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Frequently Asked Questions

All the information necessary to pass the tests is included in the CIL website, including the FAQs. Please review the site and let us know if you have a question that is not answered. We cannot be held responsible for issues that arise due to a lack of understanding of CIL policies by students that have not reviewed the entire CIL website.


Getting Started

Whether or not you have a testing account set up, you may login to ciltest.usu.edu with your A-number and Banner password. That will either log you into the system if you already have an account or step you through creating an account if you don't already have one. You may register for tests during the account creation process or anytime later by clicking on Register for Tests. If you are taking the exams as part of a class, you will be put into the class automatically based on Banner registration data. If you have any problems, you may bring your student ID card to the CIL Lab, ESLC 131, and a consultant will help step you through the process.
  • There is no specific time limit on the passing of the CIL tests, although they are designed to be passed during your first year at USU. Some majors or courses may require you to finish the tests as a prerequisite. Passing all the tests early will help you avoid the procrastination issues that occur to many students around registration, program application, and graduation deadlines. We do our best to assist students who walk at graduation and move out of state, only to find that the registrar's office won't mail them their diploma since they never took the tests, but it is much easier for everyone while you're still here.
  • Since the CIL tests are no longer a General Education Requirement, it is relative to a course or department as to when the tests need to be completed.
You have to pay the fee in order to take the tests, whether or not is part of a class.
After your CIL account has been set up, all you need to bring in order to take a CIL test is your USU Student ID card. If your ID card is damaged in such a way that your picture is worn off or other information is not legible, you may be required to obtain a new card.
  1. Become familiar with the CIL requirement itself by reviewing cil.usu.edu.
  2. Login to the CIL testing system. You will need to know your A-number and Banner password.
  3. Register for the tests.
Your CIL account will be active immediately, and you may take a CIL test in the CIL Lab at any time it is open.
The Computer and Information Literacy (CIL) requirement is a statewide requirement defining a set of basic computer use and information access skills needed by all college students. Competency for this requirement is measured by six specialized tests in the areas of:
For students who have been at USU for awhile, you may have been charged the $30 fee automatically your first semester. If you were not charged your first semester or if you have just recently enrolled at USU, the CIL fee will be charged to your USU account (same as tuition and other fees) when you begin the CIL exams. If you are enrolled in a course where you will be taking some or all of the CIL exams, your instructor may request that the fee be charged for all students at the beginning of the course. The fee is only charged once, no matter how many times or how long it takes you to pass the 6 CIL tests. The fee is the same, whether the tests are being taken as part of a class or on their own. If you have been assessed the $30 CIL fee and are not required to take the CIL tests, and have not started taking the tests, you may fill out a Refund Application form with your advisor's signature, and return it to the CIL lab.
The CIL tests are taken in the CIL Lab, Eccles Science Learning Center (ESLC) 131, which is open Monday - Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. When classes are not in session at the main campus, the lab is closed – between semesters and for university holidays and breaks. Extension students may take the tests at the extension site closest to them. Please call in advance to be sure a CIL-approved proctor will be at the site when you arrive.
  • Since the CIL requirement is part of University Studies, any USU student who graduates under the University Studies program must meet the CIL requirement by passing all 6 CIL tests. If you have passed it, you should be able to see it on your transcript under the semester in which the tests were completed.

    The following students may not be required to meet the CIL requirement:

    • A student graduating under the old USU General Education program.
    • A student transferring to USU with an Associate of Science or an Associate of Arts degree that USU accepts as meeting the University Studies requirement. This includes most schools in the USHE (Utah), AGEC (Arizona), and IGETC (California) state systems. USU also accepts Associate degrees from the BYU schools, LDS Business College, Westminster College, Boise State University, College of Southern Idaho, Idaho State University, and Western Wyoming Community College. Please consult with your advisor for the most current list.
    • A student transferring to USU from a Utah College or University with a transcript which shows officially that the CIL requirement has been met at that school.
    • A second bachelors student.
    • A graduate student.
    An academic department or a specific class may include the CIL requirement as part of its prerequisites, and may require the student to take the tests even if it is not required for graduation.

  • With the abolishment of CIL as a General Education Requirement, only those students who belong to a specific academic department or class that include CIL are required to meet the requirement.