Computer Literacy Exam

  • The computer literacy exam will no longer be offered after Spring 2019.
  • The computer literacy exam is provided for currently enrolled TWU students. There is no fee to take the test. The grade of pass or fail will be entered into the TWU database (Colleague), as well as DARS for those who pass. A passing grade will exempt the student from taking CSCI 1403, CSCI 2433, or CSCI 3002. There is no credit for the exam, so it will not appear on the student's transcript. Please consult with your major advisor prior to signing up for the exam in order to determine if the exam meets the computer science requirement for your major.
  • The test is computer-based in Blackboard. Contact Paul Ingram at for questions regarding the test in Denton, Sylonia Abraham at for questions at the Houston location, and Ashley Bonner at for questions about the test in Dallas. 
  • Students may take the test only once per semester and once during the summer.
  • If failed twice, the student will be required to take an approved computer literacy class.
  • Once you register you have until 24 hours prior to the exam to cancel your reservation for the exam. Failure to cancel will mean the test will count as your test for the semester and as one of the two attempts you get before having to take a class.
  • To cancel an exam email Paul Ingram at Give your name, the site of the exam, and the date. State that you would like to cancel that exam.
  • You must register for the exam by 9:00 p.m. on the day prior to the exam.
  • You should receive an e-mail within 1-3 weeks of taking the test with your results.
  • The Computer Literacy Exam is 100% online in Blackboard but it must be taken on-campus at the designated times.

You must be enrolled in a course (have a blackboard account), either currently or in a future semester, in order to be eligible to take this exam.

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Testing Schedules
Location Date Time Room
Denton 2/15/19 9:00 am MCL 311
Denton 3/22/19 9:00 am MCL 311
Denton 4/19/19 9:00 am MCL 311

Reservation Forms

Please complete the form for the campus at which you wish to take the exam.

Conditions, Scoring, and Grading

  • It is a closed book, no notes test.
  • Students will be given up to three hours to take the exam.
  • Students taking the Computer Literacy Exam are expected to have prior familiarity with the use of Blackboard at TWU, including how to use an “Assignment” submission choice  for submitting completed materials.
  • There are 2 parts to the test.
  • Multiple Choice: The multiple choice questions cover a range of topics including hardware, internet, file saving, coding, etc...
  • Applications: Students will demonstrate proficiency in the basic application areas of word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, using Office 2013, and internet searches and information retrieval.
  • Passing Standard: Students must pass both parts of the exam: complete 65% of items correctly on Part I (general knowledge) and pass 3 of 4 application tasks on Part II.

Review for the Test

A copy of the textbooks, Discovering Computers 2011 (by Shelly and Vermaat, call number CSCI.R4) and GO! with Microsoft Office 2013 ( by Gaskin, Ferrett, Vargas, and McLellan, call number CSCI.R5), are available in MCL 307 in Denton. They are not available to take home, but you may use them in the lab. You may also visit the following websites.

Computer Confluence

Computers are Your Future

Tools for an Information Age

Technology in Action 

Basics for Word 2013

Basics for Excel 2013

Basics for Powerpoint 2013

Topics to Study for the Computer Literacy Exam

Module 1: Computing Fundamentals

  1. Introducing Computers
  2. Computer Hardware
  3. Maintaining and Protecting Hardware
  4. Computer Software
  5. Essential Computer Skills
  6. Using Technology to Solve Problems
  7. The Windows Operating System
  8. Changing Settings and Customizing the Desktop
  9. Using Windows Explorer
  10. File Management with Windows Explorer

Module 2: Key Applications

  1. Using Microsoft Office 2010
  2. Word Essentials
  3. Editing and Formatting Documents
  4. Working with Tables
  5. Enhancing Documents
  6. Excel Essentials
  7. Organizing Worksheets
  8. Creating Formulas and Charting Data
  9. PowerPoint Essentials
  10. Enhancing Presentations with Multimedia Effects  

Module 3: Living Online

  1. Networks and Telecommunication
  2. E-Mail and Effective Electronic Communication
  3. Internet Essentials
  4. Researching on the Internet
  5. Evaluating Online Information
  6. Technology and Society
  7. Security, Privacy, and Ethics Online

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