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Computer Proficiency Exam (CPE)

CBA requires all students to demonstrate computer proficiency before graduation.

Computer Proficiency Exam (CPE)

CPE is a hands-on computer exam consisting of four Microsoft Office modules: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access. The exam is graded as Pass/Fail. To receive a passing grade, 70% of your answers must be correct in EACH of the modules. All business and pre-business majors shall demonstrate computer literacy and competency prior to taking junior and senior level courses. 

The College of Business Administration (CBA) requires all students to demonstrate computer proficiency before graduation.

You can satisfy computer proficiency by completing ONE of the followings:

  1. Passing score (70%) on the Computer Proficiency Examination (CPE), CPE is a way to satisfy your Computer Proficiency Requirement.
  2. With Credit (Cr) or "C" or better grade in a transfer equivalent course
  3. With Credit (Cr) or "C" or better grade in Complete IS 233. Introduction to Computer Systems and Applications
Exam Dates
2018 Exam Dates for Computer Proficiency Exam
Exam Date Exam Time Exam Location
Friday, Nov 2 10 AM - Noon CBA 237A

Note: Complete the CPE Registration online by clicking on a date above. $40 CPE fee must be paid by 2:59pm the day before to your scheduled exam date. Payment should be made online. No fee refunds.

Your Student ID is required for exam admittance. Please bring your Student ID with you to the exam. Arrive 30 minutes early to sign-in and get set-up

Registration

Online Registration

To register, please return to the main CPE website, and select an appropriate date. Please enter your full name and CSULB Campus ID Number exactly as it appears on your CSULB Student ID card. Please enter your email carefully, because that will be the only way CPE administrator will be able communicate to with you. You will receive an E-Mail confirmation of your registration. You cannot take the exam unless you have registered online.

  • $40 CPE fee must be paid prior to your scheduled exam date. 
  • Payment should be made online. No Cash payments will be accepted.
  • No Refunds for CPE fees will be provided.

Your Student ID is required for exam admittance. Please bring your Student ID with you to the exam. Arrive 30 minutes early to sign-in and get set-up

Preparation

CPE Preparation Self Study Materials

CPE Workshops

Reading

Exploring Microsoft Office 2010 Volume 1 (Custom), by Robert Grauer et al., Prentice Hall, ISBN 9781256284321.

Exam questions are similar to the exercise questions in the textbook.

Suggested CPE Study Topics 

CPE Study Topic Guide

  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • Access
Exam Scope, Format, and Grading Policy

CPE is a hands-on computer exam consisting of four Microsoft Office modules: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access. The exam is graded as Pass / Fail. To receive a passing grade, 70% of your answers must be correct in EACH of the modules.

This is a 2-hour exam, held in the CBA building. You will take the exam using a computer. You will be asked to perform actual manipulation on computers. Examples include formatting a text in Word, writing a function in Excel, inserting a slide transition in PowerPoint, or adding a relationship between tables in Access. You will save your results on a USB drive that will be provided to you, and your exam will be graded by an instructor.

  • There is no limit as to how many times you can take CPE; however, there is a $40 fee for every attempt.
  • If you do not pass CPE and decide to retake it, you will need to take ALL modules, regardless of whether you passed any individual modules in prior exams.

Day of the Exam

  • Bring your CSULB Student ID card
  • Arrive 30 minutes early to sign-in and get set-up
Result Notification

Results will be available within 7 days of taking the exam, and it will be emailed to your provided Email. If you pass CPE, CBA Advising Center is notified and your transcripts are updated.

Support

For CPE schedule and test related questions

Asela Thomason

Asela.Thomason@csulb.edu
College of Business Administration
California State University, Long Beach
Long Beach, CA 90840