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Why do you need an Outlook Test

If you’re hiring for a position requiring email skills such as knowledge of managing diary entries and effective mail box applications, then our Microsoft Outlook Test is 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? Develop them with more complex MS Outlook skills so they can improve their day-to-day work.

Download our Microsoft Outlook Test FactFile for further information.

Overview of Test

Designed to test an individual’s ability to perform tasks within a simulated Microsoft Outlook environment. Unlike most Microsoft Outlook Tests this test does not consist of multiple choice questions, instead this simulated test platform is designed to closely mimic the look, feel and functionality of the original software. The functionality is fair to candidates in that it allows the tasks to be completed in a familiar way using menus, buttons, left clicks, right clicks and keyboard shortcuts in a way that they are most accustomed.

The assessment is available at a variety of levels [basic, intermediate & expert] enabling you to assess at a level relevant to both the candidate and the role.  You can choose the level at the point of assignment. A comprehensive report breaks down ability by level, percentile and correct answers.

The levels were initially based on Microsoft Training and have been “levelled” in line with real world day to day activities. The levelling is based on a common consensus from Skillsarena’s view, customer feedback and the Skillsarena User Group. Levels assigned to candidates should be chosen as appropriate to the needs of the role. In the vast majority of cases Basic is appropriate and perhaps intermediate in some cases.

Available software versions: Microsoft Outlook 2003 | Microsoft Outlook 2007 | Microsoft Outlook 2010 | Microsoft Outlook 2013

Recommended Applications

For persons in office environments who need to demonstrate understanding and capability in utilising MS Outlook for sending & receiving emails on a day-to-day basis.

Consider that the levels are based on “typical use” of the application; for example basic would cover those tasks that are performed regularly and easily, the majority of times by most people using the application day in day out. More difficult tasks such as those in intermediate and certainly expert levels will only be performed by those that have more in-depth knowledge of the application and typically use far less basic functionality.

Complementary Tests

As well as our Microsoft Outlook Test, there are several complementary tests that come under the Microsoft Office Tests module:

Difficulty Levels Available:

Basic test level - level 1

Required to understand the principles of Microsoft Outlook & demonstrate they are able to competently navigate the software, send/ receive emails, create new appointments & perform common daily tasks. This level is appropriate for a candidate who uses MS Outlook daily as a basic personal information manager & communication application.

Intermediate test level - level 2

Required to understand the concept of Microsoft Outlook & demonstrate they are able to perform tasks which are required frequently for more advanced users. This level is appropriate for a candidate who may export information to other programs, need to prioritise email, customise categories & use Outlook for diary management.

Expert test level - level 3

Required to be highly proficient in using MS Outlook & demonstrate ability to change permission settings, display an understanding of advanced automation, configuring advanced settings to personal preferences & using advanced calendar functions. This test builds on difficulty by increasing the rarity of the tasks & the depth of knowledge required to complete the task within the given time. This level is appropriate for a candidate who is expected to use MS Outlook autonomously & understand the majority of tools available


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Microsoft Outlook Test FactFile


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

Test Detail:
  • 15 questions asked
  • 20 minutes to complete
  • 15 minutes average taken
  • Practice available
  • Randomised question delivery
  • Tailor testing “level”
    (basic, intermediate, expert)

Complementary tests

Outlook Test Sample Questions

Basic. Create a new appointment.
Intermediate. Navigate to where you would find all overdue tasks.
Expert. Change the configuration of Outlook to spellcheck all messages before they are sent.

Microsoft Outlook Test sample question

Next steps….

Do you feel our Microsoft Outlook Test simulation or any other complementary MS Office assessments 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.

Microsoft Outlook Test Basic Test Sample Report

Sample Microsoft Outlook 2013 Basic report

Sample Microsoft Outlook 2013 Basic report to get a feel for the type of analysis you can receive from a candidate taking this test.

Report clearly shows the candidate’s percentage score, score by category (composing, formatting & sending emails, sending attachments, signatures etc), as well as giving them a percentile score against others in your organisation and worldwide.

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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