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Computer Systems

The competencies for the Computer Systems Test are to correctly identify the major components of computers and the major determinants of computer performance and protection in the following categories:

  1. Bits & Bytes
  2. Size/speed terminology
  3. Formatting disks
  4. Storage devices
  5. Peripheral devices
  6. System devices
  7. Virus and spyware protection
  8. Protecting the OS
  9. Networking

The tutorial contains pages that talk about each of these competencies. You may use the drop-down box above to choose the topics you want to read about. A print-friendly version of the tutorial is also available.

When you are done with the tutorial, you should have an understanding of the basic parts of a computer and their functions, in order to perform basic maintenance and everyday tasks. You will also be able to keep your computer secure against common threats by utilizing antivirus and firewall software. The italicized text on each page provides specific examples, recommendations, or practices that may be especially useful to you in working with your computer.

The Computer Systems exam is a multiple choice, multiple answer, true/false, and fill-in-the-blank test and is graded immediately after it is taken. Approximately five questions are asked from each of the listed skills. One question is displayed at a time. During the test, select the correct answer and then click NEXT to proceed to the next question.

When you are finished answering all the questions, click EXIT TEST. Your score will be displayed. You will need to score 70% or higher to pass this exam. If you passed, congratulations! If not, you may want to go through the Computer Systems tutorial and then try again.

When you are ready to take the Computer Systems exam, please let the consultant know and he/she will unlock the test for you. (You will need to show your USU ID).