Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

Online Learning: Self Test

Characteristics that help to ensure success:

  • Self-motivation and working well independently
  • Never putting things off (not a procrastinator) but rather staying on target
  • Ability to follow directions
  • Ability to work well alone
  • Good communication when questions or confusion arise
  • Good organizational ability
  • Comfort with technology


Study Tips:

  • Carefully read all written material received from your instructor
  • Follow the course outline, paying attention to benchmarks
  • Complete all activities in the time specified by the instructor
  • Place yourself on a weekly schedule to cover all material and meet all assignments
  • Plan to spend at least 10 hours per week on each distance education course
  • Find a quiet place to work without distractions
  • Whenever you have questions or concerns, contact your instructor by phone, email, or by setting up an appointment

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Self-Test

Test yourself to see if Distance Education Courses are a Good Choice for you. (Adopted from the PBS ALS web site)

Select one answer for each question and score yourself by following the directions at the end of the quiz.

1. My need to take this course now is:

a. High. I need it immediately for a degree, job, or other important reason
b. Moderate. I could take it on campus later or substitute another course
c. Low. It's a personal interest that could be postponed

2. Feeling that I am part of a class is:

a. Not particularly necessary for me
b. Somewhat important for me
c. Very important for me

3. I would classify myself as someone who:

a. Often gets things done ahead of time
b. Needs reminding to get things done on time
c. Puts things off until the last minute

4. Classroom discussion is:

a. Rarely helpful to me
b. Sometimes helpful to me
c. Almost always helpful to me

5. When an instructor hands out directions for an assignments, I prefer:

a. Figuring out the instructions myself
b. Trying to follow directions on my own, then asking for help as needed
c. Having the directions explained to me

6. I need faculty comments on my assignments:

a. Within a few weeks, so I can review what I did
b. Within a few days, or I forget what I did
c. Right away or I get very frustrated

7. Considering my professional and personal schedule, the amount of time  I have to work on a distance education course is:

a. More than enough for a campus class or a distance education course
b. The same as for a class on campus
c. Less than for a class on campus

8. When I am asked to use videos, computers, voice mail, or other technologies new to me:

a. I look forward to learning new skills
b. I feel apprehensive, but try it anyway
c. I put it off or try to avoid it

9. As a reader, I would classify myself as:

a. Good. I usually understand the text without help
b. Average. I sometimes need help to understand the text
c. Slower than average

10. If I have to go to campus to take exams or complete work:

a. I can go to campus anytime
b. I may miss some lab assignments or exam deadlines if campus labs are not open on evenings and weekends
c. I will have difficulty getting to the campus, even in the evenings and on weekends

Scoring: Give yourself 3 points for each "a" answer, 2 points for each "b," and 1 point for each "c" answer.

If you scored 20 or over, a distance education is a real possibility for you.

If you scored between 11 and 20, distance education may work for you, but you may need to make a few adjustments in your schedule and study habits to succeed.

If you scored 10 or less, distance education may not currently be the best alternative for you. Talk to your advisor or counselor.

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