What Technical Skills do I Need? Quiz

Do I possess the technical skills needed to complete a distance learning course? Select one answer for each question to determine if distance learning is the right fit for you.

I have regular access to: A computer and the Internet at home.
A computer but not the Internet at home.
A computer and the Internet only at school.


The access speed to the Internet Service Provider (ISP) which I use is: very fast and is through a TV cable or some other high speed line.
through a fast modem (56K or higher).
through a slow modem (below 56K).


How often do you send, receive and open email attachments? I use email several times each day.
I use it infrequently (one a week or less).
I have never used it.


How often do you use bookmarks (also called Favorites) to manage the sites you visit frequently on the Internet? I use them to manage the sites I visit frequently on the Internet.
I use them but infrequently.
I never use them.


How often do you use search engines to locate information on the Internet? I use them frequently and successfully.
I use them but before but not often.
I have never conducted an Internet search.


How often do you create attached files in the email messages you that you send? I create, save, and attach files to email frequently.
I have emailed attachments but not very often.
I never attached a file to an email message.


If requested to use or save documents in a file type such as an “RTF”, “Rich Text Format” or an HTML file, I would have no difficulty.
I have done it but a reminder of the process would help.
I am not sure that I would know how to do that.


If a plug-in or other software were required for a computer, I would be able to download and install it.
I have done it before, but some instructions would help.
I have no idea what you are talking about or how to do such a thing.


If the computer system I was using had problems, I would be able to decide how to handle the problem.
I think I would call a help line and be able to describe the problem.
I would have no idea what to do.


10. Do you know how to use bulletin (discussion) boards? I use them with little or no difficulty.
I have used them but a refresher on their use would help.
I have not used them.


Do you know how to use chat rooms? I use them with little or no difficulty.
I have used them but a refresher on their use would help.
I have not used them.


My keyboarding skills and my ability to use word processing software is: Very good.
Okay, but it takes me a while.
Non-existent.


I would access the Internet through a computer: In my home.
At school or at work.
At another location.


When asked to print a web page: I would have no difficulty.
I have done it but a reminder of the process would help.
I am not sure that I would know how to do that.


How would you describe your ability to work with multiple windows, i.e., resizing, minimizing, closing, etc.? I can successfully manage several windows on my desktop.
More than one open application or more than one window confuses me.
I am not sure what the question means.