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Basic Excel Skills Assessment Test

Basic Excel Skills Assessment

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Assessment Summary
This assessment tests the basic functions of Excel. Excel is a tool in the MS Office suite that features calculation, graphing tools, pivot tables, and a macro programming language called Visual Basic for Applications. It’s widely used across many business functions including accounting, data management, and administration.
Skills tested in this assessment
This assessment specifically examines the following skills: formulas, functions, charts, and data management.
What to test with this assessment
By using this assessment you can expect to learn how proficient someone is with Excel and if they understand the basics like creating formulas and charts and if they can use the workflow optimization functions that are critical to efficiency

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Excel is a part of the Microsoft Office suite that uses spreadsheets to organize numbers and data with formulas and functions. Excel is used around the world by businesses of all sizes to perform financial and data analysis. It is extremely valuable for many businesses that use it to record expenditures and income, plan budgets, chart data, and succinctly present fiscal results.

This Excel Basics test assesses whether job candidates can create formulas and charts in Excel and if they can use the workflow optimization functions that are critical to the efficiency and basic mastery of the application.

Candidates who perform well on this Excel Basics skills assessment will have all the technical skills to successfully manage and master spreadsheets in the software application. They will also have the necessary soft skills to critically think about data and interpret basic patterns.

Looking to test more advanced skills? Check out our Advanced Excel Test

Creating charts with data allows stakeholders to visually explore and see the meaning behind the numbers or words. Charts make showing comparisons and trends much easier for an audience that’s not familiar with the raw data.
Excel formulas help identify relationships between the values in the cells of your spreadsheet, they also allow you to perform mathematical calculations using those values. Formulas are important for understanding aggregated data.
A function is a predefined formula that calculates using specific values in a particular order. Excel includes a lot of common functions that can be used to quickly find the sum, average, count, maximum value, and minimum value for a range of cells.
A significant part of using Excel is knowing the art of data management. This includes everything from knowing how to set up your worksheets to managing data entry to good maintenance practices.


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Question Type: Spreadsheet

Insert an appropriate chart that displays the relationship between the average temperature in celsius and sales of sunscreen.
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Excel Formulas

Question Type: Multiple Choice

An Excel formula has to start with which symbol?
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Data Management

Question Type: Multiple Choice

How would you amend one of the numbers of this line graph, for 2018 Month 2?

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A Basic Excel Skills test is an assessment of an individual’s ability to perform basic tasks in Microsoft Excel, such as entering data and performing basic excel functions and calculations. The test may also assess an individual’s ability to analyze data and interpret results.

There are a number of technical skills that are tested in our basic excel assessment.
One of the most common skills is formatting cells which involves changing the font size, color, and style of text, as well as aligning cell contents.
Data manipulation is another key skill that is tested which includes sorting data, creating formulas, and using worksheet tabs.
Keyboard shortcut keys are also an important part of Excel and are often tested in the assessment. These keys allow users to quickly perform common tasks, such as copying and pasting data.
Finally, testing conditional formatting skills is important as it can save time and effort when working with large excel spreadsheets. 

Testing basic Microsoft excel skills can help to improve the recruitment process by ensuring that the best candidate is selected for the job. By assessing a candidate’s ability to proficiently use Microsoft Excel, employers can get a better sense of their Excel skills and whether or not they have the technical skills required for the role. Ultimately, by including an Excel assessment in the recruitment process, employers can make sure that they are building a quality candidate pool of the highest skilled candidates for the job.

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