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Why you need Microsoft Office Tests

Are you 100% certain that your applicants have the MS Office skills that they claim? Microsoft Office is the most popular suite of desktop programs used across the world and so the vast majority of workers will use at least one form of application on a day-to-day basis.

Our employment assessments such as  Word Test, Excel Test, PowerPoint Test and Outlook Test within the module offer a full comprehensive range.

Our Microsoft Office skills tests are perfect for helping you measure your new or existing employees. If you’re hiring for a position requiring Microsoft Office skills, then they are ideal for recruitment purposes to ensure your job applicants have what it takes before you hire them. Or maybe you want to re-train your existing employees and provide them with the MS Office skills they need to improve their day-to-day work.

Overview of Tests

Skillsarena’s Microsoft Office online test “simulations” are designed to simulate the product and cover a wide range of functionality, tracking the candidate’s answers through a combination of selection, keyboard short cuts and right clicks. They test a candidates ability to use Microsoft software products in a fully simulated test platform. Choose from the common applications in versions 2003-2013.

For all the Microsoft Office simulations at Intermediate and Expert levels, the difficulty is increased by raising the complexity and rarity of the tasks being performed requiring more in-depth knowledge of the application.

Customer benefits?

Separate assessments are specifically designed around each product such as Word and Excel, allowing you to easily identify and assign the appropriate assessment for the role or subject knowledge that is required. These 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.

  • Assessments can be done by the candidate remotely or in a controlled environment
  • Easy to read report
  • Choose the level of test at point of assignment [Basic, Intermediate & Expert]

Candidate benefits?

What is presented to the candidate is a fully-simulated version of the actual Microsoft Office software – the simulations are built to look, feel and act in the same way they would use the actual application. They are developed to go beyond “a memory test” as multiple 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.


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


Microsoft Office Test FactFile Collated


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Word Test

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

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Excel Test

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 logo

Outlook Test

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

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PowerPoint Test

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.

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.

Next steps….

Do you feel that our Microsoft Office Tests module could be beneficial to your company?

Why not get in contact for further information or on pricing, either through our contact form or by calling 0203 693 2201.

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

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