What The Exam Is About
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The exam consists of 145 four-item multiple choice questions and is available year-round at over 1100 ACEDS-Kryterion Testing Centers worldwide.

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. Those who do not pass may retake the exam after 30 days. (additional fees may apply)

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:

  • Information Management and Litigation Readiness
  • Project Planning
  • Litigation Hold Implementation
  • Collection Planning and Implementation
  • Data Processing
  • Data Culling
  • Review Planning
  • Document Review
  • Data Production
  • Project Management
  • Legal Framework and Obligation
  • International Discovery
  • Ethics
  • Technology
  • Budgeting

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 ACEDS Customer Service at customerservice@aceds.org

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