If you are considering online learning, or simply curious, you can check your connection speed at
Click on the city you are closest to on the left to start the test.
The Download Speed is the rate at which you receive data from the web, e.g. downloading a reading or syllabus. The upload speed is how fast you post things onto the web, e.g. posting on discussion boards, posting videos, and class assignments. Anything over 3mbs (3,000 kbs) is more than enough for online learning. Anything under 700 kbs may be too slow.
This is a helpful diagnostic test if you are having trouble with your online course. A very slow connection indicates that the trouble is with your connection to the internet and not your computer or the university server.