This course can be used as a study resource, for professional development, or to earn college credit by passing a CLEP™ exam (multiple-choice examination). Each college sets its own credit-granting policies for the exam, so check with your college admissions office, test center, or academic adviser before taking the test.
The Information Systems course covers material that is usually taught in an introductory one-semester college course in the subject. Information systems’ basic terminology and concepts will be tested as well as how to apply that knowledge. In-depth details of hardware design or programming techniques which are language-specific is not emphasized. Knowledge of specific products used in applications such as word processing or spreadsheets is not required. Approaches and techniques which apply to different products and application scenarios will be the exam’s focus. A first-year high school level knowledge of algebra is expected.
Information Systems textbooks differ on the precise definition of the systems development process or life cycle. To avoid ambiguity, CLEP™ defines the systems development process as consisting of the following discrete phases or stages:
An information system (IS) is a formal, sociotechnical, organizational system designed to collect, process, store, and distribute information. In a sociotechnical perspective, information systems are composed by four components: task, people, structure (or roles), and technology.*
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The Information Systems exam contains approximately 100 questions to be answered in 90 minutes. Some of these are pretest questions that will not be scored.
CLEP™ Score Information
Credit-Granting Score for Information Systems
ACE Recommended Score*: 50
Semester Hours: 3
Each institution reserves the right to set its own credit-granting policy, which may differ from that of ACE. Contact your college as soon as possible to find out the score it requires to grant credit, the number of credit hours granted, and the course(s) that can be bypassed with a satisfactory score.
*The American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) has evaluated CLEP processes and procedures for developing, administering, and scoring the exams. The score listed above is equivalent to a grade of C in the corresponding course. The American Council on Education, the major coordinating body for all the nation’s higher education institutions, seeks to provide leadership and a unifying voice on key higher education issues and to influence public policy through advocacy, research, and program initiatives. Visit the ACE CREDIT website for more information.*
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