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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

NOCTI and Nocti Business Solutions (NBS) | Evaluated Learning Experience

Computer Technology/Computer Systems - Pennsylvania Customized Test (8299)

Course Category: 


NOCTI proctored test centers throughout Pennsylvania. This assessment is not available through Nocti Business Solutions.

September 2015 – Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Proficiency exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Students will be able to: review safety data sheets (SDS) and explain their requirements in handling hazardous materials; describe types of fire extinguishers and explain which types to use for extinguishing various fires; demonstrate safe procedures to follow when lifting and carrying heavy objects; identify potential hazards when working with power supplies; identify proper disposal procedures for batteries and display devices; configure a computer’s power management settings to maximize energy efficiency; maintain a safe work area to avoid common accidents and injuries; identify the various types of computers people use in the modern world; identify appropriate computer equipment and peripherals for given a specific situation and budget; describe the interaction between software and hardware; identify the functions of an operating system; describe the various components of a graphical user interface based operating system; list and describe several common application software suites; demonstrate the ability to print documents using applications software; describe appropriate email etiquette; describe common ethical issues with downloading legal and illegal documents software; use a web browser to effectively search the Internet and retrieve specified information; describe common uses of cloud computing for work, school, and home; describe and categorize storage devices and backup media; explain the operation of a motherboard and its components, types, and features; explain the purpose and characteristics of CPUs and their functions; explain cooling methods and devices; compare and contrast memory types, characteristics, and their purpose; explain the characteristics of various monitors, and display devices; explain the function and types of adapter cards; explain the purpose of CPU and case fans air flow directions; describe and explain troubleshooting theory; describe, explain, and interpret common hardware and operating system symptoms and their causes; describe and determine the troubleshooting methods and tools for printers; describe and interpret common laptop issues and determine appropriate basic troubleshooting method; describe and apply common preventative maintenance techniques for computers; compare and contrast the different operating systems and their features; given a scenario, demonstrate proper use of user interfaces; explain the process and steps to install and configure an operating system; explain the basics of boot sequences, methods, and startup utilities; select appropriate commands and options to troubleshoot and resolve problems; explain the difference between various operating system directory structures; identify and use system utilities/tools and evaluate the results; evaluate and resolve common OS (Operating System) and software issues; describe common types of computer networks based on their scope of coverage; describe how computer networks, telephone networks, and the Internet are related; define networking fundamentals, technologies, devices, and protocols; describe, fabricate, and test network cables and connectors; compare and contrast various types of wired and wireless networks; demonstrate how to use the appropriate tools to troubleshoot problems of network connectivity; explain the ethical, legal, and security issues related to handling data; identify  security features including wireless encryption, and malicious software protection; identify security, password management, locking workstations, and biometrics; troubleshoot, remove, and prevent viruses and malware; implement security and troubleshoot common issues; describe ethical, security, and privacy issues involved in posting personal information; demonstrate the use of effective communication with customers; and utilize the team approach to deliver customer service.  Performance Component:  Components and Tools Identification (19%); Assemble a Network Cable (19%); Troubleshooting and Software Installation (39%); and Using Productivity Software (23%).


This exam assesses individuals' end-of-program knowledge and skills in an online proctored proficiency examination format. In addition, some programs administer a performance component test to assess application of skills.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Computer Technology, Information Technology (9/15) (9/20 revalidation). NOTE: An additional 1-2 credits may be awarded based on successful completion of the Performance Component when given in conjunction with the written proficiency examination.