Coastal Carolina University's Division of Extended Learning
Public Services will administer the Tek.Xam proficiency examination, an
online test that measures technology and problem-solving skills. A prep
course will be offered prior to the exam, which will be given during
the spring 2002 semester.
"The Tek.Xam gives students and those already in the work force
the opportunity to prove just how good they are at problem-solving and
using a computer," said Peter Balsamo, dean of Coastal's Division of
Extended Learning and Public Services. "Those who do well on the test
can prove to current and prospective employers that they are ready to
work with technological challenges in a variety of different job
Tek.Xam tests a person's ability to synthesize and analyze data,
draw conclusions, and present those conclusions using a variety of
common computer applications. During the test participants will use the
Internet for information gathering and analysis and will be asked to
put together a simple Web site.
Participants will also have to prepare a spreadsheet and chart the
data, develop a multi-page presentation, and a word processing
document. In addition, they will be required to answer questions about
a wide range of computer concepts related to networking, hardware and
software as well as the key legal and ethical issues associated with
the use of this technology.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, within three years 95
percent of all new jobs nationwide will require a moderate, if not
keen, knowledge of computer systems and functions, with a special
emphasis on Internet know-how.
"Liberal arts students, in particular, will benefit from the
Tek.Xam test because it measures proficiency in skill areas not
indicated by their field of study, thereby increasing the diversity of
positions for which a student may apply," said Balsamo. "That will make
students more valuable to prospective employers from many business
Tek.Xam was created by the Virginia Foundation for Independent
Interested participants can take a sample test, as well as prepare
for the test with the online study guide, at www.tekxam.com. For more
information about the Tek.Xam proficiency exam at Coastal, contact
Balsamo at 349-2648.