Membership (1)

Why do I need to register with this website?

COSMIC is an open source method, so you can download all documentation free of charge. All we ask from you in return is to register with the site, so that we know who is using the method and to allow…

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Examination (10)

How many questions are there in the certification exam?

The certification exam contains 100 questions, all based on the contents of a specific version of the Measurement Manual.

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What is the format of the exam questions?

The format of the exam questions is 84 True-False questions and 16 Multiple Choice questions.

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How much time do I have to take the exam?

The time you have to take the exam is 90 minutes, unless the exam language is not your first language. In that case you will have 120 minutes to take the exam.

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If the language of the COSMIC exam differs from my native language, can I get extra time?

Yes, if the language of the exam differs from your native language or from a normal business language of your country, you will get an extra half hour to take the exam (maximum total time allocated = 2 hours). This…

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Is the COSMIC exam an open book exam?

Yes, it is an ‘open-book’ examination, so you will be allowed to refer to the Measurement Manual. However, you will need to have understood and learned the method thoroughly before taking the exam, as there will not be enough time…

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Are any of the questions specific to a particular software domain?

No, none of the questions specific to a particular software domain, e.g. business applications or real-time software. You should not need detailed knowledge of any specific domain to answer the exam questions.

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What is the pass-level for the exam?

The pass-level for the exam is that 75 percent of the questions must be answered correctly.

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What is the expiry date of the certificate?

There is no expiry date for the certificate. The certificate is valid for the COSMIC version for which you took the exam, and only for this version. We have made an exception for those who passed for COSMIC version 3.0…

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What can I do if there is no exam organized that is convenient for me?

If you want to take the exam but there is no exam organized that is convenient for you, it is possible, subject to strict conditions, for any organization or even an individual to organize a COSMIC exam. If you wish…

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What is a typical exam question?

A typical exam question could be: For which software domain(s) is the standard COSMIC measurement method designed to be applicable? The answer could then show a choice of possible domains, e.g. business application software, mathematically-intensive scientific software, etc. The candidate…

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The COSMIC method (9)

Who is using the COSMIC method?

We have a list of companies and institutions that publicly have declared to be users of the method. This is only a part of the companies and institutions that use the method, but it should be enough to get a…

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Where can I get training?

We have a list of vendors that provide training in the COSMIC method as commercial support. Another option is to contact the member of the COSMIC International Advisory Council for your country or region.

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Are there software tools that support COSMIC measurements?

We have a list of vendors that provide tools that support the COSMIC method.  Rules have been published for the automatic COSMIC size measurement of requirements for embedded software stored in tools like Statemate, and these rules have been implemented…

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Are there publicly available COSMIC benchmark data?

The ISBSG accepts COSMIC as one of the functional sizing methods in their database. In this database, data are included on hundreds of COSMIC projects. ISBSG also has a COSMIC-only repository available. Finally, there is a report available in the Publications…

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Can I use COSMIC without detailed requirements?

A number of approximation methods have been developed to approximate the functional size when requirements have not enough detail. These can be found in the document Advanced and Related Topics (a comprehensive ‘Guideline for approximate COSMIC Functional Size Measurement’ is under…

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Why choose COSMIC rather than FPA as a Functional Size Measurement Method?

COSMIC is, like FPA, a method of the Functional Size Measurement family that is conformant with the ISO/IEC 14143 standard. Whereas FPA has been designed to measure business software only, COSMIC is designed to measure any kind of software in…

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If I change from FPA to COSMIC, should I abandon my FPA benchmark data?

Historical FPA benchmark data need not be abandoned, they can be converted to COSMIC data, either manually or with help of tools. A chapter in the Advanced & Related Topics publication discusses conversion of FPA sizes to COSMIC sizes, this will be…

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What is the biggest difference between COSMIC and FPA?

COSMIC is a method based on fundamental software engineering principles, documented in the ISO/IEC 19761 standard and the measurememt scale is an open-ended ratio scale. The principles and rules specified in the Measurement Manual, which are domain independent, ensure that the method…

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Is this claim correct:
Function point metrics are the most accurate and effective metrics

Is this claim* correct? “Function point metrics are the most accurate and effective metrics yet developed for performing software economic studies, quality studies, and value analysis.” No. The claim cannot be correct because no-one can prove whether any software size metric…

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