What is the cost to participate?

There is no cost to participate in the GX-FE beta exam. However, if you fail to appear for a scheduled exam appointment, you may be charged $150 USD to compensate GIAC for the testing center fees & other associated costs.

What happens if I am unable to schedule and/or complete the exam within the beta period?

The exam will be removed from your account at the deadline. Please note that free retakes of this exam are not available for non-completion of the beta.

Can I share this invite with others?

Beta participation is invite-only and non-transferrable. If you are found to have shared this invite without prior permission, all involved parties will be removed from the beta and will not be eligible for future betas.

When will I know my exam results?

Mid-September 2024. Exam results will be delivered to all participants immediately following the public release of GX-FE. You will not receive your exam results immediately following the exam. Upon completion, your account may show a 'Completed' or 'Passed' status for the beta exam; this does not indicate a pass/fail status.

We are unable to disclose exact scores or provide performance feedback for beta exams.

What happens if I pass the exam?

If you achieve a passing score, you will earn the GX-FE certification, which will be valid for four years from the public release date.

What happens if I fail the exam?

If you do not achieve a passing score, you will be offered a free GX-FE certification attempt following the public release.

Am I allowed to discuss the content of the beta exam?

Any disclosure of any part of the beta test are subject to disciplinary action by the GIAC Ethics Council.