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MS Word Testing

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Microsoft Word tests can be administered to individuals as part of an employment screening or in preparation for taking a class. Other Word tests are part of a Microsoft learning program leading to Microsoft Office certification.


Often Word tests are proficiency exams using a computer or an online form consisting of skill questions. Word tests are used by employers to check an applicant’s word processing skills before hiring. Some individuals decide to further their word processing skills by becoming certified as a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) in Word. There are two types of MOS certification: proficiency and expert.


Skills covered in Word tests depend on the type of test you are taking. A proficiency exam generally covers Word basic aptitudes such as document formatting, changing page views, protecting a document, creating tables and proofing. Expert exams cover more advanced Word topics including macros, table of contents, mail merge and working with XML.


Some Word tests are available online at websites. You can take the exam for free to see what skills you need to brush up on. Other websites offer fee-based testing to help employers winnow out prospective candidates. MOS Word certifications are offered by Certiport and are taken in a testing center.


About the Author

Translating technical jargon into everyday English is one of Anni Martin’s specialties. She is an educator and writer who spent over 13 years teaching and creating documentation at the University of Missouri. She holds a Master’s Degree in educational technology as well as Bachelor’s degrees in journalism and political science from the University of Missouri.

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