COMPETENCY TEST FOR ONLINE STUDENTS
Testing Out of
In order to ensure that students taking online courses have
the basic skills necessary to complete coursework delivered
this way, NPC offers a half-credit class (ICT 095) which
must be taken prior to registering for classes online.
We recognize, however, that many students won't need this
class to succeed. Therefore, we've constructed this short
test/project as an opt-out. If you are able to complete the
project competently, and send it to the email address
below, you'll be cleared to take online classes at NPC
without taking ICT 095.
Because the test is designed to measure your familiarity
and skill with online environments, the instructions given
will not be detailed step by step as they would be in the
class. If you encounter difficulties, try using a search
engine to find information on how to complete the step that
is giving you trouble. For example, if you don't know how
to take a screen shot, you might search on "screen shot
windows" and figuring it out from one of the many links
returned in the search.
If you're still having trouble, consider taking ICT 095
instead. The class has been designed to quickly get you up
to speed with skills you will use every day as an online
Please do NOT contact college support services or help
desks for assistance in completing the project. We're
measuring your already-existing abilities here, and if you
need that level of help, taking the class is a much better
The Project (Competency Test)
1) Using your browser of choice, navigate to the NPC Moodle
site at moodle.npc.edu If you already have a username and
password for the site, log in normally. If you don't, sign
up for one ("create new account"). Once logged in, you'll
see that your username appears as a link at the top of the
page ("You are logged in as ..."). Click this link.
2) You'll see a page that details your user information,
such as the email address you used when you signed up, and
the date of first access. Take a screen shot of this page.
Paste the screen shot into a word processing program, such
as Microsoft Word or Open Office. Please make sure the text
in the picture is readable--resize the graphic, or take
another shot if necessary to make it so.
3) Save the word processing document as "095project".
Acceptable formats include .doc, .docx, .rtf, and .odt.
Unacceptable formats include .wps (very few instructors
will be able to read WordPerfect files). If your format of
choice is not listed here, you can either switch to one of
these common formats for purposes of the test, or you can
use something else and roll the dice on your evaluator
being able to read it anyway. This mirrors the situation in
classes, and the rest of the real world. You want your
document to have a good chance of being opened and readable
by your intended recipient.
4) Place your cursor above the screen shot, at the top of
the page, and type the following information: Your name,
your NPC student ID number, your email address, the NPC
campus or center closest to you (for example, "Kayenta" or
"WMC" or "Painted Desert"), and the date. If you don’t yet
have your student ID, please register for one here. If you have
an NPC student ID number but you don’t know what it
is, please contact the Support Center through MyNPC.
If you submit your test project without an NPC student
ID number, you won’t pass.
5) Return your cursor to a point below the screen shot and
then add three blank lines below it.
6) Open a new browser window and access any search engine.
Search on the words: NPC, moodle, welcome. (All three words
in one search) Take a second screen shot of the search
results, and paste it into your 095project document.
Legibility is not quite as critical here as in the first
screen capture, but the picture should at least be
recognizable as a page of search results.
7) Examine the search results and find one near the top
that references Moodle, but does NOT point to a page on an
npc.edu server. This might be another school's Moodle
installation, or refer to something else entirely, such as
"Non-Player Character". Click on the link you've chosen and
navigate to the linked page.
8) Take a third screen shot of the resulting page, and
paste that into your document.
9) At the bottom of your document, after the three screen
shots, type the words "NPC 095 opt-out" and then save the
document one last time.
10) Send your completed document as an attachment to
Your submission will be evaluated within 72 hours, and a
notification of success (or not) will be sent to the same
address you used when sending in the document. If
successful, your name and student ID will be send to the
Registrar's Office and you'll be cleared to sign up for
online classes. If not, you'll be advised on what steps to
take next--most likely meaning how to sign up for ICT 095
to learn the skills not demonstrated via your document.
Thanks very much. Questions on the procedure outlined here
can be directed to ICT@npc.edu.
How to Sign Up for ICT 095?
If you are not able to receive a passing grade after
several attempts taking the opt-out test, you might want to
consider taking ICT 095. Email ICT@npc.edu and one of our
ICT instructors will contact you shortly.