American Meteorological Society

FAQ

How do I schedule an exam?

Once an application and other required materials for the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Certification have been received and processed, you will receive a confirmation letter from the AMS with instructions on how to schedule with PSI.

You can then go to the PSI registration site, https://www.examslocal.com/ and register for the test. As a first time user you will need to create an account in order to redeem your exam eligibility. The email address you use to create your account must be the same address as the one provided on the CBM application form.

Once you arrive at https://www.examslocal.com/, you will have the ability to select the exam by typing a keyword (i.e. American Meteorological Society or “exam name”) in the “Search Here”box. At this point you can either continue to the scheduling process or Sign in. If you opt to schedule the exam, then the system will automatically recognize if you are eligible and will allow you to move forward.

You will then be able to select a preferred date and time for your exam, complete a compatibility check, and to agree to terms and conditions in order to schedule your exam. Please note that exams require a 24-hour lead time to schedule; the earliest date you will be able to select for your exam reservation will be the next business day. The time of your exam is based on the time zone that is set on your web browser.

How do I know my computer will meet the minimum requirements?

You can visit the PSI compatibility check tool at the following URL: https://www.examslocal.com/ScheduleExam/Home/CompatibilityCheck

Can I participate in a CBM web delivered exam from any location?

Yes, you may participate in a live, web delivered exam from anywhere that is convenient, as long as your computer and Internet connection meet minimum requirements. However, a Google Chrome extension will be required to share your desktop. Visit the Compatibility Check page above to obtain the extension.

Do I need to install any specific software to participate in the exam?

No software installations will be required. As mentioned above, all you will need is a stable broadband internet connection, a chrome or chromium web browser, webcam and microphone.

Will the proctor be able to access my computer or its contents?

PSI does not install any software on your computer for this exam and, therefore, does not have any access to your computer or its contents.

The only access PSI has to your computer is the webcam and desktop sharing facilitated by your web browser. However, please note that PSI uses a virtual lockdown browser system for secure communications and encryption. Upon the completion of the exam all proctor “view-only access” is automatically removed.

How can I retrieve a forgotten password?

To retrieve a forgotten password please visit: https://www.examslocal.com/Account/LostPassword

How do I reschedule or cancel an Exam Reservation?

If you would like to cancel/reschedule your exam you will need to log into https://www.examslocal.com/ (username/password). Click on the “Cancel or Reschedule” button.

What is the cancellation policy for my scheduled exam?

Exams must be canceled or rescheduled at least 24 hours before the scheduled exam time. Failing to cancel or reschedule within this time period will result in forfeiture of exam fees, and your exam credit/eligibility will be considered used.

What will happen if I do not show up for my exam?

By not showing up to your exam reservation on time, you will be marked as a no-show for the exam. No-shows forfeit the money paid for an exam.

How do I launch my exam? At what time should I arrive for my exam?

In order to launch the exam once scheduled:

You may start your exam up to 15 minutes before your scheduled start time. You MUST start your exam no later than 15 minutes after your scheduled start time. If you do not start your exam within 15 minutes of your scheduled start time, the system will automatically mark you as a No-Show and you will not be able to take your exam.

What do I need on the day of my exam?

You will be required to provide a government-issued photo ID (e.g. driver’s license, passport) before the exam can be launched. The ID will be used for identity verification only and will not be stored. If acceptable proof of identification is not provided to the proctor prior to the exam, entry to the exam will be denied. Please note that the presented international passport or government issued form of identification must contain Western (English) characters. You must also consent to having your photo taken.

The proctor cannot release the exam to you until identification has been successfully verified and you have agreed to the terms and conditions of the exam. No refund or rescheduling is provided when an exam cannot be started due to failure to provide proper identification.

You will need to ensure that your computer meets the minimum requirements provided within the compatibility check:
https://www.examslocal.com/ScheduleExam/Home/CompatibilityCheck

What are the expectations for my testing environment?

  • You must work in a quiet environment with no other individuals present.
  • Your workspace (desk) must be clear.
  • You may not have any other windows or documents open on your desktop.
  • You may not have any food or beverages during the exam.

How long do I have to complete the exam? When does the timer begin?

The timer for your exam does not start until the exam has been launched by the proctor. CBM exams allow 120 minutes (2 hours) for completion.

When can I expect to receive the results to my exam?

Results are presented as a pass/fail score page at the end of the exam and you will promptly receive an email from PSI confirming results have been sent to the AMS. If you are successful on the exam, you will receive an official document from the AMS via email within 10 business days along with instructions on the weathercast evaluation portion of the application process.

If I fail an exam, how soon can I retake it?

You may schedule a new exam immediately. Please note that exams require a 24-hour lead time to schedule; the earliest date you will be able to select for your exam reservation will be the next business day.