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Quiz: What type of MS Word user are you?

What MS Word Training is best for you?
What type of Word user are you?

Microsoft Word Quiz

With all things in life, you have to start somewhere.  Being aware of what kind of Word user you are, what you wish to use the program for, how often you use it and at what level you currently are (for example Novice, Intermediate or Expert), could act as a guide for the type of MS Word training you need to pursue.  This quiz is meant as a guide only.

Count up the totals for how many times you select each option (a,b,c or d).  Then review the option descriptions below for the option you selected most.

1. Which of the following are you most likely to use Microsoft Word for over the next month or so?
a. I will format manuals and books, creating styles and TOCs, flyers, brochures and contracts.
b. I will create letters, basic manuals and guides, flyers and leaflets.
c. I will create letters, my draft book manuscript and maybe a few lists.
d. I have absolutely no need for Word currently.

2. Which of the following best describes your history with using Microsoft Word?
a. I have been using Word for work, studies and personal reasons since I can remember.
b. I have used Word regularly for some work, study and personal tasks.
c. I have not used Word much, but I have opened and viewed documents in Word and have seen other people use it.
d. I have never used Word at all.

3. How often have you used Microsoft Word over the last month?
a. I have used Word on an almost daily basis this month.
b. I have used Word at least once a week over the past month.
c. I have used Word once or twice over the past month.
d. I have not used Word at all this month.

4. When faced with doing a task that includes Word functions such as using and creating styles, an automatic table of contents, page numbering and headers and footers, which of the following options best describe your level of confidence?
a. I feel confident that I will know how to complete the task, and if I don’t know how to complete certain aspects of it, I know where to find information to assist me.
b. I feel a little apprehensive, I am not sure how to create styles, but I can apply them, insert page numbers and headers and/or footers.
c. I feel stressed. Although I know how to type text and format it using Word, I wouldn’t know where to find the functions mentioned above.
d. I have no idea what any of the functions mentioned above are or where to find them.

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5. Study the screenshot above. This is a document created using text effects, shapes and SmartArt in Microsoft Word 2010. Would you be able to recreate the above, and if yes, how long do you estimate it will take you to complete?

a. I could recreate something similar to the above document in under an hour.
b. It would take me more than an hour to recreate the above document.
c. It would take me a very long time to figure out how to recreate the above document. I am not sure I will succeed in recreating all the formatting.
d. I have no idea where to even begin creating this kind of document.

6. Have you ever used the Styles function in Microsoft Word?
a. Yes, I have applied styles, created new styles and linked styles to multilevel lists.
b. Yes, I have applied styles that someone else created and have experience with creating basic styles.
c. No, I have not used styles at all, but think I know what it is used for.
d. No, I have never heard of or used styles in Microsoft Word.

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7. Study the screenshot above. If you were asked to recreate the numbering in the above, how would you personally do it?

a. Easy, I would create styles for each level and then link each style to a number using the multilevel list dialogue box.
b. I have some idea how to do this by using the multilevel list dialogue box to apply and format numbers to the text.
c. I would use bullets and numbering for the main numbers and manually type the sub numbers.
d. I have no idea how to create these numbers and would manually type all of them.

8. Which of the options below best describe your training requirements (if any) for Microsoft Word?
a. I would like to learn more about the advanced options in Word, such as field codes, advanced styles and troubleshooting formatting.
b. I would like to learn about the functions I do not yet know and how to improve my formatting and document layout skills.
c. I know the basics of using Word and would like to build on this to improve my skills.
d. I have no experience with Word and would like to start at the very beginning.

9. If you were asked to insert headers and footers, such as page numbers, into a Word document, which of the options below best describe your initial response?
a. No problem, I can do this in my sleep.
b. I know how to do this; it will take me a minute.
c. I am not sure. Can you wait and I’ll Google it?
d. What are headers and footers in Word?

10. How familiar are you with page layout, watermarks, references and mail merges?
a. Yes, I know and use the above Word functions frequently.
b. Yes, I have heard of these but I am not sure how to use all of them.
c. I have heard of one or two of the items mentioned, but not all of them.
d. I have never heard of any of the items mentioned.


Count up the totals for how many times you selected each option (a,b,c or d) in the quiz above. Review the option description below for the option you selected most:

Mostly option a:

You probably use Word in your professional capacity for work, studies or business. You use Word frequently, on an almost daily basis, and are well aware of the uses and benefits of Word. You understand how to use automatic numbering and styles and feel confident in formatting a document to your specifications.

You have a high level of skill in Word, but would like to improve your current skills or learn about functions you have not mastered yet. You have specific needs for training that may be tied in with your work, personal or study requirements, to learn a specific function or skill.

Training recommended for you would be Microsoft Word online tutorials and classes, Microsoft Word online video tutorials and guides.

Mostly option b:

You regularly use Word to complete tasks. Although you know how to get by using Word, you also know there are better ways of performing tasks that you currently use Word for. You sometimes struggle to get formatting to look right or to use styles and automatic numbering and wish you could perform tasks in Word more efficiently.

You have an intermediate level of skill in Word and would like to improve your skills and master using Word.

Training recommended for you would be Microsoft Word tutorials that start with the basics, which you could use as a refresher course, and then work your way up to more advanced functions. Microsoft Word online classes, videos and quizzes could also assist you with specific tasks.

Mostly option c:

You use Word occasionally and at a very basic level only. It may be that the reason(s) you do not use it more often is you do not feel confident using Word or you are not sure which tasks to use it for.

Your motivation for wanting to learn more about Word is possibly to improve your future or current job prospects and to be able to add Word to the skills section on your resume.

Training recommend for you would be Microsoft Word classes that you either attend in person or online. Completing Microsoft Word online tutorials which start with the basics, will help to give you a solid grounding before taking any Microsoft Word classes.

Mostly option d:

You have never used Word before and are completely new to the program.

Taking this quiz and reading more about Word would have already given you a taste of what Word is capable of and possibly good reasons to want to learn how to use it. Before you make up your mind about Microsoft Word, first complete a few free tutorial lessons. You can open Word and practice the skills taught in the tutorials in Word for yourself.

Don’t forget to have fun! Word is an amazing program and you may find you are unable to stop after starting on the road to becoming a Word master.

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