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Prepare for the Exam

Taking the IEEE WCET exam is an important step in your professional career. Follow these tips to ensure that you're well-prepared.

Testing Centers

To find the testing center closest to you, visit the Pearson VUE website. Note that if you are scheduling your exam appointment, you will be directed to set up a web account on the Pearson VUE website. Local conditions may result in Pearson VUE opening, closing, or relocating testing centers. Applicants are urged to check the current list of testing centers on the Pearson VUE website.

Contact Pearson VUE customer service if you need to schedule, reschedule, cancel or confirm your appointment. For a list of Pearson VUE phone numbers for specific locations, visit the Pearson VUE website.

Send an email to cert@comsoc.org if you have any problems finding a test center near you or scheduling your appointment.

Examination Day

Once you have submitted your application and paid the exam fee, you will receive an Authorization to Schedule email. This email includes a unique ID number, which is needed to schedule the exam.

SCHEDULE YOUR EXAM EARLY!

The earlier you schedule, the more likely that a preferred time and place will be available.

You may schedule your exam online or by phone. If you are scheduling online, you will be directed to create a web account on the Pearson VUE website. When scheduling an appointment, the following information will be required:

  • Your name exactly as it is printed on the Authorization to Schedule notice and the unexpired government-issued ID you will use to confirm your identity at the testing center;
  • Your ID number as it is listed at the top of the Authorization to Schedule notice;
  • Your daytime telephone number; and
  • The name of the examination sponsor (IEEE Communications Society).

Upon scheduling, you will receive a confirmation email from Pearson VUE.

Once you have scheduled your exam, please review the following areas in the Candidate's Handbook if needed:

  • Testing Center Rules
  • Security Acknowledgement and Agreement
  • What to Bring with you on Exam Day
  • Appointment Changes and Withdrawals
  • Refunds and No Show Candidates

Exam Results

Obtaining Exam Results
An official score report will be available approximately three to four weeks after the close of the testing window.
 You will be notified by email with your official score report. If you have passed, your certificate will be mailed to the postal address that you provided in your application.

The score report provides information on whether the candidate passed or failed the examination. In order to pass the examination, candidates must obtain a scale score of 500 or higher on a scale that ranges from 200 to 800. In addition to the scale score, candidates will receive information on the total number of questions in each area of expertise and the number of questions the candidate answered correctly in each area. Due to the need to maintain test security, examination questions and answers will not be released to candidates.

Be sure to update your address if it has changed by sending an email to cert@comsoc.org. Under no circumstances will scores or pass/fail information be released over the phone or by fax.

Retaking the Exam
Candidates who fail the examination may re-apply for the examination during the next available testing window. Application procedures for those retaking the test remain the same as those for first-time applicants. There is a reduced fee for those taking the exam as a second attempt to pass and for every time subsequent after that.

Duplicate or Replacement Certificates
Successful candidates who have not received a certificate within three months after the close of the testing window or who receive a damaged certificate should email IEEE ComSoc at wcetcertificates@comsoc.org. A duplicate certificate (if applicable) will be issued at no cost. A processing and shipping fee may be assessed for requests postmarked more than 90 days after the test date.

If you legally change your name, lose your certificate, or want another certificate for personal reasons, you may request a replacement certificate (please note that a fee may be applied). To request an additional certificate, email wcetcertificates@comsoc.org.

Please read the full details on duplicate or replacement certificates in the Candidate's Handbook, which includes information on documentation needed for formal name changes.