| Internet Use Certification Exam to Start in May
March 16, 1998 (TOKYO) -- The Association of Certification
Program for Internet announced that it will implement a
certificate examination for Internet users to gauge their levels
|The first examination will be staged on May 20. The exam covers
the following subjects: PC operating skills, applications and Web
browsers, know-how for network uses, basic knowledge of e-mail
transmission and electronic commerce, and English abilities to
collect information on the Internet.
The examination offers two levels: level 1 and 2. The association
expects about 50,000 people to take the exam a year, most of them
business people, job-seeking students and users wishing to
upgrade their skills.
The Association of Certificate Program for Internet was
established as a private organization by 30 members who are
individual users and engineers in Internet-related companies.
Toshiki Kaifu, a former prime minister, is the director.
Applicants must buy a CD-ROM exam kit for Windows 95 for 8,000
yen (US$62). With the CD-ROM, applicants initiate a dial-up
connection from their PC to access the association's special Web
site designed for the exam.
After the access, they download the examination contents from the
site and turn off the connection. Next, they answer the questions
off line. When the test period ends, the CD-ROM automatically
closes the exam. After re-connecting the answers are sent to the
Qualified applicants are later posted on the Web site. Printed
certificates are available upon request.
The week-long level 2 exam period starts on May 20, and it will
be held regularly once a month.
At the Web site of the
association, a sample exam featuring a realistic look and
feel will be available.
The first level 1 exam will be held in October for those who pass
the level 2 exam.
Unlike the level 2 exam on the CD-ROM, the level 1 exam will
occur at a designated place.
(Hi-Tech News Center)
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