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Computer Skills Placement (CSP)

The CSP (version 5.0, Windows 10/Office16) 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 the test item below, 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 seven competency areas and 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 for MDC Programs:

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 Resources  
CSP Practice Test

The connection time may be slow, please be patient after you click on the link to access the practice test. It may take 1 to 2 minutes to load.

The practice test assist CSP examinees to be familiar with the performance-based simulations and type of multiple-choice questions that are included in the test.  It is not  designed for increasing an examinee’s computer competency knowledge.

CSP Schedule:

Make an online appointment

Hialeah Testing M, T, W, R 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Homestead Testing 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 M, T, W, R 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
F 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Kendall Testing M, T, W, R 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
F 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Medical Testing T, R Varies by date
MEEC Testing W Varies by date
North Testing M, T, W, R 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
F 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
West Testing 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 M, T, W, R
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
F 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Request a remote test. Examinees must be checked-in and seated by the time scheduled in order to begin the test. Standbys should check-in no later than 2:00 P.M. Monday through Thursday and 11:00 A.M. on Friday. 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.
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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

Miami Dade College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees.
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