TEC Lab

Technology Skills Assessment (TSA)


As part of the education program, you must possess certain basic technology skills. Follow these simple steps to complete your Technology Skills Assessments.

Step 1: Get a MYLink Account

If you do not have a MYLink account, go to MYLink and register. This account is free, and setting it up takes only a couple of minutes. You must have an account before you begin the Technology Skills Assessments.

Step 2: Create a Google Plus Account

You will need a Google account to complete two of the four assessments.  If you do not have a Google account (i.e., Gmail), go to Google and click SIGN UP to create an account.  You may use your current email address (hotmail, yahoo, etc.) to create the account. If you already have a Google account but have not upgraded to Google Plus log into your account and then go to plus.google.com to upgrade your account.

Step 3: Create a Mozilla backpack

If you do not have a Mozilla backpack, go to the Mozilla backpack website and click Sign Up. This account is free, and setting it up takes only a couple of minutes.

Step 4: Create a dropbox account at dropbox.com

If you do not have a dropbox account, go to dropbox and register.  Once again, this account is free, and setting it up takes only a couple of minutes.

Step 5: Prepare for the Assessments

Clicking on the links below will provide you with a list of skills that you are required to know for each area, as well as resources to help you learn any skills that you may not yet have. You are required, at the very least, to read over each of the following pages before taking each TSA. You can do this at home or you are welcome to come to the TEC Lab to practice. All of our computers switch between Mac and Windows, so you can use whichever operating system is more comfortable for you.

Please be aware that the computer assistants are told not to teach you the skills, even if you are just practicing. We know that the assistants have the skills--the point is for you to learn how to troubleshoot and find resources to learn new skills since you will most likely not have a computer assistant by your side in your future classroom. However, you are welcome to get help from anyone else, and we are happy to answer general questions about the assessments.

For more help go to http://computertutor.byu.edu

Step 6: Complete Each Assessment

At the TEC Lab, after you speak to a lab assistant at the front desk, you will be given a task to test your ability in each of the areas. Each task must be completed in 30 minutes or less, but you do not have to complete all tasks at once. (You may wish to complete one task per day, for example). After you successfully complete each task, a computer assistant will enter your results in MYLink.

Depending on how well you know each program, the TSAs could take anywhere from one to four or more hours to complete. If you need to do the TSAs as part of an application, do not wait until the last minute. The closer the time gets to the application deadline, the busier the lab will be. If there are no computers open, we will ask you to come back another time or wait until one opens up. The TEC Lab is usually less busy in the mornings and evenings. Plan ahead! 

The hours for the TEC Lab are

  • Monday: 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Tuesday-Thursday: 8:00am-7:00pm*
  • Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Saturday: Closed

*We are closed on Tuesdays at 11:00am for devotionals.

*Students with Disabilities

If you have any disabilities which may impair your ability to complete the TSA, please contact the University Accessibility Center (422-2767). Reasonable academic accommodations are provided for all students who have qualifying documented disabilities.