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CIW Assessment Exam Overview
WOW Academy offers the CIW assessment exam which helps determine the current skill level of a student seeking CIW certification. Since students have various levels of self training, students are encouraged to take this assessment exam first to determine on which courses and topics you will want to focus on. Some advanced students may find they are ready to take the official CIW certification exam now. Once you have completed your training you are encouraged to practice with the CIW assessment exam to sharpen your webmaster skills until you feel you are ready to take the Official CIW exam. Each time you attempt the CIW assessment exam you will be presented with a new set of randomly selected questions similar to those found on the official CIW certification exam.

Taking the CIW Assessment Exam
The CIW assessment exam can be purchased via WOW Academy and then attempted online at any time.

CIW Assessment Exam Cost
The CIW assessment exam is $10 for students taking WOW Academy courses and $20 for those not taking WOW Academy courses.

CIW Assessment Exam Specifics
The CIW assessment exam contains 60 questions. Examinees have 90 minutes to complete the exam. Examinees scoring 63% have demonstrated that they have the skills needed to pass the official CIW certification exam. No certification is awarded for receiving a passing score on the CIW assessment exam.

CIW Assessment Domains and Topics
Listed below are the domains and topics addressed in the CIW assessment exam. These are the same skills found on the official CIW Certification exam. The WOW Academy courses map well to the CIW domains and topics. Training centers are encouraged to ensure that their courses map well to these domains and topics to ensure students have the best chance of passing the official CIW certification exam.

Domains Of Examination
The listed below are the domains measured by this examination and the extent to which they are represented in the examination.
  • Internet Business Foundations (30 Questions)
  • Site Development Foundations (30 Questions)
  • Networking Technology Foundations (25 Questions)

Domain 1: Internet Business Foundations
  • Identify job roles in the Information Technology (IT) industry, including the responsibilities, tasks and skills they require.
  • Identify the infrastructure required to access the Internet, including hardware and software components.
  • Define important Internet communications protocols and their roles in delivering basic Internet services.
  • Identify the basic principles of the Domain Name System (DNS).
  • Identify the functions of Web browsers, and use them to access the World Wide Web and other computer resources.
  • Use e-mail clients to send simple messages and files to other Internet users.
  • Define and use additional networking and Internet services.
  • Demonstrate ways to communicate effectively using Internet technology.
  • Identify and configure user customization features in Web browsers, including: preferences, caching, cookies.
  • Identify security issues related to Internet clients (e.g., Web browsers, e-mail, instant messaging) in the workplace, including: certificates, malware, illicit servers, viruses.
  • Use different types of Web search engines effectively.
  • Identify and use principles of Personal Information Management (PIM), including: common applications.
  • Efficiently transmit text and binary files using popular Internet services.
  • Identify security-related ethical and legal issues faced by IT professionals.
  • Relate project management concepts and terms to the IT profession.
  • Recognize essential database concepts.

Domain 2: Site Development Foundations
  • Demonstrate knowledge required to create a Web page.
  • Add images and graphical formatting to HTML files.
  • Identify and use design and color principles for Web pages.
  • Create a basic HTML form that accepts user input.
  • Create HTML frames.
  • Define Extensible Markup Language (XML), and identify its features and appropriate use.
  • Identify essential website navigation issues, and ensure page/site accessibility.
  • Define and apply essential aspects of the Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) standard.
  • Use Extensible Hypertext Markup Language (XHTML) to create Web pages.
  • Identify technologies for enhancing the user's Web experience, including: programming languages, multimedia technologies.
  • Use GUI-based HTML editing software to create Web pages.
  • Test and analyze website performance issues.
  • Identify steps in the website planning and development process.
  • Identify essential issues in developing and maintaining a website, including: project management, testing, legal issues.
  • Plan and deliver oral presentations of your website, during and after site development.
  • Define electronic commerce (e-commerce) and related technologies and concepts necessary to develop a secure, useful interface (i.e., storefront).
  • Demonstrate knowledge of languages commonly used to provide database connectivity to websites.
  • Identify the benefits and drawbacks of running your own Web server versus using a service provider.
  • Identify common strategies for managing an end user's experience and improving site creativity.
  • Consider copyright and ethical issues when creating Web pages.

Domain 3: Network Technology Foundations
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic data communications components, and demonstrate technical knowledge of the Internet.
  • Identify the role of networking hardware, and configure common hardware for operation.
  • Identify the relationship between IP addresses and domain names, including: assignment of IP addresses within a subnet.
  • Identify the functions and components of servers commonly used on the Internet.
  • Identify common Internet security and availability issues, including: user-level and enterprise-level concerns.
  • Identify common performance issues affecting Internet clients, including: analysis, diagnosis.
  • Perform basic hardware and system maintenance for network-aware systems.
  • Manage fundamental elements of modern network-based client operating systems.
  • Configure and troubleshoot wireless networks.
  • Manage career opportunities in the IT industry.
  • Represent technical issues to a non-technical audience.

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