Computer Proficiency Exam

Contact your advisor for more information about this exam.


  • Starting in the Fall 2009, all incoming Freshman (and transfer students who do not  have a HBU approved transfer equivalency for CISM 1321) will be required to either take the Computer Proficiency Exam (CPE) or enroll in CISM 1321 – Introduction to Computer Applications in order to satisfy HBU's computer proficiency requirement.
  • The CPE should be taken during the Freshman's (and required transfer students) first three terms upon enrollment at HBU. Transfer students without the transfer equivalency for CISM 1321 should take the CPE during the first semester at HBU; it must be taken before the degree plan can be filed.
  • For guidance or questions in regards to the Computer Proficiency requirement students should contact their advisors for recommendations.
  • The student will be allowed to take the CPE a maximum of two times.
  • A student who does not take and/or pass the CPE during the specified time will be required to take CISM 1321.
  • The student must pass the CPE prior to the last day to register for CISM 1321 in their second or third term depending on class availability.
  • The student will purchase a Registration Key Code from the HBU Bookstore for $25.00 for each CPE Exam. 
  • The CPE is an online Exam that the student can take at anytime using a computer that has a high speed internet connection and the  Adobe Flash Plugin & Shockwave Plugin installed. The computer is not required to have Microsoft Office 2007 installed. The Adobe Shockwave and Flash Plugin is provided free of charge via the links below.
  • The student CPE grade (passing or failing) will be reported back to the student via the Computer Proficiency Exam site and will be available to the advisor via Huskynet weekly.


  • The CPE is a 120 minute simulated hands-on computer Exam that covers the concepts in Microsoft Office 2010 - Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The practice exam is provided to show you how the simulation works. 
  • Passing score is 70% or higher.
  • Second attempts require a new Registration Key Code that is available at the HBU Bookstore.
  • All incoming freshman and required transfer students (transfer students who do not have a HBU approved transfer equivalency for CISM 1321) will be enrolled into the computer proficiency exam in Simnet.
  • The student’s grade will be provided immediately once exam is submitted online and will also be accessible to the advisors via Huskynet or Banner weekly. 
  • For technical problems with the exam or questions about the CPE, please send a help request ticket at the ITS Helpdesk Support site .

Getting Started:

  • Request a Simnet acct via the ITS Helpdesk Support site .
  • Purchase the Registration Key Code at the Bookstore ($25)
  • The exam is located at the HBU Simnet Site
  • Log in with your Hnumber as the username and password.
  • Example:
    • Username:  H12345678
    • Password :  H12345678
    • If you have an older key you will log in with your Hnumber with a capital A or B at the end. 
  • Unable to log in or unable to see an exam? Open a helpdesk support ticket.
  • The website includes a Practice Exam. You may take it multiple times to get familiar with the SimNet exam that is a simulation.
  • This CPE Exam time limit is 2 hours. If your browser crashes log back in and you should be able to start where you left off.
  • Make sure you don’t have other applications open like chat, games, music, etc.


  •  Need a review?  Log into blackboard and do a search for the section "applications" or "Microsoft" and self enroll to access the key and website for the review courses. 

***New as of September 2013***

The new interface now works with Chrome and other browsers! Click on the Systems Requirement Test link to check to see if your computer is compatible. 

 Link to the Simnet Log in site: CPE Exam