Individual course examinations are online, in multiple-choice format, and pass/fail. A passing grade is 80% for webinars and 85% for in-person courses, in accordance with accepted graduate school grading scales.
After completing each exam, you'll receive immediate notification of your pass/fail status, as well as any questions you answered incorrectly.
Please be sure to print the page with your exam results for your records and record them on your tracking sheet. SAA will record your results internally but won't send out an email confirmation of your results.
Take an In-Person Course
Test Out (Foundational tier only)—More knowledgeable students may choose to test out of a Foundational Course.
Watch a Webinar
Note: If other participants watch the webinar with you, please verify their attendance by filling out the DAS Webinar Roster form. Completed forms may be sent via email to education[at]archivists.org or via fax to 312.606.0728.SAA will send participants instructions for purchasing the specific DAS exam ($35/members; $55/nonmembers). Once an exam is purchased, SAA will send a link to the exam within five business days.
The DAS comprehensive examination is the culminating requirement to receive a Digital Archives Specialist certificate. As this is a certificate program, the exam covers material taught in a specified series of courses rather than testing broad knowledge (as a certification program would). As such, questions are developed based on course content. SAA has structured the program so that those interested in taking the comprehensive examination take courses from across the curriculum; although there is no expectation that an individual take each of the courses, knowledge across the scope of topics is beneficial.
The DAS comprehensive exam is an in-person, proctored, paper-based exam of 100 multiple-choice questions that test knowledge on all DAS Core Competencies and across all four tiers. The breakdown of questions per tier is 55% Foundational, 35% Tactical and Strategic, 10% Transformational, and 10% Tools and Services. To prepare for the comprehensive exam, students should peruse the DAS Curriculum Suggested Readings List.
With the continual evolution of best practices and standards in the field of digital archives, the course material in this program is continually reviewed and revised by the DAS Subcommittee, which works with a psychometrician to ensure the entegrity of exam construction and interpretation. Exam questions are continually updated to reflect course revisions. So that exam questions correlate with the course content, it is important that all courses be completed within 24 months and that the comprehensive exam be taken within five months of completing the final course to ensure that you are tested on the appropriate course material.
The comprehensive exam is administered during the annual SAA meeting (in August) and at various sites across the country in February and November each year.