Information Literacy Test Out

For All Undergraduates

All SAU undergraduates are required to take the Information Literacy 101 class for one hour of credit.

Test-Out dates are posted below. Students will receive information in an email.

  • Monday, January 23 (9:00 AM -11:00 AM)
  • Wednesday, January 25 (7:00 PM - 9:00 PM)

Test-Out Information


All undergraduates at St. Ambrose University are required to take the Information Literacy 101 class for one hour of credit.

All transfer students also are required to take the one-hour credit course unless they have taken a similar course at another institution and credit is indicated on their transcripts. 

What do I need to know about the test?
  • There are two parts of the Test Out. You must pass both parts with a score of 70% or better.
    • Part One is taken through Blackboard and largely objective (multiple choice, matching, ordering, etc.).
    • Part Two involves using a computer to perform a guided search for information.
  • Useful books for preparation include:
    Quaratiello, A. R. (2011). The college student's research companion (5th ed.). New York: Neal-Schuman. In the SAU Library, this may be found for checkout on the third floor at Z 710 .Q37 2011, or for in-library use on the first floor at REF Z710 .Q37 2011.
Who is eligible to take the Information Literacy Test Out?
  • If you are in a Learning Community with Information Literacy 101 as one of its components, you may NOT test out of the Information Literacy General Education requirement.
  • If you have taken IL101 before and either dropped or did not pass the course, you may NOT test out of the Information Literacy General Education requirement.
  • Credit for IL101 will not be granted; only a waiver of the Information Literacy General Education requirement can be gained by passing the Test Out. There is no charge for taking the test, but a student may only take it once.
Who could typically benefit from the Information Literacy Test Out?
  • Someone whose high school had a systematic program of library instruction
  • A transfer student whose previous institution had a systematic and thorough program of library instruction 
What material is covered by the Information Literacy Test Out?
  • How information is organized in books, periodical literature (e.g. journals, magazines, and newspapers), on the Internet, including the major library classification systems
  • Knowledge of finding aids, their organizational structure and how to use them. Examples of these include library catalogs, periodical indexes such as The Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature, Proquest Central in Proquest, as well as Internet subject directories, indexes, or search engines
  • The ability to identify the "key words" or most important identifying terms one would use in a search for information
  • Use of Boolean logic in the structure of informational databases; using the Boolean operators "and," "or," and "not" when searching an online database
  • Analyzing and interpreting the information found in a bibliographic record, i.e., the description of a book in an online library catalog or of a journal article in an online index
  • Ethics of information use and misuse, including plagiarism and copyright
  • Know how to cite information sources properly using MLA and APA styles, as for a bibliography
How do I pass the Test Out, and how will I know?

Students need to score 70% or better on each part of the test out. The test will only be given to a student once. If the student does not pass with 70% or better on BOTH parts, the class must be taken.

Your results get mailed to the address provided on the waiver at the start of the test.

Where do I go to take the examination?

The examination is in the Library's Instruction Area on the first floor. Bring a pencil, pen, eraser, and either your student ID card or a driver's license.

So, what's next?

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