Prior to taking the computer competency exam, students are asked to perform an initial self-assessment to see whether or not they are good candidates for taking the exam. This self-assessment can be accomplished by viewing the list of skills and knowledge required to pass the exam and by taking the practice test.
If you need assistance, please visit the Open Lab in the Library.
Steps In The Self-Assessment:
- Make sure you can perform the skills tested on the exam
- Take the practice test
- Browse the FAQ
Areas Tested On The Exam
The Computer Competency Exam covers five essential areas of computer skills in which students need to be able to demonstrate competency:
- The Internet
- Basic Computer Concepts
Students should be able to perform the following tasks in MS-Word:
- Open a document
- Edit/Enter text
- Cut/Paste, Copy/Paste
- Adjust line spacing
- Change font, formatting
- Use the spell checker
- Use the thesaurus
- Use the grammar checked
- Change font/formatting
- Insert date or date field
- Set/Adjust tab setting
- Add Bullets/Numbering
- Add/Edit document Header/Footer
- Insert page break
- Insert page numbering
- Change margins
- Adjust page setup
- Insert/Format a table
- Preview a document
- Print a document
- Save a document
- Insert a comment
- Insert/Edit footnotes/endnotes
Students should be able to perform the following tasks in MS-PowerPoint:
- Create a blank presentation
- Use the AutoContent Wizard
- Create a presentation using a design template
- Change views
- Add a new slide
- Add/Edit a Header/Footer
- Add Text/Bullets
- Format a slide
- Promote/Demote text
- Insert an image
- Create a text box
- Apply slide animations
- Apply slide transitions
- Change slide layout
- Print handouts
- Print notes
- Save/Save As
- Set up timings
- Save for another computer
- Save as a web page
Students should be able to perform the following tasks in MS-Excel:
- Delete Rows/Columns
- Edit text
- Edit numbers
- Format cells
- Apply Borders/Shading
- Align cells
- Adjust Row/Column Height/Width
- Auto format worksheet
- Adjust print area
- Print a worksheet or workbook
- Insert formulas
- Edit formulas
- Create a chart
Students should be able to perform the following tasks on the Internet:
- Refresh a page
- Return to home page
- Change your home page
- Use favorites
- Add to favorites
- Stop page loading
- Search the Internet
- Enter a URL
- Check browser settings
Basic Computer Concepts:
Students should be familiar with the following computer concepts:
- Know proper email netiquette
- Understand the difference between CC and BCC
- Understand the definition of a computer
- Know the purpose of RAM memory
- Identify different ways to access the Internet
- Understand the purpose of a link on a webpage
- Know what the HTML language is used for
- Understand email attachments
- Understand Windows file-naming conventions
- Recognize that email attachments that may be infected with a computer virus
- Know what a boot sector virus is
- Define a Trojan virus
- Recognize the symptoms of a computer virus
- Recognize a virus hoax email message
- Select appropriate methods for performing backups of computer files
- How well do I have to do on the exam?
- The exam is a pass/fail exam for which a score of 70% or better is passing.
- Can I re-take the exam if I don't pass it?
- Yes. You will be permitted to re-take the exam once. If you do not pass the exam with a score of 70% or better, you will be required to take the course CIS100.
- How long is the exam?
- You will be given 60 minutes to complete the exam. Our testing software indicates that this exam should be able to be completed in 45 minutes or less for a student who is competent in the skills covered by the exam.
- What's covered on the exam?
- See the information above.
- What if I don't want to take the exam?
- You may elect to take our computer literacy course, INFS 1010 - Computer Technology And Applications.
- How do I arrange to take the exam?
- Contact the Testing Center at (615) 230 - 3484 or via email at CCE.Managers@volstate.edu.
- As an Regents Online student how do I schedule the exam?
- Contact the Testing Center at (615) 230 - 3484 for more details or contact them via email at CCE.Managers@volstate.edu
- Do I get college credit for passing this test?
- No. The Computer Competency Exam is one means of demonstrating computer literacy. It does not give you college credit for INFS 1010.