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Students at Missouri State University are trying out a new standardized test designed to assess their "digital literacy." The test is being developed by the same company that developed the S-A-T. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.
Students at Missouri State University are trying out a new standardized test designed to assess their "digital literacy."
The university is participating in a pilot program and is allowed to administer the 75 minute test at no charge to 15 hundred students.
Sue McCrory is in charge of the university's Computers for Learning course, a general education requirement.
She says the test covers a wide range of computer skills.
McCrory says many students are techno-savvy when it comes to certain recreational computer activities.
McCrory says the university will use the test results to re-tool its basic computer course, which freshmen and transfer students are required to take.
McCrory says there is an advanced version of the test and Missouri State University officials are looking at the possibility of using that as part of the capstone requirement for graduating seniors.
She says it would be a way to assess a student's computer skills as they prepare to enter the job market.
She says ultimately, the goal is to make sure students have the skills they need to accomplish tasks on their own in the workplace.
Testing of Missouri State University students began April 5th and ends May 5th.
McCrory says she expects to get the test results this summer.