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Microcomputer Proficiency Test FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who must take the MPT?

Students in the College of Business Administration who have not met one of the following conditions: (1) received a grade of C or better in CIS 101. (2) received a grade of CR (credit) for CIS 101, or (3) presentations. One means of meeting this requirement is through successful completion of the microcomputer proficiency test (MPT).

Students are assigned microcomputer proficiency based upon the characteristics of the approved course(s) from another school or by passing the database, word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation modules of the MPT.

When Will I be required to take the MPT?

Microcomputer proficiency is a prerequisite for many courses, both lower and upper division, in the College of Business Administration. If you have not met one of the conditions demonstrating proficiency in this area, then we strongly recommend that you consider the MPT as a means of doing so as soon as possible.

Will there be a fee for the test?

Yes, you must pay a fee when you appear to take the test. Advance payment of your fee is not required. If you have to take the MPT on more than one day, you must pay the fee each time you appear to take the exam. This fee will cover the cost of administering the test, scoring, and recording your test result.

When and Where will the test be given?

Students may take the MPT at the Test Center, CLA Building, 98P, 2-004. The test is offered Monday through Friday during academic year and Monday through Thursday during the summer. Test times are available in the Test Center.

How and When may I register for the MPT?

You may register for the MPT during any time that the Test Center is open. To register, come to the Test Center and Be sure to BRING YOUR CAL POLY PHOTO ID CARD. You will fill in a registration card and take it with your fee payment in cash or check to the Cashier's Office. Then you will return to the Test Center to receive an admission ticket for the test. Test fees will be refunded except for University-recognized emergencies.

What is the length and format of the test?

The MPT is given in four modules: word processing, spreadsheet, access database and presentation. Each module test is computer based. You will demonstrate your proficiency through the completion of specific tasks assigned by the testing software. Each module must be completed within 30 minutes for Word & Powerpoint and 50 minutes for Excel and Access. Modules are taken grouped together during a test session.

The testing software is very specific in what approaches it requires to satisfy a particular task. Read each question carefully and perform each task exactly as instructed. Even if you know a different approach to get the same results, you must use the one required by the test.

Can I use my own notes or a help sheet during the test?

No. The test is closed book, closed notes. No support materials are permitted.

If I take the test and don't pass it, how many times can I retake the test?

If you do not pass an MPT module after your initial attempt, you may retake the module that you did not pass, one more time (a total of two times per module). You need only retake modules that have not been passed. All modules must be completed within one year from your first test session, and you must wait at least one week to re-test.

If I don't pass the test, can I petition?

No, the test cannot be petitioned, If you have not passed a module after two attempts, you must enroll in either CIS 101 or an approved course at another school. In either case, you must receive a grade of C or better to meet the proficiency requirement.

Accommodations needed?

To receive accommodations, you must notify the Disability Resource Center at (909) 869-3333 no later than the registration deadline.  Please note that accommodations are not provided on Saturday.

If your religious convictions prevent you from taking the MPT on the scheduled test dates, you must request special arrangements by providing a letter on official letterhead from an appropriate religious authority to the Test Officer.