Hello, and welcome!
Computers have found their way into nearly everything we do at CA and beyond, so it’s important to be confident with technology, beginning in your first year with us. We ask that you show a level of fluency with computers either by passing the Creative Computing course in your first year, or by earning an exemption from the course by taking the Computer Science Placement Test before you arrive. Creative Computing teaches skills you will use throughout your CA career and beyond.
The link to the topics lists and sample test questions and the link to the placement test are at the END of this letter.
All new students who are considering the possibility of earning an exemption from Creative Computing should download the Computer Science Placement Test. Depending on your web browser, the document might download and open for viewing or it might just download.
New students who choose not to take the placement test must request the course Creative Computing in either the first semester or the second semester. New students who take the test but do not earn the exemption will have Creative Computing added to their schedules if not already requested.
If you decide to take the placement test, please note:
- You may take the test only once, and it's okay if you decide not to take it — we’ll add Creative Computing to your first-year schedule.
- To prepare for the test, look through the Topics List, and try the Sample Test Questions.
- The test requires a web-capable Mac or Windows computer running the software mentioned in the Topics List.
- Please take the test on your own, without help from parents, books, websites, sample test, etc. We want your results to accurately reflect your current skill level.
- Please email the test within 1 hour of downloading it, even if you aren’t finished. The test is used to place incoming students at all grade levels, so most students are not expected to complete the whole test.
When you are ready to take the test:
- To save time, open the programs you will need for the test ahead of time: a web browser, email, a word processor, a spreadsheet program, presentation software, and photo editing software.
- Write down the time, open the test, and be sure to email it within 1 hour, even if you haven’t finished — you may find that some of the material is unfamiliar to you.
Thank you. I look forward to seeing you in the fall!
Computer Science Department Head