Certified Web Designer Associate (CWDSA) Exam
The Certified Web Designer Associate (CWDSA) Exam, created by the World Organization of Webmasters,
was first offered soon after October 20, 1998. World Organization of Webmasters exams are a series of
vendor neutral industry standard certification exams.
The Certified Web Designer Associate (CWDSA) Exam is based on research of industry needs and competencies and
skill sets identified as essential for Web technology workers, the World Organization of Webmasters has designed
the following guidelines, learning objectives, and resources as a foundation for those pursuing knowledge,
experience, and/or careers as Web Designers or Webmasters. The guidelines, objectives, and resources are designed
to make the learning experience comparable to one experienced in college-level courses by providing course
descriptions and learning objectives.
The examinee must demonstrate knowledge of Internet basics, HTML and WYSIWYG editors, Web graphics, Web multimedia,
Web site design, Web site management, and basic legal issues at the standard defined by this test specification.
The exam contains 70 questions. Examinees have 60 minutes to complete the exam. If you pass this exam at 50% you
rank as an apprentice. 70% or higher automatically gives you an associate level certification.
The CWDSA courses are those courses that directly prepare students to pass the CWDSA exam.
CWDSA Assessment/Practice Exams:
WOW Academy offers a CWDSA Assessment exam. The cost of the CWDSA Assessment exam is $10 for students taking WOW Academy courses
and $20 for those students not needing to take WOW Academy courses.
Taking the Real Exam:
This is a proctored exam which must be attempted at a World Organization of Webmasters
authorized testing center.
The cost of the CWDSA certification exam is $125.
Domain % Of Examination
The listed below are the domains measured by this examination and the extent to which they are represented in the examination.
- Internet Basics 7%
- Web Multimedia 5%
- HTML and CSS 14%
- HTML and WYSIWYG Editors 16%
- Web Graphics 36%
- Web Site Design 15%
- Web Site Management 5%
- Legal Issues 2%
The examinee selects, from four (4) or more response options, the option(s) that best complete(s) the statement or answer(s) the question. Distractors or wrong answers are response options that examinees with incomplete knowledge or skill would likely choose, but are generally plausible responses fitting into the content area. Test item formats used in this examination are:
|Multiple-choice : ||The examinee selects one option that best answers the question or completes a statement.|
|Multiple-response : ||The examinee selects more than one option that best answers the question or completes a statement.|
|Sample Directions : ||Read the statement or question and, from the response options, select only the option(s) that represent(s) the most correct or best answer(s).|
Examination Domains and Topics
The topics and domains listed below are the course objectives that should be
covered to prepare you to pass the Certified Web Designer Associate exam.
Important Internet committees
Basic workings of the Internet
Most common Web browsers
Basic workings of e-mail
Real time and asynchronous communications
Web technologies, helper applications and plug-ins
Basics of Web audio and video
Basics of streaming audio and video
Basics of the Flash format
HTML vs. Flash-based Web sites
Current multimedia standards
HTML & WYSIWYG Editors
History of HTML, including at least the latest three versions (including XHTML)
Basic concepts of HTML/XHTML coding
HTML 4.0 and XHTML tags
Tables (including use for layout)
Frames (including the advantages and disadvantages)
Hyperlinks and anchors
Use of WYSIWYG editors to integrate graphics and multimedia
Basic graphic issues
Issues related to background images
Basic color issues
Issues related to graphic file optimization
Digital cameras and scanners to acquire electronic images
Graphics software programs for creation and modification of Web graphics
Web design considerations via non-graphical browsers or devices
Web Site Design
Web site planning and design
Critical elements of information design
Critical elements of site/structure/navigation design
Critical elements of page design
Browser issues, connection issues, and platform issues
Corporate identity and corporate design
Web Site Management
File structure/organization of a Web site
Proofing a Web site before publishing it
Ongoing content management
Basic elements of a contract
Copyright issue, fair use, and trademarks
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