School of Education: Computer Competency Test

Prerequisite option for admission to IM 421 or 422/522

Education majors are required to demonstrate computer competency before admission to IM 421 or 422/522 courses.You may have met the requirement if you completed one of the following courses:

  • IM 245 - Computers in Classrooms and Media Centers
  • IM 260 - Exploring Information Technologies
  • CNA/CSCI 169 - Computers in Society
  • ETS 157 - Computers in Industry

If you have not taken, or do not plan to take, one of the above courses before enrolling in IM 421 or 422/522, you have the option of completing the Computer Competency Test instead to meet the requirement. The test is NOT a course equivalency exam and no credit is given. There is no cost to take the test.

Details and Skills Tested

Students are allowed ONE attempt at the test.

NO outside resources are allowed for looking up information during the test. You will be asked to store your phone or other electronic devices with the IM office during the test.

The test takes approximately two hours.

Passing score is 70%.

You should plan to take the test the semester BEFORE you plan to take IM 421 or IM 422/522. If taking the same time as trying to enroll in courses, keep in mind that it can take up to 5 days for scores to be entered into the registration system.

The following competencies need to be demonstrated with a high level of proficiency. There's an observed demonstration of your operating system skills, a multiple choice test, and a word processing document to be completed.

The student must be able to:

  • Name and explain the functions of a computer system and its components.
  • Operate a computer system, its software and peripherals.
  • Explain and apply the concepts of basic to intermediate electronic text document creation (word processing and e-mail).
  • Utilize the concepts and typical applications of other common types of software applications such as the Internet, database, spreadsheet, graphics, and programming languages.
  • Articulate a belief in the efficacy of computers for problem solving.

A full list of tasks you must be able to successfully explain or demonstrate can be found here.

Preparing for the Test

If you are comfortable performing all of the tasks listed in the above link, then you are prepared to take the test.

For those unsure of their skills, Information Technology Services (ITS) offers a variety of training and workshops each semester that may get you up to speed; or you may want to reconsider taking one of the prerequisite course options.

Scheduling an Appointment

Please read the following directions carefully.

1. USING YOUR HUSKYNET ACCOUNT: Contact the Information Media Department by sending an e-mail to to schedule a testing session. Provide all of the following information in your request.

  • Your name
  • your student ID number
  • Your major
  • Your preference for PC or MAC
  • AND days and times from the below schedule that you are available.

2. On your test day, report to the HURL/IM office at EB B118 at the appointed time.

  • You must bring your student ID
  • Since no outside resources are allowed to be used during the test, all personal belongings including cell phones and other mobile devices are not allowed in the testing room. Items can be securely stored in the HURL/IM office.

Fall 2015 Testing Schedule*

Testing appointments are scheduled as follows, excluding school holidays:

Monday 8:30 9:00 10:30 11:00 1:00 1:30 2:00
Tuesday 8:30 9:00 10:30 11:00 1:00 1:30 2:00
Wednesday 8:30 9:00 10:30 11:00 1:00 1:30 2:00
Thursday 8:30 9:00 10:30 11:00 1:00 1:30 2:00
Friday   9:00 10:30 11:00      


*Schedule subject to change

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