advising matters: Why the cpe is important
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Taking the Computer Proficiency Exam (CPE) is a prerequisite for many upper-level classes in the College of Business and Economics. Haven’t taken the CPE? Here’s what you need to do:
1) Understand why it is important. Successful completion of the CPE is required to be admitted into the college. It is also a prerequisite for some classes within the college. Failing the exam could set you back a semester in your coursework. In addition, skills tested by the exam give you a competitive edge in upper level courses and in the workplace.
2) Register for an exam date. This can be done online here. Click on the red box on the right side of the page that says “Get Started Today.” Below are the remaining exam dates for the fall semester. The exam is given on Fridays from 2 to 4pm, in Stephens Hall, Room 224.
3) Prepare for the exam. This exam should not be taken lightly. Over half of students fail the exam on their first attempt.
The CPE serves as a prerequisite for several classes in the CBE. Make sure you study for the exam. If you fail, it could set you back an entire semester.
CPE Exam Dates:
The CPE covers Microsoft Office 2010, including Excel, Word, and Powerpoint. You must receive at least a 70% to pass. Even if you have a strong understanding of Microsoft Office, it is important to prepare because the exam also tests how you perform operations, not just if you are able to create the desired result. To get practice with the material, purchase the “Test and Training” option available here.
4) Show up for the exam on time. Students have been known to not show up for their scheduled exam. It is vital that you attend your exam session, because if you are not present for your scheduled exam, the no-show policy states you will not be allowed to take the exam until the following semester. Again, this means that you could be set back an entire semester with your coursework. Also, due to a limited number of spots, if you register to take the exam, but do not attend, you are preventing someone else from taking the test. If you know you will be unable to attend the test at least 24 hours before the exam session, you must give notice to the college by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling Student Academic Services at: 410-704-3496.