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:

CSM Coursework or Exams

Courses at Skyline College or Cañada College

Coursework from outside of San Mateo Community College District

Make an Appointment to take the Information Competency Proficiency Exam — Summer 2015

Appointments are scheduled using WebSmart. To schedule an exam appointment login to WebSmart and click SCHEDULE APPOINTMENTS on the Student Services menu.

Specific Exam Dates – Summer 2015

Additional exam dates may be available – check availability by using the appointment system in WebSmart.

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.