Directions: Use this self-assessment to gauge your readiness for online learning. The following four characteristics are common for successful online students:
Basic technical and academic skills
Ability to study independently
Good organizational skills
Willing to devote the same amount of time and effort as a face-to-face course
To get a good idea of your chances for success as an online student, rate how well each item below describes yourself. The following items measure your ability to perform different tasks.
There are no right or wrong answers so your first reaction is usually best. Please do not omit any items.
Rate how well each item describes you by selecting the button in the correct column for each item.
Your Test of Online Learning Success Results
Your overall score is .
If your overall score is:
190 - 201: You're ready to go!
Individuals with a score in this range are more prepared for online learning than 50-75 percent of their student peers.
178 - 189: You're almost there!
Individuals with a score in this range may experience a little difficulty with taking online courses. Look through the statements again and identify which areas you think you may need help. Are you a procrastinator? Do you need some help learning some time management skills? Do you need a little help overcoming some technical hurdles? With a little effort, you could be ready to go!
0 - 177: Proceed with caution.
Individuals with a score in this range may need to acquire some new skills before proceeding with online courses. You may need to increase your reading and writing skills, learn some time management skills, or take an introduction to computers course. Look over the statements again to identify the areas in which you need the most help and start there.
Your Computer Skills score is .
Your Independent Learning score is
Your Dependent Learning score is
Your Academic Skills score is
Your Need for Online Delivery score is
Unlike the other subscales, the Need for Online Delivery score identifies a need instead of a skill. If your score is 3.4 or higher, it indicates that your lifestyle (i.e., career, family structure, personal responsibilities, distance to higher education entities) may demand the flexibility
that the online classroom can provide. A score below 3.4 suggests that you do not have a pressing need for online delivery of instruction. Online courses are just one of several options for you.