DAS Comprehensive Exam #1860  [DAS]


Mon, Nov 6, 2017
Multiple Locations


Course Fees

Registration Type Fees: Early-Bird / Regular

DAS Comprehensive Exam


In addition to the below locations, the exam can be taken in any locations selected by at least 5 applicants. Contact education@archivists.org to add your location.

Please note that you must have completed all 9 DAS curriculum courses and exams in order to take the Comprehensive exam.

Course Agenda

Event Name Date & Time Instructors/Speakers & CEUs

Chicago, IL #1711

Mon, Nov 6, 2017
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM CENTRAL

College Park, MD #1711

Mon, Nov 6, 2017
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM EASTERN

Columbus, OH #1711

Mon, Nov 6, 2017
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM EASTERN

Course Description

The DAS Comprehensive Examination was developed following standard test validation processes and principles such as those put forth by AERA/APA/NCME in the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing and by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA/ICE).  Under the guidance of Sandra Dolan, Ph.D., a Psychometric and Certification Consultant, the SAA DAS Subcommittee underwent Item Writing Training, developed a Job Task Analysis (JTA) Table of specifications and Key Validation Item Analysis during the Item (question) Writing process followed by Standard Setting. 

Applicants are tested on the entire curriculum except for Tools and Services courses - deemed too specific - but are asked general questions in that area.

Certificates are non-degree programs that offer students the opportunity to develop specialized knowledge in specific fields.

The Examination consists of 100 items and tests on three major domains (Foundational, Tactical and Strategic, and Transformational). Percentages are 55% Foundational, 35% Tactical and Strategic and 10% Transformational and Tools and Services.

How do you qualify to take the Examination?

Nine courses and exams (four Foundational, three Tactical and Strategic, one Tools and Services, and one Transformational) have to be successfully completed within 24 months to qualify.

How can you prepare for the Examination?

The focus of an assessment-based certificate program is on education/training, e.g. the courses/exams you successfully completed.   SAA’s course workbooks and handouts are your study guide along with the pre-readings that were provided.

Taking the Examination

You will receive detailed directions about the Examination location.  Proof of identity including a recent photograph is needed for admission to the Examination room.  Driver’s License, employee identification card, and/or a passport are acceptable.

8:30 a.m. - Check in begins
8:50 a.m. - Proctor gives instructions and provides materials
9:00 a.m. - Examination begins
Noon       - Examination ends

Examination Results:
The test is scored by our testing expert and you’ll receive your results from the SAA office approximately eight to ten weeks after you take the examination. 

Successful Completion of the Examination:
If you have received a passing score on the Comprehensive Examination you may expect to receive your Digital Archives Specialist Certificate within four weeks after you’ve been notified.

Special Needs:
If you have any special needs in order to take the Comprehensive Examination, please notify the Education Office of your condition when you register.