Northstar Basic Computer Skills Assessment is a free online assessment of a person’s basic computer skills. After taking the assessment you can print out a personal learning plan that will help you improve in the areas you found more challenging.
Not only is this a great tool to use with students, but teachers should also take the assessment to better understand what basic computer skills are and where they may have their own share of challenges.
The assessment covers seven key skill areas: basic computing, world wide web, Windows, Mac OS X, using email, Microsoft Word, social media, and Microsoft Excel. People who take the assessment will often learn computer skills while taking the assessment. The basic computing section includes an in depth tutorial on how to move through the assessment. After completing each area, the assessment taker will be able to see what they got right and wrong.
This assessment is free to use, however programs can become a Sponsor of Northstar for an annual fee which then allows the program to provide assessment takers who score 85% or above, a Northstar Certificate and also gives the program access to detailed data about testing results.
Northstar was developed by the Friends of the St Paul Public Library through a variety of funding support.