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Digital Skills for Post-secondary Readiness

The College Sector Committee for Adult Upgrading (CSC) and AlphaPlus (AP) worked with seven Literacy and Basic Skills college facilitators to determine the skills learners need as they enter post-secondary education and develop a set of “Digital Skills for Post-secondary Readiness” assessments.

On these pages you will find assessment tools that college LBS/AU programs can use to help assess their learners’ digital skills readiness for transition to post-secondary studies, and to provide suggested resources to support learners’ digital skills acquisition if needed.

Click on the Contents link to your left to see the table of Contents.


These assessments will help you see if you have the digital technology skills you will need in your post-secondary program.

Click on Contents and choose the assessment your instructor suggested or use the links below.

There are three Microsoft Office tasks and an online quiz that you can try.

The Assessment Tasks and Quiz

Microsoft Word Assessments for Students
Most people will use Word in post-secondary education.

Microsoft PowerPoint Assessments for Students
Some people will need to use presentation software such as PowerPoint.

Microsoft Excel Assessments for Students
Only people going into certain fields will need to use Excel.

Digital Skills Quiz
The quiz asks you questions about 7 topics that will be relevant to anybody entering post-secondary education.

  • Online Security
  • Digital Plagiarism
  • Netiquette
  • Browser Features
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Learning Management Tools
  • Email

Learn more about digital technology for education

If you are looking for places to learn how to use digital technology in universities and colleges, click the link to find resources on the topics listed below:

Digital Technology for Post-secondary Education Self-directed Learning Resources

  • About Computers
  • Cloud Computing
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Email
  • Internet Basics
  • Information Literacy
  • Files, Folders and Operating Systems
  • Microsoft Office
  • Online Identity
  • Online Security
  • Passwords
  • Plagiarism

Facilitator notes

(You can use the Digital Skills Quiz on this site or you can add it to your LMS. The advantage of adding the quiz to your LMS is that users can save their work and instructors can see when learners have done the quiz.)

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