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Data Licensing Specialist - FAQ

General Questions

Who is the FISD Data Licensing Specialist intended for?

The FISD Data Licensing Specialist is for professionals who work at companies that sell data, use data, or provide services to data users or vendors. In short, the Data Licensing Specialist is useful for almost anybody. The most critical audience is people who work directly with data licensing either on the vendor or consumer side of the aisle.

What material is covered on the exam?

The exam follows the FISD Data Licensing Specialist syllabus, which is broken down into three sections: Firms and Roles in the Licensed Data Life Cycle, Licensing, and Governance, Compliance & Audit.

How many questions are on the exam?

There are 100 multiple choice questions on the exam.

How long do I have to take the exam?

You may take up to 2 hours 40 minutes (160 minutes) to complete the exam.

What is the score required to pass the exam?

You must score at least 75% on the exam to pass. Scores are not rounded.

How many times can someone take the exam?

Exam retakes are unlimited and there is no required waiting period between attempts. Results never expire and scores are not published, so you don’t need to complete a retake unless you didn’t achieve a passing score.

How much does the exam cost?

The introductory fee for a single exam is $475. Refer to the FISD Data License Specialist Pricing page for information on available discounts.

Are any discounts available?

Yes, there are discounts available. Refer to the FISD Data License Specialist Pricing page for information on available discounts.

Is the FISD FIA required in order to take the Data Licensing Specialist?

No, you’re not required to pass the FISD FIA before attempting the Data Licensing Specialist. You may find that it helps (and we believe it will too), but there is no formal requirement.

When will I receive my results?

Your result will appear immediately on your computer screen once you submit your exam answers. An email containing the same information will also be sent to the email address you provided during registration.

Can I have different name displayed in the Data Licensing directory?

Yes. Confirm your preferred name with Hope Wilkes

Can I have a PDF copy of my Data Licensing certificate?

Yes. Email Hope Wilkes to request a PDF certificate.

Can I submit a comment or testimonial about my exam experience?

Of course! We’re happy to collect your comments about the FISD Data Licensing Specialist. Please be aware that your testimonial may be used in marketing materials unless you specifically request that it not be used. Write to Hope Wilkes with comments.

Registering for the Exam

How do I register for the exam?

Refer to this guide for information on how to register for the exam.

When should I register for the exam?

That’s up to you – mostly. Plan your preparation and choose a date when you expect to be ready to achieve the passing score. If you’re using a voucher, you need to register for your exam within a year of the voucher’s date of issue. Check with the person coordinating the FISD Data Licensing Specialist exam in your office, or contact Hope Wilkes to confirm. Bear in mind that any changes to your exam schedule must be made at least 72 hours in advance of the exam. That rule holds regardless of when you booked the exam. It’s recommended that unless you’re absolutely certain you can make your planned exam time, you should book with enough lead time to make a schedule change in accordance with the 72-hour rule just in case.

Is there a testing center near me?

Probably. Use this tool to find out if any of Kryterion’s 900+ testing centers is near you. If you can’t find a convenient testing center, contact Hope Wilkes about special accommodations.

What testing dates, times are available?

You can choose your own exam date and time from what’s available at any of the 900+ Kryterion testing centers. Create an account and start the registration process and start the registration process to find exam times at a testing center near you.

How do I reschedule my exam?

All exam schedule changes are self-service. Sign into your Kryterion account and click the link that says Reschedule/Cancel to make changes. View this PDF of the steps to reschedule.

How do I apply a voucher code when registering for the exam?

Once you have chosen a testing center and date, you will begin the checkout process. Enter your voucher code in the box marked Coupon/Voucher Code then click Redeem to apply the code to your purchase. You will not be prompted for additional payment.

Bulk Purchases

Are any bulk discounts available?

Yes. Refer to the Data Licensing Specialist Pricing page for information on available discounts

Not everyone on my team is ready to take the exam, can I still purchase registrations for them?

Yes. You may purchase vouchers that your colleagues can use to register for the exam at their convenience. Vouchers expire one year from date of issue, so encourage your colleagues to get serious about prepping for the exam.

How do bulk purchases work?

If you intend to purchase training for your exam candidates, first contact the trainer and arrange that purchase. Contact Hope Wilkes to request an invoice for the number of exams you wish to purchase and indicate if you should receive a training discount and which trainer (if any) you are using. Provide a PO# if required by your company, name and address of the invoice recipient, and information about how to submit the invoice for payment if it needs to be sent to someone other than you. Once the invoice has been settled, you will be sent a list of vouchers which your exam candidates may use to register for the exam at their leisure. Exam vouchers replace a credit card during the payment portion of the registration process. Vouchers are valid one year from date of issue.