All students must demonstrate proficiency in information technology (basic computer skills) as a condition for graduating from ETSU.
Satisfying the UIT requirement
How to do this
ETSU's using information technology (UIT) proficiency requirement can be met in one of three ways:
- by successfully completing CSCI 1100
- by transferring in a course from another accredited institution that has been determined to be equivalent to CSCI 1100
- by passing the UIT Proficiency Exam
When to do this
The UIT Proficiency Exam
What it is
The UIT Proficiency Exam is provided as an alternative to taking CSCI 1100. It's intended for students who have already developed the skills that CSCI 1100 covers -- e.g., through job training, previous education, and/or experience.
What it entails
The test has two sections: a multiple choice section that covers file management, computer hardware and software, Internet basics, and safety including cybersecurity and a simulated section for Microsoft 365 tools - Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Chrome Internet browser is recommended for the testing session. Failure to use Chrome may lead to issues that cannot be resolved during your testing session.
The exam is pass/fail (P/F). To pass, students must score of 70 or above for each of the sections. Scoring below a 70 in any section will result in a failure of the entire proficiency exam.
Passing the exam provides no credit hours on a student's transcript -- but does fulfill ETSU's UIT proficiency requirement.
What it costs
- There is no charge to take the proficiency exam in the campus testing center.
- Students who wish to attempt the remote administration of the test, will be assessed a $25 testing fee by ProctorU.
Testing Dates and Registration
Fall Testing Window: August 29, 2022 - December 2, 2022
Spring Testing Window: January 5, 2023 - April 28, 2023.
Fall Testing Window: August 15, 2022 - December 2, 2022
Spring Testing Window: TBA
Who may take the exam
Students who are not excluded from taking the UIT proficiency exam may take the exam
ONCE. This includes students who have enrolled in CSCI 1100 but who have not yet
started an 1100 class.
- Students who pass this exam before the start of classes will have completed their UIT obligation; they may then drop CSCI 1100.
- Once classes start, these students become ineligible to take the exam; to satisfy the UIT requirement, they must then complete CSCI 1100.
Who may not take the exam
Students who may not take the exam include the following:
- Students who have taken CSCI 1100.
- Students who are currently in the midst of taking CSCI 1100 -- i.e., who were enrolled in CSCI 1100 at any time when classes were meeting after the start of the current semester's classes.
- Students who have already taken and failed the UIT proficiency exam.
These students must complete CSCI 1100 to satisify the UIT requirement.