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Digital Literacy

If you are pursuing an associate degree from a KCTCS college, you will need to demonstrate your “digital literacy” as a condition of graduation. KCTCS defines digital literacy in terms of the Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3) global standards. These standards are divided into three categories: Computing Fundamentals, Key Applications, and Living Online. (Find out more about the standards.)

There are three ways you can meet the KCTCS digital literacy requirement. Talk to an advisor at your local KCTCS college to determine which option is best for you.

Take a class
The most common way for you to demonstrate digital literacy is by enrolling in a class that requires you to learn and use the IC3 global standards to complete your assignments. You can find a list of those classes in the KCTCS Course Catalog on page 74, or you can talk to an advisor at your local college.

If you took a course like this at another college and received credit for it on your KCTCS transcript, that also satisfies the requirement. For help with transferring coursework from another college and determining whether you have already taken a course that meets the requirement, talk to your local college registrar.

Take the IC3 Fast Track exam
The IC3 Fast Track exam lets you demonstrate your basic understanding of digital literacy concepts. If you already have some familiarity with digital literacy skills, you should consider taking the IC3 Fast Track exam. The exam takes about one hour to complete and consists of 73 questions that are approximately evenly distributed across the three question categories. You need to receive at least 75% of the available points on the exam to demonstrate digital literacy.

If you want to take the IC3 Fast Track exam, visit your local college’s Barnes and Noble bookstore to purchase an exam voucher. Pricing is subject to change; contact the bookstore for pricing details. Then, contact your college’s testing center to schedule a time to take the exam. Note that some testing centers also charge a test proctoring fee, so remember to ask. Take your voucher and payment for the proctoring fee (if applicable) to the testing center on the day of your appointment to take the exam.
If you receive at least 75% of the available points on the IC3 Fast Track exam, you will not have to take any classes to satisfy the KCTCS digital literacy requirement, but you will not receive any college credit for demonstrating digital literacy.

Take the IC3 Certification exam
The IC3 Certification exam is a longer, more rigorous examination intended for students with a firm grasp of digital literacy concepts. It takes about three hours to complete and covers information from the three subject categories in more depth. If you receive at least 70% of the available points on the exam, you receive the IC3 certificate. This certification is issued by Certiport, the designers of the IC3 Certification exam, not by KCTCS. It indicates to potential employers that you have mastered the technology skills most in demand in the modern workplace. In addition to being IC3 certified, you also fulfill the KCTCS digital literacy requirement and may qualify for three hours of academic credit on your academic transcript. To have this credit added to your transcript, bring documentation of your official test results to your local college registrar.

If you want to take the IC3 Certification exam, visit your local college’s Barnes and Noble bookstore to purchase an exam voucher. Pricing is subject to change; contact the bookstore for pricing details. Then, contact your college’s testing center to schedule a time to take the exam. Note that some testing centers also charge a test proctoring fee, so remember to ask. Take your voucher and payment for the proctoring fee (if applicable) to the testing center on the day of your appointment to take the exam.