•   BCIS 1305 Competency Exam Information 

    If you are interested in testing out of the BCIS 1305 course, you will  need to complete the following steps:

    (1)  Go to the Site Director/Assistant Dean/ Dean /or Advisor and have her/him sign your 
    BCIS 1305 Test Out Competency Petition Form .  

    (2)  Go to the Cougar Center in Alice, Kingsville, and Pleasanton or the Beeville Testing Department and pay the $25.00 Course Challenge Fee and get your receipt.  

    (3)    [8/7/19 - We are currently investigating a possible problem with this code.  We have contacted Cengage and are awaiting a resolution.  We hope to have this resolved by 8/26/19.]

    Go online to purchase your access code:  
    New ISBN# 978-1-285-73505-4.   
     Scroll to the bottom of the page and you'll see the following.  This is the one you want to purchase for $26.00. 

    [Example of what link will look like when you purchase your access code]
    • SAM 2013 Challenge Instant Access, 1st Edition 
    • Cengage

    Instructor-selected course material for BCIS 1305 - Business Comp Apps



     The Institution Key # is T2030335.  You will need this code to create your account.  Then you will use the access code that you purchased before your account is created.  Guide to create your SAM 2013 Challenge Account.   Important - if you already have a SAM/Cengage account, be sure to create a NEW account when you purchase the SAM 2013 Challenge Access Code for the BCIS 1305 Test Out exam.  Do not use the same account you may have had for a course.  

    On 10/13/15 a Competency Practice Exam was created.  There are 25 questions on the practice exam which will help prospective examinees be aware of SAM 2013 Challenge ways of answering questions. 
    If you are not able to access the "Competency Practice Exam" please call CBC Testing Coordinator - Roberta Kreis - at (361) 354-2244.

     To help prepare for the BCIS 1305 Test out – please review the following Free - Tutorials for Microsoft Office 2013 sites.    


    Microsoft Powerpoint 2013 – Tutorial -   






     https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/training.aspx - Make sure you select the Microsoft Office 2013 Training and not another version.   

     (4)  Use our on-line scheduling site - click here to make your appointment.

    Go to the Testing Department - Alice Site - Room 130, Beeville Site - Dirks-131, Kingsville Site - Room 135, or Pleasanton Site - Cougar Center with your signed Petition Form - at least two signatures from Administrators, receipt, SAM 2013 Challenge Code login, and Photo ID so that you can take the BCIS 1305 competency exam.

    (5)  The exam covers:  Basic Computer Skills / Word / Excel/ PowerPoint/ and Access.  The student needs to earn a score of 70 or better to pass the BCIS 1305 Competency Exam.  There are 100 questions for the exam.  The exam is not timed and can take from forty-five (45) minutes up to two (2) hours to complete – based upon the individual.   

    (6)    During the exam – the student is given three (3) opportunities to get the question right.  If they select the first choice and it’s not correct – it lets the student know and then they can try again.  This is only while they are on a question.  They cannot go back after they’ve confirmed the answered and moved on to the next question.  

    (7) During the exam, the only aid allowed is the Zoom Text 10 tool to magnify the exam information.  

    The examinee may want practice with this tool before they come in for testing.  The exam information takes up only 2/3 of the screen - so it may be difficult for some individuals to view the information comfortably.  To access the Zoom Text 10 tool - the individual will click on the Start button - then click on All Programs.  They will select the Zoom Text 10 folder and double click on the Zoom Text 10 Icon to activate the tool. 

    The exam is interactive – Example:  A question may ask the student to change the font size, color, etc…  The student will then have to actually go through the motions of making the change requested.  There are not multiple-choice answers, for the Microsoft programs. The Basic Computer Concepts will have mix and match boxes (Example:  Select one box on the left, then click the box that describes, or has components of the other, on the right). When the boxes have been selected a line will connect the answers. There are 5-6 pairs on these questions.

    (8) After the exam, the student will be given a copy of their score report.  The goal is to earn a score of 70 or higher, 

    The Testing Center will make a copy of the receipt(s), signed Petition Form, and score report for the testing files and will e-mail this information to the Registrar's office. 

    (9) The student will then request for the Testing Department to send their receipt(s), signed Test Out Subject Competency Petition Form, and score report to the Registrar’s Office - located on the Beeville Site and ask for the BCIS 1305 course to be entered onto their CBC academic transcript.  

    he student may go to the Beeville Business Office or Alice, Kingsville, and Pleasanton Cougar Center and pay the course fee ($180) for BCIS 1305 so that the course can be transcribed onto the CBC transcript - they will need to take the receipt back to the Testing Office.  If the student plans to graduate with an Associates of Arts or Science - then they will need BCIS 1305 to be transcribed onto their transcript - so they must pay the $180.00.

    Or if they took the exam for Computer Competency to be transcribed onto their CBC transcript - they will not need to pay any additional fee. 

     Page created 2/5/15
    Revised 8/19/19


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