College of Business & Economics

Computer Proficiency Exam

Students intending to major in accounting, business administration, e-business, or any combined majors within the College of Business and Economics, are required to complete the CBE Computer Proficiency Exam with a passing grade of at least 70 percent to be admitted to those majors. The exam covers Microsoft Office software programs Excel, PowerPoint and Word.

Steps for taking the CBE Computer Proficiency Exam:

  1. Register for a scheduled exam date.
  2. Purchase either the "Test Out" or the "Test and Training" exam access packages.
  3. Review the exam policies and use the study guides, practice tests and lessons to prepare for the exam.
  4. Arrive to the exam prepared with your MyITLab login information and TU student ID.

Register for a Scheduled Exam Date

Students must register for an exam date online. Use the drop down box to select your preferred date. Exams take place in Stephens Hall, room 224 on Fridays and Stephens Hall, room 207 on Wednesdays.

>> Register for the Computer Proficiency Exam

Exam Dates

Fri., Apr 11— 2- 4 p.m. Fri., Apr 18— 2- 4 p.m.
Fri., Apr 25— 2- 4 p.m. Wed., Apr 30— 10 a.m.- 12 p.m.
Fri., May 9— 2- 4 p.m.  

Purchase Computer Proficiency Exam Package

Once you have registered for an exam date, purchase an exam access package online. ( The exam package must be purchased prior to your exam date. You can purchase the "Test Out" or the "Test and Training" package.

Which package should I purchase?
Test Out: Includes three attempts at the exam and a practice test.
Test and Training: Includes three attempts at the exam, a practice test, lessons, learning modules, e-text and quizzes. (Recommended)

Instructions for purchasing your exam package:

  1. Go to My IT Lab.
  2. Click "myitlab Test Out" or "myitlab Test and Training" depending which package you want.
  3. Select "Purchase Access for Test Out" or "Purchase Access for Test and Training."
  4. Read the License Agreement and Privacy Policy and click "I Accept."
  5. Under "Do You Have a Pearson Education Account:"
  6. If Yes – Fill in your username and password. (TIP: Choosing “Yes” and using your existing account will allow you to use the same username and password you use for your other Pearson products)
    If No – Create a username and password per the guidelines provided.
    If Not Sure – Enter your email address and click Search.

  7. Follow the on-screen instructions.
  8. Upon successful purchase, you will see a confirmation screen and receive a confirmation email. This email will contain your registration number. Please retain your login name and password for future access to the site.
  9. Close the confirmation screen, and go back to My IT Lab to login.
  10. When you get to the home screen, go to "Enroll in a Course." Insert the Test Course number. The Test Course number is CRSKL2L-4026244and the Test and Training Course number is CRSKLQP-4026245

Note: MyITLab does not work with Firefox or Google Chrome. Please use Internet Explorer.

MAC users: For help, use the My IT Lab Mac User Access trouble-shooting link. (

Need more practice? Visit the OTS instructional site for Office 2010.

Exam Policies

  • There will be a two-hour time limit to complete the exam.
  • No outside resources are allowed.
  • No-show policy: Students are required to give at least 24 hours notice if they are unable to attend the exam. If a situation arises within the last 24 hours, documentation is required. Students who fail to appear to their scheduled exam will not be able to take another exam until the following semester.
  • Students who do not pass the exam will need to re-take it at a later date.
  • At the conclusion of the exam, the score will be given to the student. A grade of 70 percent or higher is required. Exam results take 1-2 business days to be posted into PeopleSoft.
  • Exam results will be posted Milestones as "Completed" or "Not Completed."

Exam Day Reminders

Students need to bring the following items to their scheduled exam:

  • TU student ID
  • Their login information

Course Enrollment IDs

Once you registered for the exam, you will need to enroll in the course on MyITLab. The Enrollment IDs are as follows:

Test Out: CRSKL2L-4026244

Test and Training: CRSKLQP-4026245

Forgot Your Exam Date?

If you forget your scheduled exam date or want to see your results, go to Towson Online Services > Student Self Service > Milestones.

Need a place to study for the exam?

MyITLab Software is compatible in Stephens Hall, Rooms 200, 207, 208, and 224. Also, students may utilize Student Computing Services (first floor of Cook Library).


Contact CPE administrators at

College of Business & Economics

Phone: 410-704-3496
Fax: 410-704-2300

Office Location

Stephens Hall, Room 218
Hours: Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Mailing Address

College of Business & Economics
Towson University
8000 York Road
Towson, MD 21252-0001