July 31, 2008 -- IEEE Communications Society (IEEE ComSoc) has expanded the resources for its IEEE Wireless Communication Engineering Technologies (IEEE WCET) certification program with a new practice examination available to communications professionals at www.ieee-wcet.org/practice. In addition, the official testing application deadline has been extended to 15 August 2008 for the upcoming test period scheduled for 22 September 2008 to 10 October 2008 at more than 500 testing sites located in 75 countries.
The IEEE WCET Program was developed by IEEE ComSoc and an international collection of industry experts to address the worldwide wireless industry's growing need for professionals with real-world problem-solving skills. It was also designed to provide professionals with a quantifiable method for demonstrating expertise in the wireless field as new opportunities develop worldwide.
The 75-question practice examination offers communications professionals the opportunity to gauge their preparedness for the 150-question IEEE WCET exam before the testing period begins in September. Each practice examination consists of questions reviewed by IEEE WCET subject-matter experts and was developed with the same methodology used to prepare the certification exam.
Available online for a fee of $75, the practice examination can be taken up to four times by a single individual prior to sitting for the official IEEE WCET exam. Test results are provided both as an overall score and by reporting the number of items answered correctly within each of the seven major areas of expertise. Scores are confidential and can only be accessed by the individual using secure ID and PIN numbers.
"Before applying for the IEEE WCET certification examination, candidates should strongly consider taking an online practice examination," says Celia Desmond, the IEEE WCET program director. "Although the practice exam does not have predictive value, it provides an ideal venue for assessing test readiness and becoming familiar with testing procedures."
To earn the IEEE WCET certified designation, candidates must pass the official IEEE WCET certification exam as well as have a bachelor's or comparable degree from an accredited institution and at least three years of professional wireless engineering experience. Both the practice exam and the certification exam consist of multiple-choice questions encompassing the wireless areas of RF engineering, propagation and antennas; access technologies; network and service architecture; network management and security; facilities infrastructure; agreements, standards, policies and regulations; and fundamental knowledge.
Other resources available to support the IEEE WCET program include free subscriptions to the bi-monthly IEEE Wireless Communications Professional electronic newsletter and a free Candidate's Handbook covering policies, subject area details, reference sources, and sample questions. In the coming weeks, the draft Wireless Engineering Body of Knowledge (WEBOK) book, which outlines the scope of wireless technologies and cites numerous wireless communication reference sources, will be available free-of-charge in pdf format to anyone applying for the IEEE WCET certification.