Computer Proficiency Exam Preparation

If you are able to answer “yes” to most of the following questions, you are probably ready to take the exam.

Knowledge: Basic Operations and Concepts

  • Do I know the basic components of a computer system and their functions?
  • Do I understand basic computer terminology?
  • Do I grasp social and ethical issues related to computer technology, including access and equity for all students?
  • Do I possess adequate information literacy and understanding of how to use the world-wide web? Can I look at a URL and figure out what it means?

Skill: Word Processing

  • Do I know how to change features of the document layout such as margins, tabs, columns, and paragraph spacing?
  • Do I know how to use formatting features such as fonts, bold, italics, justification, and borders?
  • Do I know how to insert graphics into a document and wrap text around graphics?
  • Do I know how to insert a table into a word-processing document?

Skill: Spreadsheet

  • Do I know how to use formatting features within spreadsheet software such as fonts, centering, colors, and borders?
  • Do I know how to use formulas and functions?
  • Do I know how to make meaningful and appealing charts?

Skill: Presentation

  • Do I know how to use formatting features within presentation software such as fonts, backgrounds, and slide layouts?
  • Do I know how to include charts and graphics within presentation software?
  • Do I know how to use transitions, custom animations, and bullets?

Skill: Web Pages

  • Do I know how to use formatting features within web pages such as fonts, colors, and justification?
  • Do I know how to insert tables into a web page?
  • Do I know how to insert graphics into a web page?
  • Do I know how to insert links to other sites into a web page?
  • Do I know how to make sure that web pages and associated images or other media created on one computer can be successfully transferred to another?

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