CSPA Exam Rules of Conduct

These rules of conduct apply to persons who are taking a CSPA exam, whether remotely online or in-person. Any violations of the rules below will result in the disqualification of your exam score at CSPA's sole discretion.

CAREFULLY READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS. IGNORANCE OF ANY RULE OR PROCEDURE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AS AN EXCUSE FOR VIOLATION.

  1. Workstation requirements.
    • You provide and use your own laptop or desktop for the exam
    • Your workstation must have internet access
    • You must have a modern web browser installed (Chrome 61 or higher recommended)
    • You must preinstall any runtimes and libraries needed for the exam (e.g. node, python, php )
    • You must preinstall and preconfigure any text editors or IDEs needed for the exam (e.g. Xcode, WebStorm, Emacs)
  2. "Open Book" exam. You may use the internet as an information resource. That is:
    • You are allowed to search the internet for pre-existing articles or discussion topics that pertain to exam topics.
    • You may not communicate with other people over the internet. This means no posting or receiving chat messages or email, no posting in discussion threads, and no soliciting exam-related information from anyone through the internet.
    • You may use any online calculators, validators, or other tools you find on the internet
    • You may use any code editing software (IDEs) or text editors that are installed on your workstation
    • You may use software on your workstation (as long as it does not involve communicating with other humans)
    • Only the following types of browser plugins and extensions are allowed:
      1. Developer tools that monitor and display network traffic (Such as Firebug, Chrome Developer tools, Wireshark, etc.)
      2. Developer tools that inspect DOM structure
      3. Tools that measure distances in pixels
      4. Color pickers and eye droppers

    CSPA IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY PERSONAL PROPERTY LEFT IN THE EXAMINATION ROOMS.

  3. No non-workstation devices. Except for your laptop or desktop, you may not use or view any other electronic device, including your mobile phone or tablet.
  4. No impersonation. You are who you say you are, and shall not take an exam on behalf of someone else.
  5. No cheating. You will not receive or attempt to receive assistance related to the exam content from any other person for the duration of the exam sesssion. You will not provide or attempt to provide assistance related to the exam content to any other person for the duration of the exam sesssion.
  6. No hacks. You may not circumvent any technical anti-cheat measures that may be implemented in the testing framework.
  7. Confidentiality. You acknowledge that all exam materials are the property of CSPA and/or the organization(s) that developed the materials. You may not copy, save, reproduce, discuss, share, or distribute the exam content in any way with anyone.
  8. Other agreements. You acknowledge and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

Additional Rules for In-Person Exams

  1. BYOL. You must bring your own laptop, including your charger. None will be provided by CSPA. Laptops only -- bringing your own desktop computer is not allowed.
  2. Internet connectivity. You must be able to connect to the internet from your laptop. Each exam venue is different. Wi-Fi and connectivity information will be provided a few days before the exam.
  3. Photo ID. You must bring your photo identification (valid school or government issued ID card).
  4. Be punctual. You must appear at the examination room at least fifteen (15) minutes prior to the commencement of the exam.
  5. Respect time limits. Do not open and begin the exam until you are told to do so. You must submit your answers before time is up. Do not attempt to submit your answers after time is up and the exam is closed.
  6. No cheating. You may not communicate with one another in any manner during the exam. You may not leave the examination room unescorted for any reason, including using the restroom.

Additional Rules for Take-At-Home Online Exams

  1. BYOL. You must use your own laptop or desktop from your own home or other place of your choosing.
  2. Internet connectivity. You must be able to connect to the internet from your machine.
  3. Remote proctoring. Your computer must have a front-facing webcam, and you must be willing to share your screen(s). We will be monitoring and recording you and your screen remotely. If you are not willing to do this, please take the exam in-person instead.
  4. Photo ID. You must check-in remotely with photo identification (valid school or government issued ID card).
  5. Be punctual. You must appear in front of your computer at least fifteen (15) minutes prior to the commencement of the exam.
  6. Respect time limits. Do not open and begin the exam until you are told to do so. You must submit your answers before time is up. Do not attempt to submit your answers after time is up and the exam is closed.
  7. No cheating. You may not communicate with one another in any manner during the exam. You may not leave the examination room unescorted for any reason, including using the restroom.

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