Computer Skills Exam

Exam Eligibility 

If you are a NIU education or pre-education major who believes you have already mastered the topics covered in ETT 229, Computers in Education, and would like the opportunity to waive the ETT 229 prerequisite for ETT 401A or ETT402.

Covered Topics

This examination includes both concept and application exercises regarding the following topics:

  • Basic computing concepts (including file management).
  • Word processing (Microsoft Word).
  • Presentation software (Microsoft PowerPoint).
  • Spreadsheet applications (Microsoft Excel).
  • Internet skills and basic web page creation.


Early registration is strongly recommended as seating is limited to the number of available computers at the testing facility. If you wish to take the exam, you will be registered on a "first come, first served" basis.

To register please email us at and be sure to include the required information below:

  • Name
  • Phone number
  • Student Z-ID number
  • Current e-mail 
  • Mailing address
  • Exam date preference

You may also email us at, be sure to include the required information. 

Fall 2021 Exam Schedule

This exam is administered several times each semester. You will have three hours to complete the exam. In-person exams will be administered online if necessary (due to COVID-19.) All changes will be announced accordingly

Date Time Location
Monday, September 20, 2021 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Gabel Hall room 106
Tuesday, October 5, 2021 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Gabel Hall room 106


Contact Us

Educational Technology, Research and Assessment
Gabel Hall 208
DeKalb, IL 60115
815-753-9388 (fax)

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