Online tests geared towards real world application

The strength of ICDL exams lies in their real world applicability – the tasks of the module exams must be solved directly in the application and all correct solutions are accepted. You are even allowed to use the “help” function to solve the assignments. Some more theoretical content is tested with multiple choice questions. The ICDL module exams are taken with the test software Sophia.

Before you take an exam, you need to purchase a one-time registration, your personal ICDL ID. All exam results are connected to your ICDL ID and shown in your online profile.

There is a separate exam for every module. You will always sit your exam(s) at a certified ICDL Test Centre. They last 45 minutes each, with the exception of the ICDL Standard module Image Editing, which lasts 60 minutes. You must answer 75% of the questions correctly to pass.

Try out our demo tests for a hands-on experience of our exams.

Diagnostic tests

Diagnostic tests cover all the contents of every module and offer a detailed assessment. This way, candidates can get a good overview of their current knowledge. There is no time limit for diagnostic tests and the test can be interrupted as often as you like. Diagnostic tests can be purchased directly in our shop. Per module there is one diagnostic test with about 65 questions. To review your level of proficiency you can also use the ICDL Syllabi as a checklist.

ICDL exams can be taken using the following operating systems and software versions.


Operating systemsInternet Explorer from Version 6, Firefox from Version 3.5, Chrome from Version 29, Edge and Mac OS X, 10.10, 10.11, 10.12, 10.13, 10.14, 10.15, Big Sur 11.0-11.2, Monterey 12.0
Microsoft Office2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, 2021, 365 (Windows); 2011, 2016, 2019, 2021, 365 (Mac)
DatabaseAccess 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, 2021, 365 (Windows)
BrowserInternet Explorer from Version 6.0, Firefox from Version 3.5, Chrome from Version 29, Edge, Safari
E-mail programmesOutlook 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, 2021, 365 (Windows); Mail, Safari (Mac)
Image editingGimp 2.6, 2.8, Adobe Photoshop from Version CS4, Adobe Photoshop Elements from Version 12 (Windows)