CompTIA exams are delivered exclusively with Pearson VUE via their network of more than 5,000 testing centers in 165 countries. You can purchase a voucher for your exam or you can pay with a credit card when you register to take the test at one of CompTIA's testing partners. If you took a class to help you prepare for the exam, be sure and ask your CompTIA Authorized Partner Program trainer if they sell vouchers or include them as part of the training package. Vouchers are also available from the CompTIA Marketplace.
Register for your CompTIA exam through Pearson VUE testing centers.
- Visit their site to find the closest testing center to you.
- Create an online account to register for the exam and store your information with the testing center.
- Schedule the exam online. You can also register by phone or by contacting the testing center directly. You will be required to enter your voucher number or provide payment information at registration.
- You will receive e-mail confirmation of your registration including any additional details you may need from the testing center.
When you prepare to take a Microsoft Certification exam, you take the first step toward achieving expertise
with a Microsoft technology and earning a Microsoft Certification. Certification validates your expertise with
Microsoft products and platforms, reveals your job-related experience, and establishes your technical problem-solving
After you register for an exam, you receive a confirmation email message. Be sure to review this message carefully for the latest exam policies and procedures.
What to expect
Microsoft Certification testing labs typically have multiple workstations, which may or may not be occupied by other candidates. Test center administrators strive to provide a quiet and comfortable environment for all test takers.
Plan to arrive early
We recommend that you arrive at the test center at least 30 minutes before the test is scheduled to begin.
Bring your identification
To take your exam, you must bring the identification (ID) that was specified when you registered for the exam. If you are unclear about which forms of ID are required, contact the exam sponsor identified in your registration information. Although requirements vary, you typically must show two valid forms of ID, one with a photo, both with your signature.
Leave personal items at home
The only item allowed into the testing area is your identification, so leave any backpacks, laptops, briefcases, and other personal items at home. If you have items that cannot be left behind (such as purses), the testing center might have small lockers available for use.
At the testing center, Microsoft requires that you accept the terms of a nondisclosure agreement (NDA) and complete a brief demographic survey before taking your certification exam.
Microsoft generally does not identify the format of any given exam at the time of registration because they expect you to understand the exam content, regardless of how it is presented. This practice helps protect exam security and the value of their certifications.
Microsoft Certification exams are presented in a wide variety of formats so that your knowledge and skills can be evaluated accurately. Question formats may include:
- Active screen questions
- Build list and reorder questions
- Case studies
- Create-a-tree questions
- Drag and drop questions
- Hot area questions
- Multiple-choice, single-answer questions
- Multiple-choice, multiple-answer questions
- Multiple-choice, best answer questions
- Multiple-choice, extended matching questions
- Multiple-choice, repeated scenario questions
Certification exams are offered at locations throughout the world. To register for an exam, contact Pearson VUE, the authorized test delivery partner of Cisco, who will administer the exam in a secure, proctored environment. Cisco and Pearson VUE continue to lead the way to protect the value of your certification. We continually look for new and improved ways to protect personal investments in Cisco certifications and ensure that individuals who achieve certification possess the specified skills and knowledge.
How to Register for an Exam
- Decide which exam to take, noting the exam name and number. Refer to the Current Exam List webpage for exam details.
- Gather personal information prior to exam registration
- Legal name (from government issued ID)
- Cisco Certification ID (i.e. CSCO00000001) or Test ID number
- Company name
- Valid email address
- Method of payment
If you have ever taken a Cisco exam before, please locate your Cisco Certification ID (i.e. CSCO00000001) before continuing with your registration to avoid duplicate records and delays in receiving proper credit for your exams.
A valid email is required during exam registration. Cisco requires a valid email to send email reminders when a candidate's certification is about to expire, confirm the mailing address before shipping out the certificate and to inform candidates if their certificate was returned due to an incorrect address.
Exam Discounts, Vouchers and Promotional Codes
Neither Cisco nor Pearson VUE, its authorized test delivery partner, guarantees the authenticity of discount vouchers or promotional codes that are obtained from any individuals or entities other than Pearson VUE.
Individuals or Cisco affiliated partners who use certifications discount vouchers or promotional codes that are fraudulent or otherwise obtained from an unauthorized source (including legitimate vouchers for attempted re-use) may risk up to and including a lifetime ban on all future exams, the nullification of all previous certifications or other program sanctions at the discretion of Cisco. Cisco will not compensate candidates for fraudulent vouchers or vouchers obtained from an unauthorized source.
Visit Pearson VUE for information about registering for an exam or, in the U.S. and Canada, call Pearson VUE at 1-877-404-EXAM to register for an exam.
In the U.S. and Canada, exams may be scheduled up to six weeks in advance, and as late as the same day. Candidates must wait five (5) calendar days from the end of their first attempt before retaking the same exam. Refund policies vary by authorized test delivery partner.