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CIS1323 Exam for Credit

The CIS 1323 Exam-for-Credit is given in a simulation environment called SIMnet, which is scenario, task-based, performance testing. SIMnet will evaluate your Microsoft Office 2016 skills for Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. You will be asked to perform various tasks (such as underlining a word, entering a formula, hiding a slide, or creating a query). The simulator monitors your keystrokes as you complete each task. The simulator recognizes that there are often several methods to complete a task, and allows for most methods in completing the tasks.

The exam is 90 minutes (1.5 hours), 60 questions. The clock begins when you click Start Exam and does not pause in the event you need to step away for a few minutes. You should plan ahead so that you do not lose valuable time with a bathroom break.

The exam is closed book and closed notes. You may not use any supplementary materials or any other help to assist you in completing this exam.

It is also administered at the Round Rock campus by appointment only. See if you wish to test at the Round Rock campus.

The waiting period to retake the exam is three months.

You must earn 70% to pass the exam and receive course credit for CIS1323.

There are two fees that must be paid to take the exam. The testing center charges an administration fee ($40), and SIMnet charges a test fee to receive an access code ($26.50 *amount subject to change per SIMnet). You will need to purchase the SIMnet access code before you go to the testing center. SIMnet accepts major credit cards and Paypal.


To take the test,

Step 1

Complete the CIS1323 Exam-for-credit Request Form.

Step 2

Upon receipt of your request, TEMC will verify that all necessary information is included, then respond with an email informing you of how to pay the test fee and administration fee.

Step 3 (Test Day)

No appointment is necessary. Just arrive at the testing center before the latest start time for the day of your test, and make sure you bring (you will not be allowed to test without all three):

  • Valid Photo ID
  • Receipt of test fee payment to SIMnet
  • Receipt of administration fee payment to TEMC


You can take a practice test before you pay anything to take the actual exam-for-credit so that you have a fair idea of the test environment. There is no cost to take the practice test. You can take the practice test from any computer with a high-speed internet connection (wireless is not recommended), web browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome), and Adobe flash player. MACs are not recommended due to the possibility of a right-click being required to complete a task.

The usual access credentials for the practice test have been temporarily disabled until September 15. If you need to take the practice test before that, please email Jennifer Krou at for instructions on how to access it.

To take the practice test, go to The username is CIS1323 and the password is password

Click the Exam tile which should be in the middle section of your screen. Click Take exam to begin.

The exam may take several minutes to load (up to 15 minutes). Be patient while it loads. Once the simulator has loaded, click Start Exam.

At the top of the screen, a set of instructions will appear for each simulation, follow the instructions to complete each simulation task.

Once you have completed the exam, click End Exam.

Log off SIMnet