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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.


Taking Tests

  • If a transfer student is required to complete their general education at USU, they will be required to complete the CIL requirement. A particular program may require the CIL tests for admittance. In that case, you will have to take the tests.

  • The General Education Committee abolished CIL as a General Education Requirement, so no, you are not required to meet the requirement, although most universities in Utah have a similar requirement.

CIL is never waived for any reason. That said, you may not have to take the tests, or you may have a friend that did not have to take them, but it is not because the requirement is waived.

CIL is part of the University Studies requirement at USU, so if for any reason you are not subject to University Studies, you are not subject to CIL. If you take a class or test at another school in the state that they consider to meet their CIL requirement, USU will accept that as having fulfilled CIL. Ask your advisor if you think either of these situations might be the case.

You must make an appointment with the CIL Director or a Technician, cil.technician@aggiemail.usu.edu, in order to do so.
Using the CIL homepage as a reference during a test is considered cheating. Do NOT refer to the Ethics module, or any of the other teaching modules while taking a test. Cheaters will be referred to the Vice President for Student Services for disciplinary action, and their CIL account will be immediately disabled.

A student's test status is maintained under the CIL account. To determine which tests have been recorded as passed, log onto the CIL test system, and select the menu item LIST MY TESTS.

You will see a table listing the status of all of the available CIL tests. If any of the tests you have taken has a 0 under Score and says "To be graded" or "Incomplete" under Status, you may not have completed the test or you may not have printed your test correctly. If the latter is the case, talk to the consultant and they will give you further guidance on how to proceed. Keep in mind that some of the tests are graded by hand, so you may need to wait until the end of the day for your score to be entered.

There is no limit to the number of times you can take a CIL test.
You will receive an email to the email address listed on your account in iNetTest by the end of the day. To verify the email address that the email is being sent to, login to iNetTest. Also, while you're in iNetTest, you can look in the bottom right of the screen at the Recent Test Scores box to verify that you have passed a test. Remember, a 70% is passing.
  • Students working on a second Bachelors degree do not need to meet the CIL requirement, since University Studies does not apply.

    A particular program or course may still require the CIL tests, in which case you will have to take the tests, regardless of whether you need the tests for graduation.

  • Since no students need the CIL requirement to graduate, no 2nd Bachelor's students need the requirement.
It may. If the degree from the other school is fully accepted at USU so that you are not subject to the University Studies requirements, then you are not subject to CIL. Your advisor can tell you if this is the case.

If all six CIL tests are passed, your account will be automatically marked for review by the testing software. The following day, a CIL Technician will verify the tests were passed and the fee was paid. If everything is in order, your information will be forwarded to the Registrar’s office to put the CIL notation on your transcript. If there is a problem, such as the fee not being paid, you will receive an email explaining what you need to do.

If you believe you have finished the tests but CIL is not yet listed on your transcript under the semester you finished the tests, check your junk email folder to see if an email from us was filtered out for some reason. If you cannot find such an email, please contact a CIL Technician at cil.technician@aggiemail.usu.edu.

This process does take time. If you need the CIL tests completed and on your transcript by a certain date, plan accordingly - allow a week or so for this to be accomplished after you finish your last test and check your email often in case we have to contact you for any reason.

It may. There are specific classes, if passed, which may count as the CIL requirement. If you have a question about whether the class you've taken counts toward the CIL requirement, email us at alex.potter@usu.edu.
Regardless of what happened in a given class, the CIL tests have always been a standalone requirement that must be listed separately on a student transcript. Currently, OSS 1400 covers the necessary materials to pass CIL, but most teachers do not require it as a completion requirement in their class. So the class will probably help you, but the class alone isn't sufficient to meet the CIL requirement.
  • A student cannot complete the University Studies requirement until they have met the CIL requirement, which means they cannot graduate.

    The CIL tests are used as a prerequisite for several courses and some majors at USU. By not taking the CIL tests early in your academic career, your registration for these courses or admittance to your major may be denied until you complete the CIL tests.


  • There are none
Each CIL test can be taken as many times as needed. However, a student must wait a calendar day before retaking a test. There is no penalty for retaking a test. Recognize that the concept tests (Information Law and Ethics, Information Resources, and Computer Systems) are randomized, and that for performance tests (Electronic Presentations, Document Processing, and Spreadsheets) there are several versions of the tests in each CIL category. Therefore, each time a test is retaken it will most likely be a very different test from the last one taken.
You can have items on your person that fit in your pockets, but anything that does not fit in your pockets will be required to be placed on the rack. If during your test you access any items besides the computer, this will be considered cheating. If a student is caught cheating, that student will be required to meet with the CIL Director in order to correct the issue.
While taking a test, you may ask a question of only the consultant. The consultant may help to clarify questions on the test, but is not permitted to show how a task is completed. To discuss the test at this time with another student or anyone else is considered cheating. Cheaters will be referred to the Vice President for Student Services for disciplinary action, and their CIL account will be immediately disabled.