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There are three ways to test out of a course.  Carefully read about each of the methods.

Click on this link for test descriptions.

Testing Out Without Earning Credit

This option is for you if you want to test out of one course to take another course without earning credit.   

Which courses are included in this option?  Here is a list of some courses in which you may take tests and the matching course(s) for each test:

CMSY-101   for  CMSY-117, CMSY-136, or OFFI-275
CMSY-102  for  CMSY-104, CMSY-123, or OFFI-270
CMSY-103   for  CMSY-118, CMSY-136, or OFFI-275
CMSY-104for       CMSY-136, OFFI-275, or OFFI-281
CMSY-116for  CMSY-136 or OFFI-275
CMSY-134    for  CMSY-142
OFFI-177forOFFI-102
         

How much does the test cost?  No charge.

May I retake the test?  No.  If the test is not passed, the course must be taken.

What grade is considered passing?  80 percent.

When is the test given?  Any time the Office Technology Classroom is open.  Call 443-518-4876 to make an appointment.

May I take the test in parts?  Some tests consist of more than one part (see individual test descriptions) and each part may be taken on different days/times.

When will I know if I passed?  You will be notified within two working days either by phone or email (your choice).

If I pass the test, will I receive credit for the course?  No.  If there is any possibility that you may want to use the credit for this course toward a certificate or degree, you should follow the instructions for proficiency tests.

How long will the test take?  Some tests are timed; some tests are not timed.  (See individual test descriptions.)

Will I be given study materials?  No.  You may pick up a course outline in the Office Technology Classroom.  You can also read the course outlines at the college website.

Testing Out and Earning Credit – Proficiency Tests

This option is for you if you feel you already have the knowledge to pass a course and you want to earn credit in the course without taking or registering for the course.  (NOTE: If your employer is reimbursing you for courses that you pass, some employers do not pay for pass grades; they require a letter grade.  If this is your case, see the "Challenge Tests" section.)

Which courses are included in this option?

CMSY-101CMSY-128
CMSY-102CMSY-132
CMSY-103CMSY-134
CMSY-104CMSY-142
CMSY-116CMSY-143
CMSY-117OFFI-177
CMSY-118OFFI-279
CMSY-122
CMSY-127

Do I register for the course?  No. Stop by the Office Technology Classroom and ask for a proficiency exam form.  The top part of the form must be completed and then taken to the cashier’s window.  Be sure to get the proficiency exam form back; you should keep the white copy for your records.  Ask for two copies of your payment receipt — one for you to keep and one to give to the instructor along with the proficiency exam form. 

How much does the test cost?  One half of the current in-county tuition rate.  No other fees are charged.  You pay the in-county rate even if you are an out-of-county student.

May I retake the test?  No.  If the test is not passed, the course must be taken.

What grade is considered passing?  A grade of 70 percent or above is passing.  A pass grade (P) is given.  If you do not pass the test, no grade is assigned.

When is the test given?  Any time the Office Technology Classroom is open.  Call 443-518-4876 to make an appointment.  You must complete the test within 30 days of paying for the test. 

May I take the test in parts?  Some tests consist of more than one part (see individual test descriptions) and each part may be taken on different days/times.

When will I know if I passed?  You will be notified within two working days either by phone or email (your choice).  You will also receive a letter from the Business and Computer Systems Division chair notifying you that you will receive credit for the course.

If I pass the test, will I receive credit for the course?  Yes.  Proficiency credits count toward graduation requirements for any program in the college catalogue for which the course is a requirement. 

How long will the test take?  Some tests are timed; some tests are not timed.  (See individual test descriptions.)

Will I be given study materials?  No.  You may pick up a course outline in the Office Technology Classroom.  You can also read the course outlines at the college website.

May I take a proficiency test for a course in which I was previously enrolled but did not pass?  No.


Testing Out and Earning Credit and a Grade – Challenge Tests

This option is for you if you feel you already have the knowledge to pass a course and you want to earn credit and a grade for the course. 

Which courses are included in this option? 
 

CMSY-101CMSY-128
CMSY-102CMSY-132
CMSY-103CMSY-134
CMSY-104CMSY-142
CMSY-116CMSY-143
CMSY-117OFFI-177
CMSY-118OFFI-279
CMSY-122
CMSY-127

How much does the test cost?  You would register for the course and pay the tuition and fees for the course.

May I retake the test?  No.  If the test is not passed, the course must be taken.

What grade is considered passing?  70 percent.

When is the test given?  Any time the Office Technology Classroom is open.  Call 443-518-4876 to make an appointment.  You must take the test within one week of registering for the course or within one week of the beginning of the semester (whichever is sooner). 

May I take the test in parts?  Some tests consist of more than one part (see individual test descriptions) and each part may be taken on different days/times. 

When will I know if I passed?  You will be notified within two working days either by phone or email (your choice). 

If I pass the test, will I receive credit for the course?  Yes.  Your grade will be posted at the end of the current semester. 

How long will the test take?  Some tests are timed; some tests are not timed.  (See individual test  descriptions.) 

Will I be given study materials?  No.  You may pick up a course outline in the Office Technology Classroom.  You can also read the course outlines at the college website.


Test Descriptions

(Note:  Many of the following tests state a time limit.  This is the maximum time allowed; you may be able to complete a test in less than an hour.) 

Courses

CMSY-101 Beginning Spreadsheets
    Software used:  Microsoft Office* Excel
    Three tests timed for one hour each (Production Tests 1, 2, and 3)

CMSY-102 Beginning Word Processing
    Software used:  Microsoft Office* Word
    Three tests timed for one hour each  (Production Tests 1, 2, and 3)

CMSY-103 Beginning Databases
    Software used:  Microsoft Office* Access
    Three tests timed for one hour each (Production Tests 1, 2, and 3)

CMSY-104 Advanced Word Processing
    Software used:  Microsoft Office* Word
    Three tests timed for one hour each (Production Tests 1, 2, and 3)

CMSY-116 PowerPoint
    Software used:  Microsoft Office* PowerPoint
    Three tests timed for one hour each (Production Tests 1, 2, and 3)

CMSY-117 Advanced Spreadsheets
    Software used:  Microsoft Office* Excel
    Three tests timed for one hour each (Production Tests 1, 2, and 3)

CMSY-118 Advanced Databases
    Software used:  Microsoft Office* Access
    Three tests timed for one hour each (Production Tests 1, 2, and 3)

CMSY-122 Microsoft Expression Web
    Software used:  Microsoft Office Expression Web
    Three tests timed for one hour each (Production Tests 1, 2, and 3)

CMSY-127 Microsoft Outlook
    Software used:  Microsoft Office*Outlook
    Three tests timed for one hour each (Production Tests 1, 2, and 3)

CMSY-128 Introduction to HTML
    Three tests timed for one hour each (Production Tests 1, 2, and 3)

CMSY-132 Introduction to Windows
    Software used:  Microsoft Windows 7
    Three tests timed for one hour each (Production Tests 1, 2, and 3)

CMSY-134 Introduction to Operating Systems
    Software used:  Microsoft Windows XP and Microsoft Windows 7; DOS
    Three tests timed for one hour each (Production Tests 1, 2, and 3)

CMSY-142 Operating System Fundamentals I
    Three written tests not timed

CMSY-143 Operating System Fundamentals II
    Three written tests not timed

OFFI-177 Grammar for Your Job   
   Paper test; no computer used
    One test timed for two hours (must see program director for test)

OFFI-279 Keyboarding
    Two 3-minute timed writings given.  Warmup time allowed. 
    Two words are subtracted for each error not corrected by backspacing.

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*Microsoft Office 2010 used.


General Information

Courses are listed here for your convenience. The college catalogue is the ultimate contract with the students.  

See HCC's online schedule of classes for the most current information regarding prerequisites.