The Testing Center is pleased to offer the Scott L. Carmona College of Business’s CS150 Assessment. This examination allows students to test out of CS150, a required business cognate course, by assessing their ability to use the various elements of an Excel program, including but not limited to math and text functions, chart design, goal seek and named ranges. For a full list of possible test topics, please see below.
Please note that the Center may only give this assessment during certain periods of the semester and at limited times; these testing windows are approved by the College of Business. Registration for this exam is time sensitive, and it is recommended that students begin the process at least seven days prior to the date that they wish to take their test.
The total cost for the CS150 Assessment, which includes both the exam and the proctoring fee, is $59.99. Payment will be collected in two stages during the registration process, half by the Center’s RegisterBlast site and half by ExPrep, the owner of the exam. Failure to complete either step may result in an inability to take the test on the desired day. There are no walk-ins for testing. Directions for purchasing and scheduling:
The CS150 Assessment will test a student’s ability to use various Excel functions. Each test is comprised of a workbook with five pages; each page will contain one to six questions that require the tester to complete a variety of objectives within the 90 minutes allotted for the test. Though students may not go online during the exam, there is no penalty for using the “help” option built into Excel, nor is there a penalty for the number of clicks it takes to complete the objective. However, the student will lose points if the correct function is not used as the question directs even if there are a variety of ways to reach the right answer. Possible exam topics are below; please note that the test will not cover every topic listed and that questions may come from a variety of categories/objectives.
Testers should arrive no less than 15 minutes prior to their appointment time to complete check-in. The test will begin at exactly the time registered for so students must be at their station, logged in and ready by that time. Students must have photo ID on the day of the test; scrap paper and pencils will be provided by the Center. No personal electronics are allowed. Per the College of Business’s policy, those who arrive more than 5 minutes late for their test will not be allowed to take the exam as it would be a disruption to the other testers and will forfeit any fees paid.
Because of the nature of this exam, students should contact the Testing Center immediately by either email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or telephone (989-964-2820) if they are unable to take their test at the day and time they have scheduled for. A Center staff member will make every attempt to move the exam to another time slot. If the student no longer wishes to take the exam, the Center’s Cancellation Policy will be adhered to.
Upon completion, the test will be uploaded and then reviewed by the College of Business and ExPrep, the company who owns the examination. Scores will be released to the Testing Center 2-5 business days after review. On exam day, test takers will be given the option to either have their scores sent to their SVSU email or to return to the Center to receive them verbally. Students need a score of 75 or above to pass the assessment.
What if I don’t pass?
Students who do not receive the score they desire may retake the CS150 Assessment one additional time. However, they must wait until the following semester to retake the exam, meaning that if the assessment was taken in the summer semester, they must wait until the fall semester to try again. After two attempts, the student must take the CS150 course. The process to schedule a retake of the assessment is the same as the first attempt; students should register for an appointment and then follow the directions emailed by the Center staff. It should be noted that Center staff cannot share the completed test nor any test questions with students.
What if I do pass?
If a student receives a score of 75 or above, they do not have to take CS150 and may register for any class that requires that course as a prerequisite. However, passing the assessment will not give the student the credit for CS150, meaning they must make up the 1 credit lost for this class in another way. There are two options to do this: