The Excel test measures proficiency with a wide range of functionalities in Excel 2010 or 2013. The test is 10 minutes and contains 20 questions. The test assesses an individual’s ability to successfully complete basic tasks within Excel across a wide range of positions requiring regular computer use and data entry. Some of the tasks include creating and saving workbooks, editing and formatting, working with formulas and functions, and manipulating charts. Employers can use this test to determine whether or not an applicant has the basic competency required to use Excel successfully in the workplace, allowing employers to screen for candidates who won’t require additional training in that area.
Score reports for the Excel 2010 or 2013 test provide a raw score of the number of questions an individual answered correctly, along with the percentile ranking of how well that individual performed compared to others. For instance, if an applicant scored in the 94th percentile, this means that he or she performed better than 94% of the other people who have taken the test.
The score report also presents an itemized list of every question from the test and indicates whether or not the applicant answered that question correctly, along with how long the applicant took to answer each question. This provides a fuller picture of an applicant’s strengths and weaknesses within Microsoft Excel.