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Microsoft Excel Tests for Applicants

Excel is the most commonly used business analysis program on the market today. 81% of organizations use Excel, so it’s critically important that your job applicants have solid Excel knowledge. They won’t be able to function effectively with customers and co-workers if they don’t have those skills.

We offer these Excel tests:

  • Excel Beginner
  • Excel Intermediate
  • Excel Advanced

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Interactive Excel tasks that simulate an Excel program


Basic, Intermediate, & Advanced


25 minutes (estimated)

Excel tools to know

There are literally hundreds of Excel tools in the program, including 475+ formulas and functions, multiple charts and graphs (bar, scatter, pie and many more) plus editing and formatting tools.

Some are simple to use (Print, Bold, etc). But most features of the program require prior job experience or prior training to know. Even creating simple graphs can be challenging, if you don’t know how to do it.

That’s why, even though Excel tests have been overlooked in the past, they should be a standard part of any hiring process for most jobs.

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One tiny error = One Big Mess

One simple Excel error can cost your company thousands of dollars. If the wrong formula is entered, reports will show incorrect information, which can impact your business decisions. Wrong price quotes = lost customers.

Things can go bad quickly if your employees are making Excel errors. That’s why it’s important for your new employees to have solid Excel skills when they are hired. They need to be productive on Day 1.

Interested in learning more? We discuss the importance of Excel tests in more detail on our blog.

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About Our Excel Skills Test

Our Microsoft Excel tests measure job applicants on the most common uses of Excel. The tests cover everything from Excel basics to advanced skills and you can pick which level you want, based on the needs of your job. The Excel questions require the user to perform the desired task in the simulated Excel worksheet. The user answers questions using the toolbars, shortcut keys or menus, whichever method they know best, where applicable.

The tests are available in Excel 365 (2019), 2016, and earlier versions. The test taker doesn’t need Excel installed on their computer. Our tests work in a regular web browser (Chrome, Edge, Safari, Firefox).

We also have dozens of other pre-employment tests, including attention to detail tests, cognitive tests and other Microsoft Office tests (Word test, Outlook test) and basic skills tests.

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Excel test topics & reports

  • Formatting – Borders, Columns, Paper Size and more
  • Editing – Insert Rows, Find/Replace, Undo and more
  • Functions – Pivot Tables, Autosum and more
  • Tools – Protecting Cells, Ranges, Zoom and more
  • Charts & Graphs – Creating, Using Different Types, and more

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View Sample Excel Score Report


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Excel test levels

The most commonly used Excel test is our “Intermediate” level, which gives an overall “snapshot” of Excel skills.

The Beginner Excel test includes basic editing and formatting tasks. The Advanced Excel test has questions on pivot tables, advanced customization, data validation and advanced charts.

While important, Advanced is less often used than Beginner or Intermediate level. You can use any level you need, as your job openings change.

We can customize tests to meet the exact requirements for the job (minimums may apply) and we have timed versions too.

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How Our Excel Skills Test Help to Avoid Bias

Using pre-employment tests, such as the Microsoft Excel test, is one way to avoid bias in the hiring process. Bias can be conscious or unconscious and recruiters may not be aware that they have them.

Using research-based, validated pre-hire tests reduces bias that may come from work or educational experience.

Pre-employment tests for Excel skills