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Why do you need Microsoft Office skill tests?

If you’re hiring for a position requiring MS Office skills, then our Microsoft Office skills tests are exactly what you need to ensure your job applicants have what it takes before you hire them. It’s fast, efficient and will give you confidence to make a smarter hiring decision. Or do you want to re-train your existing employees? Provide them with the MS Office skills they need to improve their day-to-day work.

Download the Microsoft Simulation Factfile for further information on all the tests available.

Overview of Tests

Skillsarena Microsoft Office “simulations” are designed to simulate the product and cover a wide range of functionality, tracking the candidate’s answers through a combination of selection, short cuts and right clicks. They test a candidates ability to use Microsoft software products in a fully simulated test platform.

Customer benefits?

Separate assessments are specifically designed around each product such as Word and Excel and you can chose the level at the point of assignment. These allow you to easily identify and assign the appropriate assessment for the role or subject knowledge that is required.

Candidate benefits?

What is presented to the candidate is a fully simulated version of the actual software. As with the use of Microsoft Office applications in the real world, the simulations are built to look, feel and act in the same way the candidate would when they use the actual application. They are developed to go beyond “a memory test” as multi-choice versions would and gives the candidate the ability to perform the tasks as they would in the real world.

This is an entirely, independent, creation of the look and feel of the real application. This is delivered within a browser for ease of access for the candidate and is not the application itself, nor is it dependent on the candidate having the real application installed or needing access to it in some form.

Assessments Available
Key Skills Measured
  • Computer Literacy
  • Level of Competence
  • Accuracy
  • Adaptability
  • Speed
  • Proficiency


Microsoft Simulation FactFile Collated


Microsoft Word

Tests a candidate’s ability to use formatting tools, review tools, page layouts and both essential and advanced settings.

Microsoft Excel

Tests a candidate’s ability to use essential tools to enter and correct data, utilise formulas, generate charts and manipulate large and complex data sources.

Microsoft Outlook

Tests a candidate’s essential skills of using Outlook for email, address book management, time scheduling and prioritisation of workload.

Microsoft PowerPoint

Tests a candidate’s ability to present a presentation and make modifications to text and slide layouts.

What constitutes a real “simulation” and why do Skillsarena simulations stand out?

Some claimed “simulations” simply show an image of the screen and add “hot spots”. Leading the candidate to the answer. Others pre-installation requirements for the candidate add a major barrier to test taking.

Simulations created by Skillsarena are as close to the real work environment as possible. The design and functionality includes working menus/dropdowns and short cut keys. The question timing gives the candidate the best chance of “finding” the right answer as they would in the real world. Including: not being forced to use a menu when they may prefer to use Ctrl for example. All achievable without additional complex downloads to enable functionality*.

* (Skillsarena simulations require Adobe Flash Player and Javascript to be enabled)

Assessing Results

The test reports are fully comprehensive detailing the users ability by level, percentile and timeframe. This tests can be used throughout the full employee life cycle from recruitment through to learning and development, identifying training needs and skills gaps for both new and existing individuals. With timed questions these assessments can be done wither remotely or in a controlled environment.

It’s not just a raw score! In addition to a raw score/percentage, Skillsarena provide a percentile ranking applied to all of our assessment results. Two percentile rankings are provided on each report. They clearly identify how each candidate ranks against others that have taken the assessment. One Percentile is a clear measure of how the candidate ranks against all others in your organisation; whilst the other is how their score ranks against all others worldwide.

This provides an invaluable insight over and above the raw score/percentage and mitigates how hard or easy a test may be. For example a candidate score may look “Low or High” but when you consider the percentile ranking they may in fact be above or below average.

Require bespoke adjustments to these tests?

All assessments can be adjusted to meet your specific needs. Bespoke activities often include the addition of organisation specific questions relating to specific software, company policies and procedures as well as the removal of questions if required.

To find out more about our bespoke assessments, click here.

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What Clients Say About Us
Skillarena have given us a fresh perspective on our workforce and the motivation to build upon attracting the right people through an engaging employer brand.
Alison Tookey Employee Relations Advisor, Home Retail Group
Choosing Skillsarena was the best business decision we made, the system is slick and easy to use, our business processes are faster and I recommend the company when speaking to other about their recruitment problems.
Alan Blake Managing Director, Secom Plc
Skillsarena’s tests have been used throughout the organisation for all levels of recruitment up to the most senior and have been very well received. The response to the tests has been overwhelmingly positive. All of our recruitment managers are absolutely delighted.
Mark Gillmam Recruitment Business Partner, Southern Housing