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- Available Lessons: 113
- Average Lesson Length: 8 min
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Our self-paced lessons can help you explore computer hardware and software, data communications, Internet connectivity, network architecture and the issues associated with their use in a way that makes the material easy to recall.
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This course was last updated in 2019.
Syllabus & Course Information
You'll need to meet the following learning objectives to be successful on the DSST exam. Our lessons are designed around each of them, so that by the time you finish this course, you'll be able to:
- Outline the application software used for personal, business and workgroup use
- Explain how software controls the computing environment
- Outline and define the components of computer hardware, including input and output devices
- Summarize the history of computing, including how computers have impacted society
- Define the different types of database systems and data types
- Describe the basics of Internet programming, scripting languages, search engines and Internet protocols
- Summarize the networking options available to connect computers and systems
- Diagram the development lifecycle of such software as applications, drivers and operating systems
- Describe the five basic elements of programming and explain what programmers do
This introductory computing class doesn't have any prerequisites. You can get started whenever you're ready.
This course includes 82 lessons organized into eight chapters, allowing you to work your way through course topics in whichever order you please. You'll also have access to lesson transcripts, and our subject-matter experts are here to answer any introductory computing questions you might have. If you're interested in tracking your progress or checking your understanding of the material, our lesson quizzes and practice final exam allow you to do just that.
DSST Computing and Information Technology Exam Information
Questions on the DSST exam cover the same topics you would study in a one-semester, introductory computing course. This class might be used to meet you degree's general education requirements or prepare for more advanced courses found in such majors as information technology and computer science.
- Number of Questions: 100
- Question Type: Multiple choice
- Time Limit: 2 hours
- Number of Credits: 3
- Exam Cost: $80
DSST Computing and Information Technology Exam Breakdown
|DSST Exam Concept||Percent of the DSST Exam||Approximate Number of Questions||Study.com Chapters|
|Computer Organization and Hardware||20%||20 questions||7 lessons|
|Systems Software||10%||10 questions||8 lessons|
|Application Software||20%||20 questions||11 lessons|
|Communications and Networks||20%||20 questions||26 lessons|
|Software Development||10%||10 questions||13 lessons|
|Social Impact and History||20%||20 questions||10 lessons|
Earn DSST Credit
With just a week's worth of preparation, you can earn the same three credits you would receive after sitting through a semester-long course, making this study guide one of the most efficient ways to earn college credit. You can also use it to work toward a degree at your own pace. The test is administered year-round, and this study guide is available whenever you need it.
Study Schedule for the DSST Computing and Information Technology Exam
By the time you complete this course, you'll have received around eight hours of instruction. Some suggestions as to how you might organize your study time are included below. This chart could also prove useful when it comes time to determine which test date will coincide with your course completion.
|Study Frequency||When You'll Be Ready for the Exam|
|3 hours a day; 3 days a week||Less than 1 week|
|2 hours a day; 3 days a week||Around 1 ½ weeks|
|1 hour a day; 3 days a week||Under 3 weeks|
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