Skill Assessment

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Skill Assessment

This is an assessment of basic computer skills. It measures a person's proficiency with using Internet browsers and common desktop applications such as email and word processing programs. This is not a pass or fail assessment.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    In the Microsoft Word diagram below, you are typing in the lyrics of a Gilbert and Sullivan song, and are about to reach the end of the line. If you carry on typing, what will happen?
    • A. 

      Word will adjust the right margin to accommodate your text

    • B. 

      Word will wrap the text onto the next line automatically

    • C. 

      The text will continue on the same line until you press ENTER

    • D. 

      A dialog box will appear asking you how you want to break your paragraph

  • 2. 
    Consider the icon below to undo something you've done: Instead of clicking on the icon, what short-cut key could you press instead in most Windows applications?
    • A. 

      ALT + Y

    • B. 

      CTRL + Z

    • C. 

      CTRL + Y

    • D. 

      ALT + Z

  • 3. 
    You see the Microsoft Word tools shown below: Which Ribbon are you using? 
    • A. 

      Contacts

    • B. 

      Special 

    • C. 

      Mailings

    • D. 

      Developer

  • 4. 
    Many Windows programs have the icons shown below at the top right:  If you hover your mouse over the tip middle icon, what tooltip might it be likely to say?
    • A. 

      Tabs

    • B. 

      Sorter

    • C. 

      Restore

    • D. 

      Shuffle

  • 5. 
    In the Microsoft Word diagram below, a set of icons appears above the ribbon: What are they called? 
    • A. 

      Smarticons

    • B. 

      The Mini-Ribbon

    • C. 

      Launch Tools

    • D. 

      The Quick Access toolbar

  • 6. 
    Here's what this question asked: What is this user doing?
    • A. 

      Using workgroup mode

    • B. 

      Peer-reviewing

    • C. 

      Tracking changes

    • D. 

      Conference editing

  • 7. 
    You have received the following message in Microsoft Outlook, and want to open it to read in its own window. You are considering two methods - either double-clicking on the email, or clicking on the email to select it and pressing ENTER. Which of these methods will work?
    • A. 

      Pressing ENTER only

    • B. 

      Double-clicking only

    • C. 

      Neither of them

    • D. 

      Both of them

  • 8. 
    Consider the diagram from Microsoft Outlook below: What is going on?
    • A. 

      Someone is copying a task

    • B. 

      Someone is creating a recurring appointment

    • C. 

      Someone is copying an appointment

    • D. 

      Someone is creating a reminder

  • 9. 
    When you open an email in Microsoft Outlook, you see an invitation to "right-click or tap and hold here to download pictures". What's the main reason Outlook asks you to do this?
    • A. 

      To save on bandwidth (giving you the chance to read the email text before you decide whether to download the accompanying graphics)

    • B. 

      By downloading pictures you tell the sender that you've read their email, which you may not want to do

    • C. 

      Studies have shown that it's harder to digest the meaning of emails quickly when they are accompanied by graphics, as these clutter up the message being conveyed

    • D. 

      When you download the pictures, Outlook switches from plain text to HTML format, which incurs an overhead of loading a mini-browser to allow you to view the email

  • 10. 
    You right-click on a cell in an Excel table as shown, and choose to sort: What will Excel do?
    • A. 

      Nothing (you need to select the whole table first)

    • B. 

      Sort the table into alphabetical item name order

    • C. 

      Come up with a dialog box asking you to select the range that you want to sort

    • D. 

      Sort the first column into name order, but leave all of the other columns unaffected

  • 11. 
    The Excel worksheets below have different colours: What option should you choose from the right mouse button to achieve this effect?
    • A. 

      Sheet Color

    • B. 

      Page Color

    • C. 

      Tab Color

    • D. 

      Worksheet Color

  • 12. 
    You have selected 3 Excel worksheets at the same time: What word appears after the file name in the title bar of this workbook?
    • A. 

      [Multiple]

    • B. 

      [Mixed Mode]

    • C. 

      [Workgroup]

    • D. 

      [Group]

  • 13. 
    You want to copy the data shown to another Excel worksheet: To get this to work, what do you need to do?
    • A. 

      Right-click on the cells and toggle the SELECT AS SHOWN option

    • B. 

      Use the CELL SELECTOR tool on the HOME tab of the Excel ribbon to select the cells before copying

    • C. 

      Hold down the ALT key when copying to select only those cells visible on screen

    • D. 

      Go to the SELECT SPECIAL dialog box and select VISIBLE CELLS ONLY

  • 14. 
    Consider the PowerPoint diagram below: What is this person doing?
    • A. 

      Starting an organisation chart

    • B. 

      Creating the outline for a chart

    • C. 

      Drawing a table

    • D. 

      Starting a drawing

  • 15. 
    The PowerPoint carriage below has been coloured: What colouring fill style has been used?
    • A. 

      A texture effect

    • B. 

      A pattern

    • C. 

      A single-colour fill effect

    • D. 

      A two-colour gradient effect

  • 16. 
    Consider the PowerPoint diagram below: What is this a partial view of?
    • A. 

      Print layout view

    • B. 

      A slide master

    • C. 

      Outline view

    • D. 

      Layout view

  • 17. 
    The results of running a search for HR JOBS are shown below: How many of the results shown are the result of organic search?
    • A. 

      5

    • B. 

      3

    • C. 

      2

    • D. 

      0

  • 18. 
    On this site, to create an account you have to log in as follows: To check you're not a computer, you have to type in a series of randomly generated characters (8JC above). What is this called?
    • A. 

      A Captcha

    • B. 

      A Glottal

    • C. 

      A Hieroglyph

    • D. 

      A Custodian

  • 19. 
    Part of your screen is shown below:' What is the proper term for this?
    • A. 

      The home screen

    • B. 

      The Office

    • C. 

      The Desktop

    • D. 

      The Bureau

  • 20. 
    A typical mouse is shown below: What sort of port do the vast majority of modern mice use to connect to a computer?
    • A. 

      USB

    • B. 

      Parallel

    • C. 

      VGA

    • D. 

      Serial

  • 21. 
    You want to shut down Windows, you click the button below on your computer: What is this called?
    • A. 

      The DESKTOP button

    • B. 

      The START button

    • C. 

      The STOP button

    • D. 

      The WINDOWS button

  • 22. 
    Consider the following file extensions: Which of these does not represent a picture?
    • A. 

      GIF

    • B. 

      WMV

    • C. 

      JPG

    • D. 

      PNG

  • 23. 
    You press the key shown below on a keyboard: What does this button do?
    • A. 

      Changes from BODMAS to intuitive order for calculation of formulae

    • B. 

      Allows you to type repeated digits more quickly

    • C. 

      Toggles your computer from Authoring to Accountancy mode

    • D. 

      Allows you to use the numeric keypad for numbers

  • 24. 
    Part of a printer settings dialog box is shown below: What is the option to print on both sides usually called?
    • A. 

      Bookbinder

    • B. 

      Quarto

    • C. 

      Duplex

    • D. 

      Economode