Computer Proficiency Test

Fisk University is committed to provide students with the necessary computer skills essential for academic success. From writing research papers to giving seminar presentations, Fisk students are expected to perform at a professional level using the latest computer software and technology tools. Computer proficiency is required to meet the requirements for various courses.

This mandatory exam is required for graduation from Fisk University, and assesses basic computer skills in 5 key areas:

  • Hardware & operating systems
  • Networking
  • Presentation tools
  • Spreadsheets
  • Word processing

Examination Format

The computer proficiency test is a 50 minute web-based test; it is a combination of multiple choice and true/false questions. You may use your own laption if it is authorized to access the wireless network in Park Johnson Hall. If you have not yet registered your laption, visit the Office of Information Technology Services (ITS) to register it.


A student will receive a Pass/Fail grade for the test, where passing marks are 50%. The student has only ONE attempt to pass the test. If the student fails to pass the test, she/he MUST enroll in CSCA 100 (Introduction to Computing), or an equivalent course (e.g. BAD 110 - Business Information Systems).

Examination Results

The software automatically determines your grade on the completion of the test. Your advisor will receive your grade from the computer proficiency testing administrator.

Examination Expectations

Hardware & Operating Systems

  • Start/stop different applications 
  • Switch between tasks 
  • Save/open documents 
  • File System: Windows Explorer, etc 
  • Basic Internal parts: Memory, Disk, Cache, etc 
  • I/O devices: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Printer, etc 
  • Types of files: Image, Audio, Video 
  • File sizes: KB, MB, GB, TB


  • Sending and retrieving email 
  • Email address format 
  • Uses and types of Web Browsers 
  • Using URLs 
  • Navigating Web pages 
  • URL format 
  • Searching for information on the Web
  • Using search engines: Google, Yahoo, etc 
  • Downloading/saving information 
  • Bluetooth, Ethernet, and WiFi 
  • Social networking


  • Creating a presentation 
  • Select a design template
  • Create a title slide 
  • Change the font size of selected text
  • Formatting selected text 
  • Save a presentation 
  • Add/delete/modify/move a slide 
  • View a presentation in slide show view


  • Spreadsheet terminology 
  • Basic internal spreadsheet functions: SUM,AVERAGE,IF, MAX,MIN 
  • User-defined functions 
  • Select a cell or range of cells 
  • Enter text and numbers 
  • Change the size of the font in a cell 
  • Create a chart using Chart Wizard 
  • Fill handle 
  • Precedence

Word Processing

  • Graphical-user interface components 
  • Developing a document default font size of all text 
  • Spell and grammar check 
  • Saving and printing a document 
  • Importing and manipulating objects 
  • Selecting and editing documents 
  • Formatting text document properties (margins, etc)

More Information

For more information, contact Dr. Sessi S.F. Aboh, Vice Provost for Academic Administration.

615 329-6214
First floor, Cravath Hall