According to the following press release “(ISC)2 to Complete Final Stages of Computer-based Testing for All Its Certification Exams,” the best-known information security certifications — including the CISSP and SSCP — will migrate to computer-based testing on June 1, 2012. After a successful pilot test at Pearson VUE testing centers in Latin America, the organization is preparing to roll out all of its exams at Pearson VUE testing centers world-wide this summer.
Until now, it’s been necessary for (ISC)2 cert candidates to register for proctored exams at specific, limited locations so they could take these exams using pencil-and-paper forms. The switch to computer-based testing (which (ISC)2 calls “CBT” even though the cert and training industries usually reserve this acronym for “computer-based training” instead, so be prepared for a double-take or three if you read the press release yourself) will speed scoring and exam results reporting, make it easier for candidates to take these exams at nearby testing centers, and enable them to register and pay for their exam encounters more quickly and easily.
It’s been a long time coming, but it’s good to see that (ISC)2 is finally catching up with standard best practices for exam offer and delivery.