Ready to give it a shot? Dive into the 10 question quiz below to get a feel for how prepared you are! Once you’ve written down your answers, hover over (or tap on a phone) the question to see the answers and explanations.
WarningPlease do keep in mind that we can’t guarantee the accuracy of this quiz, so we do recommend you also run through a full-length practice exam. The CollegeBoard offers a good one that we’ll share in the resources section below.
Q1: What is a browser cookie?
a) The bookmarks button on a browser.
b) A small piece of information that a browser stores on your machine.
c) Temporary storage of web documents
d) A browser’s history.
Cookies are small bits of information kept on a user’s machine during browsing to store various types of information about the user’s browsing session. The standard uses of cookies are storage of login state information, storage of user’s preferences on websites and personalized content.
Q2: The best protocol for transferring files is…
From the list above, the file transfer protocol (FTP) is the best for file transfers. FTP uses the client-server model to facilitate the transfer of files from one computer to another. The source computer acts as the server while the destination computer serves as the client.
Q3: A _______________ is a computer application for analysis and tabular storage of data.
a) Word processor
A spreadsheet is an office productivity application that enables users to organize, store and analyze data in tabular form. One of the most common spreadsheet applications in the market today is Microsoft’s Excel.
Q4: Which of the following is not a web programming language?
Q5: Software whose source code is made available with a license that allows the study, change, and distribution of the said software freely is said to be?
Open-source software is computer software whose source code has been made freely available to the public by the copyrights holder with rights to study, modify and redistribute. The open source software movement has made significant contributions to the advancement of information technology through many collaborative and private software creation initiatives. Some of the most popular open source licenses include the Apache License 2.0, the MIT license, the Mozilla Public License 2.0 and GNU General Public License (GPL).
Q6: Which of the following is not a form of wireless technology?
The Fiber Distributed Data Interface (FDDI) is not a wireless network technology because it is a network setup standard that uses optical fiber. It is based on the token ring topology and is mainly used as a backbone network in wide area network (WAN) setups.
Q7: A specialized system used for capturing, storing, analyzing, managing and displaying geographical data is called…
a) BI system.
b) MIS system.
c) CRM system
d) GIS system
A geographic information system is used for collecting, storing, manipulating, analyzing and presenting spatial data. GIS information can be used in many different industries including management, insurance, engineering and transport and logistics.
Q8: ________ is a technology used to secure websites and web applications using encryption certificates.
The Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology provides mechanisms for securing web communications by encrypting data being transmitted from one point to another. The technology works using an SSL certificate and two cryptographic keys, one public and one private. The technology is mainly deployed on e-commerce websites and other high-security platforms to safeguard the user and company information.
Q9: What is the difference between a spreadsheet and a word processor?
a) Spreadsheets are used to manage numeric data and run formulas and calculations on the data while Word processors allow users to compose documents such as letters and memos.
b) Spreadsheets are used to manage relational database while a word processor is used for tabulation, storage, and manipulation of numeric data.
c) Spreadsheets are used for data storage while word processors are used for designing publications.
d) Spreadsheets are used for broadcasting audio and video content while Word processors are used for editing video and audio content.
In today’s environment, spreadsheets are mainly used to manage, analyze and present datasets. In many cases, spreadsheets and word processors come as separate applications in one software suite. A good example is the Microsoft Office suite which has Microsoft Word as its word processor and Microsoft Excel as its spreadsheet application.
Q10: __________ is an architecture where many computers request and receive resources from a centralized computer.
Client-server architecture is a computing model in which one central computer with a high amount resources serves multiple requests from other connected computers with fewer resources. An excellent example of such a scenario is a web server. A web server hosts a website or web application that gets requests for different resources from multiple clients. Other examples of setups that adopt this model include print servers, file servers, and proxy servers.
More CLEP Study Resources
Looking for a study guide to fill a couple gaps, or just want a full length practice exam? You can find a few of my favorite resources below. Note that some of the links are affiliate – meaning I’ll make a few dollars if you purchase, but I’m only sharing those resources that were genuinely helpful during my own CLEP journey.
Official CLEP Study Guide: It’s quite short on the study side of things, but this is the go-to practice test bank. I don’t think I’ve done a single CLEP test without taking the practice test in this book first.
REA CLEP Information Systems: I’m not huge on reading, but this book series is fantastic if you’re into that kind of thing. It also includes some nifty online practice tests, though I always found the official practice tests (above) more reassuring.
InstantCert Academy: The website looks like it was made before the internet, but it’s legitimately the single most useful study guide I’ve found. Basically it’s a series of flashcards that help you learn about Information Systems in a fast paced and fun way.
Plenty of other resources exist – just do a quick internet search – but these are the three that I’ve personally found the most helpful back when I did CLEP.