I recently passed the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) exam! And I wanted to share some thoughts about the DAS program – mainly the “housekeeping” part of the program, not the content itself.
The exam itself consists of 100 multiple choice questions. I have no idea how many I actually got correct, but it was enough to pass. I also signed a non-disclosure agreement before taking the test so I will not share any of the questions here. But I can say that the actual test taking and waiting for the results was a little like taking the SATs in the late 1990s, only no essay section. Similar to my SAT experience, DAS test takers brought in their own number 2 pencils, sat in rows, there were proctors, and you filled in tiny round circles to indicate your answers. The wait period for your results was / is 8-10 weeks.
A huge improvement to the process would be to have electronic tests and immediately receive your score, like they did at the DMV in the late 1990s, or they do with GRE and many other types of exams. The DAS exam itself is a little pricey – about $100 and you have to either travel to the SAA annual conference or be in a place with at least 5 other people ready to take the test. I’m sure there are reasons why doing the test online or electronically is impossible, but it would be much better if you could do it digitally.
Other reactions to the whole DAS program.
So i started taking the workshops when I was in graduate school (not for library science) and at my first para-professional archives job. When I took the exam it was 2.5 years later and I was out of school
Source: Greta Suiter