Currently, the examination is a 50-question multiple choice exam that draws questions from the current material taught in CALS 002/085. The test out does not test for general computer skills, it tests if you have the knowledge and skills taught in CALS 002/85. The pass rate of students who take the test without preparation is less than one percent! Those who prepare by studying the course work a few weeks ahead have a much higher success rate (about 60%).
A student wishing to get credit by exam for CALS 002/85 must take the above exam and earn a 65% or higher to pass the test. The student may take exam only once. If the student earns below 65%, they will have failed to test out. If the student earns 65% or higher they pass the test. If a student passes the test they may either go to the Registrar and pay for "Credit by Exam" to get credit for CALS 002/85, or they may, with their academic advisor's consent, waive the CALS Core Requirement of an introductory Information Technology course.
I recommend at least reading (if not taking some notes)
on all the web page info in
the CALS 002/085 Web
Page (follow all the links). Also you should view the following videos in
Triumph of the Nerds, Vol 2, Riding the Bear
Nerds 2.0.1, A Brief History of the Internet
Also I have some handouts that you should study. Checking out the old exams is good, but not the only strategy that should be used.
Students interested in taking the test should contact me at their earliest convenience.