COMPUTER PROFICIENCY TEST
WHAT IS THE COMPUTER PROFICIENCY TEST?
The computer proficiency test, if passed, will allow a student to meet the general education information management course requirement with a proficiency exam instead of enrolling in a three-credit hour class.
Note: Some majors require a specific class and will not allow the proficiency to meet the requirement. Check with your advisor to be sure.
MAY I TAKE THE PROFICIENCY TEST WHILE ENROLLED IN THE CLASS?
You may not take the proficiency test during or after taking CSC 113 or LSC 213 unless you drop the course prior to the first week of classes.
The test will be offered in the Plaster Building Computer Sciences Lab (Room 307). The test will take approximately 3 hours.
MAY I TAKE THE PROFICIENCY TEST IF I HAVE ALREADY PASSED A GENERAL EDUCATION COMPUTER CLASS?
You may not earn credit for through the proficiency exam if you already have credit for a general education computer class.
HOW DO I REGISTER TO TAKE THE COMPUTER PROFICIENCY TEST?
The test is only offered during the first two week of class every fall and spring semester. To schedule your test, contact Cheri Kembell at email@example.com.
WHAT IS THE COMPUTER PROFICIENCY TESTING PROCESS?
On your scheduled day, arrive at the Plaster Computer Sciences Lab. You will be asked to sign in to a computer using your CofO user name and password. Using the Chrome browser, you will then navigate to the Cengage website where the test is offered. Students will create a temporary account with Cengage and sign up for the Computer Proficiency Course. Afterward, the lab assistant will enter a password, allowing the students to begin testing.
WHAT DOES THE TEST INCLUDE?
The test contains two portions, the objective portion includes a set of multiple-choice questions. The skill-based portion of the test will require students to fulfill a series of tasks in a Windows-10 simulated environment.
CAN I STUDY FOR THE TEST?
Yes you can, by using a variety of on-line or purchased materials. The objectives portion of the test covers but is not limited to, the following types of information:
You will be expected to have an understanding of systems hardware including primary and secondary storage and their capacities, the CPU, RAM, ROM, output devices, input devices, and multi-tasking.
Operating Systems and Windows:
You will be expected to have an understanding of Operating Systems functions including File Explorer, GUI concepts, minimizing and maximizing windows, and resource management.
You will be expected to have an understanding of cells, chart types and their appropriate uses, functions, formulas, values, and labels.
Power Point Concepts:
You will be expected to have an understanding of presentations, transitions, animations, themes, and inserting images and videos.
Internet and communications:
You will be expected to have an understanding of World Wide Web, Internet, networks, modems, video conferencing, URLs.
Security, Privacy, and Ethics:
You will be expected to have an understanding of piracy, cookies, different types of software such as public domain, shareware, etc., Virus, intellectual property rights and infringement, authentication, defamation, slander.
The skills-based portion of the test requires you to follow on-screen instructions using various products from the Microsoft Office suite. Tasks you might be expected to complete could include the following:
You will be expected to perform tasks such as file explorer searching and navigation, windows menu use, saving images using snipping tool, and navigating the desktop.
You will be expected to perform tasks such as image insertion and adjustment, margin adjustment, styling, font size and paragraph spacing.
You will be expected to perform tasks in Excel and show your competence with separate sheets,formulas, functions, formatting the spreadsheet,cursor shortcuts, creating a chart with appropriate data legends and saving the spreadsheet per specific instructions.
Microsoft Power Point:
You will be expected to perform tasks in Power Point such as transitions, themes, animations, and inserting images and videos.
You will be expected to perform tasks such as creating a new column and entering a record of data.
You will be expected to perform tasks such as attaching documents onto e-mails, filtering your inbox, and scheduling events with multiple recipients.
WHAT VERSION OF MICROSOFT OFFICE WILL I BE USING?
You will be using the latest version of the Microsoft Office 365 suite.
MAY I USE ANY RESOURCES DURING THE TEST?
You may not use any outside or internet resources during the test. Any use of unauthorized resources will be reported to the Dean of the College.
WHAT IS THE PASSING SCORE FOR THE TEST AND WHEN WILL I RECEIVED THE RESULTS?
You will need to receive a score of 70% or above on both the skills portion and the objective portion of the test to pass the test. You will be able to see your score immediately after completing a section.
WILL I RECEIVE CREDIT HOURS FOR PASSING THE TEST?
You will receive three credit hours for CSC 113 Fundamentals of Computer Systems. This will meet your information and technology management general education requirement.
Note: Some majors require completion of a specific information and technology management course.
CAN I TAKE THE TEST AGAIN IF I DO NOT RECEIVE A PASSING GRADE?
No. The proficiency test may be attempted once
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I EXPERIENCE TECHNICAL PROBLEMS?
If you experience technical problems during the exam, please notify the lab assistant immediately.