INT 1010 FAQ

  • INT 1010 Frequently Asked Questions

    Do I need to take INT 1010?

    Most students have INT 1010 required in their curriculum as an emerging technology general education requirement. Consult the college catalog for requirements for your particular degree or certificate program. This is an important step in planning your courses every semester.

    Is INT 1000 a prerequisite for INT 1010?

    No! INT 1000 is a useful one credit course that helps prepare students for INT 1010 if they lack basic familiarity with personal computers or just want more hands on practice in working with keyboarding, files and email before taking INT 1010, a fast paced course. INT 1000 is a one credit course but would count only as an elective.

    Can I test out of INT 1010?

    Yes. The current test out is Certiport’s IC3 Certification. The IC3 is an internationally recognized professional certification. Those who earn this certification have demonstrated basic computer hardware, software and Internet knowledge and skills. 

    How do I know if I should try testing out?

    The INT 1010 Screening Test is designed to help you make your decision. It has no cost and will give you feedback on whether you should immediately attempt testing out, try testing out after review, take 1010, or take 1000 prior to enrolling in INT 1010.

    How do I take the INT 1010 screening test?

    You must be a PGCC student with an Owl Link account. If you are not a current student or do not have an Owl Link account, you cannot take the screening test. Follow these steps if you are a current student with an Owl Link account. The references in these directions to “CIS” (the former name of the IET Department) must be typed exactly as shown.

    1. Go to the Prince George's Community College Blackboard Web site, located at  Firefox browser is recommended. Use your Blackboard Account and password (same as your Owl Link userID and password) to login. When your login is successful, you will see the "My Courses" and "eOrganizations" tabs). 

     2.  Select the <My Courses> tab.

    3.  Type the string 'Screening Test' in the Course Search Box (do not type the quotes), and click the <GO!> button. The CIS 1010 Screening Test section name will be displayed.

    4.  Click on the down arrows that are next to or they may be under the courseID, 'CIS1010_Screening_Test' and select Enroll.

    5.  Enter the Access Code: CISCREENTST (all uppercase letters)

    6.  Click the <Submit> button.

    7.  At this point, you will see a message similar to: 
    Action Successful:  Success: Enrollment in CIS 1010 Screening Test (CIS1010_Screening_Test) as (username) processed. Click OK to continue.  Monday, March 28, 2011 2:32:37 PM EDT

     8.  Click OK, which will be in the lower right hand corner (you may have to scroll down).

    9.  Once you are in the course, you will see directions on the opening screen.

    If I pass the screening test, does that mean I do not have to take INT 1010?

    No! There is no passing score, just ranges that indicate courses of action students are advised to take. If you have a high score, then you are advised to attempt testing out. If you have a low score, then you are advised to take INT 1000. If you have a moderate score, then you are advised to take INT 1010.

    How do I test out?

    Take the IC3 exams, GS34 standard. If you pass all 3 parts (Computing Fundamentals, Key Applications, and Living Online), you will earn IC3 certification and can go through a process to get credit for INT 1010.

       If I need to review before taking the IC3 exams, what is the best way to do that?

    The best way to review is to purchase and use the IC3 GS3 Practice Test single computer license that is good for one year. Details are at Cost is currently $27.

    Once I become IC3 certified, how do I get credit for INT 1010?

    Present your original certificate to the registrar to get the 3 credits for INT 1010. If there are any problems with this, see the IET Department Chair. Be aware that it may take a while for the credits to show up on your transcript and that it will appear as transfer credit, with no grade.

    How much do the 3 IC3 exams cost?

    The current cost (June, 2015) for each of the three vouchers is $35.50 or $45 for the one free retake voucher.  Exam vouchers can be purchased online at the Certiport site when you establish your account.  Although you need a total of 3 vouchers (one for each of the exams), we encourage you to buy one voucher to begin so you can see how you do on the exam (Computing Fundamentals is recommended as the first one to take). Go to
    and follow the Shop Certiport link there. You will be taking the GS3 Standard IC3 exams. Purchase one voucher to start, and you may want to purchase one that allows a free retake if you do not pass. It costs more, but it guarantees that you will not have to buy a whole new voucher if you need to retake. If you do pass, you cannot use the retake in any way. It’s a good idea to associate your voucher with your account before coming in so that you don’t have to know the voucher number when you come to the testing center. 

     How can I prepare for the exams?

    If you feel you need to review, you can purchase a one year license to use on one computer. It is called IC3 GS3 Practice Test – Single Seat – Offline. The current cost (June, 2015) is $112. You can use it as much as you want during the one year time frame. To locate and purchase this product, go to and search for IC3 Practice. You should see the item there. Note that the practice is for the IC3 GS3sstandard. Either GS3 or GS4 standard may be taken for certification, although the GS3 standard may be phased out soon. Having the practice for GS3 should be valuable regardless of which version you are taking.

      Where do I take the IC3 exams and what do I need to bring with me?

    Students are free to take these exams at any Certiport testing center (see The college is a Certiport testing center with limited hours for IC3 testing. Contact Professor Sally Sullivan, for information about location and hours. You must keep track of your Certiport username and password because you will need to use them when you come in to take the exams. Proctors are unable to look up this information, so be sure you have practiced signing on to the Certiport site and can do so successfully before you come in to test. You also need to present a photo id, preferably a PGCC ID. Other testing centers may have additional requirements. Check with them before you go to take the exam, probably by appointment.

    Can I still take the IC3 even if I stay in or take INT 1010?

    Yes, if you do well in INT 1010 we strongly encourage you to take the IC3 because passing all three exams would give you a valuable professional certification.