IT Competency Exam

The IT Competency Exam is not for credit. It is a prerequisite to gauge current knowledge and skills necessary for successful completion of the School of Business core.

The IT Competency Exam is required for the following four courses regardless of completion of past computer coursework. These classes will have as a prerequisite a minimum score of 70% on the exam:

  • Accounting 2310
  • Accounting 2330
  • Business Information Systems 3305
  • Business Information Systems 3352

Computing competency indicated by the 70% passing score is essential if you are to perform well in the above courses. If you do not have minimal Excel skills, you will struggle as you complete your business core courses. If you do not feel you have this essential minimal Excel competency, you should strongly consider taking BINS 1310, in which you will develop these skills and have the opportunity within the course to pass the IT Competency Exam.

Follow these steps to meet this prerequisite:

  1. Step 1: Review exam details in the document, IT Competency Exam Content.
  2. Step 2: Set up your testing account in SAM. Follow the instructions on the instruction sheet, SAM Student Registration Instructions. This temporary SAM registration is active for only 14 days, so set up your account near the time you wish to test. After the 14 days, your test scores disappear from within SAM. You may take the exam from your own computer.
  3. Step 3: When you’re at a computer and ready to complete the exam, you will log in to the SAM Challenge site using the login information you used in Step 2 and complete the exam.
    NOTE: Upon completion of the exam, send an email stating your name, T#, date of test, and score to the following email account immediately: Print a copy of your test score for documentation before closing exam.
  4. Step 4: Keep in a safe place your SAM Access Code and SAM login information in case you need to retest. The same access code will be used for future test administrations.

IT Competency Exam Process Instructions (revised Jan. 2022)

IT Competency Exam Content (revised Jan. 2022)

SAM Student Registration Instructions (revised Oct. 2023)