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KCTCS Computer/Digital Literacy Requirement

All students earning diplomas and AA, AS, and AAS, degrees from KCTCS must demonstrate
“Digital Literacy” (formerly referred to as “computer literacy”). The definition of digital literacy is: Computer literacy, also referred to as digital literacy, is a topic both broad in its scope and deep in its detail. As a consequence of this, KCTCS has adopted current Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3) objectives to define digital literacy, emphasizing in particular the three identified, broad categories of Computing Fundamentals, Key Applications, and Living On-line. A complete listing of the IC3 objectives may be found at

Computer/Digital Literacy may be demonstrated by:
a) Scoring a minimum of 75% composite score on the Certiport FastTrack computer literacy exam1, or
b) Achieving the full IC3 certification2, or
c) Articulating credit from another institution which has demonstrated compliance with the above course criteria as identified by the registrar of the receiving college in cooperation with the digital literacy faculty of the receiving college, or
d) Providing documentation of successful completion of other certification exams as approved by KCTCS.

The voucher must be purchased prior to scheduling a time to take the exam at the Somerset or Laurel Campus Assessment Center.

Vouchers for the IC3 FastTrack assessment can be purchased from the following website:

To schedule a time to take the IC³ FastTrack exam call:
Assessment Center: 606-451-6850 (or) 606-878-4728 or
e-mail: for Somerset or for Laurel.

Note: Passing the IC3 Fast Track exam (75% or higher) will satisfy the KCTCS Computer/Digital Literacy requirement but does not result in credit for any academic course and does not earn the IC certification.

Using the IC3 exam to demonstrate your computer literacy has significant benefits. Successful completion provides students with a nationally recognized credential.

As with all exams, the outcome is intended to reflect your knowledge. Success will require careful attention throughout the testing process. For more information or assistance please visit your local KCTCS campus testing center computer lab. For further information regarding Certiport or their products please visit

Competencies of the Database Management exam are:

  1. Use a database management program to create, maintain, and print reports from a simple relational database. 
  2. Use a database management program to customize the user interface by creating and maintaining forms and reports. 
  3. Use a database management program to query tables using basic query operations such as "and", "or", "not", etc.
  4. Print in landscape and portrait orientations. 
  5. Demonstrate a basic understanding of database concepts

The voucher must be purchased prior to scheduling a time to take the exam at the Somerset or Laurel Campus Assessment Center.

To schedule a time to take the exam call the Somerset Assessment Center: 606-451-6850 (or) the Laurel Assessment Center at 606-878-4728 or
E-mail: for Somerset or for Laurel.