Universities are using more information and communication technologies (ICT) in their teaching and learning environments. An anonymous multiple-choice survey self-assessed the spreadsheet skills of students enrolled in …rst-year units at the beginning of 2003. The results of the survey indicate signi…cant de…ciencies in the use of spreadsheets. There is a signi…cant proportion of students who are unable to use spreadsheets as part of their education at the start of their university studies. The implications for tertiary education are discussed.

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