Information Competency at CSM
General Information

College of San Mateo defines Information Competency based on the standards from the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

Community college students must be information literate learners who can:

How to Satisfy the Information Competency Graduation Requirement

Effective Fall 2010, students with catalog rights beginning Fall 2010 must satisfy the Information Competency requirement prior to graduation.

The information competency requirement can be satisfied by one of the following options:

Make an Appointment to take the Information Competency Proficiency Exam — New for Spring 2015

Beginning February 17, 2015, appointments are made through WebSmart. To schedule an exam appointment login to WebSmart and click SCHEDULE APPOINTMENTS on the Student Services menu.

Appointments are available at various times on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The last exam date for Spring 2015 is May 21, 2015, 4:00 – 5:30pm.

Summer 2015 exam dates will be posted by the end of Spring semester.

Exams are held at the Assessment Center, Building 10-370.

How to Prepare

Based on these standards from AACC, several resources are available on the library website to help CSM students prepare for the completing the Information Competency Proficiency Exam. There is an online guide available—Information Competency Requirement.

The online guide provides lots of information including information concerning how to prepare for the exam. One of the most popular ways to prepare is to view the CSM Library Information Competency Video Tutorials. The videos are a helpful review of what information competency is and how that relates to research. You can contact a CSM Librarian for more information.

What to Bring to the Exam Exam Results

Your results will be available within 10 business days after taking the exam. Results are posted on your WebSmart account under then Placement Test Results, found in the Student Records menu.