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.

Suggested topics of each module are (but not limited to):