CIS Proficiency Exam Procedures

CIS Proficiency Exams offered

  • CIS 110 – Computer Literacy
  • CIS 116 – PC Operating Systems and Hardware
  • CIS 117 – Introduction to Programming
  • CIS 118 – Introduction to Windows
  • CIS 131 – Introduction to Windows Spreadsheet Applications (Excel 2007)
  • CIS 136 – Introduction to Presentation Software (PowerPoint 2007)
  • CIS 145 – Introduction to the Internet

What do the tests cover?

Before you start, you should know…

  • There is a $25 fee for each proficiency exam payable in Registration (A258).
  • Exams take approximately two to three hours.
  • Most exams require a written exam and hands-on demonstration.
  • No books, materials or cell phones can be brought to exams.
  • The CIS lead instructor, or another instructor, will grade your exam. Then the Records office will mail your results to you in about five to seven business days. (Verify with the enrollment processor that we have your current address and contact information in our system to ensure that you receive your results.)
  • You must score 80% or better on a proficiency exam to receive credit.
  • You may take each proficiency exam only one time.

The CIS Proficiency Exam Process

  1. Pick up a Proficiency Exam Form from Registration (A258).
  2. There are five parts to the form. Fill out parts one and two with the assistance of the enrollment processor in Registration.
  3. Pay your $25 fee. The enrollment processor will complete part 4 of the form.
  4. Schedule an appointment for your exam with the Testing Center. (815) 455-8984
  5. Bring your form with you to the exam.

National CIS Certificate Exams

Any student who passes a national certification exam such as A+ can receive college credit if we have a comparable course offering. The transcript can be submitted as transfer credit and will be assigned to your record. Bring this document to Admissions (A262).