Test your readiness

Are you ready to take an online course?

Before you enroll in an online course, it’s best to examine your own learning style and study habits. Particular learning styles and study habits are a better fit for the online learning environment. Answer the questions in the Online Readiness Assessment below to determine whether or not your learning style and study habits might help you succeed in an online course. When you’re finished answering the questions, click the “See my results” button.

I am good at setting goals and deadlines for myself.

1 out of 30

I have a really good reason for taking an online course.

2 out of 30

I finish the projects I start.

3 out of 30

I do not quit just because things get difficult.

4 out of 30

I can keep myself on track and on time.

5 out of 30

I learn fairly easily.

6 out of 30

I can learn from things I hear, like lectures, audio recordings, or podcasts.

7 out of 30

I have to read something to learn it best.

8 out of 30

I have developed good ways to solve problems I run into.

9 out of 30

I learn best when I figure things out for myself.

10 out of 30

I like to learn in a group, but I can learn on my own as well.

11 out of 30

I am willing to send e-mail to or have discussions with people I might never see.

12 out of 30

I usually study in a place where I can read and work on assignments without distractions.

13 out of 30

I can ignore distractions around me when I study.

14 out of 30

I am willing to spend 10-20 hours each week on an online course.

15 out of 30

I keep a record of what my assignments are and when they are due.

16 out of 30

I plan my work in advance so that I can turn in my assignments on time.

17 out of 30

When I study, people around me will help me work and not try to distract me.

18 out of 30

I am willing to use e-mail and other online tools to ask my classmates and instructors questions.

19 out of 30

I am fairly good at using the computer.

20 out of 30

I am comfortable surfing the Internet.

21 out of 30

I am comfortable conducting searches, setting bookmarks, and downloading files.

22 out of 30

I am comfortable installing software and changing configuration settings on my computer.

23 out of 30

I know someone who can help me if I have computer problems.

24 out of 30

My computer runs reliably on Windows XP/ 7 or on Mac OS 10.6 or higher.

25 out of 30

I have a printer.

26 out of 30

I am connected to the Internet with a fairly fast, reliable connection such as DSL or cable modem.

27 out of 30

I have virus protection software running on my computer.

28 out of 30

I have headphones or speakers and a microphone to use if a class has a videoconference.

29 out of 30

My browser will play several common multimedia (video and audio) formats.

30 out of 30


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