Keyboarding for non-IST majors can be done through taking the traditional IST 101 course or by taking IST 101 Credit-by-Exam (see below for details).
Keyboarding requirements for graduation for IST/WEB majors may be handled in one of three ways:
- Taking IST 101 (both online and face-to face classes are available; check each semester’s schedule); the student receives one credit upon successful completion
- Taking IST 101 Credit-by-Exam (the student pays for the course, takes a timed typing and written exam); the student receives one credit upon successful completion
- Taking and successfully passing a timed typing; the student does not receive credit, but must substitute another course (1, 2, or 3 credit) (see below for this process)
Keyboarding as a requirement for a graduation for IST majors is being phased out. You need to check with your faculty advisor (Trudy Gift: 240-500-2214; Stephen Shank: 240-500-2536; or Karen Weil-Yates: 240-500-2446) to determine if you need to take the course; it will be dependent upon the course catalog (year) under which you entered college. Many students may be able to move to the current catalog through WebAdvisor.
IST 101 Credit-by-Exam
This exam consists of a timed typing and a written exam. Students opting for this choice must:
- Print and complete the Credit-By-Exam form
- Obtain signature from the director of Technology and Computer Studies
- Pay the Credit-by Exam fee ($78.60) at the Finance Office (ASA 300)
- Make an appointment for the exam with Karen Weil-Yates (select one of the dates posted below or if none suits ask for an alternative date or time)
- Review the documents
- Take the exam during the scheduled time; be sure to bring the completed, signed form with you
- The form will be signed and sent to the Office of Instruction. Credit will be awarded through that office with a student earning a Satisfactory grade. Unsatisfactory grades will also be submitted, but no credit given. Should a student receive an Unsatisfactory, they must take the course (either on-line or face-to-face)
The Credit-by Exam consists of two parts: a timed typing and a written exam. Students will take up to two timed typings of two minutes each. To pass, students must key (type) at a minimum of 22 words per minute with two errors. This means that the student actually keys at 20 words per minute (one word is deducted for each error). Thus if a student is practicing, his or her goal should be 44 words for a two-minute typing. You are permitted to backspace the current word only; no spellchecking is permitted.
The written part of exam consists of multiple choice, true/false and short answer questions with the following topics:
- Ergonomics (posture and technique)
- Rules of grammar and punctuation
- Locating, marking, and counting errors