Which test should I be administering?
It's a common question from new clients. The "Available Test" list in an account might be a bit overwhelming, especially to a new testing administrator.
Many of the test titles are self-explanatory, such as the Accountant test or Legal Typing test. Questions commonly arise, however, in the category of computer skills tests. We have many different options for Microsoft Office tests, with the most frequently used tests being Microsoft Excel tests and Microsoft Word tests.
If you're testing skills in these topics (Word, Excel), here's a quick guide on which tests are which:
- "Standard" tests: Most commonly used tests for Word and Excel (35 questions each). These comprehensive tests cover basic, intermediate and advanced skills and provide the overall snapshot of the user's skills. Also often used to determine training needs of current employees. These tests do record the time taken on the test but do not have a time limit.
- "Standard 30 minute" tests: Same comprehensive test as described above, but these tests will stop at 30 minutes, with any unanswered/unattempted questions marked as "incorrect". Often used in unproctored environments when user is testing at their home.
- "Advanced" tests: Similar in length to the Standard tests (approximately 30 minutes) but covering only Advanced topics (no basic or intermediate skills).
- "Basic" tests: Similar in length to Standard tests but just covering the basics of each program (Copy, Paste, Print, etc).
You may see an "F" (for Adobe Flash technology) at the end of an Office 2007 test title and, if so, that's the better version to use. All Office 2010 tests are flash based, which provides a better user experience (so you won't see an "F" at the end of those).
If you're looking for a combination test that covers MS Office in a single test, we have a "Digital Literacy Software Skills" test that covers the basics of Word, Excel and Windows in a single test. Because it only contains 28 questions, it won't go into much depth in any of those topics but will give a quick snapshot of skills in that area.
As always, we're here to help with the questions you have.