Test Your General Technology Skills

Posted: November 8, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Emily Yaghmour

On Saturday, Dec. 2, George Mason hosts Tek.Xam, a five-hour test that gives job seekers with nontechnical degrees a way to demonstrate to potential employers that they have the general technology skills to succeed at the job.

This newly developed national assessment exam measures one’s knowledge of general technology terms and concepts and one’s ability to use software applications to create web pages, spreadsheets, presentations, and documents. Unlike other technology exams, Tek.Xam is not tailored to specific software packages.

The exam also tests one’s understanding of legal and ethical issues associated with the use of technology, and one’s ability to evaluate the quality of web content.

Developed by the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges, a 48-year-old nonprofit organization consisting of 15 private Virginia colleges, Tek.Xam has received the endorsement of more than 40 corporations, including Gateway Computers, Landmark Communications, IBM, Media General, and Johnson & Johnson. It’s a rigorous exam, with only 30 percent of first-time test takers passing it.

To register for the exam, go to media.gmu.edu/tekxam. The registration deadline is Nov. 29. Held in Science and Tech I, Room 124, on the Fairfax Campus, the test begins promptly at 9 a.m., but test takers should sign in at 8:30 a.m. The cost to Mason faculty, staff, and students is $65; the cost to all others is $75. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis; only 50 seats are available.

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