Distance Ed - Computer Skills Assessment

Online students are required to have an Internet e-mail account and to be able to use a web browser. We strongly recommend that you have your own computer rather than relying on computers at office/public sites that are not available to you on weekends or evenings. Your particular course may also have additional requirements such as specific software that runs on your computer, which may or may not entail additional hardware needs.

Distance education courses are delivered to you in a variety of methods. The following statements can help you assess your computer skills and determine which courses might suit you best.

1. I can use a web browser such as Netscape Communicator or Navigator, Internet Explorer, or AOL. Yes No
2. I’m comfortable using a word processing program such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Works, and WordPerfect. Yes No
3. I can use more than one program at a time or view more than one web page at a time. Yes No
4. I can send e-mail with an attachment. Yes No
5. I can cut/copy and paste text. Yes No
6. I can download and install a computer program or plug-in. Yes No
7. I am comfortable learning a new computer program. Yes No
8. I am comfortable using online Help or a manual to solve problems and answer questions. Yes No


Add 2 points for each “Yes” answer, 1 point for each “No” answer

Total Score between 9 and 16:

  • A wide variety of course delivery methods are suitable for you.

Total score 8 and below:

  • Several options are available to you.