WDE™ – Certified Entry-Level Web Developer (Exam WDE-40-01)
EXAM SYLLABUS



WDE-40-01 Exam Syllabus


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The exam consists of five sections:

  • Section 1 → 10 items, Section Weight: 25%
  • Section 2 → 9 items, Section Weight: 22.5%
  • Section 3 → 10 items, Section Weight: 25%
  • Section 4 → 5 items, Section Weight: 12.5%
  • Section 5 → 6 items, Section Weight: 15%




Objectives covered by the block (10 exam items)

Objective 1.1: Understand and Apply Basic HTML Structures

  • Identify and apply DOCTYPE, HTML, head, and body tags correctly.
  • Incorporate appropriate metadata elements.
  • Construct well-formed markup.

Objective 1.2: Develop Structured and Semantic HTML Content

  • Apply semantic tags like header, nav, section, article accurately.
  • Construct well-organized content using tables, lists, and paragraphs in HTML.
  • Implement headings, thematic breaks, and line breaks to structure content properly.

Objective 1.3: Embed Multimedia and Interactive Elements

  • Integrate multimedia content using img, video, and audio tags effectively.
  • Embed external content using iframes and ensure it is responsive and accessible.
  • Implement form elements accurately to interact with users and collect data.
  • Develop navigational structures using hyperlinks, ensuring proper linking and user-friendly URL structures.


Objectives covered by the block (9 exam items)

Objective 2.1: Understand and Apply Basic CSS Constructs

  • Recognize and use standard CSS syntax, selectors, properties, and values correctly.
  • Manage the CSS cascade, understand and apply specificity and inheritance of styles effectively.
  • Apply basic CSS styling to HTML elements.

Objective 2.2: Apply Advanced CSS Styling and Positioning

  • Manipulate layout and appearance of elements using advanced CSS properties.
  • Implement dynamic styles and transitions using CSS3 properties.
  • Apply various CSS positioning schemes to control layout flow and appearance.

Objective 2.3: Integrate CSS Frameworks and Preprocessors

  • Utilize CSS frameworks like Bootstrap for rapid, responsive design development.
  • Implement CSS preprocessors like SASS or LESS to write more maintainable and scalable CSS.
  • Optimize CSS for performance and maintainability.


Objectives covered by the block (10 exam items)

Objective 3.1: Efficiently Link and Embed CSS with HTML

  • Link external stylesheets and embed internal stylesheets in HTML documents, understanding their precedence.
  • Apply inline styles when necessary, understanding their benefits and limitations.
  • Manage style conflicts and ensure style consistency across the website.
  • Understand and implement proper directory structures.

Objective 3.2: Develop Structurally Sound and Styled Web Components

  • Construct and style HTML forms using appropriate form elements, attributes, and input types.
  • Validate user inputs and interactions using HTML5 and simple JavaScript, ensuring form data integrity.
  • Develop and style interactive elements ensuring user-friendly experience.

Objective 3.3: Validate and Debug HTML and CSS

  • Validate HTML and CSS to ensure they are free of syntax errors and comply with standards.
  • Debug and solve styling issues arising from CSS cascading and specificity conflicts.
  • Use developer tools to inspect and debug HTML and CSS issues.


Objectives covered by the block (5 exam items)

Objective 4.1: Develop Adaptive and Fluid Web Designs

  • Create responsive web designs using media queries, fluid grids, and flexible images.
  • Develop web designs that are mobile-friendly, focusing on optimal viewports and touch-friendly navigation.

Objective 4.2: Implement Advanced Layout Techniques

  • Employ CSS Flexbox and Grid to create advanced, responsive layouts.
  • Optimize layouts for various devices and screen sizes, ensuring cross-browser compatibility.

Objective 4.3: Optimize Website Performance and Loading Times

  • Implement performance optimization techniques such as lazy loading, image optimization, and code minification.


Objectives covered by the block (6 exam items)

Create Accessible and User-friendly Web Content

  • Implement accessibility features, ensuring content is accessible to people with disabilities.
  • Evaluate and enhance the usability of web content, focusing on user-centric designs and clear, intuitive navigation.

Objective 5.2: Apply and Advocate for Web Standards and Best Practices

  • Develop web content adhering to industry best practices, including reusability, maintainability, and separation of concerns.
  • Test and validate web content for cross-browser compatibility, performance, and adherence to web standards.

Objective 5.3: Optimize SEO and Understand Web Analytics

  • Implement SEO best practices to optimize website visibility in search engine results.
  • Understand and utilize web analytics to monitor website performance and user engagement.


Last updated: January 15, 2024
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