Computer Skills Placement Test (CSP)

What is the Computer Skills Placement Test (CSP)?

The Computer Skills Placement Test (CSP) is designed to assess the computer literacy skills that you need to be successful in your college career. 

The CSP consists of a total of 70 questions covering 7 areas (10 questions per area):

  • Basic Concepts
  • File Management
  • Word Processing (Word)
  • Spreadsheets (Excel)
  • Databases (Access)
  • Presentations (PowerPoint)
  • Information and Communication


Can I study for the CSP?

Yes. Here are some links to computer literacy practice websites:

Practice Test Questions

From the Dallas County Community College District:

Microsoft Office Tutorials

From Microsoft:

The test also covers Microsoft Access so be sure to review this information.


How much does it cost to take the CSP?

The cost of the test is $3.


How Do I Pay for the CSP?

  1. If you are a new-to-college student, contact your TCC advisor to get a Test Referral form for your campus.
  2. If you wish to retest, get a Test Referral from either your advisor or the Testing Center.
  3. Take your Test Referral form to the Business Services office on any TCC campus and pay the $3 test fee.
  4. Take your payment receipt from Business Services and your Test Referral form to the Testing Center


How Long Does the CSP take?

The CSP is a timed test. You have 70 minutes to complete the test.


Can I take the CSP again?

Yes. You may retest at any time, based on availability.

You will need another Test Referral form (from your advisor or the Testing Center).

The retest will cost $3.


What Do I Need to Bring with Me to the Test?

  • A government-issued photo identification is mandatory! 
    • Examples: driver’s license, passport, military ID, high school ID
  • Test Referral form.
  • Payment receipt from Business Services.


When Will I Get My Scores?

The CSP is scored immediately upon completion.

You will be given an unofficial copy of scores for advisement purposes.


How Do I Interpret my Scores?

Immediately following your test, you go to Advising/Counseling. An advisor will interpret your scores. 



Contact your campus Testing Center for more information.

Have questions? AskTCC
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Updated April 14, 2015


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