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Self-Assessment Tool

The following self-assessment is provided to help you determine if you possess the technical skills needed to succeed in an online course.

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  1. Can you start up, reboot and shut down a computer?

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  1. Can you start and quit a program stored on the hard drive?

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  1. Can you save and retrieve files to and from a portable drive or the hard drive?

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  1. Can you cut/copy text from one source and paste it into another?

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  1. Can you open, close and minimize menus and windows?

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  1. Can you move windows around on your desktop?

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  1. Can you resize windows on your desktop?

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  1. Can you create folders?

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  1. Can you navigate a directory structure to find files?

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  1. Can you rename files?

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  1. Can you delete files?

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  1. Do you have typing skills to produce at least 30 to 40 words per minute?

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  1. Can you create a word-processing document using the various editing and formatting features?

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  1. Can you print a word-processing document?

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  1. Can you use spell- and grammar-checking to revise your work?

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  1. Do you know how to connect to the Internet?

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  1. Do you know how to retrieve and delete
    e-mail messages?

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  1. Can you create, send, forward, reply and save e-mail messages?

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  1. Can you distinguish between an e-mail address and a web address?

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  1. Can you send group emailings?

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  1. Do you know how to post messages to discussion forums?

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  1. Can you locate and access information using an Internet search engine such as Google?

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  1. Do you know how to check the credibility of Internet resources?

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  1. Can you use 'chat' features for real-time communication on the web?

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  1. Are you familiar with and do you abide by standard acceptable etiquette on the net?

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  1. Can you locate and use information resources such as online catalogs, databases, ebooks, and streaming media available within a library or media center?

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  1. Can you download and configure your web browser with plug-ins such as Adobe Flash Player and use the bookmark features of your browser?

 

Evaluating Your Score

Click the Calculate Score button above to see how many of the above questions you responded to with a "Yes." Use the following scale to assess how technically prepared you are to complete a COD online course:

27 - 22: Excellent
More than likely you have the necessary technical computer/Internet skills needed to enroll in an online course.

21 - 17: Fair
Your technical skills may be marginal for successful completion of an online course. Be prepared to allow yourself extra time for coursework. You may need to pick up new computer skills during the course.

16 or less: Need improvement
It is recommended that you access coursework, workshops or tutorials that will help you improve your basic computer and internet skills before enrolling in an online course.

Smarter Measure is a comprehensive self-assessment of student readiness for online learning. We encourage you to take this self-test before enrolling in an online class.

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Call (630) 942-2490

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Email
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Email
studenthelp@dupage.edu
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Call (630) 942-2999

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