The exam consists of 145 four-item multiple choice questions and is available year-round at nearly 600 ACEDS-Kryterion Testing Centers worldwide, including 350 in the United States and Canada.
Specialized security protocols, including identification verification, video surveillance, and professional proctoring, resemble those employed by licensers for Certified Public Accountants and FINRA securities dealers.
The test is a rigorous examination built objectively by e-discovery experts, audited by a global job-task survey, and appraised by a community of e-discovery scholars. For details on the exam’s construction, click here.
Candidates receive results immediately upon completion, passing at about a 75% rate. Those who do not pass may retake the exam after two months.
ACEDS does not require that any candidate purchase prep materials, though we are so confident in the quality of our training that we will waive the retake fee and offer free access to our online training course should you not succeed at first attempt.
Areas of Focus
The CEDS certification exam probes 15 e-discovery fields as selected by a global taskforce of practicing e-discovery specialists and validated by an ACEDS-sponsored survey. These include:
Preparing for the certification exam
Upon registering for the exam, CEDS candidates receive a free electronic copy of the CEDS Exam Preparation Manual. Additionally, ACEDS.org offers online Exam Preparation Courses with sample questions from the CEDS Exam. For information on upcoming courses, please contact Mathew Baum at firstname.lastname@example.org.