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Proficiency Exam

The proficiency exam provides credit for one of the following courses:

  • CMPS 1023 Intro to Computing
  • CMPS 1013 (formerly 2153) Microcomputer Applications

What does the test cover?


On the day of the exam:

  • Come by the Computer Science Office, Bolin Room 126 to check-in.
  • Bring your paid receipt (from the Business Office)
  • Bring a photo ID

NOTE: If you have already taken this test previously or have taken this course (even one similar) you cannot take this test. Credit by examination assumes that you have had no formal classroom instruction, either as a regularly enrolled student or as an auditor in the courses being challenged.

You must score a grade of C or better to be awarded credit for this course. Credit earned will be posted to your academic record after you have earned 9 semester hours in residence at MSU. The grade earned is posted to the semester in which the test was taken.

The online exam consists of 80 questions. Half of the questions are multiple choice/matching questions about computer concepts. The other 40 questions cover skills related to the Microsoft Office suite (Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel). The skills portion of the test actually requires you complete a task (in a simulated environment).

You will be told what grade you received and since this grade becomes part of your academic record and counts in your GPA you will be given the choice of accepting the grade or not. It is your choice as to whether you want credit for CMPS 1023 or CMPS 1013 (basically the same course) and will need to inform the Computer Science Secretary at the time of the test what your choice is.

Please note that if you do not pass or decide not to accept the grade you CANNOT RETAKE THE TEST; you must take the class for credit.

On the day of the exam come by the Computer Science Office, Bolin Room 126, and check-in. Bring your paid receipt (from the Business Office), photo ID, and a number 2 pencil.

If it is imperative to take the exam on a date other than the scheduled date, you must contact your advisor and have them submit a memo to the Department of Computer Science indicating the reason for needing to take the exam early (this would include graduation, needing the grade to count in a particular semester, etc.). Once this request has been approved by the Computer Science Department Chair, contact the secretary (397-4702) to set-up a date and time [the test is 1 and 1/2 hours long and will not be scheduled before 10 a.m. or after 3:30 p.m.].