Excel Certification

In the ongoing drama of super-curricular extra work, in our first year at Atkinson we have to get ourselves a Microsoft Excel XP Specialist certification. The total process, thankfully, takes only about an hour and a half between the practice exam (highly recommended) and the actual one. I took my test yesterday and scored a 90% - quite the disappointment for me, though only 70% is required to pass.

The test is highly structured and demands answers in very precise (and, let’s face it, bizarre ways.) We were given a series of 15 questions that involved doing stuff on various worksheets. You’re actually penalized for knowing shortcuts in Excel during this test since your actions as well as the results are tracked. So while I only got 90% of the test right, I’m absolutely convinced that my results were 100% correct.

I mean, let’s look at some of the things I’m now certified to do:

  • Insert, delete and move cells
  • Check spelling
  • Save workbooks using different names and file formats
  • Modify row and column settings
  • Insert and delete worksheets
  • View and edit comments

While this list isn’t comprehensive, I knew how to do all of it before taking the test. Seriously, this certification isn’t anything I’ll ever put on my resume because (for me) it would be out of place among the “5 years supporting Microsoft Office in an enterprise environment” and “1 year programming Cicso routers”. Yeah… I’m also certified to run the Excel spell checker…

One Response to “Excel Certification”

  1. on 12 Apr 2007 at 9:35 am Jenny

    Way to Go! Although … I think it’s apparent that you would have no problem w/ the certification requirement if you had gotten 100%

    Just kidding :) Ok, not really.

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