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Computer Skills Placement (CSP)

The CSP assesses students' computer competency. It includes mostly performance-based simulations and some multiple choice questions taken online in a computer testing lab. Students are encouraged to review a demo, a practice guide, and take a practice test before taking the CSP. The CSP is untimed and takes approximately 1 hour to complete (5 minutes to review the Step-by-step instructions for taking the CSP, +10 minutes to take the ten item practice test, and +45 minutes to take the seventy item CSP test).

The test items include:

  1. Basic Concepts of Information Technology
    • Data storage and memory.
    • How computer-based software applications are used in home computing and on the job.
    • What computer information networks are and how they're used.
    • How IT systems are found in everyday situations.
    • How personal computers can affect your health.
    • Security and legal issues associated with computers.
  2. File Management
    • Operate effectively within the desktop environment.
    • Manage and organize files and directories/folders.
    • Copy, move, and delete files and directories/folders.
    • Work with desktop icons and manipulate windows.
    • Using the search features, simple editing tools, and print management facilities available within an operating system.
  3. Word Processing (Word)
    • Carry out operations associated with creating, formatting, and finishing a word processing document ready for distribution.
    • Create standard tables.
    • Use pictures and images within a document. Import objects.
    • Use mail merge tools.
  4. Spreadsheets (Excel)
    • Develop, format, and use a spreadsheet.
    • Use basic formulas and functions to accomplish standard mathematical and logical operations.
    • Import objects.
    • Create graphs and charts.
  5. Database (Access)
    • Design and plan a simple database using a standard database package.
    • Retrieve information from an existing database by using the query, select, and sort tools available in the database.
    • Create and modify reports.
  6. Presentations (PowerPoint)
    • Create, format, and prepare a variety of presentations for different target audiences or situations.
    • Use graphics, charts, and various slide show effects.
  7. Information and Communication
    • Accomplish Web search tasks using a Web browser application and available search engine tools. 
    • Bookmark search results. 
    • Print Web pages and search reports. 
    • Send and receive messages. 
    • Attach documents or files to a message.
    • Organize and manage message folders or directories within electronic mail software.

Retest Procedure:

Only one retest is permitted for CSP. So it is very important to be prepared prior to taking the examination.

Test Preparation:

The following are links to resources for students to prepare for the CSP:

CSP • CSP Resources 
• CSP Demo
CSP Practice Test

CSP Schedule:

Hialeah Testing By Online Appointments or Walk-in basis M, T, W, R 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Homestead Testing Walk-in basis M, T, W 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
R 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
F 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Padrón Testing By Online Appointments or Walk-in basis M, T, W, R 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
F 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Kendall Testing Walk-in basis M, T, W, R 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
F 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Medical Testing By Online Appointments T, R Varies by date
MEEC Testing By Online Appointments W Varies by date
North Testing By Online Appointments or Walk-in basis M, T, W, R 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
F 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
West Testing Walk-in basis M, W, R 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
T 8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
F 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Wolfson Testing By Online Appointments or Walk-in basis
M, T, W, R
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
F 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Note: Examinees must be checked-in and seated by the time scheduled in order to begin the test. Examinees will then have adequate time to finish the test in a reasonable period or within the Hours of Operation.


Auxiliary Aids and Modifications

Auxiliary Aids and Modifications:

Under certain circumstances, arrangements for auxiliary aids and modifications are permissible. The College makes every reasonable effort to ensure equal access to educational opportunities and experiences for candidates with documented disabilities. These services can include:

  • Sign language interpreters
  • Adaptive or assistive technology
  • Note takers
  • and more

An ACCESS representative can help eligible candidates identify and arrange for accommodations that ensure success.

Instructions for Auxiliary Aids and Modifications:

  1. Candidate presents documentation to ACCESS department.
  2. ACCESS department intakes documentation.
  3. Accommodations are determined.
  4. ACCESS department informs Testing Center about candidate's accommodations.
  5. Candidate contacts Testing Center to schedule the test with accommodations.
  6. Testing Center plans for accommodated testing needs.
  7. Candidate tests.


     PAY▼ FEE▼
CSP Beginning on May 12, 2008 MDC students are required to pay a fee in order to take the CSP. Course exemption (all attempts). MDC $30
Remote Testing (Technology Supported) - MDC students taking an CSP administration via Examity/B Virtual - Excludes the cost of the test and cost of Examity/B Virtual Proctoring Fee. MDC $20
Remote Placement Testing for Other Institutions This fee is used for testing examinees from other institutions or agencies or for employment purposes - e.g. ACCUPLACER, ALEKS, CSP, PERT, TABE, Wisconsin Placement Exams. Maximum scheduled administration time is three hours. Plus $15.00 for each additional hour or fraction thereof. This fee includes sending scores to other institutions or agencies (all attempts). 
Note: This fee is not used for course related testing such as Distance Learning Examinations.
MDC $45 
Score Report Official score reports to examinees, another institution, or an agency (all requests). Must fill-in and submit a Test Scores Release Form. For remote requests select and submit the form to District location.
Note: Remote requests are to pay the fee online via the following link Test Score Report.
MDC $10
Note: Testing fees are subject to change.
MDC testing fees are non-refundable/non-transferable. Examinees testing at Kendall and Wolfson must pick up a payment form at the Testing Center and submit it to the Bursar's Office prior to taking an MDC fee related test. Examinees testing at North must complete a payment form from the Bursar's Office prior to taking an MDC fee related test. The testing fee payment can be made with cash, money order, or credit/debit card. Make sure to save the receipt for proof of payment.

MDC administers the test at:

Hialeah Testing
1780 W. 49 Street
Room 1220-01
Hialeah, FL 33012
Hialeah Map
(305) 237-8791
(305) 237-8846

Homestead Testing
500 College Terrace
Room A114
Homestead, FL 33030
Homestead Map
(305) 237-5105
(305) 237-5213
Padrón Testing
627 SW 27 Avenue
Room 1217
Miami, FL 33135
Padrón Map
(305) 237-6041
(305) 237-6207
Kendall Testing
11011 SW 104 Street
Building R, 5th Floor
Miami, FL 33176
Kendall Map
(305) 237-2341
(305) 237-0679
Medical Testing
950 NW 20 Street
Room 1303
Miami, FL 33127
Medical Map
(305) 237-4275
(305) 237-4347
MEEC Testing
6300 NW 7th Avenue
Room 1101
Miami, FL 33150
(305) 237-1909
(305) 237-1903
(305) 237-1908
North Testing
11380 NW 27 Avenue 
Room 1160
Miami, FL 33167
North Map
(305) 237-1015
(305) 237-1889
West Testing
3800 NW 115 Avenue
Room 2110 
Doral, FL 33178
West Map
(305) 237-8979
(305) 237-4951
Wolfson Testing
300 NE 2 Avenue
Room 3104
Miami, FL 33132
Wolfson Map
(305) 237-3011
(305) 237-7622

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