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Kansas High School Computer Technology Proficiency Examination Information
Scope of Test
The Computer Technology Proficiency examination is designed to measure a student's computer technology competencies in the following areas: (1) Operating Systems and Hardware; (2) Computer Software; (3) Networking and the Internet; and (4) Social and Ethical Issues in Computing. The examination consists of 100 multiple-choice questions. Examinees have two hours (120 minutes) to complete the examination.
Successful completion of the examination allows students to earn one unit of high school credit in computer technology as approved by the Kansas Board of Regents. Testing is coordinated and administered by Kelly Center Testing Services at Fort Hays State University. The examination is designed by faculty in the Department of Accounting and Information Systems at Fort Hays State University.
Administration of the Examination
Administration of the examination is available in the following ways:
- On-site administration at the student's high school. The examination is currently available only as a paper-based test. A high school official must contact Kelly Center Testing Services to request the test and required forms. All test materials (test booklets [used/unused], answer sheets [used/unused], “Agreement to Test/List of Students Tested” form, and test fees) must be returned to Kelly Center Testing Services immediately after testing for proper processing and scoring.
- By appointment at the Kelly Center Testing Services office. Students must contact the Coordinator of Testing Services at the Kelly Center (785-628-4401) at least two weeks prior to a preferred test date. A "Referral Form" will be sent to the high school for completion. The student must present the completed "Referral Form" on test day.
The test fee is $35 per examinee. The fee is payable to Fort Hays State University by check or money order at the time of testing.
High school students must be referred for testing by the high school they are attending. The high school must complete the "Agreement to Test/List of Students Tested" form for each on-site administration. If a student requests to test at Kelly Center Testing Services, a “Referral Form” will be mailed to the high school. The high school must complete the form and return it to the student. The student must bring the form to Kelly Center Testing Services on test day.
Each student must present photo-bearing identification (driver’s license/student identification card).
Prohibited Testing Aids
Examinees are not permitted to use textbooks, dictionaries, notes or aids of any kind during the examination.
Students with Disabilities
It is the high school's responsibility to provide appropriate accommodations for students with documented learning and/or physical disabilities.
The examination is scored at Fort Hays State University. A typed score report for each examinee will be forwarded to the high school approximately 10-15 business days after the materials are received for scoring.
Successful completion of the examination allows students to earn one unit of credit in computer technology proficiency as approved by the Kansas Board of Regents. The Fort Hays State University recommended minimum score for awarding credit is a score of 60. Listed below is the recommended scale for converting the examinee's score to a letter grade:
A = 90-100
B = 80-89
C = 70-79
D = 60-69
E = 0-59
Final determination of awarded credit and assigned transcript letter grade is the responsibility of the high school.
Please Note the Following Important Information Provided by the Kansas Board of Regents:
"If a student takes the test option [for computer technology], credit must be recorded on the transcript and a grade assigned. We [KBOR] suggest that in assigning a grade, you use your own school's grading system. This, however, should not fall below the following minimal standard: A--90% or higher; B--80%-89%; C--70%-79%; D--60%-69%. We have noted that some schools have higher grading standards than this, in which case they should apply their own grading standards.
Please remember that credit and a grade for this course or test must appear on the transcript. The grade must be included in the QA [qualified admissions] grade point average, as it is a requirement of the law."
An examinee is allowed to retake the examination only after a minimum of 30 days has lapsed since the most recent test attempt.
The Computer Technology Proficiency Examination is based directly on the four areas of computer knowledge outlined by the Kansas Board of Regents.
Overview of Computer Technology Proficiencies Measured on The Test
The Computer Technology Proficiency Examination is the sole property of Fort Hays State University. Examination content is reviewed and updated as necessary to reflect current advances in computer technology curriculum and instruction. Unauthorized possession, use, duplication or distribution of any part of the test or copy thereof is prohibited.