Basic Computer Skills Assessment Quiz

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Welcome to our Basic Computer Skills Assessment Quiz! In today's increasingly digital world, computer literacy is essential. This quiz is designed to help you assess and enhance your fundamental computer skills, making you more confident and efficient when using computers for various tasks. By taking this quiz, you'll not only test your existing knowledge but also gain valuable insights into areas where you might want to improve.

The quiz consists of a series of thoughtfully crafted questions, each with multiple-choice answers. After completing the quiz, you'll receive instant feedback on your performance and an opportunity to review the Read morecorrect answers. This quiz isn't just about answering questions – it's about gaining insights into your strengths and identifying areas where you can improve. Let's get started with the Basic Computer Skills Test Questions and Answers quiz and take your computer proficiency to the next level!



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Basic Computer Skills Assessment Questions and Answers

  • 1. 

    When you see no icons on the desktop, how can you open programs such as Microsoft Word?

    • A.

      Right-click to reveal all icons

    • B.

      Restart the computer

    • C.

      It is not possible to open the program if no icons are on the desktop

    • D.

      Click the start button and select the program icon from the menu

    Correct Answer
    D. Click the start button and select the program icon from the menu
    Explanation
    To open programs such as Microsoft Word when no icons are visible on the desktop, you can click the start button located at the bottom left corner of the screen. This will open the start menu from where you can navigate to the "Programs" or "All Programs" folder. Within this folder, you can find the Microsoft Word program and open it by clicking on its icon.

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  • 2. 

    What is the primary function of an operating system?

    • A.

      Creating documents

    • B.

      Managing hardware and software resources

    • C.

      Browsing the internet

    • D.

      Playing games

    Correct Answer
    B. Managing hardware and software resources
    Explanation
    The primary function of an operating system (OS) is to manage and control the hardware and software resources of a computer or device. It acts as an intermediary between the user and the computer's hardware, ensuring that various software programs can run efficiently and access hardware components like the CPU, memory, storage, and peripherals. The OS handles tasks such as process management, memory allocation, file management, device management, and user interface interaction.

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  • 3. 

    A word processing file can be attached to an e-mail message.

    • A.

      Yes!

    • B.

      No!

    • C.

      Depends on what type of file

    • D.

      Only to select email addresses

    Correct Answer
    A. Yes!
    Explanation
    A word processing file can be attached to an e-mail message because most e-mail clients and services support the attachment of various file types, including word processing files such as .doc or .docx. This allows users to share documents and collaborate with others by sending them as attachments in e-mails.

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  • 4. 

    An example of an e-mail address is

    Correct Answer
    D. [email protected]
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "[email protected]" because it follows the standard format of an email address, which consists of a username (johndoe), the @ symbol, and the domain name (cincinnatilibrary.org).

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  • 5. 

    Which two websites offer free e-mail services?

    • A.

      Yahoo and Amazon

    • B.

      Yahoo and Google

    • C.

      I-Tunes and Twitter

    • D.

      Library website and Hotmail

    Correct Answer
    B. Yahoo and Google
    Explanation
    Yahoo and Google are both well-known websites that offer free e-mail services. Yahoo Mail and Gmail are popular e-mail platforms provided by Yahoo and Google respectively. Users can create an account on these websites and access their e-mail services for free.

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  • 6. 

    While making an already written text bold in Word, what do you need to do first?

    • A.

      Underline the text

    • B.

      Single-click the text

    • C.

      Turn on the bold option

    • D.

      Highlight the text

    Correct Answer
    D. Highlight the text
    Explanation
    To make an already written text bold in Word, you first need to select the text you want to make bold. This can be done by clicking and dragging your cursor over the text. Once the text is highlighted, you can then apply the bold formatting.

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  • 7. 

    To create a new email, you would press this button.   

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    In most email applications or clients, creating a new email typically involves pressing a button or selecting an option specifically labeled for composing new messages.

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  • 8. 

    Which key/keys are used to capitalize letters? (Mark all answers that are applicable)

    • A.

      Caps Lock

    • B.

      Windows

    • C.

      Tab

    • D.

      Shift + alphabet 

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Caps Lock
    D. Shift + alphabet 
    Explanation
    The Caps Lock/ Caps Lk key can be used to capitalize letters while typing, however "Shift" can also be used as a short-cut key. 

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  • 9. 

    Which component is essential for a computer to connect to a wireless network?

    • A.

      Graphics Card

    • B.

      Wireless Adapter

    • C.

      Sound Card

    • D.

      Hard Drive

    Correct Answer
    B. Wireless Adapter
    Explanation
    A wireless adapter is crucial for connecting a computer to a wireless network. It enables the computer to communicate with the router or wireless access point without the need for physical cables, using radio frequency (RF) signals instead. This component can be integrated into the motherboard or added externally via USB or PCI card to allow the device access to the internet or other network resources wirelessly, enhancing mobility and reducing physical clutter.

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  • 10. 

    A Word document file can be attached to an e-mail message.

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    • C.

      Only to selected email addresses

    • D.

      Only when it's raining

    Correct Answer
    A. Yes
    Explanation
    A Word document file can be attached to an e-mail message. This means that the file can be included as an attachment within the email, allowing the recipient to download and open the document. This is a common and widely used feature in email applications, allowing users to easily share files with others through email.

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  • 11. 

    Select the field below that allows you to change the font type. 

    Correct Answer
    A.
    Explanation
    The field that allows you to change the font type is the "Font" field. This field typically appears in word processing software or text editing tools, and it allows users to select a specific font from a list of available options. By changing the font type, users can alter the appearance of their text and choose a style that suits their preferences or the requirements of their document.

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  • 12. 

    Which component of a computer is responsible for long-term data storage?

    • A.

      RAM (Random Access Memory)

    • B.

      CPU (Central Processing Unit)

    • C.

      HDD (Hard Disk Drive)

    • D.

      GPU (Graphics Processing Unit)

    Correct Answer
    C. HDD (Hard Disk Drive)
    Explanation
    HDD, or Hard Disk Drive, is a primary storage device in a computer. It is responsible for long-term data storage, including the operating system, applications, and user files. Data is stored on a spinning magnetic disk within the HDD.

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  • 13. 

    What does CPU stand for in the context of computers?

    • A.

      Central Programming Unit

    • B.

      Computer Processing Unit

    • C.

      Central Processing Unit

    • D.

      Computer Performance Unit

    Correct Answer
    C. Central Processing Unit
    Explanation
    The CPU, or Central Processing Unit, is often referred to as the "brain" of a computer. It is responsible for executing instructions and performing calculations for various tasks, making it a critical component of any computer system.

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  • 14. 

    Which type of software helps protect your computer from viruses, malware, and other security threats?

    • A.

      Word processing software

    • B.

      Antivirus software

    • C.

      Graphic design software

    • D.

      Spreadsheet software

    Correct Answer
    B. Antivirus software
    Explanation
    Antivirus software is designed to detect, prevent, and remove malicious software (viruses, malware, etc.) from a computer. It provides essential security to safeguard your system and data from potential threats.

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  • 15. 

    Which of the following file extensions typically indicates a video file?

    • A.

      MP3

    • B.

      JPG

    • C.

      MOV

    • D.

      DOC

    Correct Answer
    C. MOV
    Explanation
    The "MOV" file extension is commonly associated with video files. "MOV" files often contain video and audio data and are compatible with various media players and video editing software. While other file extensions like "MP3" (audio) and "JPG" (image) are associated with different types of files, "MOV" specifically denotes a video file format.

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Godwin Iheuwa |MS, Computer Science |
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Godwin is a proficient Database Administrator currently employed at MTN Nigeria. He holds as MS in Computer Science from the University of Bedfordshire, where he specialized in Agile Methodologies and Database Administration. He also earned a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the University of Port Harcourt. With expertise in SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) and SQL Server Management Studio, Godwin's knowledge and experience enhance the authority of our quizzes, ensuring accuracy and relevance in the realm of computer science.

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