SAM Challenge

The SAM Challenge is a computerized exam that tests ability to use Microsoft Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2013, which is usually taught in MIC 101 (Introduction to Microcomputers). Students who pass the SAM Challenge may be able to waive MIC 101 for certain programs at Seattle Central.

Note: Not every program accepts SAM Challenge instead of MIC 101. Check with your program counselor first to see if SAM Challenge is an available test–out option.

Please be aware that SAM Challenge does not grant credit for MIC 101, but only proves that you may not need to take MIC 101 for your program.

Test Information

  • Cost & ID: $30 and Photo ID is required.
  • Time limit: None (Usually takes around two hours.) Cannot be saved; must be completed at one time.
  • Number of questions: 100
  • Passing score: 80
  • Retake: 30 day waiting period before retaking.
  • Study guide: None available. Reviewing the current textbook for MIC 101 is recommended.
  • Appointments: Not required. Walk–in basis only.

Exam Topics

  • Students applying to Apparel Design or Culinary Arts will be tested on: MS Word, Excel, and Windows file management.
  • Students applying to any other program that accepts SAM Challenge (such as Information Tech or Applications Support) will be tested on: MS Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Windows file management.

Test times from September 2016 through June 2017 (arrive no later than 2 p.m. on test day)

  • Mon/Wed/Thurs/Fri: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesdays and Weekends: CLOSED

How does the test work?

The SAM Challenge will show a screen from one of the MS Office programs and ask you to perform a task (such as saving or opening a file, for instance). Usually you may use one of several different methods (right–click, drop–down menu, or shortcut key, for example), and you have three chances to answer correctly.

You can skip questions and go back to them later. However, the test cannot be saved and must be completed in one sitting.

Testing Policies

  • Photo ID must be presented before testing.
  • Babies and small children are not allowed in the testing room. They must be supervised outside of the Testing Office. College staff may not provide supervision.
  • Pagers, cell phones, & personal stereos must be turned off.
  • Dictionaries, notes, and other reference materials (including internet resources) are not permitted.
  • Testing staff are available to assist with computer use and interpreting scores, but may not assist with answering test questions.
  • If you have a problem with your computer, let the staff know. Please DO NOT try to fix it yourself.

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