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Pre-employment tests by EmployTest

Hiring the wrong person who claims to “know Excel” is horrible.

Don't get burned by applicants who say they know Excel!

Everyone claims to know Excel. But do they really?
Yes, someone can sit in front of a spreadsheet for 40 hours a week and not have a clue how to efficiently get the work done.
Companies spend a fortune on background checks - why not spend $20 to make sure the potential new hire actually knows Excel?

MrExcel has partnered with EmployTest to offer tests to insure your job applicants have what it takes!

EmployTest has online tests for the Microsoft Office applications of:

  • Excel
  • Word
  • PowerPoint
  • Access
  • Outlook (versions 2000, 2002, 2003, and 2007) in Basic, Standard, Advanced, and Essentials
The interactive (not multiple choice) Excel tests show you exactly what they know or don't know. Each test is a simulation of the Microsoft Excel program. The job applicant will be asked to perform tasks using the menus, tool bars, and short cut keys. Each test has approximately 35 questions.

It’s fast, efficient and will give you confidence to make a smarter hiring decision.

EmployTest can also test future employees on:

  • Digital Literacy (Software, Internet, Computer)
  • Typing
  • Data Entry
  • Audio Data Entry
  • Attention to Detail
  • Coding
  • Proofreading
  • Message Taking
  • Customer Service
  • Accounting & Financial series (20 titles)
  • Medical series (22 titles)
  • Call Center series (13 titles)
The result is an easy to read Score Report, which is instantly emailed to you with the following information:

• Percent of Correct Answers (80%, 50%, 100%, etc)
• Skill Level: Beginning, Intermediate, or Advanced
• Correct/Incorrect for each question
• Time spent on each question

I’ve taken the Excel test – it is very thorough, it tests key skills, and it amazingly accepts any method for most tasks (i.e. I tried using the super-secret shortcut keys or the obvious mouse actions and it counted any of them as correct).

When I met with the folks at EmployTest, I asked the obvious question… why wouldn’t someone just ask for a Microsoft certification? Because the Microsoft certification tests cost 4-6 times more than the cost-effective EmployTest product. With a bank of over 800 questions, they have a test to make sure that your new admin hire or your new accounting hire has the skills needed to get the work done cost effectively.

We're offering a special deal to MrExcel site visitors and here's how it works…. Buy a pack of 20 online test credits for $399 (less than $20 a test). That will allow you to test 20 times using any of the 100+ tests, including (of course) Microsoft Excel, but also any of the test titles listed above (each test given uses one test credit). You will get a password to your administration website. Before you make that job offer, set up an online key and have the candidate take the test. In 30 minutes, you will have a picture of the candidates strengths and weaknesses in the desired platform and be better prepared to make the right hiring choice!

To see how it works or to get a free sample test, email us at
For more information call EmployTest at 800-836-1901 and don't forget to ask for the MrExcel discount! Consulting can be hired to implement this concept, or many other cool applications, with your data. provides examples of Visual Basic procedures for illustration only, without warranty either expressed or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability and/or fitness for a particular purpose. The Visual Basic procedures on this web site are provided "as is" and we do not guarantee that they can be used in all situations.


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