North Carolina Computer Skills Quiz! Exam

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North Carolina Computer Skills Quiz! Exam - Quiz

This quiz is based on the NC(North Carolina) Curriculum Computer Skills Exam. And covers basic questions related to Desktop Publishing, software, formatting techniques, and keyboard shortcuts. There's a list of 20 primary and tricky questions. Read the questions carefully and answer. All the best!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    For correct keyboarding, what is the recommended placement of fingers on the home row keys?

    • A.

      Fingers of the left hand on A-S-D-F and fingers on the right hand on J-K-L-;

    • B.

      Fingers of the right hand on A-S-D-F and fingers on the left hand on J-K-L-j

    • C.

      Fingers of the left hand on A-S-E-F and the fingers on the right hand on J-K-O-P

    • D.

      Fingers of the left hand on Q-W-E-R and fingers on the right hand on U-I-O-P

    Correct Answer
    A. Fingers of the left hand on A-S-D-F and fingers on the right hand on J-K-L-;
    Explanation
    The correct answer is the placement of fingers on the home row keys is with the fingers of the left hand on A-S-D-F and the fingers of the right hand on J-K-L-. This is the recommended placement because it allows for efficient and balanced typing, with each finger responsible for specific keys on the home row. This positioning allows for quick and accurate typing without having to constantly look at the keyboard.

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  • 2. 

    You have finished your travel brochure for social studies. How can you see what your document will look like before printing?

    • A.

      View the brochure.

    • B.

      Print preview.

    • C.

      Open the brochure.

    • D.

      You can’t – you must print it first.

    Correct Answer
    B. Print preview.
    Explanation
    Print preview allows you to see how your document will look like before actually printing it. It provides a preview of the layout, formatting, and content, allowing you to make any necessary adjustments or corrections before finalizing the print. This feature is useful in ensuring that the brochure appears as intended and avoids any potential printing errors or mistakes.

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  • 3. 

    Label the following device as input or output... scanner.

    • A.

      Input

    Correct Answer
    A. Input
    Explanation
    A scanner is a device that is used to convert physical documents or images into digital format, allowing them to be stored, edited, and transmitted electronically. As it takes in physical documents or images and converts them into digital data, it acts as an input device. Therefore, the correct label for the scanner device is "input".

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  • 4. 

    Label the following device as input or output... keyboard.

    • A.

      Input

    Correct Answer
    A. Input
    Explanation
    The keyboard is labeled as an input device because it allows the user to input data and commands into a computer system. The keys on the keyboard are used to type letters, numbers, and special characters, which are then processed by the computer. The input from the keyboard can be used for various purposes such as typing documents, entering commands, or interacting with software applications. Therefore, the keyboard is correctly labeled as an input device.

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  • 5. 

    Label the following device as input or output... touchscreens.

    • A.

      Input

    Correct Answer
    A. Input
    Explanation
    Touchscreens are a type of device that allows users to interact with a computer or electronic device by touching the screen. As users provide input by touching the screen, it can be concluded that touchscreens are an input device.

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  • 6. 

    Laura needs to design a brochure for her French Club. What type of computer program would she most likely use?

    • A.

      Word processing

    • B.

      Virtual reality

    • C.

      Simulation

    • D.

      Desktop publishing

    Correct Answer
    D. Desktop publishing
    Explanation
    Laura would most likely use a desktop publishing program to design a brochure for her French Club. This type of program is specifically designed for creating and formatting documents such as brochures, flyers, and newsletters. It offers a wide range of tools and templates that can help Laura design an attractive and professional-looking brochure. Word processing programs are more suitable for creating and editing text-based documents, while virtual reality and simulation programs are unrelated to brochure design.

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  • 7. 

    A word processing program could be used to do all of the following tasks except which one?

    • A.

      Develop a table of historical events.

    • B.

      Calculate the expenditures for a candy sale.

    • C.

      Create a letter to a friend.

    • D.

      Create an essay for history class.

    Correct Answer
    B. Calculate the expenditures for a candy sale.
    Explanation
    A word processing program is primarily used for creating and editing text-based documents. It allows users to format and manipulate text, insert images, and create various types of documents such as letters, essays, and tables of contents. However, it does not have built-in capabilities for performing calculations or managing financial data. Therefore, it would not be suitable for calculating the expenditures for a candy sale, as this task requires a spreadsheet or accounting software that can handle numerical data and perform calculations.

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  • 8. 

    Which key moves the cursor to the beginning of the next line of text?

    • A.

      Shift

    • B.

      Tab

    • C.

      Enter/Return

    • D.

      Backspace/delete

    Correct Answer
    C. Enter/Return
    Explanation
    The Enter/Return key moves the cursor to the beginning of the next line of text. When typing in a document or text editor, pressing the Enter/Return key creates a new line and moves the cursor to the start of that line, allowing the user to continue typing on a new line. This key is commonly used to create paragraphs or separate lines of text.

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  • 9. 

    What type of software would you need to create an invitation to your birthday party?

    • A.

      Spreadsheet

    • B.

      Database

    • C.

      Word processing

    • D.

      Desktop publishing

    Correct Answer
    D. Desktop publishing
    Explanation
    To create an invitation to a birthday party, you would need desktop publishing software. This type of software is specifically designed for creating and designing various types of documents, such as invitations, brochures, and flyers. It provides advanced tools and features for layout, formatting, and graphics, allowing you to customize and personalize the invitation according to your preferences. Spreadsheet software is used for organizing and analyzing data, while database software is used for storing and managing large amounts of information. Word processing software is primarily used for creating and editing textual documents.

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  • 10. 

    In a word processing program, word wrap refers to:

    • A.

      Typing that extends beyond the right margin then automatically continues onto the next line.

    • B.

      Finishing a document.

    • C.

      Words that are unacceptable.

    • D.

      Words with too little space between them.

    Correct Answer
    A. Typing that extends beyond the right margin then automatically continues onto the next line.
    Explanation
    Word wrap in a word processing program refers to the feature where if a word extends beyond the right margin, it automatically continues onto the next line. This allows for easier reading and editing of text, as it eliminates the need for manual line breaks and ensures that all the content fits within the page width.

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  • 11. 

    In a word processing program, what key should you press to begin a new paragraph?

    • A.

      Tab

    • B.

      Shift

    • C.

      Alt

    • D.

      Enter/Return

    Correct Answer
    D. Enter/Return
    Explanation
    To begin a new paragraph in a word processing program, you should press the Enter/Return key. This key creates a line break and moves the cursor to the next line, indicating the start of a new paragraph. Pressing Tab, Shift, or Alt does not perform the same function and will not begin a new paragraph.

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  • 12. 

    Yesterday, John wrote a poem using his word processing program. Today, he wants to print it. What must he do before he can print the poem?

    • A.

      Choose a File, then Print.

    • B.

      Proofread his handwritten copy.

    • C.

      Save the poem.

    • D.

      Retrieve the poem.

    Correct Answer
    D. Retrieve the poem.
    Explanation
    Before John can print the poem, he must retrieve it. This implies that the poem has already been created and saved in the word processing program. Therefore, John needs to locate and open the file containing the poem in order to print it.

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  • 13. 

    Renee wants to create a newsletter for her English project. What type of software should she use?

    • A.

      Database

    • B.

      Spreadsheet

    • C.

      Desktop publishing

    • D.

      Communication

    Correct Answer
    C. Desktop publishing
    Explanation
    Renee should use desktop publishing software to create her newsletter for her English project. This type of software is specifically designed for creating and formatting documents such as newsletters, brochures, and flyers. It provides a variety of tools and features that allow users to design visually appealing and professional-looking publications. Additionally, desktop publishing software often includes templates and pre-designed layouts that can be customized to suit the user's needs, making it an ideal choice for creating a newsletter.

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  • 14. 

    Which key must be depressed in order to use the 10-key pad on the right-hand side of the keyboard?

    • A.

      The Num Lock key

    • B.

      The Control key

    • C.

      The Caps Lock key

    • D.

      The Shift key

    Correct Answer
    A. The Num Lock key
    Explanation
    The Num Lock key must be depressed in order to use the 10-key pad on the right-hand side of the keyboard. The Num Lock key toggles the functionality of the number pad, allowing the keys to function as either numbers or navigation keys. When the Num Lock key is activated, the keys on the 10-key pad will input numbers, but when it is deactivated, the keys will perform other functions such as page up, page down, home, end, etc.

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  • 15. 

    Which key do you press to create an indention?

    • A.

      The Enter key

    • B.

      The Insert key

    • C.

      The Tab key

    • D.

      The Esc key

    Correct Answer
    C. The Tab key
    Explanation
    The Tab key is used to create an indentation in a document. When pressed, it moves the cursor to the next tab stop or inserts a tab character, depending on the software being used. This is commonly used in word processing programs to align text or create structured lists.

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  • 16. 

    Which of the following would be picked up as an error by the spell check feature in a piece of software?

    • A.

      I am to years old.

    • B.

      Mr. Smith is my teacher.

    • C.

      We is going to the movies.

    • D.

      My favorit color is blue.

    Correct Answer
    D. My favorit color is blue.
    Explanation
    The spell check feature in a piece of software would pick up the error in the sentence "My favorit color is blue." The correct spelling of the word "favorite" is with the letter "e" instead of "i".

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  • 17. 

    The backspace key is used to:

    • A.

      Indent

    • B.

      Double space

    • C.

      Back up and erase/delete

    • D.

      Move to the next line

    Correct Answer
    C. Back up and erase/delete
    Explanation
    The backspace key is used to back up and erase/delete. It allows the user to delete characters or text that have been typed incorrectly or are no longer needed. By pressing the backspace key, the cursor moves one position to the left and removes the character at that position, effectively erasing it. This function is especially useful when editing or correcting mistakes while typing.

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  • 18. 

    Efficient keyboarding techniques require you to:

    • A.

      Key while watching your hands.

    • B.

      Key at least 75 words per minute.

    • C.

      Key without watching your hands.

    • D.

      Use all function keys.

    Correct Answer
    C. Key without watching your hands.
    Explanation
    Efficient keyboarding techniques require you to key without watching your hands. This is because constantly looking at your hands while typing slows down the typing process and increases the chances of making errors. By developing touch typing skills and memorizing the keyboard layout, you can type faster and more accurately without the need to constantly look at your hands.

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  • 19. 

    Spell checkers work by looking up words in a _____________ stored in the word processing program.

    • A.

      Thesaurus

    • B.

      Word list

    • C.

      File

    • D.

      Dictionary

    Correct Answer
    D. Dictionary
    Explanation
    Spell checkers work by looking up words in a dictionary stored in the word processing program. The dictionary contains a list of correctly spelled words, and the spell checker compares the words in the document to this list. If a word is not found in the dictionary, the spell checker highlights it as potentially misspelled. The dictionary helps ensure that the words used in the document are spelled correctly and improves the overall accuracy of the text.

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  • 20. 

    What are Times New Roman and Arial?

    • A.

      Points

    • B.

      Fonts

    • C.

      Templates

    • D.

      Graphics

    Correct Answer
    B. Fonts
    Explanation
    Times New Roman and Arial are both examples of fonts. Fonts refer to the different styles and designs of letters, numbers, and symbols used in printing and displaying text. Times New Roman is a serif font, characterized by small decorative lines at the ends of each letter, while Arial is a sans-serif font, which lacks these decorative lines. Fonts play a crucial role in determining the visual appearance and readability of text in various documents, websites, and other forms of media.

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