Q. What is the passing score for the certification exams?
A. Certified Television Operator (CTO) - 90%
Certified Radio Operator (CRO) - 90%
Certified Broadcast Technologist (CBT) - 70%
Certified Broadcast Networking Technologist (CBNT) - 70%
Certified Video Engineer (CEV) - 70%
Certified Audio Engineer (CEA) - 70%
Certified Broadcast Television Engineer (CBTE) - 70%
Certified Broadcast Radio Engineer (CBRE) - 70%
Certified Broadcast Networking Engineer (CBNE) - 84% combined score of multiple choice and essay question
Certified Senior Television Engineer (CSTE) - 84% combined score of multiple choice and essay question
Certified Senior Radio Engineer (CSRE) - 84% combined score of multiple choice and essay question
8-VSB Specialist (8-VSB) - 84% combined score of multiple choice and essay question
AM Directional Specialist (AMD) - 84% combined score of multiple choice and essay question
Digital Radio Broadcast Specialist (DRB) - 84% combined score of multiple choice and essay question
Q. What happens if I don't pass?
A. You can retake the exam for a $25 fee as early as the next scheduled exam session.
Applicants are only notified whether they passed or failed an exam. Scores are not given out to anyone.
Q. How long will it be once I've taken the test before I know the results?
A. That answer varies depending on the type of test you have taken. An exam that doesn't include an essay question can be graded and the results sent back within a couple days of receiving it at the SBE National office. If there was an essay included with the exam, those grades may take longer. (The essays are sent to members of the National Certification Committee for grading.)
For information on how the exams with essays are graded, see this Signal article.
Check out this Signal article that has a sample essay question and answer.
Q. Once I pass an exam, what then?
A. You will receive a card and certificate of certification in the mail. Your certification is valid for five (5) years. SBE will also notify your employer, or anyone else you designate, of your certification if you request at the time of application.
Q. How many books may I bring to the examination?
A. As many as you like, but remember they cannot be used during the essay portion of the senior, specialist or networking engineer exams. You may also take in any book that you think may be helpful for your exam, even if it does not appear on the Suggested Reference Lists.
Q. How about written notes?
A. You may not utilize notes during the examination process. This is done to insure the integrity of the question database.
Q. Are calculators and computers allowed during the test?
A. Calculators, yes -- computers, no. You may utilize your smart phone as a calculator but you will be required to put it in "airplane mode". You will be on your honor not to use it for recording notes during the test.
Q. Why aren't computers allowed?
A. Maintaining the integrity of the question database is critical to the success of our program. We want to be certain that the questions are not removed from the examination room, and by eliminating computers and restricting handwritten notes, we hope to accomplish that objective.
Q. Will success in a certification test guarantee a pay increase for me?
A. Sorry, no one can guarantee that. However, you will be joining a select group that proclaims to the world that they believe in investing in their future and improving their value to their employees.
Check out this Signal article and this article on why it is good to obtain and maintain your certification.
Q. How current are the exam questions?
A. They are reviewed by the Certification Committee at least three times per year. We make a significant investment to keep the questions aligned with current technology.
Check out this Signal article about how the exam questions are created.
Q. How do I list my certifications
A. Check out this chart to better explain how to list your certifications.