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The Northstar Digital Literacy Certificate program is a free self-guided online set of assessments that show your ability to perform basic computer tasks. You can earn a certificate in each of these areas:

  • Essential Computer Skills (Basic Computer Skills, Internet Basics, Using Email, Windows, MAC OS)
  • Essential Software Skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Using Technology in Daily Life (Social Media, Information Literacy, and Creative Job Search)

How to get started using Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment

  • Step 1 Complete the Northstar Digital Literacy registration
  • Step 2: After you have completed the account initiation request form, you will receive an invitation from Northstar in your SUBR inbox. (check your spam folder if you do not see the invite in your inbox).
  • Step 3: Click to accept the Northstar invitation.
  • Step 4: Once you have accepted the Northstar invitation, your account will be activated.
  • Step 5: You will be prompted to enter a new password 

Returning Northstar Digital Users

Earning a Northstar Certificate

Individuals who receive a score of at least 85% on a proctored assessment completed at a testing location can earn the Northstar Digital Literacy Certificate. Those successfully completing multiple assessment modules have the option of receiving a summary certificate listing all modules passed.

Those passing assessments can also claim digital badges from Northstar, which follow the OpenBadges specification (read more at Badges are a way to display and document skills learned both in and out of the classroom. Once a test taker is awarded a badge, it is stored in the test taker's Backpack, a webpage that serves as a transportable portfolio to share with employers or others who need to know a user's skills and experience. Badges are an ideal means by which Northstar test takers can keep a permanent, accessible record of assessments they have passed.


Proctored Northstar Digital Literacy Assessments

Contact Ms. Payne for information on proctored sessions.

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If you have any questions or need further assistance, contact Ms. Maletta Payne at (225)771-2604 or by email at



Associate Professor/Head Technology & Information Services Librarian

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Maletta Payne
167 Roosevelt Steptoe Avenue,
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70813
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Northstar Digital Literacy Overview Video

Setting Up your Northstar Online Learning Account