Human Resource Certification
Certification is a voluntary action by a professional group
to establish a system to grant recognition to professionals
who have met a stated level of training and work experience.
Certified individuals are usually issued a certificate attesting
that they have met the standards of the credentialing organization
and are entitled to make the public aware of their credentialed
status, usually through the use of initials (i.e., PHR or SPHR)
after their names.
Certifications differ from certificate
programs because certifications include an experience component.
Certificate programs, on the other hand, award certificates
once a course of study has been completed and do not require
previous work experience.
Why should you take an Assessment
- The assessment exam is designed
to help you:
- Assess your level of HR knowledge
- Expose you to the types of questions
you will see on the actual certification exam.
- Determine if you have the right
experience and knowledge to attempt certification as either
a PHR or an SPHR.
What you need to know before
taking the Assessment Exam?
- You may take the assessment
exam at anytime, any place, using a computer that can connect
to the Internet using Microsoft Internet Explorer.
- The assessment exam will not
run on Netscape Navigator.
- The exam fee is $45, payable
only by credit card.
- You may take the exam as many
times as you like; however, you will be charged the full assessment
exam fee each time you register for an exam.
- The 75 questions will remain
the same each time you take the exam.
- You will have the choice of
80 or 120-minute time allotment for each exam. The exam clock
compensates for slow modems or busy web periods.
- You will receive your overall
score at the end of the exam. Answers to the exam questions
are not provided.
- A passing or failing score on
the assessment exam does not guarantee a similar outcome on
the actual exam. It can, however, be a good indication of
The assessment exams have been
equated to the same standard of the actual certification exams
to provide an indication of your level of preparedness. At the
end of the assessment exam, the overall score will be presented
to you in terms of the number and percentage of questions you
answered correctly. You will also be provided with the minimum
percentage of questions you must answer correctly in order to
receive a passing score and the percentage of questions you
answered correctly broken down by each functional area. This
is to help you assess your strengths and weaknesses in each
Your overall score represents the sum of your scores in each
functional area. The minimum passing score for each functional
area is calculated by applying the passing percentage required
for the overall exam to each functional area. Your scores are
stored permanently and you can retrieve them again at any time
free of charge. HRCI does not provide answers to the individual
questions contained in the assessment exams.
For the actual certification exam,
you do NOT need to obtain a minimum passing score in each functional
area to be successful on the exam. Strong performance in one
area can compensate for weaker performance in another. The overall
score for the actual certification exam is expressed as a scaled
score ranging from 100 to 700, with 500 as the minimum passing
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