Important Facts on Excel Tests for Interviews
Getting ready for a job interview? Many companies and placement agencies require their candidates to take an Excel assessment test as part of their recruitment process. The Excel tests measure your ability to complete tasks in Microsoft's Excel software at various levels.It can be formatted as a multiple choice test or an interactive test.
The more common interactive test simulates the usage of real Excel Software. You will be asked to complete different tasks on an Excel spreadsheet, or an Excel simulation interface.
The multiple choice test requires no actual work on Excel. It does, however, force you to know many of the software’s characteristics by heart. This may be confusing for even the most advanced Excel users.
In most cases, the Excel assessment test is only one of a series of tests you will be asked to complete as part of the application process. The other will usually include a Microsoft Word assessment and a typing skills test.
Excel Tests by Levels
- The basic (beginner) test is designed mostly for clerical positions. Its topics vary from using simple Excel functions, performing general commands such as printing options, and formatting cells and layout.
- The advanced test might also require knowledge of pivot table, macro creation, filtering, and functions such as SumIf, Vlookup and concatenate.
- The intermediate level test is a combination of both the basic and advanced levels. Basic knowledge will not be enough and you will have to practice advanced questions as well.
In fact, the most significant difference between the various test levels is the proportion of questions taken from each level.
JobTestPrep offers preparation packs for the various Excel assessment tests, according to test type, expertise level and the Excel edition (2007/10/13). We also offer general test practice in case the test format is unknown. This will allow the highest fit for the actual test, and will provide you with suitable practice.
Inside Info and Tips About the Excel Assessment
- The multiple choice test might be perceived as easier than the interactive tests as there are always options to choose from. Don’t let this fool you! Multiple choice questions can often be harder due to the fact that you must not only know how to execute every task, but also waht every part of the software is called (what is the ribbon, what is the data bar etc.). You must also memorize the screen’s layout (which tab contains the “table” option, where the zoom scale is etc.).
- The test includes a diverse variety of topics, and items are usually pulled randomly from a large question bank. This means you will probably not bet tested on the same questions a friend of yours received the day before and you will have to practice thoroughly in order to cover all topics.
- In some cases, companies will give you a test they have built internally. Such a test will usually be taken using the actual Excel software, and will focus mostly on implementation as opposed to general knowledge.
- In most cases, the test will be taken using a specially designed interface such as the one used at JobTestPrep. Unlike when working on the actual Excel software, these interfaces leave no room for errors. Not all shortcuts are acceptable, and all formulas must be spelled correctly since most software offer no program help. In addition, on these interfaces there is only one acceptable answer to questions which can be usually answered in more than one way.
Make sure you refresh your skills before you take the test. Take an Excel Practice test to ensure you are familiar with the various commands as well as any possible alternative way to execute them.
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