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Computer Proficiency Exam

Computer Proficiency Exam

This exam tests computer literacy and skill.   The fee for taking the test is $20 payable at the time of registration.  The fee is non-refundable even if you don't pass the exam.

You should not take the exam if you are a computer science or business major or if you want to take a higher level computer science course at RCC.  If you wish to take a higher level computer course please see an advisor in the computer science department and they can waive the prerequisite if appropriate. 

Riverside Campus advisor:  541-245-7527, Redwood Campus advisor appointment: 541-956-7213.

Proficiency Exam Schedule (search by .475 for Computer Science, schedules are posted by the second week of the term)

Steps to taking the exam:
  1. Find out if computer proficiency is required for your major or degree
  2. Register online and pay $20 for the exam.  The fee is non-refundable.
What's on the exam:
  • File management
  • Word processing (Word)
  • Spreadsheets (Excel)
  • Internet browser basics
  • Operating Systems navigation and understanding
  • General computer concepts
  • Computer components and common peripheral use and features
  • Technical specifications of internal components that impact performance
  • Internet concepts 
  • System security and protection

A passing score on the exam

  • 100% on the file management portion
  • 70% on the multiple choice portion (50 short-answer or multiple-choice questions)
  • 70% average on remaining hands-on sections, with no single-section score below 60%
  • The grade will be pass/no pass
What could I do if I wanted to study before taking the exam?

On the general concepts portion, many introductory computer concepts books would cover the majority of the material on the exam.  There is also a textbook on reserve in the library for our CS120 course that can be checked out for 2 hours at a time to review.  The book is titled Computers Understanding Technology.

For the hands on portion, you need to be able to locate and retrieve files, save files, name files and attach files to messages.  You may be asked to locate files on network drives.  In working with files, you'll need to be able to do basic formatting in Word and demonstrate you are proficient in creating simple document types.  In Excel, you will be asked to write basic formulas and work with sets of numbers.  

For the concepts portion, you will be asked about standard computer terminology and components.

A study guide is available here that outlines major concepts included on the exam.