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  • 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 of skill.
    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 site.

    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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