Information Technology Proficiency Test

St. Mary’s University established standards for basic Information Technology Proficiency (ITP) that all undergraduate students must meet. This requirement ensures that our graduates are able to use computers to acquire, organize, and communicate information in a digital environment and to understand the ethical and legal implications in using information in this technical format (Undergraduate Catalog).

First-time freshmen must fulfill the Information Technology Proficiency Requirement as determined by each academic major department.

Bill Greehey School of Business majors:

Business majors will fulfill the Information Technology Proficiency Requirement through the completion of courses found in the Common Body of Business Knowledge.

School of Science, Engineering and Technology majors:

Majors in the School of Science, Engineering and Technology will fulfill the Information Technology Proficiency Requirement through the completion of courses in their major.

School of Humanities and Social Sciences:

Students in the following majors must obtain a passing score on the iSkills test in order to fulfill the Information Technology Proficiency Requirement.

  • Exercise & Sport Science
  • Multinational Organizational Studies
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Speech Communication
  • Theology

All other majors in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences meet the Information Technology Proficiency Requirements through completion of courses in their major.

If you are required to take the iSkills test, please read the information below.

About the iSkills

What is the iSkills test?

iSkills is a test product from Educational Testing Service (ETS). From ETS: “iSkills utilizes real-world scenarios to measure the ability to navigate, critically evaluate, and make sense of the wealth of information available through digital technology.  These scenarios are set in the context of the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, business/workplace, practical affairs, and popular culture, and assess the seven critical ICT content areas. The exam covers the seven task types aligned with ACRL standards: define, access, evaluate, manage, integrate, create and communicate.”

The iSkills test is as much a critical thinking test as it is a test of knowledge about how to use technology.  You will be presented with several scenarios, with assigned tasks, which you must decide how to accomplish in the one hour time limit.  You will us technology such as Word, Excel, email, etc. to assist in your response to the scenarios.

Additional information about the iSkills test can be found as follows:

  • Go to this website:  www.ets.org/iskills
  • Under “About the iSkills Assessment, “click on “Content” – for actual examples of the types of tasks you will be asked to complete on the test.
  • Click on “Frequently Asked Questions” for additional

How do I take the iSkills test?

Test dates will be emailed to all students and posted on this website as soon as they become available in April during the spring semesters and in October during the fall semesters. Once you received the test dates, email Jim Willis in the Student Psychological & Testing Services (SPATS) office at rwillis@stmarytx.edu.  In the email, provide the following information:

  • First and Last Name
  • Contact Telephone Number
  • First and Second Choice of Test Sessions for the list of sessions.

Mr. Willis will register you for one of your two chosen test sessions, and will email you back to confirm the date and time. If for some reason both of your chosen test sessions are already full, he will advise you of some sessions that still have openings.   Please respond back to him as quickly as possible in this situation, to make sure you get a testing slot.

If you require testing accommodations, please contact Dr. Rhonda Rapp, Disability Services Coordinator, (436-3135 or rrapp2@stmarytx.edu).  Please make these arrangements as soon as possible, since only certain test sessions are designated for testing accommodations.

Please note:

  • Students must arrive at testing location 10 minutes prior to test time.
  • Students must bring their Rattler student I.D. card.
  • The test will be charged to the student’s St. Mary’s account ($30)*
  • It is a timed test. Students have one hour to complete test.
  • Students should plan on administrative time in the computer lab in addition to the actual test-taking time (check-in, approval to test by the Proctor, obtaining a score report, etc.). Plan on being at the testing session for approximately 90 minutes.
  •  The minimum passing score for the iSkills test is 250. Students who do not pass the iSkills test must retest until they obtain the minimum passing score.
  • Course credit will not be given for the test.

For general questions about iSkills testing, please contact Jim Willis.

If you have any questions about this requirement, please contact the Registrar’s Office at registrar@stmarytx.edu.

*Subject to change.