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Northstar’s practice lessons will help you gain confidence and master skills. When you’re ready, you can take an assessment to test your knowledge and demonstrate your abilities.

To save your assessment results and print certificates you earn, create a free Learner account. The only requirements are your name and email address.

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If you already have a Learner account, log in to get started right away. 


If you want to take an assessment without creating an NSOL Learner account, visit the Northstar website.

Available Assessments and Tutorials

Essential Computer Skills

  • Basic Computer Skills (Practice Lessons also available)
  • Internet Basics (Practice Lessons also available)
  • Using Email (Practice Lessons also available)
  • Windows
  • Mac OS

Essential Software Skills

  • Microsoft Word (Practice Lessons also available)
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Google Docs
  • Using Technology in Daily Life

Social Media

  • Information Literacy
  • Supporting K-12 Distance Learning
  • Career Search Skills (Practice Lessons also available)
  • Your Digital Footprint