FAQs for the CWI CBT Program
What is CBT?
What computer skills do I need to take exams via computer?
Will the computer I use be a PC or a Mac?
How are test questions formatted on CBT exams?
Does it take more time to complete a computer-based exam compared to a paper-and-pencil exam?
Can I take the computer-based exam on my computer at home or at work?
My eyes get fatigued when I look a computer monitor for too many hours. Can I bring blue-blocking glasses to diminish eyestrain during the exam?
During the computer test, can I skip questions and go back?
I like to make notes when I’m testing, especially with questions involving calculations; how do I do this on a computer test?
Can I use scratch paper during my exam?
I already know I won’t score as well on a computer test as a pencil-and-paper test.
Will the passing standards change for the computer-based exam?
When will I find out my score on my CBT exam?
AWS and CBT
Why did AWS move to CBT?
When did AWS change to CBT?
What is the cost to take a CBT exam at a Prometric facility?
Why is the cost of the exam going up now that you need less proctor time and have fewer materials to ship?
What if I have a question about my confirmation letter?
If I have a question about something during the exam, will someone be able to help me?
Who is Prometric?
Where are the Prometric testing centers? Are they the same as the paper-based testing sites?
Is it true that I have to go through a metal detector when I enter a Prometric test site? If so, why?
Are Prometric centers handicapped accessible?
How does Prometric accommodate those who meet ADA requirements?
What Happens If... Operational Concerns
What if something goes wrong at the Prometric testing center?
What happens if the power goes out during my exam?
The Application Process – General
What if I have a question about my AWS confirmation letter?
Will the application/registration process change with the launch of CBT?
When are the application deadlines for the CBT?
What if I submit an incomplete application to AWS?
Can I use my nickname on my application?
Who will be reviewing the exam applications to determine if candidates qualify to take the exam?
The Application Process – CWI
Will the CWI application/registration process change?
What are the application deadlines to take the CWI exam?
What if I submit an incomplete CWI application to AWS via the application portal online?
Can I use my nickname on my CWI application?
Scheduling Your Exam – General
Can I pick what start time my exam will be?
Can I schedule my exam by walking into the local Prometric testing center and talking to a staff person there?
Why do I have to contact Prometric to schedule an exam date and time? Can’t someone at AWS just schedule me?
How do I schedule a CWI CBT exam?
Can I go to the Prometric website today to schedule my exam?
What is an "Eligibility Code"?
If my eligibility code doesn't work, whom do I contact?
Will there be instances in which Prometric has no seats available for the CWI ?
All the weekend exam slots in my area are taken and I can’t miss work to take this test. What do I do?
How many days in advance can a candidate cancel their exam at Prometric?
How do I reschedule or cancel an existing Prometric test appointment?
Is there a fee associated with the reschedule or cancel request?
If I need to reschedule my exam at Prometric, can I do that without paying a fee?
Scheduling Your Exam – CWI Part A and Part C
Can I go to the Prometric website today to schedule my CWI Part A and Part C exam?
Why can’t I take the CWI exam all in one weekend like before?
If I take CWI Part B but don’t think I scored high enough to keep my overall average up, can I retake Part B again before taking A & C?
If I think I’m not doing well during the exam at Prometric, can I cancel my exam? If I think that I did great on Part A, but Part C was bad, can I cancel just Part C?
I scheduled CWI Part A and Part C for the same day; which Part will I see first?
Can I take CWI Parts A and C before I take Part B?
Why is there a gap between CWI Part A and Part C? Can they be back-to-back exams?
International CWI Exams
Does AWS offer CBT tests in other languages?
When does CBT roll out internationally?
Will the CWI application/registration process change?
For international candidates, how long will it take to get my eligibility code?
What to Expect on Test Day
What’s the best strategy for preparing for the test day experience at a Prometric Testing Center?
How much time will I have to complete each exam part at Prometric?
What do I need to bring with me to the Prometric testing site?
Which calculators has AWS pre-approved?
Will I have to pay for parking at the Prometric site?
How much room will have I have to spread out my code book at the Prometric Test Center? The D1.1 is pretty big when it’s lying open?
What if I realize that I’m seeing the wrong test (e.g. the exam is in the wrong language) when the test begins?
For exams that have a large PDF document as a reference (for codebook exams like CWI Part C), it may take a while for the document to load on the screen. Does the document loading time cut into my testing time?
I showed up at the Prometric test center to take CWI Part C and was not permitted to use my codebook. What do I do?
Is there a scheduled break in the middle of CWI Part A or CWI Part C?
Can I take a break during the exam at Prometric?
How will I be able to tell how much time is left while I’m taking the test?
When taking the computer‐based exam, will I have an option to return to a question to review or change my answers?
Are headphones provided at the Prometric testing site?
Will Prometric require me to remove my jacket and put it in a locker before testing?
What can I NOT bring to the exam at Prometric?
What if I fail to appear for the exam at a Prometric testing site?
CWI Exam-Related Questions
This computer-based CWI Exam seems pretty new – has it really be been tested? How many people have done it before me?
What’s the passing score for each part of the CWI exam?
When do I need to finish all parts of the CWI exam?
Where will the CWI exam be administered?
When will the CWI exam be offered at Prometric?
Are formulas provided for calculations on the CWI Exam?
Why isn’t CWI Part B (Practical) moving to CBT along with CWI Part A and Part C?
Do I need to take CWI Part B in order to schedule Parts A and C?
Do I have to take both CWI Part A and Part C on the same day?
Am I permitted to bring a paper-bound codebook that I printed for CWI Part C?
I heard that some exam candidates were not allowed to bring in their codebooks for CWI Part C. What if that happens to me?
Am I allowed to tab my codebook for CWI Part C?
Will I know that I’ve passed CWI Part B before I sit for CWI Part A and CWI Part C at the Prometric Center?
Will CWI exams be scored faster now that two of the three parts of the exam is on computer?
Will my preliminary score report at Prometric show how I did on each different section of the CWI Exam?
Will I be able to print out my preliminary test results after the computer-based-exam?
If I fail either CWI Part A or Part C, how soon can I take the test again?
My scores were high enough to get a passing grade on both CWI Parts A and C. Am I now a CWI?
Can I do inspection work when I’ve passed CWI Part B but am waiting to do Part A and Part C?