Beginning with the Fall 2013 semester, NPC has implemented an ICT program to improve student learning in Internet-based classes. Prior to enrollment in most Internet sections, students will either demonstrate or develop basic computer skills necessary for online learning by completing one of the following two options:
  • Pass the Opt Out (Competency) Test, or
  • Successfully complete the ICT 095 class,
Note: POS 221 and POS 222 are exempt from this requirement. Please contact NPC Records and Registration Office or talk to an academic adviser for more information.

The Opt-Out Test

Students who feel proficient and confident about their abilities can demonstrate this by completing an opt-out test. Those who have trouble with the test, or want to brush up, can instead develop their skills by taking ICT 095.

Go to the Opt-Out Test

The ICT 095 Class

ICT 095 is a half-credit (8 hours total contact), Pass/Fail, hybrid class, with the first half of the class presented face-to-face in a computer lab, and the second half online. Students will be walked through the skills necessary to complete the test document in the platform of their choice. It serves as an examination and practice of rudimentary skills necessary to successful online learning. This course is offered to eligible students for free.

View the Course Outline

How to Sign Up for ICT 095?

Email and tell us what NPC campus or center is easiest for you to get to, so that we can schedule a session for you there.

1. If you have registered for an ICT 095 class but later decide not to take it, you must drop the class as soon as you can. Not showing up for the class will result in a “W” or “F” on your transcripts and will likely affect your financial aid status.
2. Email us at if you need to take ICT 095. One of our ICT instructors will contact you shortly.

Self-Paced Learning

For those who have trouble with the Opt-Out Test but are not able to take ICT 095, we will provide a self-paced learning Website so they can study the required skills by themselves and retake the Opt-Out Test. Be aware that such a learning environment is completely self-guided and not led by any instructor. Contact us at if you have any questions regarding the self-paced learning.