SAA Digital Archives Specialist Comprehensive Exam

The DAS Comprehensive Examination was developed following standard test validation processes and principles such as those put forth by AERA/APA/NCME in the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing and by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA/ICE).  Under the guidance of Sandra Dolan, Ph.D., a Psychometric and Certification Consultant, the SAA DAS Subcommittee underwent Item Writing Training, developed a Job Task Analysis (JTA) Table of specifications and Key Validation Item Analysis during the Item (question) Writing process followed by Standard Setting. 

Applicants are tested on the entire curriculum except for Tools and Services courses - deemed too specific - but are asked general questions in that area.

Certificates are non-degree programs that offer students the opportunity to develop specialized knowledge in specific fields.

The Examination consists of 100 items and tests on three major domains (Foundational, Tactical and Strategic, and Transformational). Percentages are 55% Foundational, 35% Tactical and Strategic and 10% Transformational and Tools and Services.

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This event is co-sponsored by METRO and the Society of American Archivists.



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Tue, Feb. 24, 2015
8:30 a.m. - noon US/Eastern


METRO Training Center
57 East 11th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10003