Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register for the quizzes?

Registration is open 24/7. Just visit SANS Cyber Aces Quiz website to create an account.

If you participated in Cyber Aces Online in 2013 you will have to create a new quiz account as your old account has been deactivated.

How do the quizzes work?

The quizzes are available online 24/7. Participants can take the quizzes in any order they like but it is recommended that each participant begin by going through tutorial one, operating systems, and the quiz connected to it to fully benefit from SANS Cyber Aces Online.

Once you start a quiz you have five hours to complete it. The average quiz completion time in 2014 was two and a half hours.

Should you want to retake a quiz, you will have to wait five hours for the system to reset before your next attempt. Your first and best score will be recorded for your continuous improvement. Just access your account to view your results.

Each online quiz consists of 25-30 multiple choice questions and each question is worth a specific number of points depending on the level of difficulty. Points range from 1-5.

Who is the course designed for?

SANS Cyber Aces Online is designed to meet a range of participants – including those seeking to strengthen their existing cybersecurity knowledge, self-taught individuals seeking to assess their skill levels, and newcomers seeking to enter the field. Past participants include:

  • High school students
  • High school teachers and administrators
  • College students
  • Military veterans
  • Active military
  • Job seekers
  • Career changers

Do I have to register?

No. SANS Cyber Aces Online is available as open courseware, so registration is not required to access the course content. Registration is only required to participate in the quizzes.

Is there a fee?

No. SANS Cyber Aces Online is free for all participants.

Do I need special computer software or hardware?

Yes. To fully experience the tutorial contents, you will need to install VMware (VMware Player for Windows or Linux hosts, or VMware Fusion for Macs). You'll also need to download two virtual machines to run in VMware: a Linux and a Windows version. This will require at least 30GB of disk space.