The IEEE WCET examination is administered on a computer at a testing center and consists of 150 scored multiple-choice questions plus 15 unscored pretest questions randomly distributed throughout the examination. Questions on the examination are in English and are based on the most recently published test specifications as noted below. Four (4) hours are allotted to complete the examination.
IEEE WCET® Examination Areas of Expertise
The IEEE WCET® examination consists of questions in several different areas of expertise. A short description of these areas and the examination weightings (the percentage of questions allocated to each area of expertise) are presented below.
18%-22% Area 1 - RF Engineering, Propagation, and Antennas:
evaluate system performance and reliability; calculate path loss; evaluate the effects of different fading models and empirical path loss models; calculate and evaluate the effects on the received signal of path-related impairments; determine parameters related to antennas or antenna arrays; generate and evaluate coverage and interference prediction maps; develop procedure to optimize the coverage of a radio; make RF system measurements.
18%-22% Area 2 - Wireless Access Technologies:
analyze building blocks, multiple access, mobility management, and spectrum implications in wireless access system design; analyze design considerations to optimize capacity/coverage; design a wireless access system; analyze the required bandwidth for a wireless system and tradeoffs; analyze wireless access technology standards, their features, and evolution.
18%-22% Area 3 - Network and Service Architecture:
analyze service platforms, IP addressing schemes for various technologies; design and test quality of service (QoS); select and test a load-balancing scheme; analyze IP routing, ad hoc routing, and mesh protocols; perform capacity planning, error tracking, and trace analysis; analyze the evolution of mobile networks to enable IP multimedia.
11%-15% Area 4 - Network Management and Security:
design a fault monitoring system and a performance monitoring system; develop/specify types and methods of alarm reporting; compute availability and reliability metrics; assess the potential impacts of known security attacks; plan corresponding solutions to known security attacks.
6%-8% Area 5 - Facilities Infrastructure:
determine power consumption; analyze electrical protection requirements and design the electrical protection layout for a wireless telecommunications facility; determine the required antennas for the facility and their positions; develop a specification for the required structure for a wireless base station facility; determine the required cable, antennas, and materials to implement an in-building wireless network; evaluate equipment compliance with industry standards, codes, and site requirements.
6%-8% Area 6 - Agreements, Standards, Policies, and Regulations:
assess service and equipment quality; prepare specifications for purchasing services and equipment and evaluate the responses; verify compliance with regulatory requirements; select and analyze frequency assignments; perform standardized homologation tests as required by regulatory or standardization bodies; evaluate compliance with health, safety, and environmental requirements; perform conformance/interoperability analyses of systems and components; analyze the use of licensed vs. unlicensed spectrum; obtain licenses and permits.
8%-12% Area 7 - Fundamental Knowledge:
apply basic concepts related to electrical engineering, communications systems, general engineering management.
Examinations are reviewed by a panel of IEEE WCET® subject matter experts to ensure that the questions are current and reflect the published test specifications.