Educational Technology Competency Exam

Candidates seeking admission into Level I of the teacher education program must successfully pass the Educational Technology Competency (ETC) Exam or an equivalent course (e.g. EDUC 1240, CSCI 1300, or MIS 2343).  A code for the ETC Exam costs around $20 and must be purchased from the UCA Bookstore.

Between June 19, 2017, the exam will be held in Mashburn 121 while the TLC undergoes renovations. You MUST make an appointment to take the exam between June 19th and August 18th. After August 18th, the test will return to “first come, first served.” Please see details below under “Testing Schedule & Registration.”

The Educational Technology Competency Exam consists of four sections:

  • Microsoft Excel 2013
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
  • Microsoft Word 2013
  • Basic Computer Literacy and Information Literacy Concepts

Note:  The test is currently based on Office 2013.  This is subject to change as later versions become available.

Study Materials

Retake Policy

Testing Schedule & Registration

The Educational Technology Competency Exam is currently being offered in the Technology Learning Center (TLC). The exam must be taken in the TLC (Mashburn Suite 102) between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. No one will be allowed to start a section of the test after 2:30 p.m.

Beginning June 19, 2017, the ETC Exam will be held in Mashburn 121 while the TLC undergoes renovations. Between June 19th and august 18th, only ONE person will be able to test at a time, and students MUST make appointments in advance to take the exam. Appointment slots will be offered in 2-hour increments and you will only be able to take ONE SECTION of the exam during each appointment slot. If you plan to take multiple sections, you must sign up for multiple slots. On August 21st, testing availability will return to a “first come, first served” basis.

Click here to sign up to take the ETCE beginning June 19th.

Important Notes

  Testing seat availability will be on a first-come, first-served basis on August 21st. To test between June 19th and August 18th, you MUST make an appointment using the link in the “Testing Schedule & Registration” section.
 You must purchase the access code from the UCA Bookstore.
  Be sure you are given an instruction sheet when you purchase the code.
  Do NOT activate this code until you are ready to take the exam and are at the Technology Learning Center.
  Testing is not available during UCA observed holidays/breaks.
  No new sections of the exam can be started after 2:30 PM.

Once an access code is purchased and activated, the student will be allowed two weeks to complete the exam. The student may take all sections of the test at once or take one section at a time during the allotted two weeks. The Technology Learning Center is not responsible if you register for the wrong course or do not complete the test within the access period.

Below is a table with the maximum allowed time for each test, as well as average time taken by past students (N=68).

Average Time
Max Time
Computer Lit & Concepts 15 minutes 1 hour
Word 1 hour 14 minutes 2 hours
Excel 1 hour 13 minutes 2 hours
PowerPoint 55 minutes 2 hours

Please contact the TLC at (501) 450-3400 or for more information.