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LIB 160: Introduction to College Level Research

Finding, evaluating, and using scholarly information

Test-out Exam Information

 Test-out policies

  • It is a University policy that any test-out exam may be taken only once.
  • If you have previously taken Lib 160 and failed the course, you are not eligible to take the Test-out exam. You must repeat the course.

Registration for the Exam

Students must register online in advance.  The University charges a non-refundable $100 Test-out exam fee, which will be placed on your university bill.  Once you have signed up for the exam, you will be billed for it even if you do not take the exam, or do not pass the exam.

Date and Time

Date of Exam Deadline for Sign-Up Time of Exam Place of Exam
Wed. Jan. 25

Tues. Jan. 24 - Noon

9:00 am - 7:00 pm ISU Test Center
Thurs. Jan. 26 Wed. Jan. 25 - Noon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm ISU Test Center

Students wanting to take the test-out exam need to sign up by the deadline by filling out the Library 160 Test-Out Exam Application form.


Any ISU student who has not yet taken the test-out or previously taken the course may take the Library 160 Test-Out Exam.  It is strongly recommended that students considering the test-out have significant experience / strong preparation working with a variety of academic research tools and information sources, as well as understanding of scholarly information retrieval and evaluation, and the scholarly research process.

Students may be enrolled in Library 160 when they take the exam. If the student is enrolled in Lib 160 and passes the exam, the student is responsible for dropping the course – it will not be dropped automatically.  If you do not pass, you need to stay registered in the course and proceed with the coursework to earn a passing grade.

The Exam

A score of 40 out of 50 points is needed to pass the Test-Out exam.  One hour will be allowed to take the exam.  Exam items will cover course content focused on information access, retrieval, and evaluation. Students need to show their University ID (or driver’s license) to be admitted to the exam.  Use of iPads, cell phones, laptops, and other devices is not allowed in the Testing Center. All devices must be turned off and stowed away before entering the Testing Center.

Grades for the exam will be available immediately.  If you pass, you receive 1T credit for Library 160.  If you do not pass, you will need to take Library 160.

Exam preparation

The best method for exam preparation is to review the online Course Readings.  All students signed up for the Test-Out exam will be added to a Test-Out section of the course in Canvas, and will have access to these online readings.  When you go to the Testing Center, you will need to login to the Test-Out section in Canvas and the proctors will assist you further.

Further questions about the exam may be directed to the Library 160 Office, phone number is 294-4527, email address is 

Sign-up for the Test-out exam

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(515) 294-2408