Computer Sciences and Information Systems

CIS 1020 Challenge Exam Information

The CIS 1020 Challenge Exam consists of FIVE separate sections: 

  1. Microsoft Windows 7 – 15 simulation skill-based activities
  2. Microsoft Word 2010 – 25 simulation skill-based activities
  3. Microsoft Excel 2010 – 35 simulation skill-based activities
  4. Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 – 25 simulation skill-based activities
  5. Computer Terminology and Theory – 50 multiple choice/matching questions.

Each student is allowed up to four hours to take the exam. Student should be a current SLCC student and SHOULD NOT be currently enrolled in CIS 1020. Student must answer all parts of the activity correctly to receive credit for the activity. Student must score a minimum of 70% on each individual section AND have a weighted average of 80% on all five sections. (Excel, Word, and PowerPoint are weighted more than the other two sections in calculating the average.)

A free sample exam is available online to all prospective examinees. The CIS Department strongly recommends that students take the sample exam to become familiar with the testing environment before taking the actual exam. This sample exam gives a few questions in each area that are similar to questions/activities on the actual exam. A student can take the sample exam three times each semester subject to available seating.

The purpose of the sample exam is to gain familiarity with the software simulation that will be used for the actual exam. The sample exam should NOT be taken in order to try and learn computer theory and the software programs. Passing the sample exam DOES NOT guarantee that the student will pass the actual exam.

After a student has taken the sample exam, if he/she is ready to take the actual Challenge Exam, these are the steps that should be followed:

  1. Pay the $50 exam fee at any SLCC Cashier office
  2. You must sign up at least 24 hours in advance of your desired testing date/time.
  3. Contact the Testing/Assessment Center to schedule a time to take the actual exam.
  4. Make sure you allow four hours to take the exam.
  5. You must bring your receipt and a valid picture ID (Student ID, Driver's License or State ID)
  6. Be on time for the exam, the testing time is NOT extended if the student is late.
  7. The exam is given in the Construction Trades Building, Room 33. 
  8. No cell phones or electronic devices are allowed when taking the exam.
  9. Students must take the exam without using any additional reference materials or electronic devices. Cheating is not allowed; one warning will be given before exam is invalidated.
  10. You may not ask the test administrator or lab aides for help in completing the activities or answering the questions.
  11. Once the student has completed the exam, it will take approximately TWO WEEKS to process your results. NO EXCEPTIONS.  Students should plan to take the exam the semester prior to registering for classes.
  12. After two weeks you should receive notification whether or not you passed the exam.
  13. The results of the exam are final and are not open for student review.
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Computer Science & Paralegal Studies Division

801-957-5152

Fall 2014 Schedule

Practice Test is available.

Testing will be available soon
in the Testing and Assessment Center
* Updated: 10/28/14 *