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The ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence) is an internationally recognized certification that certifies skill in the use of personal computers. 

It is a mandatory prerequisite for access to the exams of Computer Skills for Economics exam (30068/6033) and the Computer Skills for Law (50019/6034).

Bocconi is an official ECDL Test Center.


The ECDL Core consists of seven modules: 

  • Module 1 - Basic Concepts of ICT
  • Module 2 - Using the Computer and Managing Files (Windows)
  • Module 3 - Word Processing (Word)
  • Module 4 - Spreadsheets (Excel)
  • Module 5 - Using Databases (Access)
  • Module 6 - Presentations (PowerPoint)
  • Module 7 - Web Browsing and Communication (Internet and email)

Student need to pass exams for each of the seven modules.

The program is based on the Syllabus, the official document that shows the detailed syllabus for each module. The current version is Syllabus 5.0.


Below are the individual steps to be followed in order to obtain the certification, along with related information.


1. Purchasing the Skills Card and paying exam fees

In order to be administered an ECDL exam, the student must be in possession of a Skills Card, a card on which the ECDL exams taken are registered. The Skills Card is valid for three years from the date of issue. The Skills Card must be purchased via the online payment procedure available (here). 
For Bocconi students the cost is €45.00. For external users, the cost is €70.00. The Skills Card will be sent as a .pdf document to the student’s Bocconi email address.

For external users, the Skills Card will be sent to the email address registered in the PAYTOOL system.

In addition to purchasing the Skills Card, you need to pay a fee for each of the seven exams. The cost for Bocconi students is €14.00 for each test, while the cost for external users is €22.00 per test.

Payment for the Skills Card and examinations can be carried out either simultaneously (recommended) or at staggered times, via the online payment procedure available (here).

Please note:
It will be possible purchasing the Skills Card for ECDL Core certification until 30 November 2014.
Starting December 1st, 2014 and during 2015 it will be possible pay the exams in order to finish the ECDL Core certification.
From December 2014 (approximately from monday the 15th it will be possible to purchase the Skills Card to obtain the
NEW ECDL starting from January 2015).

2 . Registering for the exams

Tests are held every week, in one or more days depending on the time of the year. Once the payment is made, Bocconi students can register for exams via the yoU@B Diary, by clicking on the link "Registering for ECDL Core" in the ECDL box.

Upon first access, students must fill in the details of their Skills Card (Skills Card number and date of issue).

To proceed with registration, click on the Add button. Next, the student will have to select the tests for which he/she want to register: their number must be equal to or less than the number of tests already purchased (which are referred to as Available exams), with a maximum of four per day. Clicking on the Next button, the program will display the dates for which places are available in the four weeks ahead, depending on the number of exams selected.

The student is thus able to choose the preferred day and time for taking the exam, as long as places are available. If the program does not let the student select a specific round, it means that there are no longer places available in that round, so he/she must select another round or wait for the calendar of the following week to be published.

It is possible to modify at a later date the selection of exams (which one and/or how many) for which the student has registered. If the number of exams remains unchanged the student can stay in the same round of examinations, otherwise the date for which the student is booked will be erased and he/she will be offered available dates for the new number of tests chosen.

The student can also unregister from one round of examinations for which he/she has already registered, but no longer intends to take at that date. The exams paid for will become available again for registration at a later date.


Registering for, modifying, and canceling a round of examinations can only be done up until 23:59 on the Thursday of the week preceding the date of the exam in question.

For external users, registration is made by sending an email to ecdl@unibocconi.it, by midnight on Thursday preceding the date scheduled for the exam. It should be noted that Bocconi students have priority with respect to external users, so that availability of places in ECDL exams is not guaranteed a priori.

3. Preparing for ECDL exams

Multimedia course

Bocconi makes available – only to students enrolled either in the first year of a Bachelor Program or the Master of Science in Law – an online multimedia course.

The codes to access the course will be sent by email along with the Skills Card, or given in person to the student by going to SEDIN with his/her own (valid) Skills Card, if issued by another test center. The course can be perused for 18 months staring from the beginning of the academic year, after which date the student will no longer have access to it.

Recommended reading
J. Phillips, P. McBride, Learning to Pass ECDL Syllabus 5.0 Using Office 2007 (Paperback), Heinemann 2009. (Available at EGEA Bookshop)

4. Taking and passing the exams

The exams are administered via the ATLAS automated software.

The versions available today at the Bocconi test center are as follows for the exam modules:

Module 1 Generic Generic Generic
Module 2 Windows 7 Windows Vista Windows XP
Module 3 Office 2010 Office 2007 Office XP
Module 4 Office 2010 Office 2007 Office XP
Module 5 Office 2010 Office 2007 Office XP
Module 6 Office 2010 Office 2007 Office XP
Module 7   I.E.7/Windows Mail I.E.6/Outlook Express

Each exam consists of 36 questions, to be answered in a maximum time of 45 minutes (except the test for module 1, where maximum time is 35 minutes). To pass each exam the candidate must answer correctly at least 75% of the questions.

All ECDL exams, unless otherwise noted, take place in Classroom 304, via Gobbi 5, third floor. The student must show up on the due date 15 minutes before the start of the exam round for which he/she has registered. In case of delay, the examiner is authorized to exclude the candidate from the examination session.

It is mandatory to bear the student card or a valid identification document (identity card, driving license or passport) during the exam. Students without proper ID shall in now way be allowed to take the exam.

It is possible (but not required) to show up for the exam with a printed copy of the Skills Card, so that the examiner can countersign directly the exams passed.

If the candidate does not pass the exam for a given module, or does not turn up, he/she will need to purchase an additional examination, then register again, starting from the following day. However, it the candidate cancels in time there will be no penalties and the exams paid for will remain valid for subsequent registration.

Upcoming exam dates are:

  • September: 1, 10, 16, 24, 30
  • October: 8, 15, 21, 30
  • November: 5, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 26, 27, 28
  • December: 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12 (last date 2014)
  • January: 9, 14, 19, 26
  • Febbruary: 4, 10, 13, 17, 18, 24, 26
  • March: 5, 6, 10, 11, 19, 26

dates from April will be pubblished in March


5. Registering the prerequisite for curricular exams

Once he/she passes all seven ECDL certification exams, the student has met the prerequisite

for Computer Science for Economics (30068/6033) and Computer Science for Law (50019/6034). If the ECDL is obtained entirely in Italy, the prerequisite will be automatically recorded by the SEDIN office.

If the ECDL certification was obtained, partly or entirely, abroad, or if the certification awarded was ECDL Advanced, IC3 2005 Plus or IC3 GS3, MOS Master or MCAS Master, you must appear in person at the SEDIN office bringing the original documentation (Skills Card, ECDL certificate, score report, depending on the certification). In the event of failure to obtain the prerequisite, the student will not be able to take the above exams (either the second intermediate examination or the general exam) and registration to the exam will be canceled.

6. Receive ECDL certification

Once you pass all the exams, SEDIN will directly send the ECDL Core certificate in .pdf format to the student’s Bocconi email address, or, in the case of external users, to the email address registered in the PAYTOOL system.

Sending of the certificate will occur within approximately one month after passing the last module. There is no need for printing the ECDL certificate to sustain curricular exams.


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