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Information Literacy Competency Exam


The Information Literacy Competency Exam is offered as an alternative way to meet the LIB190 course requirement.   

Exam Dates Spring 2023


The exam will be available online in Moodle from Mon. Jan. 23 through Wed. Feb. 1, 2023.
It will also be offered again during advising from Mon. April 10 through Fri. April 28, 2023.

  • Self-enroll for the exam by going to the Information Literacy Exam on Moodle site during the listed exam availability dates
  • The exam is 47 questions and you have one hour to complete it (unless you are eligible for extended time. See more information below)

Eligibility to Meet the Requirement

  • By passing the exam, you meet the Information Literacy General Education/Cardinal Core requirement, but do not receive the credit hour. 
  • Students who have a grade of E or W for the LIB course can meet the requirement by passing the exam, but the exam does not remove or replace the letter grade.
  • Students can take the exam more than once, but only once in any academic year (Aug. – May).

Extended Time Testing


If you are eligible for extended time, after you self-enroll, stop and fill out the Extended Time Testing Verification Form for the Information Literacy Competency Exam form.

The Accessibility Resources Office (ARO) will confirm your eligibility and the amount of extra time you are eligible for. You will then receive a confirmation email that your exam time has been adjusted and you can then start the exam.  (Note: expect your confirmation email within 24 hours, not counting weekends).

Preparing for the Exam


You are prepared for the exam if you’ve done significant research in Feinberg Library or at other comparable university libraries. The exam covers basic knowledge and skills in academic research including: search tools and techniques, evaluating sources and ethical use of information including citations.

You can also prepare by reading the text, Information Literacy & Technology, by Carla J. List. The text is on reserve at the Feinberg Library’s second-floor service desk and the SUNY Adirondack Library or you may want to review The Information Literacy User’s Guide: An Open Online Textbook.

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