Microcomputer Proficiency Test
The Test in Brief
The Microcomputer Proficiency TEST (MPT) is given in two 50 minute modules and two 30 minute modules corresponding to the four areas of microcomputer skills defined by the College of Business Administration. Specifically, these skills included the ability to use word processing, spreadsheets, database and presentation software.
Each exam consists of 27 to 45 tasks that you are to perform to demonstrate your proficiency using, and your knowledge about the features of, Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint.
To do well on the test you should keep the following points in mind:
- The time limit will be adhered to strictly. You will be allotted a total of 30 minutes to complete Word and Powerpoint and 50 minutes to complete Access and Excel modules of the test. Time allocated for one test module cannot be used towards another module of the test. Furthermore, all questions are weighted equally. This means that you will need to work efficiently and distribute your time wisely. Students occasionally run out of time because they spend a long time working on one question, that they do not have time to complete the other questions.
- Read each question very carefully before answering, paying careful attention to specific keywords in the directions.
- Pay careful attention to the way the task is worded. In most cases there are multiple approaches to any given task. The application allows three opportunites to answer an incorrect response before moving on to the next question. The testing software is asking for one specific approach. You must use the one requested, as this tests your general knowledge of the application.