Highly-Advanced: NEED Exercises/Tests (templates not paper) to learn with my Tutor (sumproducts, match index, sumif - nested, 2d questions beyond look

sneeky

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Hi. I passed the 'advanced' excel test and can do basic stuff like a simple if formula, lookups and pivots. But hired a private tutor to teach me ultra-advanced excel - before going onto VBA. I.e. alternative used of match index, sumproducts, complex nested formulas using everything and anything.. I would like to find exercises/tests in excel format (not on paper) which i could go through with him or do as homework - so i can understand and question him.
Are there any good resources beyond lower advanced stuff... like stuff on here but organised into exercises to practise/learn from?
Pls help. I need to improve for work...and opportunities.
 

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I know you are on a time schedule, however I have learned quite a bit from just trying to answer other peoples questions, and the forum has plenty of those. you can do advanced searches within the forum for specific types of problems and read over the answers provided and learn that way as well. I know I have. :)
 

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Best of luck with the learning. a question:

" But hired a private tutor to teach me ultra-advanced excel..."

Won't you expect them to give you the questions as part of what you're paying for?

Anyway, why not use the resources here - find questions that have been answered, don't look at the answers, try to solve them and see what you come up with..?
 

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With respect, if you have hired a tutor....he / she should be providing you with all the exercises you need....that's why you pay them !
As Drrellick mentioned, the best way to learn and improve is to look through the posts on forums like these....
You could also have a look through this list of links and references, kindly compiled by Hiker95, there is some excellent learning in there, in particular "dataPig Technologies"

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See David McRitchie's site if you just started with VBA
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What is a Visual Basic Module?
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Ron de Bruin's intro to macros:
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Creating An XLA Add-In For Excel, Writing User Defined Functions In VBA
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How do I create a PERSONAL.XLS(B) or Add-in
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Creating custom functions
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/ex...117011033.aspx

Writing Your First VBA Function in Excel
http://www.exceltip.com/st/Writing_Y...Excel/631.html

VBA for Excel (Macros)
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VBA Lesson 11: VBA Code General Tips and General Vocabulary
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Excel VBA -- Adding Code to a Workbook
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New! Excel Recorded Webinars
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Sumproduct
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Arrays
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http://www.vbtutor.net/vba/vba_chp21.htm

Pivot Intro
http://peltiertech.com/Excel/Pivots/pivotstart.htm

Email from XL - VBA
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Outlook VBA
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Function Dictionary
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Function Translations
http://www.piuha.fi/excel-function-name-translation/

Dynamic Named Ranges
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How to create Excel Dashboards
http://www.mrexcel.com/Excel-dashboards-Xcelsius.html
http://www.contextures.com/excel-dashboards.html
http://chandoo.org/wp/excel-dashboards/
http://chandoo.org/wp/management-dashboards-excel/
http://www.exceldashboardwidgets.com/
http://www.andypope.info/charts/gauge.htm 

Excel Dashboard / Scorecard Ebook
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Templates
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Date & Time stamping:
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Get Formula / Formats thru custom functions:
http://dmcritchie.mvps.org/excel/formula.htm#GetFormat

A nice informative MS article "Improving Performance in Excel 2007"
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa730921.aspx

Progress Meters
http://www.andypope.info/vba/pmeter.htm
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And, as your skills increase, try answering posts on sites like:
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http://www.excelforum.com
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http://www.vbaexpress.com
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lol sure the tutor would do, but it's more a budget thing - that if they designing loads of exercises i have to pay more rather simply teaching me - and as recent grad; i just dont have the funds to pay him even more for his time to write papers :(
I'm just surprised there isn't a book (with a dvd or something) with advanced test papers (sheets) and answers; like studying for a course. And Excel is a degree in itself.
I'm going to have a look at those links now (Michael) - hope i find something; but had a brief look and again tutorials. Think im going to have pay and live as a tramp :(.... god i hope its worth it (plan is to become a business analyst)
 
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PaddyD

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I refer you to my previous answer :)

"Anyway, why not use the resources here - find questions that have been answered, don't look at the answers, try to solve them and see what you come up with..?"
 

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I refer you to my previous answer :)

"Anyway, why not use the resources here - find questions that have been answered, don't look at the answers, try to solve them and see what you come up with..?"

I think this is the best thing i can think of, just the threads are time consuming as they go on for sometime and disorganised (obviously) - have to do an advanced search, gather the materials for each subject and bundle it together - or perhaps i get the tutor to do so hes not doing it from scratch and save from money. Thx again paddy.
 

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To extend Paddy's suggestion, how about you work on answering forum posts?

I'm sure you'll learn more answering questions than just reading threads & testing solutions posted by others. And you can do this without a tutor, of course.

And don't just focus on threads that seem to have sumproducts, match index, sumif. There are usually many approaches to solve the questions asked. Sometimes formulas like sumproduct are not best: sometimes they are. Especially if there are serious amounts of data, sumproducts are best avoided: that is where pivot tables and similar non-formula solutions may be better. Sometimes VBA is handy too: as a little VBA can help a lot sometimes.

have fun
 

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Sneeky

that if they designing loads of exercises i have to pay more rather simply teaching me

The tutor shouldn't have to"design" loads of exercises, he/she should already have done that, and simply give you work to go on with when they are not tutoring you......either that, or I'd suggest a new tutor ...(y)
 

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if a paid-tutor who delivered private excel training without any exercises or sample files, you'd better to think about hiring someone else...

echoing others' post: answer questions from this forum is a VERY good approach in learning. Personally, I asked question here, got answered, skills build up, now being able to answer some questions, and keep learning :)
 

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