As you may know you can meet this Computer Proficiency requirement by taking a board approved course listed under Item E of Administrative Policy 6146.1 that incorporates the necessary skills. If for whatever reasons you have chosen to take the Computer Proficiency Test instead of taking an approved course this website will help you prepare for the exam.
For a student to receive certification of computer proficiency, the student must demonstrate that they have acquired the necessary skills pertaining to Basic Computer Skills, World Wide Web, Email, Windows, Word and Excel.
The specific skill requirements are listed in Board Policy 6146.1. Students can either take the computer proficiency test or successfully complete a board approved course listed under Item E of Administrative Policy 6146.1 which fulfills the computer proficiency requirements. There are a number websites, practice documents and rubrics on this page to help students prepare for their test.
If you are eligible for testing accommodations, please see your case worker, ELD teacher or counselor to register for the Computer Proficiency Test with the necessary accommodations.
Register to take the Computer Proficiency Test
Click the TAB ABOVE for your school site.
Follow the registration procedure for your site.
Your school site proctors are also listed.
If you have more questions about the test or need more information you can contact your Proctor.
To register for the Computer Proficiency Test:
- Condor @HHS See Mr. Pickrel to sign up
- Condor @OC See Mr. Neilan to sign up
- Condor @RM See Mr. Neilan to sign up
To REGISTER to take the test:
Please Paulette Emard in the Main Office.
To REGISTER to take the test:
Sign up with Ms. Hopple-Cuellar on the window of Room E-114.
Computer Proficiency Assessed Skills
The hands-on Computer Proficiency Test will assess the following skills in Basic Computer Skills, World Wide Web, Email, Windows, Word and Excel. Click each tab for a description of the skills assessed.
- Distinguish between desktop and laptop computers.
- Identify specific computer hardware: a system unit, monitor, printer, keyboard, mouse or touchpad, USB port
- Turn computer and monitor on and off
- Log on to computer
- Demonstrate knowledge of function and placement of keys on keyboard: Enter, Shift, Control, Backspace, Delete, Arrow Keys, Tab, Caps Lock, Number Lock
- Identify types of mice: mouse and touchpad
- Identify mouse pointer shapes and match them to the correct context of use: typing arrow (text), arrow (basic clicking), hand pointer (clickable links)
- Demonstrate appropriate use and ability to right-click and left-click
- Double click and right click
- Drag and drop
- Use mouse to select check boxes, use drop-down menus and scroll
- Adjust volume and mute audio
- Plug in headphones correctly and use when appropriate
- Identify icons on desktop (Internet Browser, Control Panel, Recycle Bin, Skype)
- Demonstrate the ability to use the recycle bin correctly for trashing and retrieving items
- Demonstrate understanding that it is possible to customize a computer for increased accessibility
- Demonstrate understanding that mice can be customized for left-handed people and that the speed of clicking can also be customized
- Demonstrate understanding that screen resolution can be changed
- Demonstrate understanding that software programs are upgraded periodically and that different versions may be installed on different computers
- Identify storage media: USB/Flash drives (external) and hard drive (external and internal)
- Identify an Internet Service Provider and identify the main options for connecting to the internet: Dial-up, High Speed (cable or DSL), or wireless connection.
- Identify commonly used browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari) and demonstrate knowledge of function.
- Identify the address bar and enter a URL address.
- Identify a website.
- Identify a homepage.
- Identify the following browser toolbar buttons and demonstrate the ability to use them: home, refresh, stop, back, forward
- Use scroll bars to view different portions of webpages
- Identify a hyperlink and demonstrate the ability to use a hyperlink to access other webpages.
- Create a new tab, open a webpage in a tab, and move between tabs.
- Enlarge the displayed text size
- Fill out an online form.
- Correctly enter CAPTCHA security codes.
- Use zoom function to enlarge image (CTRL+ or CTRL-)
- Identify search engines (Google, Yahoo!, Bing) and enter search terms into the search engine.
- Identify pop-up windows and close them.
- Identify pop-up windows have been blocked and enable individual pop-up windows as needed
- Identify common domain types: com, org, gov, edu.
- Demonstrate knowledge that there are ways to increase Internet safety for children.
- Identify antivirus software providers and function of antivirus software (Norton, McAfee, AVG).
- Avoid providing personal or financial information unless on a secured website (https://)
- Identify the operating system used by a computer.
- Shutdown, restart, and log off a computer.
- Open, close and switch between windows
- Minimize and maximize windows
- Identify the toolbar and menus.
- Identify the taskbar.
- Start, and exit programs (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
- Identify drives on a computer: CD/DVD, floppy, hard drive (C), USB port, network drives (A, B, D, F, H, etc.)
- Access the help menu.
- Identify the desktop.
- Demonstrate knowledge of Windows file organizational system and use it to locate files/documents (desktop, My Document, My Computer)
- Use “Search” to locate a file or document
- Delete documents or files.
- Open programs.
- Identify basic office software programs (Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint), demonstrate knowledge of their functions, and identify their corresponding file extensions.
- Open files using appropriate programs
- Define: email
- Register for new email account in online program
- Create username and secure password
- Log into email
- Create an email message
- Address an email, including to more than one recipient
- Send an email
- Open an email
- Reply to only the sender of an email or to all recipients (reply all)
- Forward an email
- Add an attachment to an email
- Open an attachment in an email
- Move or delete an email and retrieve an email from the trash
- Understand basics of email etiquette: don’t use all capital letters, fill in the subject line, use appropriate greetings & closings
- Use caution when opening an email from an unfamiliar or unexpected source and avoid opening suspicious attachments
- Avoid giving out personal information (especially financial information) or email address to unfamiliar people
- Identify and delete junk mail, including spam
- Be selective and cautious about forwarding email to large groups of people
- Define: Computer virus
- Define and tell the difference between a URL and an email address (see World Wide Web)
- Create a new document
- Save and close a document
- Open existing document
- Identify ribbon and toolbars
- Demonstrate knowledge of the difference between “Save” and “Save As” functions.
- Use Save As to save to a particular folder or file location and name the document.
- Use undo and redo arrows
- Cut, copy and paste
- Use spell check and grammar check
- Format the size, color and type of font
- Align text: left, center and right justify
- Set single or double spacing
- Use bullets and automatic numbering
- Use print preview and print.
- Set margins
- Select portrait or landscape
- Identify file extensions, corresponding document types and associated programs used to open them: pdf, xls, doc, docx, rtf, pub, ppt, pptx
- Open a workbook.
- Identify parts of Excel Screen: ribbon, formula bar, active cell, name box, column letter, row number.
- Identify sheet tabs, create a new tab, and rearrange tabs.
- Name worksheets.
- Locate a cell.
- Create headings and freeze them.
- Format cells: bold, underline, size, merge and center, wrap text, number (currency, time, percentages, etc.).
- Adjust rows and columns.
- Insert and delete rows and columns.
- Enter data in a cell.
- Select a range.
- Sort data (least to greatest, alphabetically, etc.).
- Use AutoSum (Sum, average, etc.).
- Write a formula in the formula bar (-, +, *, /).
- Use Auto Fill.
- Copy and move cell entries.
- Choose page orientation.
- Create a graph using data.
- Save and name workbook.
- Select a print area and print.
- Save and close workbook using the ribbon.
Training Links and Resources
Here are a number of websites to help you get started in learning the skills you will need to pass the Computer Proficiency Test. If the hyperlink does not take you directly to the site you can copy and paste the URL address in your browser and press enter.
- This is the best site for prepping for the Northstar Computer Proficiency Test
- Free self-paced training courses for Microsoft Office programs
- Internet 4 Classrooms – Microsoft Word
- Internet 4 Classrooms – Microsoft Excel
- Internet 4 Classrooms – Microsoft PowerPoint
- Internet 4 Classrooms – Computer Basics, the Internet and Tutorials
- Internet 4 Classrooms – Online Practice Modules
- Lessons on Microsoft Word
- Step by Step Microsoft Office Word 2007, by Joyce Cox and Joan Preppernau, Copyright 2007
- Step by Step Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007, by Joyce Cox and Joan Preppernau, Copyright 2007
- Step by Step Microsoft Office Excel 2007, by Curtis D. Frye, Copyright 2007
- Microsoft Digital Literacy
- Digital Citizenship & Creative Conent