Self Assessment

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 browsing the FAQs below.
If you need assistance, please visit the Open Lab or Help Desk in the Library.

Steps In The Self-Assessment:

  1. Make sure you can perform the skills tested on the exam
  2. 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:

Self Assessment:


Students should be able to perform the following tasks in MS-Word:

  1. Edit/Enter text
  2. Cut/Paste, Copy/Paste
  3. Adjust line spacing
  4. Change font, formatting
  5. Use the spell checker
  6. Use the grammar checker
  7. Add Bullets/Numbering
  8. Add/Edit document Header/Footer
  9. Insert page numbering
  10. Change margins
  11. Adjust page setup
  12. Preview a document
  13. Print a document
  14. Save a document
  15. Insert a comment
  16. Insert/Edit footnotes/endnotes


Students should be able to perform the following tasks in MS-PowerPoint:

  1. Create a blank presentation
  2. Use the AutoContent Wizard
  3. Create a presentation using a design template
  4. Change views
  5. Add a new slide
  6. Add/Edit a Header/Footer
  7. Add Text/Bullets
  8. Format a slide
  9. Promote/Demote text
  10. Insert an image
  11. Create a text box
  12. Apply slide animations
  13. Apply slide transitions
  14. Change slide layout
  15. Print handouts
  16. Print notes
  17. Save/Save As


Students should be able to perform the following tasks in MS-Excel:

  1. Delete Rows/Columns
  2. Edit text
  3. Edit numbers
  4. Format cells
  5. Apply Borders/Shading
  6. Align cells
  7. Adjust Row/Column Height/Width
  8. Auto format worksheet
  9. Adjust print area
  10. Print a worksheet or workbook
  11. Insert formulas
  12. Edit formulas
  13. Create a chart

Basic Computer Concepts and The Internet:

Students should be able to perform the following tasks on the Internet:

  1. Navigation
  2. Refresh a page
  3. Return to home page
  4. Change your home page
  5. Use favorites
  6. Add to favorites
  7. Search the Internet
  8. Enter a URL
  9. Check browser settings
  10. Know the purpose of RAM memory
  11. Identify different ways to access the Internet
  12. 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 INFS 1010.
How long is the exam?
The exam is in three parts. The first part is Computer Concepts and the Internet. It has a 20 minute time limit. The PowerPoint part is also 20 minutes and the Word and Excel part has a time limit of 40 minutes.
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 testing@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 testing@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.