FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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Q1. Do I have to undergo training prior to taking the tests? Is training compulsory?


No. If you believe that you already have appropriate IT skills and are sufficiently experienced, you can register i.e. purchase a ECDL Registration Number and start sitting for certification tests. Everyone will have various levels of knowledge and experience and many want to undergo training for the areas where their background may be inadequate. It is recommended that candidates review the ECDL syllabus for more detailed information on the modules and the knowledge needed to pass them. It is recommended that candidates try a diagnostic (mock) tests before undertaking the certification tests.


Q2. What amount of training is required to prepare for ECDL tests?


There is no set recommended number of teaching hours as this will be dependent on the needs of the individual candidate.


Q3. How are candidates tested?


Candidates are tested in examination conditions supervised by an ECDL Accredited Tester. Test centres use automated test systems which automatically assess the candidates' performance on completion of each test. Automated Tests provide immediate feedback to both the centre and the candidate. Candidates must complete one test for each module.


Note that the intermediate module 2D-CAD is the only module that is tested using manual tests


Q4. What are diagnostic tests?


Diagnostic (mock) tests allow a candidate to go through the testing environment in the same setting as the certification test and assess a candidate's understanding of the particular ECDL module. We recommend a passing rate of 80%+ for the diagnostic test before a candidate is encouraged to sit for the actual ECDL certification test.


Q5. How much do the tests cost?


The exact cost for testing (and for training, if needed), is set by the ECDL Accredited Test Centre itself. Please contact the test centre directly for pricing information.


Q6. If I fail a module, when can I re-sit the test?


You can re-sit the test at the next available time at your chosen ECDL Accredited Test Centre (please contact your test centre as additional fees will be required).


Q7. Can I complete the ECDL certification in a different location from where I started?


Yes. Each candidate is given a unique ECDL Registration Number. This number allows a candidate to complete their ECDL certification at any ECDL Accredited Test Centre.


Q8. I have a manual Skills Card and have not completed the seven modules. Can I continue the remaining modules to gain the ECDL certificate?


You will need to register at an ECDL accredited Test Centre to restart the ECDL certification programme. You will be assigned a new ECDL Candidate Registration Number at no cost.


Manual Skills Card are no longer valid. Electronic ECDL Registration Numbers started being issued as from 1st February 2013.


Q9. Some years ago I have purchased an electronic ECDL Registration Number but I have never done any tests. Can I use the same number and start sitting for ECDL tests?


If your ECDL Registration Number has the following format – MTRN####### - you can continue using this.


If your ECDL Registration Number has the following format - MT####### - it is recommended that you contact an ECDL accredited Test Centre to acquire a new ECDL Candidate Registration Number at no cost.


Q10. Is there a time window to complete the ECDL Standard certification programme?


In the past, candidates were required to pass seven tests within a three-year window. Candidates who have been registered on ECDL as from 1st October 2013 are free to finish the modules in the time they deem fit.


Q11. I have done ECDL tests on old software versions and was awarded an ECDL Certificate. Is this still valid?


The certificate remains valid.


Q12. Why does ECDL include a greater range of modules nowadays?


The old ECDL programme (formerly known as ECDL Core) contained a specific set of 7 module tests. The new ECDL Standard programme offers more flexibility compared to the old ECDL programme. Candidates will be awarded the ECDL Standard if they pass all four (4) Base modules and any three (3) Intermediate modules. More information about ECDL Base & Intermediate modules.


Q13. Do all training centres and schools offer training in all the available modules?


To obtain the ECDL Standard certificate, candidates must successfully complete all four (4) Base module tests and any three (3) Intermediate module tests. Training centres and schools are free to decide which modules to include in their training schedule/curriculum. If you are interested in a specific module which is not offered at a training centre or your school, you can contact another ECDL accredited Test Centre to follow training in this module.


Q14. Candidates must successfully complete all four (4) Base module tests and any three (3) Intermediate module tests to obtain the ECDL Standard Certificate. Can I sit for other Intermediate module tests after I obtain the ECDL Standard certificate?


You can sit for other Intermediate module tests at an ECDL accredited Test Centre. Certificates issued for successful completions of additional module tests incur a fee.


Q15. I am interested in sitting one test ONLY. Do I need to purchase an ECDL Candidate Registration Number?


Candidates are allowed to sit for ECDL tests provided that they have purchased an ECDL Registration Number. If you are interested in getting certified in ONE module rather than multiple modules you can purchase the one-module ECDL Registration Number at a discounted rate.


Q16. What happened to ECDL Syllabus 5 modules 1, 2 & 7?


The underlying module tests have been withdrawn as from 1st October 2016.

  • Module 1 - Concepts of Information & Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Module 2 - Using the Computer and Managing Files
  • Module 7 - Web Browsing & Communication

Q17. I misplaced my certificate. Can I order a replacement certificate?


You should contact the Test Centre where you did your last test to order a replacement certificate. You will incur a fee to order this. Note that the certificate will NOT be issued immediately by the Test Centre. ECDL Malta will issue the certificate and pass this on to the Test Centre.


Last updated: 28-Oct-17