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MITx: MIT App Inventor Certification Exam – Level 1

Earn a certification attesting to your basic knowledge of MIT App Inventor. Timed, 90 minute examination only, no course materials are provided.

MIT App Inventor Certification Exam – Level 1
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About this course

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Have you been learning MIT App Inventor at school and want to prove your new skills? Are you a new coder starting out with MIT App Inventor and want to get a certificate from MITx that demonstrates you’ve got what it takes? Then you want to sign up for this fully online exam!

This timed 90-minute Level 1 exam is designed mostly for middle-school students who have had at least one or more terms of experience with MIT App Inventor and are able to create their own simple mobile app without assistance from a teacher or others. You should already know both the Designer and Block screen well and know how to transfer your app to the AI Companion app on an Android compatible device or Android emulator

This is the Level 1 exam covering only the most basic design components and blocks of the platform. Exams covering more advanced topics will be released in the future. There are 25 multiple choice questions most with graphics and about 5 (or fewer) exercises and you only need to obtain 50% to earn a Level 1 certificate from MITx.

NOTE: To earn a certificate, you MUST present a government-issued identification with your photograph. There are no exceptions to this policy, unfortunately, and there are no refunds if you cannot comply with this requirement.


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At a glance

  • Institution: MITx
  • Subject: Computer Science
  • Level: Introductory
  • Prerequisites:

    Basic level experience with MIT App Inventor. Most suitable for middle-school students.

  • Language: English
  • Video Transcript: English
  • Associated skills: Android (Operating System), Artificial Intelligence, App Inventor For Android

What you'll learn

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Timed, 90 minute certification examination only. There are no exam prep materials offered or recommended in this offering.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: Why do I need a government-issued ID to get a certificate?

A: EdX requires that anyone trying to earn a certificate on its platform must present a government-issued ID to prevent cheating. The ID must be of the examinee and not from a parent, relative, guardian or school official. Verification is done by a third-party and is included in the price of the exam. We understand that it may be difficult for some middle-schoolers to obtain a picture ID, but we cannot allow exceptions and apologize for any inconvenience!

Q: I just started learning MIT App Inventor this term. Am I ready for this Level 1 exam?

A: This exam will cover only the basic elements of coding using the platform. Before you take this exam, you should understand and be able to use the following components to build an app: Button, Image, Label, TextBox, Player, Sound and you should also know the following blocks: When (Button) Clicked, if-then-else, Get, Set, true, false, join (strings), basic math (+, - , *, /), equals and not equals, is number, contains, is empty, initialize global variable, random integer, etc. You should also know how to transfer the app to your Android device using the AI Companion and/or the built-in emulator.

Q: If I take the Level 1 exam, can I get a discount on the Level 2 or Level 3 once they are released?

A: You will need to sign up for a pay for the Level 2 or Level 3 exams separately and no discounts are currently planned. At the moment, we do not yet know the release date for the Level 2 or Level 3 exams.

Q: How long will it take to get my certificate if I pass?

A: The certificate is generated automatically by EdX and will usually be ready within 48 hours after you pass the exam.

Q: Can I change the name on my certificate?

A: No, the name on your certificate must match the name you use when you create your EdX account, so please register carefully!

Q: Do I get any academic credit by passing this exam?

A: No, this certificate does not give you any academic credit at MIT or any other university. However, it is certified by MITx, which is a part of MIT’s Office of Open Learning. The certificate is signed by MIT Professor Hal Abelson and Krishna Rajogopal, Dean for Open Learning.

Q: What does this certificate do for me?

A: It shows that you are certifiably a skilled user of MIT App Inventor. We hope that earning this certificate will help you demonstrate to your classmates, teachers, parents, etc., your commitment to learning a world-class mobile app development platform and distinguish yourself as an active creator of mobile digital technology!

Who can take this course?

Unfortunately, learners residing in one or more of the following countries or regions will not be able to register for this course: Iran, Cuba and the Crimea region of Ukraine. While edX has sought licenses from the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to offer our courses to learners in these countries and regions, the licenses we have received are not broad enough to allow us to offer this course in all locations. edX truly regrets that U.S. sanctions prevent us from offering all of our courses to everyone, no matter where they live.

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