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Microsoft Office 2016 Assessments available

To register for an assessment, email ittraining@jmu.edu. (Assessments are not listed in MyMadison)

Questions:

What is the assessment?
Why should I take an assessment?
What topics are included in the assessment?
How does the assessment relate to the Administrative Assistant Certificate Program?
How do I schedule an assessment?
How long does the assessment last?
What's the passing score for an assessment?
Where do I go to take the assessment?
Who do I contact for questions?
What if I want a refresher on Excel Basic before I take the Assessment?


Answers:

What is the assessment?

IT Training created assessment exams for JMU employees. The exams are connected to specific Microsoft Office 2016 courses that we teach; including Excel Basic,  Word Basic, and PowerPoint Basic.

Why should I take an assessment?

If you successfully pass the specific assessment, you will not need to take the related IT Training course.

What topics are included in the assessment?

The assessment draws questions straight from the course material.  You can view a list of Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) skills covered in the course material on the Skills Inventories page.

How does the assessment relate to the Administrative Assistant Certificate Program?

If you pass the specific assessment connected to the specific module in Module 5 Technology, you will not need to take the specific IT Training course. Table below shows the assessments connected to the specific modules:

 Passing Software Assessment Equivalent Training Credit
Excel: Basic Assessment Test IT376 Excel Basic Same training credit in MyMadison
Word: Basic Assessment Test IT467 Word Basic Same training credit in MyMadison
PowerPoint: Basic Assessment Test    IT426 PowerPoint Basic    Same training credit in MyMadison    

Example: If you register for the Word: Basic assessment and pass it, you will have completed module #5.13 for the Administrative Assistant Certificate Program.

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How do I schedule an assessment?

Contact IT Training to schedule the assessment(s) you want to take. Email ittraining@jmu.edu or call 8-8046.

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How long does the assessment last?

The table below shows the maximum time periods for each assessment: you have up to an hour to complete an assessment.  If you are doing the IT369 Excel Refresh to Test, allow an additional hour prior to taking the assessment for Excel.

Software Assessment        
Specific Time     
Excel: Basic 60 minutes
Word: Basic 60 minutes
PowerPoint: Basic 60 minutes

 

What's the passing score for an assessment?

All of the assessments are consistent with the same passing score, 80%.

Where do I go to take the assessment?

Go to the IT Training Center.

Who do I contact for questions?

Email IT Training at ittraining@jmu.edu

What if I want an Excel Basic Refresher?

If you are an AACP candidate who is a regular user of Excel, IT Training has an hour long, narrated refresher of the content covered in Excel Basic. The IT369 Excel Refresh to Test offering reminds, rather than instructs, on 120 Excel Basic concepts. It is intended to refresh those who desire to take the assessment (rather than the 9 hour class), but who are unsure if they know all the content. Though there are 120 concepts in IT369 Excel REfresh, there are only 28 questions on the assessment. IF you are interested in doing the IT369 Excel Refresh to Test as part of the Assessment, email IT Training at ittraining@jmu.edu

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