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Northstar Digital Literacy tests your computer skills. You can build skills in key areas, and demonstrate your knowledge by earning certificates and badges. Prepare for your future now! Northstar is a program of Literacy Minnesota.

Test Your Digital Literacy

Complete any of the online modules to see what you know.

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Build Your Skills

Grow your understanding of digital literacy topics.

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Become a Testing Location

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How It Works

Northstar Digital Literacy defines the basic skills needed to use a computer and the internet in daily life, employment, and higher education. Online, self-guided modules assess the ability of adults to perform these tasks. Test takers can receive digital badges whenever they pass assessments, and can additionally receive certificates when they pass assessments in a proctored environment at a Northstar testing location. Once you pass Northstar, which certifies basic skills, you may choose to pursue more advanced training and certifications.

Take an Assessment

Want to test what you know? Complete any of the following online modules.

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If you are not part of a testing location yet, but would like to earn a certificate for passing the assessments, find a Northstar testing location near you.

Build Your Skills

  1. Find a testing location where you can access classes and learning resources.
  2. Northstar Online Learning (NSOL) can help you learn digital literacy skills online. You can access our Basic Computer Skills unit now!
  3. View other resources from the web, curated by Northstar, that can help you learn digital literacy skills.

Find one of our 950+ Northstar Testing Locations near you

Outside the U.S.? Start your search here.

Why take an assessment at a Northstar testing location?

  1. You can earn a certificate when you successfully pass each assessment.
  2. Testing locations offer assistance in setting up and taking assessments.
  3. Most testing locations offer computer classes, so you'll be able to master skills that will help you pass assessments.
  4. You have the option of setting up a learner account where you can track all of your Northstar activity.
  5. When you complete an assessment at a testing location, you'll receive links to lessons for practice where you may need work.

Become a Testing Location

Testing locations can award certificates and digital badges. Each location can access its own admin portal, which includes detailed reports on all assessments they administer. They also have access to classroom curricula and Northstar Online Learning. Testing locations pay an annual fee, which includes online support.

Literacy Minnesota

Northstar is a program of Literacy Minnesota

formerly Minnesota Literacy Council

Literacy MinnesotaLiteracy Minnesota is an internationally recognized non-profit leader and driving force behind the latest developments in literacy learning. We believe literacy has the power to advance equity and justice, and we envision a world where life-changing learning is within everyone’s reach. Get more information on our educational resources and programs.

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Our Mission

To help individuals around the world master the digital skills needed to work, learn, and participate fully in daily life.


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