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Information Literacy Competency Exam

The exam is available to main, branch campus and distance learning students. 

However, dates, times and registration processes differ — please read the following carefully. 

What is the Information Literacy Competency Exam?

The exam is offered as an alternative way to meet the LIB190 course requirement. It is an online proctored exam.  

Eligibility to meet the requirement by passing the exam:

  • 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).

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.

Exam Dates & Registration Information

Main Campus

Branch Campus 

Distance Learning Exam Procedures

Students are responsible for identifying a suitable proctor and location for the exam. The exam is offered through Moodle, so the proctoring site must have a computer and internet access. Students cannot use their own computer for the exam. A proctored exam can only be scheduled during the fall or spring semesters. The campus academic honesty policies apply to all examinations and any violation with a proctored exam is treated as it would be with any regular campus exam.

Exam for Distance Learners

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