How to Test My Office and Clerical Skills

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Whether you are looking to compare your abilities to a specific job listing's requirements or just market your skills more accurately on your resume, periodically testing your abilities with common office and clerical tasks can be a useful practice. Some common skills to practice are typing speed, Microsoft Office software and data entry skills. There are many free resources available online for testing as well as tips to improve future scores.

Test your typing speed. This is a great place to start since it is a universal skill and there are many free and fast testing options online.

Test your data entry skills. In addition to typing speed, you also want to measure your 10-key numerical entry skills for data entry. Some sites also allow you to practice sample data entry tasks and rate your speed.

Test your skills with commonly used software. MS Office is a good starting point. Excel is especially important because it is relatively complicated and not commonly used in daily life compared to other office programs. Tests can help you determine your level of skill.

Evaluate your scores, and use tutorials to improve. Most typing tests are linked to sites with free typing practice resources. You can learn MS Office through hands-on practice guided by tutorials and sample tasks.

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Beth Taylor has been working as freelance writer based in Chicago since 2009. She has previously covered health, science, technology and entertainment topics for several websites and blogs. Taylor holds a Master of Science in journalism from Northwestern University.

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