Beginning Fall, 2005, all new students entering Slippery Rock University will be required to demonstrate computer competency by the time they complete 59 credit hours.
“Students must demonstrate computer competency by passing the computer competency exam or successfully completing Computer Concepts (CPSC 110) or Introduction to Information Systems (CPSC 130) by the time that they complete 59 credit hours.”
The goal of the exam is to determine if students can use computers, not specific software. The exam is comprised of five content areas with relative weight, the associated learning outcomes, and a list of sub-topics that define the topics are: (1) computer hardware (30%), (2) operating systems, file management, and system software (25%), (3) application software (20%), (4) technology, the Web, and social impact (15%), and networks (10%).
Click here to examine an outline of the content for the computer competency assessment.
Three Easy Steps to Take the Computer Competency Assessment
- Registering for Fall 2005 Semester
Effective Fall, 2005, all new students entering Slippery Rock University (first year students and transfers) will be required to demonstrate computer competency by the time they complete 59 credit hours.
There are two ways you may demonstrate computer competency:
1) by passing the computer competency exam or
2) successfully completing Computer Concepts (CPSC 110) or Introduction to Information Systems (CPSC 130).The schedule for the computer competency exam for Spring 2006 is:
Thursday, January 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m
Wednesday, February 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, February 11 from 10 a.m. to noon
Friday, February 17 from 9 a.m. to noon
Tuesday, February 21 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday, March 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday, March 22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday, March 27 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Monday, April 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To take the exam, simply report to the lobby of Maltby Center during the testing hours. There is no pre-registration and no fee to take the test, but you must present your photo ID (student ID is preferred). The 50-minute test is automatically timed. You may take the test multiple times. Click here for sample questions
- On the Day of the Computer Competency Assessment go to the Office of Career Services, Maltby Center.
You will check in with a student proctor at the Office of Career Services and you will be given a password for the assessment. Bring your SRU ID with you on the day of the assessment. You will not be admitted to the assessment without your ID.
The 50 minute test is automatically timed. You will receive the results of the competency exam immediately upon completing the test. The exam questions will change each time you take the assessment. If you do not pass the exam, you can choose to sign up for another administration of the exam.
As an alternative choice to taking the exam, you can choose to enroll in and pass one of the following three-credit courses: Computer Concepts (CPSC 110) or Introduction to Information Systems (CPSC 130). Students need to complete and pass the computer literacy requirement by the time they earn 59 credits.
- Need to Study Up for the Computer Competency Assessment Exam?
The recommended study manual (Technology in Action” Introductory by A, Evans, K. Martin, and M.A. Poatsky, Prentice Hall) for the computer literacy exam can be purchased from the Computer Technology Club. The printed study manual costs $33 and the electronic study manual costs $28. For the electronic study manual, the key for the manual has to be purchased, and then can accessed from the web site at
The book or the key for the electronic study manual can be bought from http://www.rockbookexchange.com/ using either PayPal or credit card and is listed
in the top page at the web site. Books purchased on Rock Book Exchange will be delivered within 2 to 3 days. Students can
also purchase the book from the University Sportswear on main street. University Sportswear accepts cash, credit card or check.