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  Preparing for the CSA

The CSI CSA objectives for computer literacy are aligned with IC3 Internet and Computing Core Certification.

Objectives

Self-study

There are many resources for those wishing to study on their own.

Since the CSA is aligned to IC3, any IC3 training materials, books, or websites will assist in learning the required knowledge and skills.

Another option is the tutorials available for Word, Excel, and Powerpoint through the Microsoft website – http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/help/default.aspx. There are lists of how to‘s for each application.

And for current CSI students the CSI Learning Express Library offers short computer skills training courses for several different applications. http://www.learnatest.com/LEL/index.cfm/learningCenter/computerSkills

 

Integration

Some departments integrate the skills into their regular courses. Students should check with their advisor for the best preparation track for their particular needs and major.

 
 
 
  Taking the CSA

Students are expected to pass an exam to meet the minimum literacy standards. The exam covers competencies in:

  • Windows Operating System
  • Word Processing Applications
  • Presentation Applications
  • Spreadsheet Applications

These assessments are skill based interactive exams and may be taken in the CSI Testing Center . The exam is covered by student fees and can be taken without charge for one month beginning at the first attempt. Once the month is over, exams may be retaken for a nominal fee following a 24-hour wait period.