AlienVault Certification

Become AlienVault Certified!

Taking the Exam


In order to maintain the integrity of the testing process and the value of AlienVault® certifications, all exam deliveries are proctored. All test-takers may use online proctored testing. The AlienVault USM Appliance Technician exam and the AlienVault Certified Security Engineer (ACSE) Recertification exams are only available through online proctored testing. However, first time ACSE and AVSE test-takers also have the option to use onsite proctored testing. No matter which option you choose, the exam format and content is the same.


If you need to reschedule your exam, you may do so on Webassessor at no additional cost. However, as noted during the registration process, reschedules are not permitted within 96 hours (4 days) of your scheduled exam time.


Kryterion offers you the ability to take AlienVault exams from your own computer. You’ll need to meet the system requirements, and you’ll need to have a webcam. You can use the webcam that's built into your computer, or a separate webcam.

To schedule an online proctored exam, please contact the Kryterion Online Proctoring Support Team. You can reach them at:

800-491-6595 (US and Canada) or
+1 602-659-4665
Monday through Sunday
8:00 AM to 12:00 AM Mountain Standard Time (UTC-7)

Or send email to: [email protected]


Kryterion maintains a network of over 800 Kryterion Testing Network (KTN) centers around the world. To schedule an onsite proctored exam, please follow the instructions in Webassessor. You will be able to select from the available locations, dates, and times for your exam.

Please review the information on Kryterion’s web site to see what to expect when taking an exam at a KTN center.

If you’d like to search in advance for a testing center that’s convenient for you, please use the KTN center locator.

Taking the Exam: The Details


When you begin the exam, you will be presented with the AlienVault Exam Security and Trademark License Agreement. If you would like to review it in advance, it is here ›


You will have 105 minutes to complete the ACSE exam. The exam will have approximately 65-80 questions, though the number may vary.

Timing for the AlienVault USM Appliance Technician, ACSE Recertification, and AlienVault Certified Security Engineer (AVSE) exams:

You will have 90 minutes to complete the exam. The exam will have approximately 40-60 questions, though the number may vary.


The exam questions may include multiple choice (which may require a single response or multiple responses) and matching, and could include other question types as well. On occasion, we will include a few questions that we are evaluating. We also may include a few survey questions. Your responses on questions that we are evaluating, and on survey questions, will not be counted when determining your score.


If you would like to practice with a few sample questions, they can be found here: Please note, the practice questions are similar in form and content to what you will encounter on the current exams. However, these questions will NOT be used on the current versions of any exam.

  • Practice Exam Questions here >
  • Practice Exam Questions Answer Sheet here >


There is no penalty on an AlienVault exam for an incorrect answer. Therefore, you should attempt to answer all questions, selecting the best answer or answers in each case.


The exam is closed book, which means you may not have any notes, printed material, computers, electronic devices, or any other test aids with you during the exam.


During the exam, you can move forward or back to review questions. You also have a check box on each screen to mark a question for later review if you have enough time.


During the exam, you will have the opportunity to write a comment on any question. We are very interested in your comments. However, please note that your time to complete the exam is not extended when you write comments.


The exams are only offered in English. The duration for each exam was chosen to assure that non-native English speakers will have sufficient time.

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