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Test type:


Software skills

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Administration time:

10 minutes

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Difficulty level:


Intermediate

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Number of questions:


16 questions per test, 101 questions in the question bank

Scoring benchmarks

Benchmarks are available for various education levels (ranging from some high school education to a Master’s degree or higher), business functions (from administrative to software development), and seniority levels (junior to senior).

Psychometric properties of the Microsoft Excel (general) test

The metrics reported below are based on a sample size (N) of at least 1,000 candidates unless indicated otherwise.

Reliability: Cronbach’s alpha coefficient = .68

Face validity: Candidates rated this test as accurately measuring their skills (average score of 3.46 out of 5.00, N = 831).

Criterion-related validity: Candidates with higher scores on the Microsoft Excel (general) test received higher average ratings from the hiring team during the selection process ( r = .50, N = 183).

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