Competency Exam for CSCI 104 – Essential Computing I


A competency exam for CSCI 104 – Essentials of Computing I will be held as follows:


Ř  As scheduled by arrangement with Professor John Onderko  via e-mail or in person at 201 Doucette Hall

Ř  The Spring 2011 scheduled test out periods are:   Friday, Jan 21 from 12 noon-2pm and Monday Jan 24 from 4pm to 6pm.   These exams periods will be held in the lower lab of Hamilton Hall.


There are two ways to test-out ( and if you pass the exam): 1) to receive the 3 credits for the course you need to complete the petition form; and 2) to waive the course and take another course for 3 credits you need to complete the waive form.

Be sure to bring the completed petition form to the exam(ctrl+click on “petition form” for online copy of the form, print it….or obtain a hard copy of the form from your advisor, from Hamilton Hall, or from Room 200 Doucette Hall.   The fee for the exam needs to already have been paid.  The signatures required on the form in sequence are: your advisor, the chairperson of the Math Computer Science Dept, and the Bursar…..)….OR bring the completed waive form (provided below) to the exam.



The two hour exam consists of four parts:


·    Microsoft Word

·    Microsoft Excel

·    Microsoft PowerPoint

·    Computer systems and the Internet


The exam is open book and notes.


The Word, Excel, and PowerPoint parts are all hands-on the computer. You will be given handouts of a Word document, Excel spreadsheet, and PowerPoint presentation, and you will recreate these handouts on the computer. The computer systems and Internet part of the exam will be a combination of hands-on and written fill-in-the blank. This part of the exam addresses hardware and software and general questions about computer networks and the Internet.


Among other things, for Word you need to know formatting, word count, tabs, headers and footers, tables, styles, references, and working with images. For Excel, you need to know formatting, formulas and functions, absolute and relative cell referencing, and creating charts. In the PowerPoint part of the exam you need to know how to make slides, formatting, slide numbers, an organization chart, and transitions and animation. You will also need to know how to copy from one application to another.


Grading is “P” pass or “F” fail.  To receive a passing grade of “P”,  you need to earn the equivalent of a ‘D’ grade or better.  Study hard—the exam will be of a similar difficulty to what is given in CSCI 104.  The exam is using the 2007 Microsoft Office software.


So, if you have never registered for the CSCI104 class, nor attempted this test,  and you wish to pursue the test-out;  then print the form and start by talking with and  getting  your advisor’s signature, the other two on the form.    After that, email me back with the subject “testout schedule  to reserve a seat at one of the scheduled times above or, if necessary,  we can schedule your exam at a mutually convenient time.   Remember to act early to avoid the beginning of the new term rush, and the expiration of the beginning of the term drop/add period.

Department of Mathematics & Computer Science

Application for Competency Exam


Waive CSCI 104 Requirement


By signature below, I am aware that I am taking the competency exam to waive the computer competency requirement for general education.  In so doing, I realize that if I pass the competency exam, I must complete an additional 3 credit hours in order to meet the 120 credit hour requirement for graduation.  My signature below also attests to the fact that I have not previously enrolled and received a grade (including a W) in CSCI 104.



Student Name (print)                                                                          Banner Id                              Major




Signature of Student                                                                                                           Date



(Department use only)


Student                                should have computer competency waived.  An additional 3 credit hours

                                                must be taken to meet the 120 graduation requirement.


                                                should not have computer competency waived.




Name of Exam Administrator                                                                                          Date








Cc:          Student

                Student’s Advisor

                Dean’s Office of Student Major