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.

The Educational Technology Competency Exam consists of four sections:

  • Microsoft Excel 2013
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
  • Microsoft Word 2013
Beginning October 1, 2017, Basic Computer Concepts will no longer be required as part of the ETC Exam. 

If you have taken the exam in the past and passed all other sections of the exam EXCEPT Basic Computer Concepts, you may contact Ashton Hankins at to get an official copy of your passing scores.

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 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.

Important Notes

  Testing seat availability will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
 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
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.