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Microsoft Office Skill Assessment

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Most jobs don’t need expert Office knowledge, but many jobs require the ability to do basic and intermediate tasks, which applicants should have. Our tests for Microsoft Office include:

  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • Outlook
  • Combination tests with questions from multiple programs

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Administrative and office jobs (all industries)
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Interactive questions & tasks that simulate Office programs (Word, Excel, Outlook, PPT)


Basic, Intermediate and Advanced


25 minutes (estimated)

About Our Microsoft Skills Test

Studies have shown that almost a third of the American workforce have limited or little technical skills. Are you able to spot these less-skilled applicants, without testing them? If not, here are issues that can arise:

  • Increased training costs (or new hires not making it through training).
  • More work for your IT staff (“Can you show me how to mail merge?”)
  • Lower morale for proficient employees, as they are busy “covering” for their less-skilled co-workers.
  • Increased turnover rates, which starts the hiring cycle all over again.

Interested in learning more? Read all about the importance of Microsoft Office skills on our blog.


How Office tests help your hiring process

Our interactive Microsoft Office skills tests are designed to test job applicants on the most commonly used Office tasks.

The tests cover everything from basic to advanced skills in Word, Excel, Outlook and/or PowerPoint (separate or combined tests available). Try a free test sample to see how it works.

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Microsoft Office test levels

The most commonly used Office tests are the “Intermediate” levels, which give an overall “snapshot” of skills in each program (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint).

Beginner tests includes basic editing and formatting tasks. Advanced tests will focus on more advanced, yet critical, tasks. While important, Advanced is less often used than Beginner or Intermediate level.

You can use any level you need, as your job openings change. You can customize tests to meet the exact requirements for the job (minimums may apply) and we have timed versions too. The tests are available in 365 (aka 2019), 2016, and 2013 versions.

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Office test topics & reports

  • Word, Excel, Outlook Overview Test (30 questions, 10 per program)
  • Word, Excel, PowerPoint Overview Test (30 questions, 10 per program)
  • 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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How Our Microsoft Office Proficiency Test Helps to Avoid Bias

Using our Microsoft Office proficiency 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.

All of our tests follow the guidelines of the EEOC and US Department of Labor’s Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection.

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