Computer Basics: CMP-106

Concepts & Applications Challenge Examination

This two-hour exam will consist of multiple-choice and true/false questions as well as task-oriented questions. A minimum keyboarding rate of 20 wpm is required. A passing score of 85% or higher must be achieved in all areas to pass the exam.

Students interested in taking this Challenge Examination should register in the Testing and Assessment Center located in Building 19, Room 238 in advance by calling (413) 755-4689. A non-refundable fee of $7.50 is required. Students must present their Student ID prior to taking the Challenge Exam. NOTE: You cannot challenge a course in which you are currently enrolled. If you are enrolled in the course you must withdraw before the add/drop period ends.

Students planning to attend a 4-year college should discuss with an advisor whether or not credits for a challenged course will transfer prior to taking the exam.


Listed below is a tentative exam schedule. All exams take place at 10 a.m.

  • June 12, 2024
  • June 26, 2024
  • July 10, 2024
  • July 17, 2024
  • July 24, 2024
  • July 31, 2024
  • August 7, 2024
  • August 14, 2024
  • August 21, 2024
  • August 28, 2024

Exam Subject Matter

  • Input & output devices
  • Hardware and processing
  • Operating systems and application software
  • Computer networks, security, and ethics
  • Use the mouse and menus
  • Use windows (minimize, maximize, close)
  • Use Windows Help and Support Center
  • Create, rename, move, and copy folders/files
  • Search for files
  • Delete and restore files and folders
  • Understand basic Internet terminology
  • Explore the browser window
  • View, save, and navigate Web pages
  • Search for and evaluate information
  • Information literacy
  • Save, print, and edit a document
  • Find, replace, cut, copy, and paste text
  • Check grammar and spelling
  • Format text and paragraphs (fonts, line spacing/alignment, tabs/indents, bullets/numbering and styles)
  • Format documents (margins, orientation, numbers, headers/footers, and themes)
  • Insert pictures
  • Insert, edit, and format tables
  • Create footnotes, citations, and works cited
  • Edit, copy, and move cell entries
  • Create formulas
  • Use absolute and relative cell references
  • Format a worksheet (fonts, attributes, alignment, column/row adjustments, inserting/deleting cells, rows, and columns, applying colors and borders)
  • Insert and format charts
  • Create a database
  • Navigate, enter, edit, sort, filter, and find records
  • Create and modify tables & format a datasheet
  • Create and modify forms, reports, and queries
  • Insert and format images
  • Create a presentation and print handouts
  • Create a new slide, apply layout, and enter text
  • Insert and format graphics, clip art & SmartArt
  • Animation and transitions


Renee Tetrault, Professor OIT Department (STCC)
One Armory Square, P.O. Box 9000 – Suite 1
Springfield, Massachusetts 01102-9000
Telephone: (413) 755-4099, Bldg. #2, Room 234